There may be one tournament series that outshines the rest in December, at least in terms of publicity and attendance, but there are quite a lot of options for players around the world.
Let’s start with mid-majors in the United States and take a trip to see what’s happening before 2022 ends.
MSPT in Minnesota and Nevada
The Mid-States Poker Tour kicks off its December action on the first day of the month. That tour stop will be at the familiar Running Aces Casino in Columbus, Minnesota. The MSPT series set for December 1-11 also serves as the Winter Poker Classic Series, complete with 11 trophy events, highlighted by:
- $1,110 buy-in MSPT Main Event ($500K GTD): Dec 8-11 / 3 flights
At the end of the month, the MSPT will wrap its year in Las Vegas at the Venetian on the Strip. It will host a signature event amidst the DeepStack Extravaganza Poker Series. The entire festival runs December 1 through January 8. The MSPT portion of the series is a single tournament:
- $1,100 buy-in MSPT Main Event ($300K GTD): Dec 28-30 / 2 flights
DeepStack Showdown (Jan/Feb) @VenetianPoker January 9 – February 12, 2023 featuring more than $2.3 Million in guaranteed tournament prize pools.
Two events from partner @msptpoker
$1,100 NLH Poker Bowl $250K
$1,600 NLH Poker Bowl $500K
— Venetian Poker Room (@VenetianPoker) November 27, 2022
RGPS in California and Nevada
The RunGood Poker Series is already playing out its season finale for the year. The Contenders series actually kicked off on November 25 and continues through December 6. It is going down at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California. The ten tournaments will feature one major attraction:
- $2,500 buy-in RGPS Main Event ($1M GTD): Dec 3-6 / 2 flights
The ten-even schedule is highlighted by the $2,500 RunGood Season Finale with a $1M guaranteed prize pool.
Two more seats to the RGPS: All-Stars ProAM are up for grabs.
— PokerGO News (@PokerGOnews) November 23, 2022
The tour then heads to Las Vegas for the All-Stars ProAm presented by PokerGO for players who have qualified throughout the year. Actually, on December 15, there will be a single-day RGPS ring event at Aria Casino, one that will award the final two seats into the next day’s ProAm tournament. That will take place at the PokerGO Studio, also at Aria.
- $240 buy-in RGPS NLHE (2 ProAm seats GTD): Dec 15 / 1 flight
The ProAm tournament will begin on December 16 with approximately 30 players who qualified to participate. They will compete against celebrities, poker pros, and media personalities, each of whom will pay $550 to buy in. This event will play its final table on December 17.
WSOPC in North Carolina and California
The current WSOP Circuit season runs through May 2023 with two stops playing out in December 2022. The first is already underway at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. That series of 17 official WSOPC events started on November 24 and will run through December 5.
- $1,700 buy-in WSOPC Main Event ($1M GTD): Dec 2-4 / 2 flights
Before that series even wraps, the WSOPC will be in the Los Angeles area at the Bicycle Casino. That stop runs December 3-14 with 13 ring events and one main attraction:
- $1,700 buy-in WSOPC Main Event (no guarantee): Dec 11-13 / 2 flights
WSOPC Int’l in Australia, Holland, and Uruguay
As with the US-based Circuit, the WSOP International Circuit runs through the spring of 2023. This is a particularly busy time, however, as the action treks from one side of the world to the other. The Star Gold Coast in Australia is currently hosting the WSOPC for a November 24-December 6 series with 12 total ring events, featuring:
- A$2,500 WSOPC Main Event (no guarantee): Dec 1-4 / 3 flights
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— PokerMedia Australia (@PokerMediaAus) November 27, 2022
Also in action already is the WSOP Circuit series at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam. That started November 25 and will finish on December 3. There will only be eight ring-awarding events there, with one of them being the central focus:
- €1K buy-in WSOPC Main Event (€500K GTD): Dec 30-Dec 1
And just days away from its start is the Circuit at the Enjoy Punta del Este Resort in Uruguay. The resort will host the December 2-10 with 11 ring events, including this:
- $1,100 buy-in WSOPC Main Event ($300K GTD): Dec 3-5 / 4 flights
EPT in Czech Republic
The European Poker Tour is back with its EPT Prague in the Czech Republic capital in December. The series is wildly famous for its events as well as its backdrop of the holidays in Prague. The full festival will run December 7-18, complete with EPT and Eureka Poker Tour events. The biggest of the Main Events will be:
- €5,300 buy-in EPT Main Event (no guarantee): Dec 12-18 / 2 flights
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— PokerStars Blog (@PokerStarsBlog) November 24, 2022
PokerGO Tour in Nevada
The PokerGO Tour is wrapping up its second full season in December with a full roster of tournaments. All of the events are classified as high rollers, each with $10K buy-ins or above, and they will all take place in Las Vegas. From December 1-21, this is the action for high-stakes players:
- Aria High Rollers #25-37: Dec 1-20 / $10K-$25K
- $10K buy-in WPT World Championship at Wynn ($15M GTD): Dec 12-18 / 3 flights
- 2022 PGT Championship Invitational at Aria ($500K for winner): Dec 21-22
WPT in Nevada
The December live tournament with the most buzz is the WPT World Championship, set for December 1-19 at Wynn Las Vegas. It is the first time that the World Poker Tour is partnering with Wynn, and it will be the first time for a $15M guarantee. There will be history-making opportunities around every corner.
The series of tournaments offers multi-day events, mixed games like 8-game and HORSE, and Omaha variants like PLO and O-8. There will be bounties, events for seniors and women, and even highlighted cash games known as MUGs (meet-up games) featuring the likes of Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey. The most hyped events of the WPT World Championship are:
- $1,100 buy-in WPT Prime Championship ($2M GTD): Dec 8-12 / 3 flights
- $10,400 buy-in WPT World Championship Main Event ($15M GTD): Dec 12-18 / 3 flights
- $1,600 buy-in WPT Mystery Bounty ($2M GTD): Dec 16-19 / 3 flights
- $1,100 buy-in WPT Ladies Championship ($200K GTD): Dec 16-18
The Prime, Main Event, and Ladies Championship will each hold final table filming at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor – Ladies on Dec. 18, Prime on Dec. 19, and Main Event on Dec 20. These will be open to the public, though seating may be limited. Each will be filmed for television broadcasts.