Poker tournaments are now found everywhere both online and of course offline. Whilst the online poker tournaments are much more easily accessible and can offer big winnings, it is the land based ones that still hold the prestige. There are a number of very high-rolling tournaments around the world but it is the World Poker Tour, Aussie Millions and of course the World Series of Poker that hold the top spots. Not just in cash prizes but also in the value placed on the winners.Getting to play in these tournaments is easier than ever, but it is the matter of staying in that can be more complex. For newcomers, it is advisable to start with online tournaments where multi-table games can be played to get a feel for it all and more can be read about that here. For those continuing to a land-based tournament, however, here is a brief outline of the top tournaments to aim for.Up first is, of course, the World Series of Poker. With 65 different events, this series mostly focuses on Texas Hold’em, though other poker variants are available. The main event requires a $10,000 buy-in and can yield some substantial cash prizes. The winner of the main event is named as World Champion in Poker for that year, hence the desire for a win at this tournament. The World Poker Tour should also secure a prime place in the poker calendar. Televised, it reaches a wide audience and has been instrumental in bringing poker to the masses. Lastly, the biggest tournament in the Southern Hemisphere; the Aussie Millions, boasting the biggest prize down south this is also not one to be missed.There’s no denying that there is plenty of money to be made from these massive tournaments, both online and offline. However, before you dive in it’s wise to do a lot of practicing first.