Wynn Millions Poker Tournament To Fill WSOP Void In Vegas This Summer

Posted By Brant James on May 6, 2021

Add Wynn Las Vegas’ largest-ever live poker tournament to the list of events flooding back on the Vegas entertainment calendar as COVID-19 restrictions wane.

In the process, the new Wynn Millions event might be able to tide over the scores of poker enthusiasts who migrate to Sin City for the World Series of Poker‘s traditional summer “Main Event” as this year you have to wait until fall for the WSOP to return in person.

At a $10 million guaranteed pool, Wynn Millions will be held as a pinnacle part of the 30-event Wynn Summer Classic series that runs in total from May 27-July 13.

The Millions series will be a no-limit Texas Hold’Em competition held from June 25-July 2.

“In its inaugural year, we expect the Wynn Millions to attract professional and seasoned amateur players from around the world,” Ryan Beauregard, executive director of poker operations at Wynn Las Vegas said in a release. “We’re hopeful that the super-sized guarantee of $10 million emphasizes our goal of making the Wynn Millions a staple event for years to come, adding to our already world class tournament schedule.”

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Wynn Summer Series features multiple formats

The complete Wynn Summer Classic guarantees more than $16 million in total prize money. Other events in the summer series will utilize pot limit Omaha, Omaha 8 or better and HORSE formats. There will be tourneys available for seniors and women.

The Wynn ran summer series events the last few years to benefit from the spiked interest and foot traffic the World Series of Poker generates at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. This year, however, the WSOP moved its in-person event dates to Sept. 30-Nov. 23, ceding the table to the Wynn.

Buy-in for the Summer Class events is as low as $200.

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If you must wait for the World Series of Poker, here’s the agenda

WSOP’s “Main Event” is expected to run from Nov. 4-17 in Las Vegas.

“This year, more than ever, we embrace our role at the WSOP to deliver memorable experiences and bring this community of poker lovers back together.  In 2021, the theme is, get vaccinated and get back to Vegas,” series executive director Ty Stewart said in a release.

WSOP has again announced an online summer series for domestic and international players. According to a release, the American online poker series paid out nearly $27 million in prizes over 31 events last year. One WSOP international tournament set a Guinness Book of World Record’s mark with a $27.5 million prize pool for one event.

The All-American Poker Network will launch this summer’s online series on July 1.

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