Massive fields and poker’s biggest names highlight WSOP’s first winter series in the Bahamas.
WSOP Paradise Event #1 Mystery Millions breaks record for largest poker event in locale with significant poker history
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (Dec. 7, 2023) – Cards are in the air, and the first edition of WSOP Paradise is officially off and running at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, marking an exciting new chapter for the richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series. Festivities officially got underway on Sunday, Dec. 3, with Daniel Negreanu delivering the ceremonial Shuffle Up & Deal for the series kicking off Event #1: Mystery Millions.
With 3,446 entrants and its $5 million guarantee easily met, the Mystery Millions event set the record for the largest live poker event ever hosted in the Bahamas and featured Jeremy Lavi Dan taking home the prized $500,000 bounty.
WSOP Paradise has brought the biggest names in poker to the felt in the Caribbean, including poker legends Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Jamie Gold, in addition to the last three WSOP Main Event World Champions Daniel Weinman, Espen Jørstad, and Koray Aldemir. Familiar faces from the sports world are also in attendance, like 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tony Parker, two-time WNBA Champion and Las Vegas Aces’ Head Coach Becky Hammon, Manchester City legend Sergio Agüero, FS1’s Nick Wright, and many more.
Highlights from the action so far include Tony Parker notching his first finish in the money at a WSOP event in Event #4: Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold’em and another guarantee being met of $10 million for Event #3 GGMillion$ High Rollers Championship.
“Poker in paradise is rolling along and WSOP Paradise at Atlantis Paradise Island is already setting records and smashing guarantees,” said World Series of Poker Executive Director Ty Stewart. “The WSOP can celebrate another ‘first’ with the record for the largest live poker event ever put together in the Bahamas. With more action set to unfold in paradise and some of the biggest names from the poker world in attendance, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the first WSOP Paradise Main Event at Atlantis.”
The action continues this week with Event #5: High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha $25k, which kicks off on Dec. 7 featuring big-name players and a $2 million guarantee. Wall-to-wall coverage of the first WSOP No-Limit Hold'em World Championship in Paradise, better known as the “Main Event,” starts Dec. 9, featuring a massive $15 million guarantee and the highly-coveted WSOP Paradise Main Event bracelet.
The full 2023 WSOP Paradise schedule can be found here. Livestreamed coverage for marquee events and the Main Event will be featured on GGPoker’s YouTube channel, and three post-produced TV 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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Part of Caesars Entertainment's Caesars Digital operations, the World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $4 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport's top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker's longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2023, the event attracted 214,641 entrants from more than 114 different countries to the Paris Las Vegas and Horseshoe Las Vegas and awarded more than $403 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. All WSOP events are subject to the then-current and applicable WSOP tournament rules. For more information, please visit www.wsop.com.
About Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Throughout 2023, Atlantis is rolling out bold multimillion-dollar renovations and exciting new partnerships throughout the resort – from a complete renovation of The Royal Towers to a reimagined Atlantis Casino and much more. The resort's 25th anniversary launches a new chapter for the first-of-its-kind celebrated entertainment resort destination, ensuring that travelers will continue to experience the best at Atlantis Paradise Island, with stunning accommodations, innovative cuisine, and extraordinary experiences ranging from live music performances and concerts to internationally acclaimed food and wine festivals. For more information and reservations, please visit atlantisbahamas.com
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