2023 WPT World Championship Is Coming To Wynn Las Vegas With $40M Guaranteed Prize Pool

Written By Marc Meltzer on September 1, 2023
WPT Guarantees Largest Prize Pool

The 2023 World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship will take place at Wynn Las Vegas from Nov. 29 – Dec. 23. The event features a $40 million guaranteed prize pool.

The prize pool for this year’s WPT World Championship is a major increase from last year when the prize pool only guaranteed $15 million in prizes. At the time, that was the largest guaranteed prize pool in live tournament poker history.

Adam Pliska, WPT CEO, said:

“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. The journey to December begins now, and we plan on giving players another unforgettable experience at Wynn Las Vegas.”

$40 Million guaranteed

The $10,400 WPT World Championship is the premier event of this poker festival. The event has a guaranteed $40 million prize pool and will take place from Dec. 12-21.

There are four starting flights from Dec. 12-15. The final table of the WPT World Championship will be broadcast on TV.

Last year there were 2,960 entrants in the event. It generated a total prize pool of $29,008,000. This was almost double the guaranteed prize pool. Canadian Eliot Hudon took home the $4.136 million grand prize.

Ryan Beauregard, executive director of poker operations at Wynn Las Vegas, said:

“The astonishing support and excitement we’ve seen from the poker community after just one year is nothing like I’ve seen before. We look forward to the 2023 WPT World Championship and hosting another industry-leading event with an unparalleled player experience.”

While this is the marquee event, there are another 30 scheduled for the WPT event at Wynn Las Vegas.

More WPT highlights

There are more than 30 events scheduled at Wynn over 25 days. Tournament entry fees start at $400 and are as high as $1 million for the WPT Big One For One Drop charity event on Dec. 18.

The poker festival starts with a $600 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4.

The second-most notable event of the tournament is the 2023 WPT Prime Championship. This tournament is taking place from Dec. 7-12. The final table on Dec. 19 will be televised.

Last year the the 2023 WPT Prime Championship had 5,430 entries and a $5,267,100 prize pool. This year the 2023 WPT Prime Championship is guaranteeing a prize pool of at least $5 million.

The WPT Ladies World Championship has a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000 and takes place from Dec. 6-8.

Players looking for something different can participate in one of the mixed-game tournaments. These events range from the $1,100 HORSE Championship to the new $3,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship.

High rollers can look to the $25,700 buy-in event on Dec. 17 and 18. That will be followed by the WPT Alpha8. This $50,000 buy-in is taking place on Dec. 20 and 21.

Low rollers might prefer one of four events with a $400 buy-in. These tournaments take place throughout the event. Wynn’s Poker Page has a full schedule.

North American Poker Tour at Resorts World in November

Before the WPT event begins in Las Vegas, the PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT) begins with its first stop at Resorts World from Nov. 4–12.

Leon Wheeler, Director of Poker Operations at Resorts World Las Vegas, says:

“We are thrilled to partner with PokerStars as we celebrate the return of the North American Poker Tour with the first stop at Resorts World Las Vegas. NAPT Las Vegas is sure to bring players in from all over the globe and we look forward to hosting them once again at our world-class property.”

The $1,650 buy-in Main Event has six starting flights and takes place from Nov 6-11. Next up is the $550 PokerStars Cup that runs from Nov. 9–12.

Making sure there’s an event for big spenders, the $5,300 High Roller event will take place from Nov. 10-12.

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