Hundreds of Satellites Running for $15 Million WPT World Championship

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The WPT World Championship is fast approaching and, ahead of the December event, new data on how people are winning $12,400 prize packages has been released.

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Hundreds of people have qualified for the record-breaking $10,400 WPT World Championship to play for a guaranteed prize pool of $15 million in December. (Image: WPT)

According to the latest statistics, 23 people have won seats via the subscription-based platform, ClubWPT. More than 100 players on the international poker site, WPT Global, will also have the chance to win a seat in the $10,400 World Championship.

Those 100+ qualifiers will be joined by winners of WPT World Championship Challenge events, live satellites, and social media competitions. By the time play begins on December 12 at the Wynn, Las Vegas, more than 500 players will have won cheap seats in the $15 million guaranteed tournament.

WPT World Championship back and breaking records

Two years of disruption and subsequent online innovations due to COVID-19 restrictions mean this is the first live WPT World Championship since 2019. As such, the organizers have put together their biggest-ever event.

The tournament’s $15 million guarantee is already the largest in the history of live poker. If the guarantee is met, that means at least 1,500 people have anted up. That would make the 2022 WPT World Championship the biggest $10,000+ live event outside of the WSOP.

Those are lofty targets to hit, which is why the executives at WPT HQ are running qualifiers across a variety of platforms. The stats released this week show that more than 50 people have already qualified via ClubWPT and WPT Global’s “a-seat-a-day campaign,” which started on October 3.

Two more ClubWPT Diamond members will be able to win their way to the World Championship courtesy of exclusive satellites taking place on November 6 and 13. For those who don’t use ClubWPT, there are live satellites happening around the world, including at casinos in the US, Slovakia, and Vietnam.

Giveaways and more get people into $15 million event

Social media networks are also being used to maximize the number of routes players have into the World Championship. Already, we’ve seen Josef Strazynski win a seat in the $10,400 tournament.

The father of Robbie Strazynski, who hosts the CardsChat podcast, was given the good news on Zoom (see video above).

CardsChat ambassador Ashley Sleeth has also been thinking up ways to give her followers a $12,400 WPT package (see tweet below). She recently asked Twitter users to follow her and WPT Global, retweet her tweet, and respond with a fun video.

These giveaways are just a few examples of how everyone from poker novices to aspiring pros is winning their way into the WPT’s record-breaking event.

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