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World Poker Tour’s 2023 Season kicks off with WPT Prime Paris

The World Poker Tour had an immensely successful 2022 where several records were broken. In just a few days they’re set to kick off the first stage of 2023 in the glamorous city of Paris, France. WPT Prime Paris event will be played from January 31 to February 5 at the Circus Club. As with all Prime events, the Main Event buy-in will be €1,100.

The Festival

The festival will feature 27 events with buy-ins ranging from €300 to the €3,300 Super High Roller. In addition, satellites for the WPT Prime, High Roller and Super High Roller events will be played. The popular Mystery Bounty will also be on the schedule.

WPT Prime Main Event Schedule:

  • Day 1A: January 31 at 12 PM (play till field is ITM)
  • Day 1B: February 1 at 12 PM (play till field is ITM)
  • Day 1C: February 2 at 12 PM (play till field is ITM)
  • Day 1D: February 3 at 12 PM (play till field is ITM)
  • Day 1E Last Chance Turbo: February 3 at 7 PM (play till field is ITM)
  • Day 2: February 4 at 12 PM (play till final table of 9 players)
  • Day 3 – Live Streaming: February 5 at 12 PM

WPT Prime Paris

WPT Prime Main Event structure:

  • Buy-In: €1,100
  • Starting stack: 30,000 chips
  • Blind levels: 40 minutes and 60 minutes at final table
  • Ante Format: Big Blind Ante
  • Late registration: Closes at the start of Level 7
  • Payouts: 12.5%
  • Players per table: Play will start 9-handed and will move to 8-handed as soon as possible

Here are some of the marquee tournaments to be staged at the festival:

#EventDayBuy-InStart TimeLevelsChips
1OpenerJanuary 22€50012 PM3050K
2TurboJanuary 22€4007 PM1530K
4SuperstackJanuary 24€7152 PM90/30100K
6Mystery BountyJanuary 25€50012 PM3030K
8TurboJanuary 26€5006 PM1530K
10High RollerJanuary 27€2,2002 PM40250K
14OmahaJanuary 29€7152 PM3050K
15TurboJanuary 29€4007 PM1530K
17PKO FreezeoutJanuary 30€4002 PM2530K
18TurboJanuary 30€4007 PM1530K
20WPT PrimeJanuary 31€1,10012 PM4030K
21TurboJanuary 31€4007 PM1530K
24TurboFebruary 2€4007 PM1530K
26Super High RollerFebruary 4€3,3004 PM40250K
27CloserFebruary 5€3002 PM2530K

You can see the complete festival schedule with all the events here.

Club Circus

The Venue

The festival will be played at the Circus Paris Club, located at 37 Bd Murat in the Boulogne-Billancourt area, just meters from the Roland Garros stadium and the Seine River. The poker room has 11 tables where cash games and weekly tournaments are held.

Club Circus

Inside the establishment is located the “La Baraka” restaurant, which has a comfortable atmosphere where diners can enjoy a delicious modern meal. There is also The Club Bar, which serves the house beer called “Tripick” and was chosen as the best beer in the world in 2017.

Check out WPT presenter Alex Gray‘s video preview of WPT Prime Paris:

The Glamorous City of Paris

Naturally, there’s plenty to do away from the felt in France’s capital city. Paris has excursions, attractions, and tours for all tastes. Art lovers can get a close look at the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum. You can also visit the Palace of Versailles or even the beaches of Normandy where D-Day took place.

Paris

Those looking for even more fun and entertainment can enjoy a ride on a hop on-hop off bus through the city’s tourist attractions or a night cruise with dinner and live music. There are also cabaret shows at the mythical “Moulin Rouge” and walks in the Champagne vineyards to tempt you. Amusement park lovers have Disneyworld Paris for fun and the brave among you looking for something more extreme can visit the city’s catacombs, which house the remains of 6 million Parisians.

WPT Events in Paris

The World Poker Tour first visited the city of Paris back in 2003 during its first season. The tournament was called Euro Finals of Poker and was played at the legendary Club de Aviation de France, which unfortunately no longer exists today.

$897,000

There were 86 players who paid an entry fee of €10K and the prize pool was €831K ($897K). Among the finalists were Howard Lederer, Tony G and Allen Cunningham. But the champion was Sweden’s Christer Johansson, winning €500K.

The last WPT event played in Paris was back in February 2020. It was a €1.5K buy-in event as part of the WPTDeepstacks circuit that boasted 853 entries and a prize pool of €1.1M. The winner was Frenchman Sonny Franco, who took home approximately €201K.

Players from France

France’s most recognized player is undoubtedly Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who is the biggest winner in his country’s history with $14.8M in earnings on the live circuit. He is also one of the 9 players who have achieved poker’s “Triple Crown” with titles in the WPT, EPT and WSOP.

ElkY WPT

Also notable among French players are David Benyamine, Bruno Fitoussi, Benjamin Pollak, Julien Martini, Sylvain Loosli, Antoine Saout, Roger Hairabedian, Romain Lewis, Paul Tedeschi and vlogger Johan “YoH Viral” Guilbert, among others. We will see which of them decide to participate on their “home turf” at WPT Prime Paris.

You already know all the details of the WPT Prime Paris and the main attractions of the city. So if you want to visit Europe with a poker trip you have the perfect excuse to travel. La ville magique de Paris vous attend (The magical city of Paris is waiting for you)!

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Santiago is a longtime veteran of the poker industry, having written primarily about the game in Argentina since 2009. He has published hundreds of articles in Sudamerican Poker and Pokerlogia, and has provided live media coverage at the WSOP Main Event in 2015 and 2019. In addition to being a former columnist in PokerFace Magazine, […]

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