Historically, the World Series of Poker has only been held in two locations: the American edition in Las Vegas and the European edition in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. However, the collaboration between the WSOP and GGPoker is breaking new ground.
For the first time, the festival comes to the popular country, the Bahamas, to the paradise island of Atlantis. The location, long favored by PokerStars for its PCA station, will now host the World Series of Poker.
This unique festival will run from December 3rd to 14th this year and will award 15 gold bracelets. Things could get pretty heated leading up to New Year’s Eve as many players see the paradise of Atlantis as the perfect place to play poker.
The full schedule has yet to be announced, but GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (PokerOK Russia), did reveal some details.
The projected 15 events certainly include $25,000 in GGMillions, a $1,500 mystery bounty and a $5,000 Main Event with a prize pool of $15,000,000. The two major sponsors are likely trying to bring high rollers together under the guise of the WSOP, and as Negreanu hinted in his statement, some expensive tournaments are on the agenda, including $50,000 and $100,000 events.
Whether all events will be guaranteed remains to be seen, but KidPoker is promising at least $50,000,000 in tournament prize money over 11 days.
“GGPoker is delighted to launch WSOP Paradise and welcome you with hundreds of players.” “We are coming to Atlantis Paradise Island from all over the world this December. It will be an absolutely amazing experience, the best poker game at one of the most luxurious resorts in the world,” Negreanu said in a release.
However, the WSOP Europe will not be cancelled. The European portion of the World Series is traditionally played in Rozvadov from Oct. 25 to Nov. 16, after which players have a few weeks off before scheduling their next “bracelet” game.
So it’s going to be a busy year for live poker at the end of the year. In the last days of July, Triton Poker takes place in London, at the end of August, most of the poker community comes to EPT Barcelona, in October comes to EPT Cyprus, in November and December, you have to choose between EPT Prague and the WSOP .