The Mid-Atlantic $500,000 is actually misnamed; from its inception in 1991, the tournament has given out more than $1,000,000 in prizes each year. It even bills itself as the first tournament with a legitimate $1 million payout. Tournament director Bob Glover says the tournament averages around 150 participants a year, and with an all-in commitment reaching $18,000, the pots get enormous. "Last year we gave away $1,934,500, which was our second-largest purse. We awarded something like $1,997,800 the year before," says Glover. This tournament does a great job of bringing in sponsors to show off their goods and also puts on a big party each night to keep the participants coming back year after year. For more information, call 609-884-1049, or visit www.ma500.com.