Last year, the World Poker Tour set a new world record by breaking the $15,000,000 guarantee in a live tournament. and achieved great success. Despite a $10,400 buy-in, the WPT still attracted 2,960 players and a $29,000,000 prize pool.
This year the organizers have set a new and ambitious record. The WPT World Championship will be held in December with a guaranteed prize pool of $40,000,000 and a buy-in of $10,400.
This contest requires a minimum of 4,000 entries to avoid overlap. The series runs from November 29 to December 21, while the historic championship has a four-day start from December 12 to 21.
This will be a fluid structure, with starting chips of 100,000, levels of 60 minutes, levels on day one of 90 minutes, and heads-up play of 45 minutes each.
Overall, the WPT is expected to outperform all competitors. In addition to the announced events, there are some other interesting matches on the show. For example, the Mystery Bounty has a $1,600 buy-in with a $2,000,000 guarantee; a cheap $600 rebuy offers a $1,000,000 bonus; and the legendary WPT Prime tournament returns for $1,100 with a $5,000,000 prize.
There will also be a rematch of the Women’s Championship, poker’s only event with a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000. Entry fee remains $1,100.
The largest tournament will be the WPT Big One for One Drop with a prize of $1,000,000. It’s sure to attract dozens of high-limit amateurs.
The WPT is not afraid of competition
Interestingly, while GGPoker and the WSOP will simultaneously host the Bracelet Series in the Bahamas, the EPT will be in Prague. By planning such a wide range of programming, the World Poker Tour may hope to attract a large audience, not just from North America, but from around the world.