Record-Breaking WPT World Championship Returns to the Wynn This December

WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis March 16, 2023
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After a record-breaking debut in 2022, World Poker Tour‘s highly anticipated World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas is set to make a comeback at the luxurious Wynn Las Vegas, sticking to its winter schedule from November 29 to December 23, signifying the grand finale for Season XXI of the World Poker Tour.

The second edition, like the first, will be fronted by the award-winning WPT World Championship that will run from December 12 to 18.


The inaugural WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas, which ran from December 1 to 22, promised $22 Million in guaranteed prizes across 23 tournaments. The $10,000 buy-in WPT World Championship was the series’s magnum opus, boasting a record $15 Million prize pool guarantee.

The series was an enormous success, with the WPT World Championship attracting a record-breaking 2,960 entrants, generating an eye-popping $29.01 Million prize pool, nearly doubling the $15 Million guaranteed. This impressive feat earned it the prestigious Event of the Year title at the 4th annual Global Poker Awards, where it was competing against the likes of the WSOP Main Event, Triton Poker Coin Rivet Invitational, and the EPT Barcelona Main Event.

The epic tournament crowned a champion in Canada’s Eliot Hudon, who became the first-ever WPT World Champion, walking away with a whopping $4.10 Million in prize money. England’s Benny Glaser secured the runner-up position and a handsome $2.80 Million payout.

Eliot Hudon
Eliot Hudon


The second edition of this highly successful series will once again with headlined by the WPT World Championship tournament, scheduled to run from December 12 to 18. While not much has been revealed about the series or its star attraction, it is safe to assume that the buy-in will be $10,400, like the previous edition.

Other notable favorites slated to return are the WPT Prime Championship (December 7 to 12), the WPT Ladies Championship (December 16 to 18), a Seniors event (December 6 to 8), and the Mystery Bounty (December 18 to 21).

Sharing his excitement on the return of the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas, WPT CEO Adam Pliska said, “The WPT World Championship festival was such an extraordinary milestone during our 20th season last year, thanks to our partner Wynn Las Vegas and the enthusiastic support of the players. It is our hope that we have started a tradition in poker that we can enhance and add to each season. We look forward to making this year’s World Championship even more memorable for players.”

Reiterating Pliska’s sentiment, executive director of poker operations at Wynn Las Vegas, Ryan Beauregard, said, “After paying out more than $53 million in total prize money last December, we are excited for the return of the WPT World Championship at Wynn. Due to last year’s incredible turnout and the strong rapport we built with WPT, we have extended the festival dates and will create a tournament schedule to make 2023 even more memorable.”

The second edition of the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas promises to be as grand (if not grander) as its predecessor. With relaxed travel restrictions and memories from the success of the inaugural edition still fresh in the minds of poker lovers, the second edition will be just as thrilling, with the world’s top poker players making their way to Sin City to compete for the coveted titles and life-changing prize money.

With the luxurious and opulent Wynn Las Vegas as the host venue, players and spectators can expect an unforgettable experience filled with excitement, glamor, and high-stakes poker action.

While WPT has made an initial announcement, the complete schedule is expected to be released in the coming months.

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