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Biggest live poker guarantee ever to hit Las Vegas Strip

7 June 2022

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas is taking poker to new heights this December with poker’s first $15 million guaranteed prize pool – the largest single live tournament guarantee in the history of poker.

The WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas runs 1-20 December 2022. The marquee event of the multi-tournament festival will be the $10,400 buy-in championship event which will culminate with a televised final table. The festival will consist of more than a dozen tournaments including three primary events: the Prime Championship, the Wynn Mystery Bounty, and the World Championship.

“This is one of the most ambitious initiatives the World Poker Tour® has undertaken in our 20-year history,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of World Poker Tour. “We expect this to be a highly anticipated festival and are elated to be partnering with Wynn Las Vegas to bring this concept to life.”

The WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas features three “Day 1” flights on 12, 13, and 14 December that will culminate with the crowning of a champion on December 20. Each of those starting days will include a “freezeout” format, with players permitted a single entry per flight.

A second televised event between Dec. 8-12, the inaugural 2022 World Poker Tour Prime Championship, will carry a $1,100 buy-in and $2 million guaranteed prize pool. The festival wraps 16-19 December with the $2 million guaranteed Wynn Mystery Bounty, in which players have a chance to draw for cash prizes up to $100,000 after eliminating fellow competitors.

“We offer our guests the biggest and best poker experiences available, coupled with the world-class service and amenities that can only be found at Wynn Las Vegas,” said Ryan Beauregard, Executive Director of Poker Operations at Wynn Las Vegas. “In partnership with WPT, we have created a festival that will be a one-of-a-kind, must-attend event for both our current and new players.”

At least 200 online qualifiers will attend the World Poker Tour World Championship, with hundreds more qualifying through various live satellites. ClubWPT, the official subscription online poker game of the World Poker Tour, will serve as the exclusive online platform where U.S. players can win an entry package. As of 12 June, ClubWPT will also host numerous qualification opportunities leading up to the start of the December festival.

“We are absolutely thrilled with our multi-year partnership with Wynn Las Vegas,” said Angelica Hael, Vice President of Global Tour Management at World Poker Tour. “Alongside the WPT Prime Championship and various off-the-felt activities planned, the WPT World Championship festival puts a historic exclamation point on World Poker Tour Season 20.”

Additional details about the festival, including the complete schedule and package and seat information, will be available soon.

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