Live Poker Events

Poker is more than a hype. It's an obsession. Poker players all over the world engage in satellite games for more than just the fun of it. Whether they are playing for bragging rights, money, or popularity, poker players compete against one another to be the champions of these grand live poker tournaments in the world.
Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT)
The APPT is the first major poker tour in the Asia Pacific Region. Consisting of a series of satellite tournaments, the APPT has Latin American and European counterparts. The tour is sponsored by one of the largest online poker cardrooms in the world, PokerStars, and was first held in the year 2007 in the cities of Manila in the Philippines, Seoul in South Korea, Macau in China, and Sydney in Australia. For 2008, the APPT Season 1 is scheduled in the same locations starting September and until December.
Usually held for three days in each location, the APPT events is finalized in Sydney for five days. The game featured in the main event is No Limit Hold'em, while the cash games and side events have Omaha or Stud as additional features.
Aussie Millions
Aussie Millions is also known as the Crown Australian Poker Championship that was introduced in June of 1997. The prize pool in Aussie Millions reaches up to 7 million Australian dollars. The main event in Aussie Millions is a 1,000 AUD buy-in, and the featured game is Limit Hold'em.
Players from PokerStars and other entrants meet at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia where they compete against each other and get a chance to become the Aussie Millions first placer. The Aussie Millions, because of its increasing popularity among poker enthusiasts, is attended by players from England, Norway, New Zealand, Denmark and the USA. Those from Ireland, Lebanon, Holland, Canada and Sweden are also regular participants in the Australian poker tournament.
European Poker Tour (EPT)
The European Poker Tour is one of the major live poker tournaments held in Europe. Created by Poker Million tournament winner, John Duthie, the European Poker Tour is an event that players need to pay at least 8,000 euros for to get in. The amount of the buy-in is almost equivalent to that required in the World Poker Tour and is also the result of an increase due to the limited space in participating hotels and casinos.
The European Poker Tour Season 5 was scheduled to start in Barcelona Spain and will end in Monaco in April 2009. Venues for the 2008 European Poker Tour include London in England, Warsaw in Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic and Deauville in France. Tournaments taking place in 2009 will be held in Copenhagen in Denmark, Dortmund in Germany, and San Remo in Italy.
Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT)
Taking place in several exotic locations in South America, the Latin American Poker Tour is the youngest counterpart of the European and Asia Pacific Poker Tours. Introduced only in May 2008, the Latin American Poker Tour finished its first season on August. Locations where the Latin American Poker Tour took place are Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, San Jose in Costa Rica and Punta del Esta in Uruguay. The winners came from the Netherlands, USA, Germany, Costa Rica, and Brazil as well as  from Poland, Hungary, Costa Rica, Sweden and Switzerland.
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is an official European Poker Tour event happening every year. The first PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament happened in 2004 and Gus Hansen of Copenhagen, Denmark won the grand prize. The other winners of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure are John Gale (2005) of Hertfordshire, England, Steve Paul-Ambrose (2006) of Ontario, Canada, and Ryan Daut (2007) of New Jersey, USA. For this year, it was the French Bertrand Grospellier who won a two million dollar grand prize.
A total of 1,136 players joined the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure held in Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas. The record-breaking attendance resulted in an enormous $8,594,976 prize pool. Many poker pros participated in the tournament, with WSOP champion Chris Moneymaker as one of them.
PokerStars Passport
All poker enthusiasts starting the age of 18 can take their chance at becoming the PokerStars Passport winner. As the winner, a player gets not just the cash prize but also an all-expense paid trip to eight other major poker sites. It is up to the winner to choose which sites he or she will visit to join the grand live tournaments. Among the tournament choices are the World Series of Poker Main Event, the EPT and the APPT.

To get the PokerStars Passport, players need to be in the top 15 percent of PokerStars multi-table tournaments. The more frequently players land in the top 15 percent, the more points and chances they get to acquire the PokerStars Passport. The 2008 winner, Dustin Mele, was given the PokerStars Passport and has EPT Dortmund in Germany as first on his tournament list. The last tournament that Mele will join is the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2009.

World Cup of Poker

Held yearly since 2004, the World Cup of Poker is a variation of all the other major live poker events. Teams play against teams and countries play against countries to hold the title of champion. On the fourth year of the World Cup of Poker, Team USA won as champion and got a portion of the $250,000 prize pool. The final game was held in Barcelona, Spain where the winning team competed against other pro players from 39 countries.

The preliminary tournaments of the World Cup of Poker are played online and players can start with freeroll games. The featured poker game is No Limit Texas Hold'em. It can be as a one-on-one or a heads up series. The team that ranks first place in the tournament divides $100,000 among its members.

World Poker Tour (WPT)

The World Poker Tour is an international series of poker tournaments created by television producer and attorney, Steven Lipscomb. Joined by the best poker players in the world, the World Poker Tour offers over a million dollars to anyone who can beat the thousands of other players. The tournaments take place in several luxurious tourist spots, hotels, and casinos, but the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas is the main location.

To join the World Poker Tour, players can either buy-in directly into the tournament or use their PokerStars Frequent Player Points. Those who join the PokerStars WPT Championship satellites can also be sponsored an entry into the World Poker Tour happening in Las Vegas, Nevada upon winning. PokerStars WPT Championship winners get not just buy-in money but also spending and travel allowances.

World Series of Poker (WSOP)

Consisting of 55 events since the year 2007, the World Series of Poker is the largest series of poker tournaments known in the world. The tournament is held yearly in Las Vegas and is sponsored by Harrah's Entertainment. The final Main Event of the World Series of Poker features No Limit Hold'em. The first place winner receives the coveted WSOP bracelet and the multi-million dollar prize pool. For the 2007 WSOP, poker pros Tuan Lam, Hevad Khan, and Raymond Rahme reached the final table and won a combined cash prize of over $8,000,000.