One of the most ambitious live tournaments in Las Vegas history begins today at Wynn/Encore
A new poker boom has unfolded in 2021, as poker players across the U.S. flock to live tournaments in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attendance for live tournament series in Florida and Las Vegas has shattered records in recent months, and a return to the live felt for the 2021 World Series of Poker begins in just a few weeks.
Thousands of players will descend on the Rio Las Vegas this fall, and some of the prize pools that emerge from the 2021 WSOP will likely break U.S. records. While the WSOP is still three months away, one of the biggest live tournaments in Las Vegas history, non-WSOP category, kicks off on the Strip today.
The Wynn announced the $10 Million Guaranteed Wynn Millions two months ago, and the start date for the massive prize pool tournament finally arrives today. The Wynn Millions takes place at the Wynn/Encore property June 25 through July 2.
The $10,000 buy-in event will present the biggest guaranteed prize pool ever offered by a tournament at Wynn/Encore. The $10,000 buy-in for a Las Vegas tournament outside of the WSOP is rare, usually reserved for the high roller events on the PokerGO Tour.
The $10 million guaranteed prize pool is an even more ambitious number. The $10,000 buy-in puts $9,400 in the prize pool and $600 toward tournament fees.
With those numbers in place, the Wynn Millions needs to hit 1,064 entries to meet the $10 million guarantee. Let’s take a look at the schedule for the $10 Million Guaranteed Wynn Millions:
Wynn Millions $10 Million Guaranteed schedule
|Wynn Millions Flight||Date*|
|Day 1A||Friday, June 25|
|Day 1B||Saturday, June 26|
|Day 1C||Sunday, June 27|
|Day 2A + 2B||Monday, June 28|
|Day 2C||Tuesday, June 29|
|Day 3||Wednesday, June 30|
|Day 4||Thursday, July 1|
|Day 5||Friday, July 2|
Can The Wynn Millions meet or exceed a $10 million guarantee?
The Wynn Millions features three Day 1 flights, one each day from June 25-27. All three of those flights begin at noon local time, with the Sunday, June 27 Day 1C flight likely to draw the biggest numbers of the three.
Other details for the Wynn Millions include:
- $10,000 buy-in ($9,400 + $600)
- One re-entry per flight
- Day 2 qualifiers cannot enter another Day 1 flight
- 40,000 starting chips
- Day 1 plays 10 one-hour levels
- Late registration available until the start of Level 9 (approximately 9:40 pm for each Day 1 flight)
- All levels are 90 minutes beginning with Day 2
Wynn Summer Classic smashes guarantees
The Wynn Millions plays as the pinnacle event from the ongoing Wynn Summer Classic Series. The live tournament festival has seen the guarantees for its biggest event vastly exceeded so far.
The festival’s $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event guaranteed $1 million, but the actual final prize pool hit $1,677,000 for the May 28-31 tournament. A June 17-20 $1,600 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed tournament nearly doubled the guarantee, with the final prize money ending up at $1,902,400.
While those attendance numbers made the Wynn Summer Classic a massive success, the Wynn Millions aims to draw an entirely different bracket of players in terms of bankroll. Check back with Poker.org for continuing coverage of the Wynn Millions, which is scheduled to crown a champion on Friday, July 2.
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