Poker Tournaments in December: WPT World Championship Kicks Off Mega Month of Action

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The end of 2023 is fast approaching but, before the year is out, we’ve got some major poker tournaments to keep us entertained.

December is a big month for tournament players and fans with major events taking place in the US, Bahamas, and Europe. (Image: WPT)

December hasn’t always been the best month for poker tournaments. However, with the WPT making waves with its World Championship in 2022 and the WSOP launching a new series, there’s plenty of action ahead of the festive season this year.

In fact, no matter where you are in the world, there are tournaments to suit all budgets, including ways to win some of poker’s most coveted titles.

WPT kicks off big month of poker tournaments

Kicking off an action-packed schedule is the WPT World Championship. Following a successful first run at the Wynn Las Vegas in 2022, the organizers have upped the ante. The festival gets underway on November 29 and, as among the dozens of poker tournaments on the docket, is a $40 million guaranteed main event.

WPT World Championship highlights

Start DateEventBuy-inGuarantee
December 6WPT Ladies Championship$1,100$250,000
December 7WPT Prime Championship$1,100$5 million
December 12WPT World Championship$10,400$40 million
December 18WPT Big One for One Drop$1 millionTBD
December 20WPT Alpha 8$50,000TBD

The main event’s guarantee alone makes the WPT World Championship 2023’s biggest year-end festival. Indeed, when you factor in the plethora of side events, including the $1,100 WPT Prime Championship, which has a $5 million guarantee, this is likely to be the series to watch in December.

WSOP Paradise to offer some festive sunshine

However, that doesn’t mean the WPT will be the only series spreading some festive cheer. The inaugural WSOP Paradise is the proverbial new kid on the block. Inspired by rival events, including the WPT World Championship and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, WSOP Paradise gets underway on December 3.

The 14-event series has a $51 million guarantee and players will be competing for WSOP bracelets within the tropical surroundings of Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Topping the bill is a $5,000 WSOP Paradise Main Event. The $15 million guaranteed tournament gets underway on December 9 and brings the series to a conclusion on December 14.

WSOP Paradise Schedule

Start DateEventBuy-inGuarantee
December 3Mystery Millions$1,500$5,000,000
December 4MILLIONAIRE MAKER in Paradise (Final 100 Players)$1,500$5,000,000
December 5GGMillion$ High Rollers Championship$25,000$10,000,000
December 5Mini Main Event$1,000$1,000,000
December 7Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller$25,000$2,000,000
December 7No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed$3,000$1,000,000
December 8Super High Roller$50,000$2,000,000
December 8Mystery Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha (Online)$2,000$1,000,000
December 9Ultra-High Roller$100,000$5,000,000
December 9Main Event No-Limit Hold’em Championship$5,000$15,000,000
December 12Flip & Go$800
December 13No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout (Online)$1,000$1,000,000
December 13Pot-Limit Omaha Championship$10,000$1,000,000
December 13The Closer Turbo Bounty$2,000$1,000,000
December 14No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 6-Handed$10,000$1,000,000

Also on the schedule are super high rollers, bounty events, and a special winter edition of the Millionaire Maker. Players can enter the $1,500 event on GGPoker and the final 100 win a seat in the live finale where one will walk away with the bracelet and the lion’s share of at least $5 million.

EPT Prague: one for the Europeans

Anyone who doesn’t want to fly across to the US or Bahamas can opt for the snow-covered streets of Prague. The Czech capital has long been home to one of the biggest EPT festivals of the year and, in 2023, there’s going to be a heady mix of high, medium, and low stakes events.

EPT Prague highlights

Start DateEventBuy-in
December 6Eureka Main Event€1,100
December 9Eureka Cup€550
December 10Eureka High Roller€2,200
December 10EPT Super High Roller€50,000
December 11EPT Main Event€5,300
December 13EPT Mystery Bounty€3,000
December 15EPT High Roller€10,300

The action kicks off on December 6 with the €1,100 Eureka main event. From there, more Eureka poker tournaments provide the perfect prelude to a selection of European Poker Tour (EPT) favorites. The main event will almost certainly be one of the biggest EPTs of the year, while many of PokerStars’ finest will be doing their thing in the €50,000 super high roller on December 10 and 11.  

Overall, there’s plenty to look forward to in December, regardless of whether you’re a player or a spectator. The biggest events at WSOP Paradise and the WPT World Championship will be shown on YouTube, while CardsChat will be at EPT Prague bringing you interesting stories from behind-the-scenes.

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