A new era dawns this week when the very first WPT Prime series to be played on Australian soil – and just the second in Asia – gets underway at The Star Gold Coast from Thursday.
Following hot on the heels of WPT Prime Vietnam, which attracted a Main Event field of 777 starters, WPT Prime Gold Coast will feature 11 events across 12 days with all 11 events counting towards the Player of the Festival race. The overall series champion will win entry into the WPT Australia main tour stop in September.
Highlighting the WPT Prime Gold Coast series will be the $1,500 entry Main Event, which will also award the winner entry into the recently announced US$10,400 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas in December, including airfares and accommodation. The WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas features the world’s first US$15 million prize pool guarantee.
Aside from the Main Event, this week’s WPT Prime series will include the first ever Mystery Bounty event to be played in a major casino-based tournament series in Australia. The $1,000 buy-in Mystery Bounty starts on Tuesday 14 June.
WPT’s new “Prime” brand replaces the old WPTDeepStacks concept, with WPT Live Events Specialist Danny McDonagh stating, “This festival will be just the second event as a WPT Prime event with the brand debuting in Vietnam at the end of last month.
“We are very exciting to have the first casino Mystery Bounty in Australia with a huge top bounty relative to the buy-in. Unlike Vietnam, which played to ITM (in the money_ on Day 1, here we stop at 15% and all those players will have a chance to win bounties on Day 2.
“WPT Prime Vietnam set the first line of 777 entries for the Main Event, however that number is expected to be eclipsed based on the fabulous 1,113 entries The Star Gold Coast achieved in 2021 for the WPTDeepStacks Main Event, which had the same buy-in as this year’s Prime.”
WPT Prime Gold Coast runs from 9 to 20 June with the Main Event kicking off the first of three Day 1 flights on Thursday 16 June.