Canadians will get a shot at a piece of more than $3.5 million from the newest force in the international online poker game, WPT Global. Starting July 20, the new operator is running the WPT Summer Festival with not one but two events guaranteeing $1 million each.
After a somewhat quiet launch earlier this year, WPT Global has emerged as the online face of the World Poker Tour (WPT), operating under the license from the WPT. The room is now running its first big tournament series, the $3.5 Million Guaranteed WPT Summer Festival.
While WPT Global is not accessible to players from Ontario, the rest of Canada can get into the action, and there looks to be tremendous value over the next month for Canadian tournament players. With 50 games through Aug 22 in formats like NLHE, PLO, and short-deck, most players will easily find something for themselves.
Two events guarantee $1 million each, with the $330 Main Event as one of those games. Day 1 starting flights begin on Friday, Aug 12, for the Main Event, but the more exciting one is the $1-for-$1-Million tournament.
For just $1, players will get a shot at $1 million guaranteed with opening flights running throughout the series and the final day playing out on Sunday, Aug 21.
The New Kid on the Block
WPT Global is the newest operator on the global online poker scene after quietly coming online in April of 2022.
While the complete structure of the business is a bit murky at the moment, the player pool at WPT Global did not start from scratch. Poker Industry PRO was unable to pin down precisely who WPT Global is partnered with, but it is believed to include players from two Asian “app-based” poker networks, which gives the site a solid player pool to draw from, though many games are played in CNY.
“WPT Global has all the ingredients to be a success,” said Alex Scott to Poker Industry PRO late last week when approached to discuss their debut. “The beloved World Poker Tour brand, a massive liquidity pool, a strong team, and an innovative approach to fair play and game integrity. I am proud to be leading this fast-growing business.”
50 Games over the Next Month
WPT Global will be putting on the $3.5 million guaranteed _WPT Summer Festival_as one of its first significant pushes into the global online poker market.
In addition to the two big games with $1 million guaranteed, there is lots of poker action throughout the series, and players will get a chance at extra prizes like entries to the Tournament of Champions Freeroll for seats to the $15 Million Guarantee WPT World Championship this December at Wynn Las Vegas.
Of course, the big news for the series will be the two $1 million games. The WPT Summer Festival Main Event runs from Aug 12 through Aug 22, with several Day 1 flights for players to book a seat for Day 2.
But for the hugest value of the series, players will be looking to the massive $1-for-$1-Million event. There are two flights every Wednesday and Sunday during the festival, playing down to the final day and live-streamed final table on Aug 22.
There is still more than $1.5 million in guarantees outside those two big events, so there is much more value to be found. Some of the series highlights are featured below:
- Mini Main Event: Aug. 12-21 $100k Guaranteed, $33 Buy-In
- Summer Progressive Bounty Championship: Aug. 8-14 $300k Guaranteed, $220 Buy-In
- Summer Showdown: July 25-31 $250k Guaranteed, $220 Buy-In
- Opener: July 20-24 $150k Guaranteed, $220 Buy-In
- PLO Championship: Aug. 1-7 $150k Guaranteed, $220 Buy-In
- Short Deck Bounty Championship: Aug. 1-7 $100k Guaranteed, $110 Buy-In
Win Entry to the $15 Million Guarantee WPT World Championship
In addition to the generous cash guarantees across this series, players will have a shot to win their way to the $15 Million Guarantee WPT World Championship in December 2022 at Wynn Las Vegas. Every winner throughout the series will get entry to the Tournament of Champions Freeroll where the top two finishers win entry to the Championship at Wynn.
You don’t have to win to get a shot at the extra prizes, though — find cash in any event for a shot at even more prizes. Every player who makes the money in a Summer Festival event wins a seat in a separate freeroll offering dozens of WPT Global online tournament ticket prizes.
Satellites for many of the Summer Festival tournaments are offered throughout the festival, giving players the chance to qualify for as little as $1. Get into the $1-for-$1-Million starting right from the start, and plan the rest of your series with the full schedule below.
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