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The Free-to-Enter Winamax Poker Tour returns to France after a four-year hiatus

The Free-to-Enter Winamax Poker Tour returns to France after a four-year hiatus

The popular free-to-play live tour of the French online poker giant Winamax, the Winamax Poker Tower (WiPT), will return in October.

Billed as “the biggest free live poker circuit ever,” the popular regional circuit will return to France after a four-year hiatus. For the 2022-2023 season, the tour will return to its origins, with regional stages throughout France and a grand finale to close the five months of competition.

The grand finale will take place in Paris in February 2023 and will offer a prize pool of one million euros, double the price of previous editions. Players can qualify for free through dozens of live stages held across the country. The final is also open to direct buy-in of €500 for those wishing to skip the qualifying stages.

The WiPT will return to its original form after four years. In 2018, a French court ruled that its dozen live satellites, which are free to access, constituted illegal gambling. This forced the operator to spend the entire 2018-2019 season online.

“Let’s answer the most pressing question right away… no, the Winamax Poker Tower, as you knew it, as you loved it, with its great live festive stages and its friendly gathering of thousands of fans across France, that’s history. At least for now,” the operator wrote in a September 2018 blog post.