Poker Tournaments are known for rewarding champions not only with fame and prestige but also with huge cash prize pools. These are the motivation for many aspiring professional Poker players to put on all those hours of practice and strategy that make the difference between a hobby and a profession.
But how big can cash pools really get? It depends on the tournament, but some of the bigger Poker Tournaments are known for having cash pools that rise well into the millions. (Of course, these also tend to have huge buy-ins of several thousands of dollars.)
World Series of Poker, arguably the most famous Poker Tournament in the world, easily tops the list with cash pools that range between $82,512,162 for the 2006 main event and $24,224,400 for the 2004 main event. Other lucrative tournaments include the Pokerstars Caribbean adventure (around the 15, 000,000 mark), the WPT championship (just below the $16,000,000 mark) and several EPT Poker championships.
So clearly the championships are not a joke – winning one of these can secure a Poker career and the 8-figure cash pools are certainly a huge factor!