WPT Announces New Events Scheduled For India And Vietnam
The World Poker Tour (WPT) has continued with its plans to expand and strengthen its presence in emerging markets.
As part of the WPT Asia itinerary, the organization has announced a new tournament in Vietnam, the first ever WPT event that will be held in the country.
The tournament will take place at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh from September 26 to October 4 2018. The announcement follows the recently revealed WPT events in Korea and Japan. All three events, which WPT calls an “Asia Swing”, will run within a 20-day period.
Asian players will get the chance to play a number of events at WPT Vietnam, which include a $500 Pro Poker Club Superstack Classic and a $1,000 Main Event. Asian poker players will be thrilled to be able to take part at prestigious WPT events which will also be held in Japan and Korea.
WPT Live Events Specialist Danny McDonagh said that these three countries show tremendous enthusiasm and appetite for poker and the WPT event offers a huge opportunity to satisfy that demand.
WPT Japan will be held in Tokyo and run from September 15 – 17 followed by WPT Korea which will take place at Paradise City Casino in Incheon on September 18-21. The Asia Swing will also see players participate in multiple events – those playing in Japan will get the chance to compete in the opening stages of the Main Event in Korea. These WPT events are expected to attract top poker players from all over Asia as well as poker pros from the UK and the US.
WPT’s Asia Expansion Continues
Following the event in Vietnam, WPT will head to India in November for its second India stop which will be held at the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa. The organization has high expectations for WPT India which will kick off on November 13. WPT said it will further boost its presence in the country which is considered as one of the world’s fastest growing poker markets. Last year, Vijash Mantri bested 527 other players in the inaugural WPT India to take home $92,000.
There is still a lot of controversy surrounding the game of poker in India as each state implements their own laws. Most states still consider poker as a game of chance and categorize it as gambling which is banned throughout most of India. However change may be on the cards after the Indian Law Commission (ILC) made a push for nationwide poker standards to be implemented. A report on the matter was recently published by the ILC, pending a review by regulators.