WPT Promises “Better Experience” For Season XVIII

Last Updated on June 12, 2019 Author:Adrian Sterne

After a successful Season XVII which wrapped up just recently, the best is yet to come for the World Poker Tour (WPT) as it looks forward to yet another strong year ahead, staying focused on its goal of continued expansion and innovation.

The WPT, one of the most recognized brands in internationally televised gaming and entertainment, has been organizing a series of global poker tournaments and events, giving fans from all over the world a taste of the action via live coverage and televised highlights, in partnership with major broadcasting networks.

The latest season (Season 17) saw the WPT holding events for the very first time in New Zealand, Russia and Vietnam, making waves in the international poker scene and setting new records. WPT CEO Adam Pliska said the new season will be even more exciting and adventurous.

WPT’s delayed final tables which played out at the new state-of-the-art HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor in Las Vegas, was met with mixed feedback from players and the entire poker community, but one thing is certain: the company has learned a lot from this experiment and they’re looking at giving everyone an improved experience going forward.

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While the delayed final tables initially felt strange and uncomfortable for some, everyone appears to have adjusted and accepted the new format. The WPT will continue to fine-tune the final table experience by creating more of a sporting event feel at the tables, with extra hype, chip counts shown on the big screen, letting the audience join in on the fun, as well as breaktime entertainment. By the time Season XVIII is held, all equipment have been permanently set up at the new venue, avoiding massive transport costs and therefore saving the company millions.

Developing Partnerships For Expansion

As it continues to expand its horizons and reach a wider customer base, the WPT is eyeing more partnerships with huge companies in different countries. The brand has just started to build its visibility in Mexico, being watched by millions of Latin Americans on Channel 7, which controls almost 50% of free television in the country. In line with its expansion goal, the tour will also be adding more stops in at least 25 countries in the next season.

The WPT has also teamed up with the Taiwanese company Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association, known as CTP, which will help them gain foothold in Taiwan’s booming poker market. WTP will hold its first stop in the country on July 12-22, 2019 at the CTP property in Taipei City.

Among the tour’s other new stops is at The Star Gold Coast in Australia, which was made possible through the efforts of Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for WPT, who also hails from the same country. The WPT has already revealed initial details of Season XVIII, with more to be announced soon.

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