Brunson, Ivey & Aoki Dazzle at Successful WPT Wynn Premier Meet-Up Game

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On Thursday, the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship kicked off its stop at Wynn Las Vegas with the Premier Meet-Up Game!

The MUG was attended by a long list of poker luminaries including Patrik Antonius, Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, DJ Steve Aoki, Brad Owen, Andrew Neeme, WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage, Vince Van Patten, Tony Dunst, Ashley "PokerFace Ash" Frank, and Phil Hellmuth (who actually only showed up for the afterparty).

The MUG got underway at 8 a.m. and consisted of 26 tables running $1/$3 & $2/$5 no-limit Hold'em and pot-limit Omaha games in the luxurious Wynn Poker Room.

The WPT ran a promotion during the MUG that gave out four $10,400 WPT World Championship seats to those who qualified. To do so, a player who entered an all-in and call with a WPT Ambassador or Talent member entered a raffle to win a seat.

Among the masses were some familiar poker personalities such as Jaman Burton, Nathan Gamble, Kathy Liebert, and Ryan Laplante.

One of the four seats into the WPT World Championship went to Katrina Weaver, who according to a report from Jeff Walsh earned an entry after she mixed it up with Ivey. She held the queen-ten of diamonds and was up against Ivey’s pocket deuces. Weaver made a straight by the river, earned a ticket, and was later selected in the raffle for one of the $10,400 seats!

Shots from the WPT Wynn Premier Meet-Up Game

Here are some shots taken during the Premier Meet-Up Game courtesy of the WPT.

Doyle Brunson Phil Ivey Andrew Neeme Katrina Weaver Phil Hellmuth phil ivey Doyle Brunson Tony Dunst Vince Van Patten Joey Ingram and Kathy Liebert Patrik Antonius Steve Aoki Brad Owen Matt Savage Lynn Gilmartin

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What’s Coming Up at WPT Wynn?

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The MUG was just one of several festivities that WPT has planned for the end of its 20th season, which will culminate with the $10,400 buy-in WPT World Championship with a $15 million guarantee. On Dec. 6, Aoki will host the WPT Steve Aoki Playhouse Game in the world-renowned DJ's residence with a pool, foam pit, and personalized poker table.

Later in the series, poker commentator Jamie Kerstetter will host a WPT Ladies Meet-Up Game featuring Xuan Liu, Ashley Sleeth and WPT Anchor Lynn Gilmartin that will take place alongside the $200,000 guaranteed Ladies Event.

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The launch of WPT Global means that poker players around the world now have the chance to win their way to WPT events, win prizes and enjoy exciting games such as Poker Flips. As one of the world's largest cash game poker networks, WPT Global is available in over 50 countries and territories around the world.

WPT Global offers a large deposit match bonus: 100% on deposits up to $1,200 (using any payment method). New players depositing a minimum of $20 automatically receive this match bonus which is unlocked in $5 increments (credited straight to the cashier) for every $20 of rake contribution.

Both tournaments and cash games count towards bonus unlocking; new players have 90 days from the date of first deposit to unlock and claim their full bonus amount.

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*Images courtesy of WPT.

  • Check out highlights from the @WPT Premier Meet-Up Game at @WynnPoker.

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