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World Poker Tour Announces $40 Million Guarantee For 2023 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas

The Inaugural Running Last Year Drew 2,960 Entries To Build A $29 Million Prize Pool, Blowing Away The $15 Million Guarantee


The World Poker Tour has announced a record-breaking guarantee of $40,000,000 for its upcoming WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas. The $10,400 buy-in event, which runs from Dec. 12-21, has added an additional starting flight compared to the inaugural version of 2022 that drew 2,960 entries.

“The WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas is poised to reach new heights and we wanted to match that expectation with a guarantee that no live poker tournament has ever seen before,” said WPT Chief Executive Officer Adam Pliska. “The journey to December begins now, and we plan on giving players another unforgettable experience at Wynn Las Vegas.”

Eliot HudonLast year’s version of this tournament sported a $15 million guarantee, which was nearly doubled thanks to the strong turnout made across three starting flights. The final prize pool of $29,008,000 was ultimately paid out among the top 371 finishers, with $4,136,000 going to eventual champion Eliot Hudon. The top six finishers all earned seven-figure paydays.

“The astonishing support and excitement we’ve seen from the poker community after just one year is nothing like I’ve seen before,” said Ryan Beauregard, Executive Director of Poker Operations at Wynn Las Vegas. “We look forward to the 2023 WPT World Championship and hosting another industry-leading event with an unparalleled player experience.”

This year will feature four starting flights as the event shoots to meet the largest guarantee in poker history. According to the structure sheet listed on the WPT website, $9,800 from each buy-in will be going into the prize pool, meaning a total of 4,082 entries are required to surpass the guarantee.

Check out a video from WPT about this massive event:

The WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas festival runs from Nov. 29-Dec.23 and features over 30 events. Other highlights include the $5 million guaranteed WPT Prime Championship $1,100 buy-in event (Dec. 7-12), the $250,000 guaranteed WPT Ladies World Championship (Dec. 6-8), and the $1 million Big One for One Drop (Dec. 18-20).

Check out the WPT’s website for more info.

Photo credits: WPT.