GGPoker Is Offering Ontario Online Poker Players The Chance Of A Lifetime

Written By Matthew Lomon on October 11, 2023
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GGPoker is offering Ontario online poker players a chance at World Series of Poker stardom this December in the Bahamas.

A trip to Paradise Island along with over $50 million in guaranteed prize money is up for grabs in the WSOP Paradise meet. Taking place Dec. 3-14 at the Atlantis Hotel, the Bahamas festival will feature 15 bracelet events.

Players in Ontario can punch their ticket to the showcase through the “Road to Paradise” campaign, which went live on Oct. 1.

The qualifier event, which is also running in the United States, is available to Ontarians via GGPoker Ontario.

Players can qualify in several different way

The Road to Paradise features several opportunities for players to secure their spot in the main event, including:

  • Direct qualifiers
  • Exclusive freerolls
  • Participation in OnLive events to gain entry into three WSOP Paradise bracelet events
  • Weekly tournaments that contain Paradise packages and run alongside other side promotions

Altogether, the inaugural WSOP Paradise event will see 1,000 players from several GG-owned platforms take to the tables for their shot at glory. The company is aiming to build on its impressive Las Vegas event from this summer, which saw nearly 800 players qualify for the WSOP Main Event.

By sending an additional 200 players and 200 High Roller packages, GGPoker is indeed one-upping itself this time around.

The crop of 1,000 will undoubtedly try to do their best Daniel Negreanu impression come December. The Canadian poker legend and GGPoker global ambassador talked in a promo video about what makes this event, in particular, special.

“It’s not just a poker event — it’s a dream vacation, and I can’t wait to see who will emerge as the lucky winners,” Negreanu said.

Nine already qualified for WSOP Paradise

While the Road to Paradise event is the headliner in the WSOP Paradise qualifier series, it didn’t kick things off. Prior to Sunday’s announcement, nine players had already booked their spots through separate online qualifiers.

This alternative set of trials is available 24/7 and contains a variety of entry options with buy-ins starting at $15. Players can also try their hand in step satellite tournaments at $150 and $1500, with a shot at the $13,500 Main Event package hanging in the balance.

The ultimate Road to Paradise package contains the following rewards:

  • Entry to the Main Event valued at $7,155
  • A minimum of ten nights of accommodation at the Atlantis Resort
  • An exclusive GGMerch gift

Notably, early winners will earn an additional 11th night at the resort. GGPoker will also provide players with a complimentary daily lunch buffet within feet of the tournament area.


WSOP Paradise is an all-world affair

Poker stars will soon converge on the Bahamas to test their skills against some of the world’s best players.

The festival, which mainly caters to high rollers, will also contain options for players with more modest bankrolls. For example, buy-ins range from $800 to a staggering $100,000, with prize guarantees sitting between $1 million and $15 million.

Three OnLive-style events are penciled into the tournament lineup as well. This hybrid system grants players the opportunity to participate in online rounds and nab their share of the prize pool before landing in the Bahamas. The OnLive events consist of:

  • The $1,650 Mystery Millions ($5 million in guaranteed prizes)
  • The $26,000 GGMillion$ ($10 million in guaranteed winnings)
  • The $5,300 Main Event ($15 million in guaranteed money)

Interestingly, the 1,000 players at WSOP Paradise will not only be competing against each other. The Caribbean contestants are going head-to-head with players in the WPT World Championship at the Wynn Las Vegas and PokerStars’ EPT Prague. Recently, the WTP announced a record-shattering $40 million prize pool for its upcoming World Championship event.

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Matthew Lomon has been a contributor at Catena Media’s network of regional sites since July 2022. He first broke into covering the legal North American gambling industry with PlayCanada. Since then, Matthew's reporting has extended to PlayMichigan, PlayPennsylvania, and PlayIllinois. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Matthew is an avid (bordering on fanatic) sports fan.

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