While playing poker online can be a lot of fun, there’s something undeniably appealing about organized events and tournaments that we can’t get enough of. The electric atmosphere, lucrative prizes and great company make these tournaments a must for avid poker fans.
After this year’s WSOP events came to a close, poker players from all over the world began looking for their next challenge. And finally the World Poker Tour has begun! Reports from the 2022 WPT events paint an exciting picture as the event looks set to be the biggest and most exciting WPT tournament in years.
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World Poker Tour 2022: Everything you need to know
As the name might suggest, World Poker Tour (WPT) is an international tournament that takes place in multiple locations over several months. These events are usually televised or streamed live, allowing fans from all over the world to join in on the fun as well.
The first WPT event of 2022 was held at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino on August 27, followed by four additional events – including one held in Australia. But the most anticipated part of the tournament began on December 12 at the Wynn Las Vegas casino.
What makes the final event so special is the guaranteed prize of $15,000,000, which attracted the attention of dozens of poker players from all over the world. By the time registration closed, 2,960 people had entered the event, creating a mind-boggling prize pool of $29,008,000. According to reports, this is the largest WPT prize pool in history and the fourth largest outside of the WSOP Main Event.
WPT 2022 Players
With buy-ins of $10,400 and $25,000-50,000, poker pros were ready to go all-in trying to win the coveted prize. Day by day the number of participants dwindled and on Day 4 of the event only 128 players were still playing. Famous poker pros like Daniel Negreanu are still fighting for the great prize and the world is watching the game unfold with bated breath.
Negreanu, aka Kid Poker, came into Day 4 with 2.4 million chips, which is a great starting point. He surpassed Tony Dunst, the WPT announcer who burst the bubble along with I Klassen. Both shared 370th place, earning $17,400 in the process.
Other pros, such as Phil Ivey and Ema Zajmovic, did not receive any money as they were eliminated in the early stages of the tournament. Phil Hellmuth also didn’t make it very far in the event, but he still managed to finish with 225,000 chips – which isn’t bad at all.
The World Poker Tour is about to come to an end, and although poker fans may be sad when the final hand is played, there is nothing more exciting than seeing players win big after a successful poker streak!
Who will walk away with the amazing prize? And who will come second – also a respectable result? We will have to wait and see what the answers to these questions will be.
In the meantime, we can start preparing for the upcoming events and tournaments in 2023, which will be just as exciting, if not more so.