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Even with the 50th World Series of Poker (WSOP) currently commanding the attention of the worldwide poker community, another global poker giant, World Poker Tour (WPT), recently announced eight events in its Season XVIII solely aimed at the Asia-Pacific audience.
Starting from September 3, 2019, a total of eight stops will be hosted by the WPT in the Asia-Pacific region till April 6, 2020.
Talking about the upcoming Asia Pacific Season, Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour said, “On the eve of Season XVIII, the World Poker Tour is excited to visit new destinations in Asia-Pacific as well as return to familiar poker hotbeds. We thank our players and casino partners once again for all of their support and look forward to seeing the continued representation of countries from all corners of the globe in WPT APAC events.”
WPT Asia Pacific Season XVIII Schedule
|WPT Vietnam||September 3-11, 2019|
|WPT Japan||September 14-16, 2019|
|WPT Korea||September 17-23, 2019|
|WPT Australia||September 27 – October 7, 2019|
|WPT India||October 15 – 21, 2019|
|WPT Philippines||February 6 – 17, 2020|
|WPT Vietnam||March 13 – 22, 2020|
|WPT Taiwan||March 27 – April 6, 2020|
WPT India Returning in October
Expected to be hosted onboard the floating Casino Deltin Royale, the third edition of the WPT India will run from October 15 to 21.
WPT India has consistently attracted some of the biggest crowds in the Asia-Pacific region, specifically in the Main Event. While in its inaugural year, the Main Event had attracted 527 entries, last year, the WPT India Main Event registered 697 entries. The event not only crushed 2017’s record but also overshot the field size at the 2018 WPT Vietnam Main Event (679 entries), setting a new attendance record!
This year, Main Event will once again be sporting a buy-in of ₹55,000 and is scheduled from October 18 to 21. The other events on the schedule are yet to be announced.
WPT’s Asia Swing
In 2018, WPT had decided to expand its presence in Asia and the Asia-Pacific circuits, following an increase in the popularity of poker in these regions. In that vein, the WPT in July 2018 announced its ‘Asia Swing’ tour following the success of WPT New Zealand.
On the heels of the announcement of WPT Japan, WPT Korea, it also made an announcement for stops in Vietnam and India.
As the growth of the sport continues to advance in the Asia-Pacific region, WPT has decided to continue expanding its reach by introducing new stops in Australia, Philippines, and Taiwan to the Asia Pacific Season XVIII calendar.
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