You can participate in both major live tournaments World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour provided you can afford the tournament buy-ins, $10.000 for WSOP Championship Event and $25.000 for WPT Championship Event. That’s a lot of money, but the good news is that there is a chance for anyone to win a ticket to the championships through one of the free-seat promotions or satellite tournaments at online poker rooms.
Poker Satellite is a special kind of tournament, where the top finishers win a free entry to another tournament with a higher buy-in. In some cases that other tournament can also be a satellite to an even more prestigious event. For example there is a $2 buy-in satellite with 10 top finishers winning an entry to a $40 satellite, in which top 10 finishers winning a seat to The WSOP Championship Event.
An amateur poker player Chris Moneymaker won his seat to WSOP, where he won $2.5 million, playing a $40 satellite at PokerStars in 2003. Now that the prize pool of WSOP championship event is much bigger, it is just a matter of time someone will beat him and turn $2 into close to a $10 million. One of the best poker rooms to get seats to WSOP and WPT is CarbonPoker where satellite tournaments to WSOP, WPT and many other major live poker tournaments start from just $2.