Poker tournaments come in many varieties. You can find just about any game, size, or limit you are looking for in tournaments held around the world. Tournaments pit your poker skills and luck against other players. These tournaments can be one-on-one or have thousands of other participants.
Tilt Poker has some of the best selection of low limit tournaments
in the business, especially in different games aside from No Limit
Texas Hold’em which is rare these days since NL has become super
popular. They have plenty of Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Hold’em,
Seven-card Stud, Seven-card Stud Hi/Lo, H.O.R.S.E., Razz, Omaha Hi,
and Omaha Hi/Lo. It’s rare to find H.O.R.S.E. tournaments and
especially Razz. The buy-ins for their multi-table tournaments range
from $1 up to $200. There are also several daily free rolls where
you can enter for free to win cash prizes. You can participate in
Play Money tournaments or use your Full Tilt Points to enter special
The World Series of Poker is the most famous poker tournament in the world. Although it officially began in 1970, some poker historians will point towards an event that happened two decades earlier, which planted the seed in Benny Binion’s mind. Nick the Greek, a notorious high stakes gambler, played a heads up poker match against the best poker player in the world at the time, Johnny Moss. The legendary battle lasted over five months in the lobby of the Horseshoe Casino and Benny Binion milked all the publicity he could out of that epic game. Every day, tourists and locals gathered to watch the two men play in the most famous heads up match of all time.
In my opinion, the single most important thing to happen to Poker popularity was the introduction of the World Poker Tour on television. The television show is interesting, educational, and suspenseful for anyone vaguely interested in the game. There are tens of thousands more people playing online now simply due to the widespread popularity of poker on television. Overview | Quick Facts
European Poker Tour is a series of poker tournaments held in the most
elegant casinos in Europe. The EPT concluded its inaugural season
in March of 2005. Without a doubt, the EPT was a huge success. The
EPT is the brain child of John Duthie, an acclaimed producer and director
of British TV and cinema, in addition to being a skilled poker player.
Overview | 2005 EPT Barcelona
Multi table tournaments require much different strategy than your typical online poker ring game. Your object, of course, is to get in the money so you may play more conservatively than you normally would to assure this happens. You can earn more than thirty times the amount of money for first place as you would for eleventh, so often players will take some big chances near the end to have a shot at the big money. You have to be prepared to lose in tournaments. If you place in the money one out of ever four times you play you are doing great.
"Sit and Gos" or "SNGs" are tournaments that start as soon as the maximum number of entrants have bought-in, and they run continuously on all the big sites. There are short-handed SNG’s (with anything from 2 to 6 entrants), single-table SNG’s (by far the most common format, with either 9 or 10 players), all the way up to multi-table SNG’s. I would like to focus on single-table tournaments that consist of 9 or 10 players. All multi-table tournaments where there are 20 or more opponents require a very different strategic approach.
One of the best advantages of playing online poker is the opportunity to play in different types of tournaments at all hours of the day. You have everything from multi-table free rolls to high buy-in Sit & Go tournaments. No matter how small your bankroll, there is always something to play. Tournaments are always fun because you get to play for a long amount of time for a small investment. Some of my favorite sites to play tournaments on include Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars, and Party Poker. Not only does each site offer a variety of selection of tournaments, both MTTs and SNGs, along with different types of games like Razz or Seven-card Stud.