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World Series of Poker Paradise Brings Buzz, Huge Prize Pools and Big Stars to the Bahamas




First WSOP Paradise eclipses $70 million in total prize pool

Main Event Champion to win biggest $5k tournament of 2023

Historic bracelets, strong fields and memorable appearances by poker’s biggest names and sports legends highlight the first winter series for the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Starting on December 3 at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, WSOP Paradise hosted some of the biggest poker tournaments of 2023 at various buy-in levels and surpassed its promised $50 million guarantee to achieve a total prize pool of more than $70 million.

“From hall of famers winning bracelets to celebrity sightings and a classic Phil Hellmuth entrance to the Main Event, WSOP Paradise exceeded even our own lofty expectations and became the final highlight of an incredible year,” the Senior Vice-President and Executive Director for the WSOP, Ty Stewart, said. “We thank every player who made the trip to the Bahamas to be part of the action and launch our newest tradition, Winter in Paradise.”

Event #1, Mystery Millions, kicked off the poker in paradise action by breaking the record for the largest poker event ever hosted in the Bahamas and things only heated up from there. The winter series saw exceptional turnouts for its high roller events, with many of the tournaments becoming the strongest of the year at their buy-in level. This included Event #3: GGMillion$ High Roller Championship, which was larger than its $25k counterpart at the WSOP in Las Vegas this summer.

All high-roller event entrants and prize pools can be seen below:

Event #3: GGMillion$ High Roller Championship ($25k buy-in)

  • 533 entrants
  • $13,325,000 prize pool

Event #7: Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em ($50k buy-in)

  • 137 entrants
  • $6,850,000 prize pool

Event #9: Ultra High Roller No-Limit Hold’em ($100k buy-in)

  • 111 entrants
  • $11,100,000 prize pool

The inaugural WSOP Paradise No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, better known as the ‘Main Event’, has solidified itself as the largest $5k buy-in poker tournament of 2023, with 3,010 entrants battling for the top prize. The first WSOP Paradise Main Event champion will soon take home a $2 million first-place prize in addition to the highly-coveted Main Event bracelet hand-crafted by Jostens from yellow gold, weighing nearly 95 grams and 494 genuine blue topaz round stones.

The full payout breakdown for the WSOP Paradise Main Event Final Table is as follows:

  • 1st: $2,000,000
  • 2nd: $1,200,000
  • 3rd: $900,000
  • 4th: $685,000
  • 5th: $510,000
  • 6th: $400,000
  • 7th: $300,000
  • 8th: $250,000
  • 9th: $200,000

Although this is just the first edition of WSOP Paradise, players and fans at Atlantis witnessed a familiar scene for a WSOP Main Event on December 9 as Phil Hellmuth made his grand entrance into the Atlantis Ballroom dressed as Poseidon, joined by choreographed dancers, mermaids and a marching band. Other highlights from the series action include Hall of Famer Erik Seidel taking home his tenth career WSOP bracelet after winning Event #7: Super High-Roller No-Limit Hold’em and Japan’s Masashi Oya breaking through to claim his first-ever WSOP bracelet to go along with a massive $2.9 million first-place prize in Event #9: Ultra High-Roller No-Limit Hold’em.

Familiar faces from the sports world also attended WSOP Paradise including 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Parker, two-time WNBA Champion and Las Vegas Aces’ Head Coach Becky Hammon, Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero, FS1’s Nick Wright and more. Parker finished in the money for the first time in a live poker tournament in Event #4: Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold’em and Aguero competed at the feature table for the Main Event with a seat next to Daniel Negreanu.

The excitement surrounding WSOP Paradise builds on a banner year for the WSOP after the series shattered its all-time attendance record for its Main Event in Las Vegas this summer, 17 years after Jamie Gold defeated a crowd of 8,773 entrants in 2006 to take home the prestigious WSOP Main Event bracelet.

Livestreamed coverage for the Main Event continues on GGPoker’s YouTube channel and three post-produced television episodes will air on CBS Sports Network with commentary from legendary poker analysts Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.

Players should follow @WSOP on X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram or check WSOP .com for event news and updates.

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The Commerce Casino & Hotel Partners with World Series of Poker (WSOP)




The Commerce Casino & Hotel, home to the largest poker room in the world, has announced an exciting partnership with the richest, most prestigious, and longest-running poker series – the World Series of Poker (WSOP). This collaboration signifies a pivotal moment for the poker community, bringing together two powerhouses to elevate the poker experience for players and fans worldwide.

The Commerce Casino & Hotel’s status as the premier destination for poker players is solidified with this strategic alliance. Renowned for its unrivaled selection of poker games and tournaments, exceptional hospitality, and convenient accessibility, The Commerce Casino & Hotel continues to set the standard for excellence in the poker industry.

The partnership with WSOP, synonymous with the highest echelons of poker tournaments globally, introduces a myriad of opportunities for players and fans alike. By leveraging The Commerce Casino & Hotel’s extensive facilities and WSOP’s unmatched expertise, this collaboration promises to deliver an enhanced and unforgettable poker experience.

“We are ecstatic to merge our strengths with the World Series of Poker. This collaboration marks the convergence of two giants in the poker world and presents endless possibilities. Together, we are committed to pushing boundaries and setting new standards of excellence in the industry,” Spencer Villaseñor, Director of Guest Experience at The Commerce Casino & Hotel, said.

As part of the partnership, The Commerce Casino & Hotel and WSOP will work collaboratively to develop organized tournaments, host exclusive events, and provide players with unparalleled access to the world of competitive poker.

“Partnering with The Commerce Casino & Hotel is an exciting milestone for the WSOP. Commerce’s reputation as the biggest and best year-round poker room aligns perfectly with our desire to expand the brand while also promoting the growth of the summer festival. We look forward to delivering exciting events and experiences that grow interest in our resilient and resurgent game,” Ty Stewart, SVP & Executive Director of the WSOP, said.

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Poker players who want to rev up their bankroll are heading to ACR Poker. The popular online poker site is debuting its Turbo Boost Series from April 7th-13th, with over $2 Million in guaranteed prize pools, plus 10 coveted seats to ACR’s biggest Venom tournament ever.

“The $12.5 Million Venom starts on Sunday, April 14th and we’re looking to qualify as many players as possible,” stated ACR Pro, Chris Moneymaker. “So, start your engines and play in the Turbo Boost Series to win cash, plus your seat to our biggest tourney ever which includes three $1 Million prizes.”

The week-long Turbo Boost Series, guaranteeing $2 Million in prize pools, offers 31 added events with buy-ins ranging from just $1.10 to $630. That means players of all bankroll sizes can compete in this high-octane series before they accelerate into the Venom.

Players will also have the opportunity to compete in the Leaderboard Competition, awarding 10 seats, worth $26,500 in value, to the $12.5 Million Venom. This will consist of two separate leaderboards based on Low ($33 and less) and High ($44 and up) buy-ins. Players who win their seat will automatically be registered for Day 1A of the Venom, so they should clear their schedule for that day.

In addition to the Turbo Boost Series and the Venom, Moneymaker highlighted two special Super Sunday events coming to ACR Poker’s April lineup. The first, on April 7th, will offer a monster $500,000 guarantee for a $215 buy-in across two days. On April 14th, the second event will feature a $100,000 prize pool for a low buy-in of $16.50.

For more info on the Turbo Boost Series, visit the promo page at


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The High Five Tournament Series, running March 10th31st, isn’t just the best way for players to ‘take their bankroll higher’. It’s also a great way to earn a seat to ACR Poker’s record-breaking $12.5 Million Venom tourney this April.

“We typically run the High Five in April as part of the humorous 420 theme, but this time it’s a lead in to the $12.5 Million Venom,” stated ACR Pro, Chris Moneymaker. “So, make sure you light up the tables and win one of 20 Venom seats in our Leaderboard Competition.”

The High Five features $12.2 Million in guarantees over 220 tourneys. It’s broken down to exactly 10 events a day, with five being lower stakes ($33 or less). Overall buy-ins range from $1.10 to $1,050, so players of all bankroll sizes can participate and get a great payout.

Moneymaker added that while all High Five tourneys are buzzworthy, players will definitely want to inhale the two Main Events on Sunday, March 31st. One is a $1 Million GTD ($630 buyin) and the other $500,000 GTD ($215 buy-in).

The Leaderboard Competition will award 20 seats to the $12.5 Million Venom. That’s a $53,000 value, paid directly out of ACR Poker’s pocket. It’s actually two separate leaderboards based on Low ($1.10 to $33) and High ($44 to $1,050) buy-ins.

Finally, in keeping with the 420 theme, the High Five features a daily 10-minute “courtesy break” at 4:20pm ET. This gives players the chance to grab some munchies, have a bathroom break or relax in any way they see fit.

For more info on the High Five, visit the promo page at ACRPoker.


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