Fresh off a record-breaking summer in Vegas, the World Series of Poker has announced a new series of tournaments in the Bahamas that will take place from December 3 to 14 in partnership with GGPoker. WSOP Paradise will have 15 gold bracelets up for grabs at Atlantis Paradise Island. This adds to the record number of ways poker players can win a gold bracelet these days, both at the WSOP in Vegas during the summer, WSOP Europeand multiple series online both internationally and in select states.
“The summer has been an unprecedented success, but the vision is just as ambitious WSOP Paradise“said Ty Stewart, SVP & Executive Director of WSOP. “We have the strongest online partner in the world and they are ready to send a record number of qualifiers to a live tournament. Atlantis also has a great poker legacy and we believe this combination of partners can deliver the most powerful new franchise in poker for years to come. Many players say that summer in Vegas is the best time of year. Let’s hope it will be rivaled only by winter in paradise.
WSOP Paradise features a total of 15 bracelet events, with a guaranteed prize pool of $50 million. Only the $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event has a guaranteed prize pool worth $15 million.
Other highlights include a $1,500 mystery bounty tournament with a $5 million guaranteed prize pool, and for the high rollers there’s a $100,000 buy-in event with an additional $5 million guaranteed, and a $50,000 buy-in event with a $2 million guarantee. There will also be several pot-limit Omaha events with seven-figure guarantees.
GGPoker sent a record 774 players this year WSOP main event in Las Vegas, and have committed to sending at least 1,000 players WSOP Paradise. The series will host a GGMillion$ event with a $25,000 buy-in and a $10 million guarantee.
“GGPoker is delighted to launch WSOP Paradise and welcome hundreds of players from around the world to Atlantis Paradise Island this December,” said GGPoker Global Ambassador Daniel Negreanu. “It will be an absolutely incredible experience, the best in poker at one of the most luxurious resorts in the world!”
The tournament series comes at a good time with the world-class property in the Bahamas completing many renovations and modernisations.
“Atlantis’ 25th Anniversary ushers in a new chapter for the resort, unveiling a multimillion-dollar transformation of the Atlantis Casino complemented by revamped guestrooms at The Royal and Michelin-starred chef dining experiences in time for the WSOP Paradise event. We are thrilled to welcome the WSOP Paradise this winter and look forward to hosting the debut of this first tournament series for gamers and their fans,” said Joe Brunini, Chief Gaming & Customer Development Officer Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas.
Atlantis is no stranger to hosting some of poker’s biggest tournament series each year. THE PokerStars Caribbean Adventure had been a mainstay for years in the Bahamas, and the Poker World Tour he had also featured it as a stage from previous seasons.
Speaking of WPTThey WPT World Championship tournament series will take place from November 29 to December 23 at the Wynn Las Vegas, facing the WSOP Bahamas series at the same time. It will be interesting to see if players flock to Las Vegas or the Bahamas this winter.