Poker is an ever growing creature that seeks new places it can call home. The Asian market may have been somewhat neglected for a period of time, but as of late things have really been changing and there has been a very strong shift toward Asia as a rich and relatively untapped market. In light of that, the World Poker Tour has decided to create the first ever WPT event to take place in the Philippines.
The event will be held at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila from October 18–28. During a press conference on August 13th, WPT president Adam Pliska explained that the Philippines represents everything required from a venue. That includes a very warm and welcoming atmosphere, with Solaire certain to make sure that players feel at home.
The Philippines has long been known as a favorite tourist destination of many and the decision to host a major poker tournament there comes naturally. Both Thomas Arasi, CEO and President of Solaire, and Mike Kim, promoter of the event, agree wholeheartedly on that matter.
WPT events have evolved into spectacles over the years and they represent an enjoyable experience for players and fans alike. With recognizable faces like Matt Savage and Mike Sexton, together with the beautiful Royal Flush Girls, WPT stops do not only attract professional players but also many amateurs who come for the whole experience.
Tourney buy-ins start at $100 and include the $2,200 Main Event
The Main Event is scheduled for October 25th and features a buy-in of $2,200. Organizers expect to attract anywhere between 600–800 players. That said, events in Asia have provided some surprisingly big turnouts in the recent past, so the projected field might be a bit on the conservative side. Apart from the Main Event, there is also a $25,000 High Roller on the schedule, as well as numerous other smaller buy-in tournaments ranging from $100 – $1,000.
Although the games offered will be restricted to No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha, there is still plenty of variation with tournaments such as the Celebrity Event or Head Hunter. Local players in the Philippines are naturally very excited about the WPT’s decision to make a tour stop in the “Pearl of the Orient Seas.”
A full schedule of the events, including starting times and buy-ins, can be found at the WPT website.