WSOP Paradise is proving successful with big names and prize pools; Just a missed GTD

WSOP paradise

If that World Series of Poker (WSOP) paradise. Announced earlier this year, many in the poker world were skeptical that it could be a success as it would compete against two previously announced stops at the WPT World Championship and EPT Prague. However, with the help of GGPokerThe 15 bracelet stop proved a success with prize money of over $70 millionwell above the promised guarantees of $50 million.

The series, which began on December 3 on Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, was the last tournament in the series to miss out on just one guarantee – Event #14: $2,000 The Closer Turbo Bounty – There were only 406 entries that did not meet the $1,000,000 guarantee.

“From Hall of Famers bracelets to celebrity sightings and a classic Phil Hellmuth Entry into the Main Event, WSOP Paradise, exceeded even our own high expectations and became the final highlight of an incredible year,” he said Ty Stewart, SVP and Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “We thank every player who made the trip to the Bahamas to be part of the promotion and start our newest tradition, Winter in Paradise.”

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Event #1 Mystery Millions kicked off the Poker in Paradise action by breaking the record for the largest poker event ever in the Bahamas, and things only heated up from there. The Winter Series saw exceptional participation in its high roller events, with many of the tournaments being the strongest of the year at their buy-in level.

That contained Event #3: GGMillion$ High Roller Championshipwhich was bigger than its $25,000 counterpart at the WSOP in Las Vegas this summer.

Furthermore, the $5,300 buy-in to the WSOP Paradise Main Event became the largest $5,000 buy-in poker tournament of 2023, with 3,010 entrants competing for a $2 million first place prize as well as the highly coveted Main Event bracelet, handcrafted by Jostens from one-weight yellow gold of almost 95 grams and 494 g of real blue topaz round stones. GGPoker qualification Stanislav Zegal ultimately won this tournament.

The Main Event was broadcast live daily on GGPoker’s YouTube channel three reproduced TV episodes will air on CBS Sports Network with commentary from legendary poker analysts Lon McEachern And Norman Chad.

Phil Hellmuth, Poseidon
Phil Hellmuth celebrates his big appearance in the WSOP Paradise.

Other highlights included Hellmuth’s big performance as Poseidon in the Hall of Fame Eric Seidel After his win, he took home his tenth career WSOP bracelet Event #7: Super High-Roller No-Limit Hold’emand Japan Masashi Oya broke through to claim his first-ever WSOP bracelet, along with a massive $2.9 million first-place prize Event #9: Ultra High-Roller No-Limit Hold’em.

Seidel spoke about his victory with Connor Richardswhich you can hear in the latest episode of the PokerNews podcast:

Among the celebrities who attended the inaugural WSOP Paradise was the 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Parkertwo-time WNBA champion and head coach of the Las Vegas Aces Becky HammonManchester City legend Sergio AgueroFS1 Nick Wrightand more.

Winner of the WSOP Paradise 2023

*Date competition Entries Price pool winner district Price
3rd-6th December Event #1: $1,500 Mystery Millions 3,446 $5,169,000 Jin Hoon Lee South Korea $420,000
4th–5th December Event #2: $1,500 Millionaire Maker 3,496 $5,233,000 Allan Mello Brazil $1,000,000
5th–8th December Event #3: $25,000 GGMillion$ High Rollers Championship 533 $13,325,000 Samuel Mullur Austria $2,726,300
5th–8th December Event #4: $1,000 Mini Main Event 2,234 $2,234,000 Martin Out Canada $334,380
7th–8th December Event #5: $25,000 High Roller PLO 140 $3,500,000 Nikolaos Lampropoulos Greece $871,600
7th–8th December Event #6: $3,000 6-Handed 755 $2,265,000 Boris Kolev Bulgaria $424,550
8th–9th December Event #7: $50,000 Super High Roller 137 $6,850,000 Eric Seidel USA $1,704,400
Dec 8th Event #8: $2,200 Mystery Bounty PLO Online 668 $1,336,000 Ben Wilinofsky Canada $139,379
9th–11th December Event #9: $100,000 Ultra High Roller 111 $11,100,000 Masashi Oya Japan $2,940,000
9th–14th December Event #10: $5,000 Main Event Championship 3,010 $15,050,000 Stanislav Zegal Germany $2,000,000
12th-13th December Event #11: $800 Flip & Go 767 $567,580 Arthur Martirosian Russia $110,591
13th December Event #12: $1,050 NLH Freezeout Online 1,336 $1,366,000 Anton “Brigitte Bardot” Bardziyan Belarus $178,261
13th-14th December Event #13: $10,000 PLO Championship 104 $1,040,000 Dante Goya Brazil $277,700
13th-14th December Event #14: $2,000 The Closer Turbo Bounty 406 $1,000,000 Bernardo Neves Portugal $166,000
12-14. December Event #15: $10,000 High Roller 6-Handed 169 $1,690,000 Dong Chen China $411,659
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Chad Holloway

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Editor-in-Chief USA, co-host of the PokerNews Podcast and 2013 WSOP bracelet winner.


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