The World Poker Tour (WPT) is once again teaming up with Asian poker app Poker King for the WPT Asia Online which runs from November 12 to 22. The festival boasts a massive guarantee of ¥15 million ($2.3 million) in guarantees spread out across 15 events.
Players have a range of variants and formats to choose from, including No-Limit Hold’em, Short Deck, PLO, and Progressive Bounty, with buy-ins ranging from ¥220 to ¥10,500.
WPT Asia Online Main Event
The festival is headlined by the Main Event which has a buy-in of ¥2,200 ($344). It is the biggest-guaranteed event on the schedule, with players set to compete for a share of ¥10 million ($1,500,000) in guaranteed prize money. The event gets underway on November 16 featuring seven starting flights, with Day 1e and Day 1g adopting a turbo format. Day 1s conclude as soon as the field reaches its final 25% of players.
The action continues among surviving players on Day 2 on November 21 until a final table is reached. The finalists will then compete for the top prize on November 22 in a live-streamed finale.
Poker King ambassadors Phil Ivey, Daniel Dvoress, Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Steve Aoki, and Lynn Gilmartin will likely take part in the tournament, and whoever knocks out any of these top pros will get a special bounty, in addition to any winnings that the player earns from the event.
There are satellites running on Poker King giving players the chance to secure a seat in the Main Event for as low as ¥220.
Mini Main Event
Those who can’t afford the ¥2,200 entry fee for the Main Event can shift their attention towards the Mini Main Event which requires just ¥550 ($86) to enter. For that buy-in, players can take a shot at ¥1,000,000 ($156,500) in guaranteed prize pool, the second biggest guarantee of the series. The Mini Main Event takes place on November 14 just before the Main Event. It has two starting flights, with Day 2 scheduled for November 16.
High Stakes Events
Apart from the Main Event and its mini version, there are a few other events on the schedule with guarantees of between ¥400K and ¥1 million. First up is Event 2: NLHE (Nov 12) which has a buy-in of ¥1,100 and a guarantee of ¥1,000,000. Players may also take a shot at Event 4: NLHE Progressive Bounties (Nov 13) which comes with a ¥1,100 entry fee and ¥500,000 in guaranteed prize money.
More huge prizes are up for grabs towards the end of the festival. Event 13: NLHE High Roller (Nov 20) features a buy-in of ¥10,500, the highest buy-in of the series, with ¥400,000 in guaranteed prizes to be won. The series then wraps up with the ¥1,100 buy-in, ¥1,000,000 GTD The Closer on November 22.
Low Stakes Events
If you’re targeting the more affordable events, consider taking part in Event 1: NLHE Warm-up (6max) on November 12. It costs just ¥220 to enter and has a guarantee of ¥100,000.
For fans of progressive bounties, there are three events to choose from, all of which have a buy-in of ¥220: Event 3: Short Deck Progressive Bounties (Nov 13), Event 7: PLO Progressive Bounties (Nov 15), and Event 8: NLHE Progressive Bounties (Nov 16). All three events carry a ¥100,000 guarantee.
WPT-Poker King Partnership Continues
This isn’t the first time that the WPT is partnering with Poker King. In February, the tour also joined forces with the Chinese poker app for the first-ever WPT Spring Festival. The series featured 13 events, awarding more than CNY 12 million ($1.85 million) in guarantees.