WPT Global Joins the Peak Winter Season with a $4 Million Guaranteed Series WPT Global Joins the Peak Winter Season with a $4 Million Guaranteed Series

WPT Global, the online real-money counterpart of the World Poker Tour (WPT), is throwing a huge holiday party for players as it brings back the Winter series for the second iteration.

Set to kick off on Christmas Eve, December 24, and spanning three weeks, the WPT Global Winter Festival guarantees a whopping $4 million in prize money. It is the operator’s largest tournament series to date and the most extensive.

The schedule covers 189 tournaments, including iconic WPT events such as WPT500, WPT Prime, and the prestigious WPT Championship.

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WPT Global Winter Festival: Six Facts You Need to Know

  1. Runs from December 24 to January 14
  2. More than $4 million in guarantees
  3. 189 tournaments in the line-up
  4. Buy-ins start as low as $5.50
  5. Leaderboard winner to receive a $12,400 WPT Passport package
  6. Champion of Champions Freeroll for all the winners + Second Chance Freerolls

WPT Signature Events Take Center Stage

The ever-popular WPT500 returns to the schedule, featuring nearly a dozen flights. The buy-in to the event is set at $530, for which players are tempted with a guaranteed prize pool of $225,000. It would need 450 entrants to break even and avoid an overlay. It is scheduled to run from the opening day, with Day 2 taking place on New Year’s Eve.

Following closely is the WPT Prime, kicking off on December 31 with a $350,000 guarantee for a $1060 buy-in, meaning the tournament would need 350 runners to meet its guarantee. Similar to WPT500, it spans eleven starting flights twice daily until January 7.

The Winter Main Event steals the spotlight with the series’ largest guarantee. Priced at $200, it promises $400,000 in prize money, spread over multiple flights starting from December 24 and concluding on January 14.

A smaller counterpart accompanies the $200 buy-in Main Event as the $22 Winter Mini Main Event. This miniature version provides excellent value, presenting an affordable buy-in option for those with limited bankrolls. With a guaranteed prize pool of $40,000, there is a high probability of an overlay, making it even more valuable. Multiple Day 1 flights are available, starting on Christmas Eve and concluding on January 13.

The pinnacle of the series, the WPT Championship, replicates the structure of the recently held WPT World Championship. Also, promising $400,000 in guarantees — this event demands a hefty $3500 buy-in, with the winner earning the privilege of having their name engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

All multiple flight events adhere to the best-stack-forward policy, allowing players to take part in multiple Day 1s, carrying forward only the largest stack to Day 2.

WPT Winter Festival Signature Events

Event Buy-in Guarantee Entrants Needed Dates
WPT500 $530 $225,000 450 Dec 24 – 31
WPT Prime $1060 $350,000 350 Dec 31 – Jan 7
WPT Winter Main Event $220 $400,000 2000 Dec 24 – Jan 14
WPT Winter Mini Main Event $22 $40,000 2000 Dec 24 – Jan 13
WPT Championship $3500 $400,000 125+ Jan 7 – Jan 14

Beyond the marquee events, the series offers a variety of affordable buy-ins starting at $5.50. Notable events include the Sunday Slam with a $60,000 guarantee, PLO Super Bounty featuring $5000 in prize money, Daily PKO with $25,000 in guarantees, and more.

The schedule prominently features Progressive Knockout (PKO) tournaments, along with Pot Limit Omaha and the niche Short Deck format. Currently, the WPT Global platform does not support mystery bounty tournaments, and consequently, they are not included in the schedule. Daily satellites are available for as little as $5.50.

Plenty of Side Promotions

To enhance the excitement, the series introduces various promotions, including a series leaderboard awarding the top-ranked player a $12,400 WPT Passport. This package can be used to enter any WPT live event, including the prestigious WPT World Championship which takes place at the end of the year. Prizes for the next 199 ranked players include qualifier tickets ranging from $1060 to $10.

Furthermore, winners from all events stand a chance to win the $12,400 Passport through a “Championship of Champions” freeroll at the series’ conclusion. Second and third place in the freeroll receive $1060 WPT Passport qualifier tickets each, while fourth to eighth positions earn a $220 WPT Passport satellite ticket.

Another freeroll will be held on the same day, inviting all the final tablists across the series. The freeroll awards a $1060 WPT Passport Qualifier ticket to the winner.