Poker Tournaments

poker tournament Tournament poker can be both profitable and fun. Tournaments make it possible to win a lot of money quickly. If you win a large multi table tournament you can win several hundred or even thousand times the buy in. Tournaments rewards the winner with a large part of the total prize pool. You can find a very large selection of poker tournaments at Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker.

Their are several different types of tournaments.

Single Table Tournaments

Single table tournaments (STT) are just as the name suggest tournaments that are played at a singel table. All poker rooms online offer single table tournaments. The tournaments starts when all the seats have been occupied. The winner of a single table tournaments is the last player left at the table. The winner usually wins 5 times the buy in (without the fee). The 2nd and 3rd place finishers are usually also awarded with a cash price.

Single tables tournaments usually take between one and two hours to play.

Some poker rooms offer a special jackpot that you can win if you win 5 single table tournaments in a row.

Multi Table Tournaments

Multi Table Tournaments (MTT) are tournaments that are open to a large number of players and that are played over many tables simultaneously. Many multi table tournaments can attract several thousand players. Large MTTs make it possible to win large sums of money. Large poker sites such as Full Tilt Poker and Poker stars offer weekly tournaments where you can win several hundred thousands if you are lucky and skillful enough to win the tournament.

There are a large selection of Multi table tournaments available online and you can find one regardless of the size of your bankroll. There are tournaments that cost less than a dollar  that you can take part in. If you prefer higher stakes you can find tournaments that cost several thousand to enter.

Most poker rooms online offer tournaments where you can win travel packages to offline tournaments such as WSOP, WPT and EPT.

Famous Online Tournaments


WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) is the largest online tournament in the world. WCOOP consist of a large amount of popular tournaments and have a very large guaranteed prize pool. The guaranteed prize pool is usually worth at least 40 million.

The winner of the main event becomes the unofficial World Champion of online poker.

WCOOP can be played at Pokerstars. It attracts a huge amount of players.


TCOOP (Turbo Championship of Online Poker) is a very popular tournament series offered by Poker Stars. The tournaments are just as the name suggest turbo poker tournaments. TCOOP has very large guaranteed prize pool. The exact size grows from year to year as the tournament gets more popular.


FTOPS is a large poker tournament series that is played several times a year. The tournament is arranged by Full Tilt Poker and can only be played in their poker room. The tournament is very popular and attract a very large number of players. The prize pools can become very big.

Full Tilt Poker also offers Mini FTOPS. A similar tournament for players with a smaller bankroll.

Famous Offline Tournaments


wsopWSOP (World series of poker) is the most famous and prestigious tournament series in the world. Each tournaments series consist of around 50 tournaments. The main event is a 10 000$ buy in Texas hold em tournament that  is commonly called the World Championship of poker. This years winner of the main event was awarded 10 000 000$. The main event attracts thousands of players. The main event is not the event with the biggest prize pool. This honor goes to the “Big One for One Drop” event. This tournament only attracts a few players but the 1 000 000$ buy in guarantees a very large prize pool.

Most WSOP tournament are Texas Hold-em tournaments but most types of poker are represented during the tournament series.


WPT (World Poker Tour) is a tournaments series that visits a number of different cities each year. Most cities are in the USA but the world poker tour also regularly visit Europe. WPT tournaments are very popular and attract a lot of players. The prize pools are usually rather big. Especially for the main event in each city.


EPT (European Poker Tour) is the European version of WPT. Tournaments are placed all over Europe. The tournaments attract players from the entire world and the prize pool are almost as big as they are in WPT.

Unibet Open

Unibet open is a tournament series that is operated by Unibet poker. Unibet open visits different casinos around Europe. Common stops include Riga, Marbella and London. The tournament is popular and give the players a chance to win a part of a large prize pool. The size of the prize pool varies between different tournaments. So does the buy in. Many Unibet open tournaments have a 3000$ buy in. Unibet offer a lot of satellites where you can win entry to these tournaments.