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World Poker Tour brings record $15 million guaranteed tournament to Wynn Las Vegas

World Poker Tour brings record $15 million guaranteed tournament to Wynn Las Vegas

The World Poker Tour’s World Championship Festival, guaranteed to be the largest live tournament in poker history, opens Thursday at Wynn Las Vegas.

The series runs through December 20th and features more than a dozen tournaments to celebrate the WPT’s 20th anniversary.

The culmination is the $10,400 WPT World Championship No-limit Hold’em event that opens on December 12 with the first of three seeding flights and has a record $15 million guaranteed prize pool. The final table is scheduled for December 20.

Previous Wynn Millions Main Events had $10 million in guarantees. The Aria’s Super High Roller Bowl in 2016 had a $15 million guarantee, and the World Series of Poker Main Event had more than $10 million guaranteed in 2014 when it was promised to the winner.

The upcoming series includes the $1,100 buy-in TV WPT Prime Championship with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool from December 8-12.

The Wynn Mystery Bounty event, which also has a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million, opens on December 16th with the final table set for December 19th. After eliminating a competitor, players will be drawn for cash prizes and could win up to $100,000.

The $1,100 buy-in WPT Women’s Championship begins on December 16 and has a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000, the largest guarantee for a women’s open event in poker history. The televised final table is scheduled for December 18.

“We are very encouraged by the tremendous initial response to the World Championship event,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said in a statement. “Given the immense efforts of our own VP of Global Tour Management, Angelica Hael, it’s only fitting that we champion the progression of women in poker, including the many women who have been critical to the history of the WPT.”

Contact David Schoen at [email protected] or 702-387-5203. keep going @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.





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