WSOP Paradise logo and event details with image of the Bahamas. WSOP Paradise logo and event details with image of the Bahamas.
Key Takeaways
  • WSOP and GGPoker are organizing a new poker series, WSOP Paradise, in the Bahamas with at least $50 million in prize money.
  • The series will run from December 3 to 14, and GGPoker has vowed to send at least 1000 players to participate.
  • The event will feature 15 gold bracelet-awarding events, including a $5000 Main Event with a $15 million guarantee.
  • WSOP Paradise may overlap with the WPT World Championship Main Event in Las Vegas, leading to a packed schedule for players.
  • The series has reignited debates about whether awarding too many bracelets devalues them.
  • Despite concerns, the success of the Las Vegas series and GGPoker’s commitment to the qualifiers suggest WSOP Paradise will be a significant event in the poker calendar.

The World Series of Poker in Las Vegas may be over, but more bracelets will be up for grabs before the year runs out. The WSOP app and GGPoker real money platforms have joined forces once again to stage WSOP Paradise, a brand-new series that will dish out 15 gold bracelets and at least $50 million in prize money.

Scheduled for December 3 – 14, the series will take place in the Bahamas at Atlantis Paradise Island. With this new event, the organizers want to seize the momentum from the record-breaking summer series and bring more top-quality poker to wrap the year in style.

GGPoker, WSOP’s online partner, has played an essential role in making the 2023 Series a success, sending close to 800 qualifiers to the Main Event. The operator will take things one step further for WSOP Paradise, having pledged to send at least 1000 players to the Bahamas.

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WSOP Paradise Series Key Details

  • When: December 3 – 14, 2023
  • Where: Atlantis Paradise in the Bahamas
  • Bracelet-awarding events: 15
  • Total prizes GTD: $50,000,000
  • Main Event: $5000 buy-in, $15,000,000 GTD

Another Shot at WSOP Glory

The 2023 World Series of Poker featured 95 bracelet-awarding events in Las Vegas and another 34 online tournaments. In December, players traveling to the Bahamas will have a shot at 15 more bracelets, and the organizers guarantee $50,000,000 in prize money.

The new series has just been announced, so full details are still unavailable. However, we do know there will be a $5000 Main Event with a $15 million guarantee and a very affordable $1500 Mystery Bounty event boasting a generous $5,000,000 prize pool.

For high rollers, there are a $50k and a $100k event on the docket, while WSOP Paradise will also host some PLO events to add some diversity to the mix. Finally, a $25,000 GGMillion$ event promises at least $10,000,000 in prizes.

Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker’s principal ambassador, has shared the big news on his Twitter, announcing an “absolutely amazing experience.” And while there is no doubt that the new series has the makings of a true poker spectacle, some players have expressed concerns about the dates.

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Jam-Packed Schedule to End the Year?

The WSOP Paradise series has been announced for the first half of December, which means it will partially overlap with the WPT World Championship Main Event at the Wynn in Las Vegas. The WPT event officially kicks off on December 12, so there will be enough time to get involved in both, but those wanting to do so will have a very packed schedule.

It also overlaps with EPT Prague, the final event of the PokerStars LIVE 2023 calendar, running December 6 to 17, and traditionally follows this up with a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in January, though this has not yet been announced.

Add adding another major series right in the middle seems like a rather ambitious and self-confident move but WSOP Paradise organizers. But, as the world’s largest online poker operator, GGPoker can certainly help bring up the numbers for the December event, and they seem pretty confident of this ability, guaranteeing to send at least 1000 qualifiers.

For players who may not want to play in both, the Bahamas event offers an exciting alternative, especially if they want to combine poker with their holiday experience. Las Vegas and the Bahamas have very different vibes, so a big decision must be made.

Too Many Bracelets?

Another concern surrounding the newly-announced series has to do with the bracelets, i.e., the fact that 15 more of these will be won this year. The WSOP press release reignited the debate on whether giving out too many bracelets takes away their value and makes them less desirable.

Of course, everyone has their own stance on this, and these concerns are not entirely baseless. At the same time, hosting more tournaments players want to play can hardly be bad for poker.

Perhaps a bracelet today does not have the same value it had 20 years ago, but owning one is still the dream for tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of recreational players out there.

All in all, given the success of the Las Vegas series and the fact that GGPoker is going all out on the qualifiers, WSOP Paradise is poised to be another massive event in the annual poker calendar.