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Live Poker in December: Major Poker Events Taking Place This Month

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  • The EPT goes back to Prague for the traditional pre-Christmas live tournament series.
  • You can spend Christmas at the tables if you choose to go to Sochi for the Partypoker Grand Prix.
  • Discovet the most important live poker tournaments in December 2020 and don't forget to keep an eye on the online qualifiers, too!

The current year may be rapidly drawing to a close but the live poker tournament scene is showing no signs of slowing down with several major events taking place around the world.

If you want to play live poker in December 2019, you are in luck.

There’s something for everyone this month, be it a $300 buy-in Omaha Hi-Low event at the Wynn Las Vegas, a WSOP Circuit ring-awarding tournament, or a €50,000 Super High Roller in the Czech Republic.

Here are some of the highlights in the live poker world during December 2019.

Top Live Poker Tournaments in December 2019

DatesTournament / FestivalVenueCountry
Dec. 2-22The Wynn Winter ClassicWynn Las VegasUnited States
Dec. 5-8MSPT Season FinaleCanterbury Park Card Club, ShakopeeUnited States
Dec. 5-16WSOP Circuit BiloxiIP Hotel & Casino, BiloxiUnited States
Dec. 5-22WPT Five Diamond World Poker ClassicBellagio, Las VegasUnited States
Dec. 6-14WSOP international Circuit UruguayEnjoy Conrad Resort & Casino, Punta del EsteUruguay
Dec. 6-17EPT PragueHilton Prague Hotel, PragueCzech Republic
Dec. 8-15partypoker Grand Prix MontrealPlayground Poker Club, KahnawakeCanada
Dec. 10-15PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 13Okada Manila, ManilaPhilippines
Dec. 11-15Moneymaker’s Road to PSPC – SHR HollywoodSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, HollywoodUnited States
Dec. 11-27partypoker Grand Prix Russia & Sochi Poker FestivalSochi Casino and Resort, Sochi, Russia 
Dec. 12-22WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Las VegasHarrah’s Las Vegas, NevadaUnited States
Dec. 16-22Road to PSPC – ParisClub Montmarte, ParisFrance

The Wynn Winter Classic: December 2-22

Wynn Poker Room in December 2019

Look no further than The Wynn Winter Classic if you are after low-to-mid stakes poker tournaments with juicy guarantees.

The Wynn Las Vegas makes it possible to play for juicy prize pool without breaking the bank, the perfect way to end 2019.

Several events stand out from the schedule of 17 events, which have combined guarantees weighing in at $2.8 million.

The $600 No-Limit Hold’em running Dec. 5-8 has an impressive $250,000 guaranteed prize pool, while the $1,100 N-Limit Hold’em from Dec. 12-15 has a cool $500,000 up for grabs.

The flagship event, however, is the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em Championship, a three-day event running Dec. 18-20 that has a huge $1.5 million guaranteed.

Four $400 buy-in Super Satellites take place Dec. 15-17 if you find the $5,300 buy-in a little too steep.

Read more about the Wynn Winter Classic, here.

MSPT Season Finale: December 3-8

MSPT Canterbury Park in December 2019

It has been another fantastic Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) season and what a great way to bring the curtain down than with the Season 10 Finale.

Taking place at Canterbury Park in Minnesota, and under the watchful eye of the PokerNews Live Reporting team, MSPT Season Finale runs from Dec. 3-8.

The venue is special to the MSPT as it hosted the inaugural event 10-years ago.

More than $100 million has been paid out on the MSPT and that sum is set to rise with $500,000 guaranteed in the $1,100 Main Event.

This tournament features three starting flights between Dec. 5-7 with the final day commencing early on Dec. 8.

Satellites costing only $260, which you can win your way into for only $70, feed into the MSPT Season Finale.

It is going to be a superb end to yet another incredible season.

Three WSOP Circuit Events To Choose From

The WSOP Circuit wraps up in style with a trio of festivals.

The tour returns to Biloxi from Dec. 5-15 with a 13-event schedule, each awarding a coveted gold WSOP Circuit ring.

It is the $1,700 Main Event that everyone wants to take down because last year’s champion, Kevin Johnson from Tennessee, walked away with $127,319 after defeating Luke Graham heads-up.

$1,700 may be a lot of money to fork out a couple of weeks before Christmas, but there are several $250 and $400 events aimed at those players less flush with cash.

Go deep in one of those tournaments and you can parley your winnings into the Main Event.

From Dec. 12-22, the WSOP Circuit heads to Harrah’s Las Vegas for the final stop on the 2019 calendar.

Fourteen events are scheduled, again, each awarding a WSOP-C ring.

Vegas is poker’s Mecca and each of the 14-events will be well-attended. WSOP-C festivals give you the chance to experience what it is like to play at the World Series of Poker.

The $1,700 buy-in $500,000 guaranteed Main Event from Dec. 19-21 gives you the opportunity to sign 2019 off with a huge win.

WSOP International Circuit Uruguay is sandwich between these events, taking place in Punta del Este from Dec. 6-14.

How to Qualify Online

Held in partnership with partypoker LIVE, you can win your way into any of the 16 events online at partypoker.

While there are no direct satellites as such, you can win tournaments dollars from as little as a $2.20 buy-in and spend them on live tournament buy-ins.

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Two events stand out from the crowd. These are the $1,100 WSOP-C Uruguay Main Event with $500,000 guaranteed and the $2,500 Final Millionaria that has a cool $1.2 million in its prize pool.

The former runs Dec. 7-11 (although there is an online Day 1 at partypoker on Dec. 4),and the latter takes place Dec. 11-14.

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European Poker Tour Prague: December 7-17

PokerStars EPT Prague December 2019

The EPT Prague is another massive festival that PokerNews' Live Reporting team will be present at.

The EPT does not run as many events as it once did but they are all extremely prestigious and the festival are gigantic.

This year’s EPT Prague festival features 42 events, including the €5,300 Main Event.

The previous six EPT Prague Main Events have each attracted more than 1,000 entrants with five of them ending in a deal.

Paul Michaelis is the reigning champion having topped a field of 1,174 players in 2018. The German scooped €840,000 after a three-way deal.

How to Qualify Online

PokerStars is the place to head if you want to win your way into the EPT Prague Main Event.

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Satellite start at only €1.10 meaning everyone has the chance of jetting off to the Czech Republic and playing for a life-changing prize.

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Moneymaker’s Road to PSPC – SHR Hollywood: Dec. 11-15

Chris Moneymaker

Perhaps the best value tournament for recreational players this December is the Moneymaker’s Road to PSPC – SHR Hollywood at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

The $360 buy-in Main Event not only has $100,000 guaranteed to be won, but its champion also gets their hands on a PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) Platinum Pass worth approximately $30,000.

A handful of low stakes tournaments run alongside the Platinum Pass awarding Main Event, plus you get to rub shoulders with former WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker in addition to having our live reporting team provide coverage of your play. What’s not to like?

The 2020 PSPC takes place in Barcelona and is going to be one of the biggest live events of the year.

Winning this Platinum Pass will see you jetting off to Spain and playing for millions of dollars for free.

Two partypoker LIVE Grand Prixs

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partypoker LIVE has two of its Grand Prix events in December, one in Montreal from Dec. 8-16 and another in Sochi, Russia from Dec. 11-27.

The Playground Poker Club is the venue for the Montreal leg and it is gearing up to host the CA$220 buy-in CA$500,000 guaranteed spectacular.

Fourteen live Day 1s and five online day ones are available for the Grand Prix Montreal with online satellites available from only $2.20.

The Sochi Grand Prix is part of the larger Sochi Poker Festival. The great thing about the Sochi leg is you can play online Day 1s and be guaranteed to be in the money if you reach Day 2.

The kind folks at partypoker LIVE can assist you in your Visa application if you need one to head to Russia.

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