Premier Meet-Up Game Returns to Open WPT® World Championship Festival at Wynn Las Vegas

Brad Owen, Andrew Neeme and Phil Ivey return to Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 1 for the Premier MUG.

WPT Staff
Oct 10, 2023

Phil Ivey, Brad Owen, Andrew Neeme, Matt Savage, Vince Van Patten, Lynn Gilmartin and Tony Dunst in front of Wynn Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV (October 10, 2023) The Premier Meet-Up Game (MUG) will once again serve as the celebratory opening activity of the WPT® World Championship festival at Wynn Las Vegas. The Premier MUG is set for Friday, Dec. 1 and will be hosted by World Poker Tour® Ambassadors Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen, with a special appearance by poker superstar Phil Ivey.

“With such a positive reception last year, we are pleased to once again offer the Premier Meet-Up game as our grand opening activity,” stated Adam Pliska, WPT CEO. “The WPT ambassadors will be out in full force to welcome players to the World Championship festival.”

“We’re pumped to bring the Premier MUG back to the World Championship stage with players from all different countries present,” said Neeme. “I think the fun and relaxed vibe of the event sets a great tone for the rest of the festival.”

Last year’s Premier MUG saw DJ Steve Aoki, WPT on-air talent Lynn Gilmartin, Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten, Executive Tour Director Matt Savage, and other notable players such as Patrik Antonious and Joey Ingram sit down to play $1-$3 and $2-$5 poker.

The late Doyle Brunson also participated in the 2022 Premier MUG. This year, to honor the legendary Texas Dolly, a promotion will be offered that features his favorite hand, Ten-Deuce. Additionally, his son Todd Brunson will be in attendance.

Multiple seats to WPT World Championship festival tournaments will be awarded during the Premier MUG via a drawing at the conclusion of the event. Seated players will have the opportunity to win multiple drawing entries through live-action promotions. More details on these promotions will be announced via WPT social channels.

“The Premier MUG is the pinnacle of meet-up games, and highlights to the world what Andrew and I set out to accomplish from the beginning, which is to provide players with a fun, non-intimidating atmosphere and experience,” said Owen. “I hope everyone who missed out last year is able to make it this time around.”

Wynn Las Vegas has earmarked all 28 tables to host a variety of cash games, including $1-$3 and $2-$5 No Limit Hold’em, as well as Pot Limit Omaha (PLO). The Premier MUG begins at 9:00 a.m. with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis, and ends at 1:00 p.m.

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