The World Series of Poker finally concluded in November but there are a number of other exciting poker tournaments expected to take place in the coming months. The World Poker Tour (WPT) announced that it is planning to launch a brand new super high roller event at its WPT National Philippines series that is expected to take place from the 2nd – 8th Jan 2016 at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila, Philippines.
The gambling industry in the Philippines has grown considerably over the last couple of years as the collapse of the Macau gambling industry has resulted in a number of Macau’s usual high rollers and VIP gamblers shifting their location to the Philippines. The WPT National Philippines is expected to bring in some of the top poker players on the Asian circuit and from other countries as well.
The Poker King Club and Cali Group will be responsible for organizing the WPT National Philippines series and the two events that will receive special attention will be the Main Event which has a $1,650 buy-in for a no-limit hold’em tournament and the first ever super high roller event which has a $200,000 buy-in. This special event will create a new record for being the biggest buy-in tournament that the WPT has hosted till date.
In a statement, WPT President and CEO Adam Pliska said “After experiencing tremendous success in Manila Bay during Season XIII, and generating yet another million-dollar prize pool this season in Sanya, World Poker Tour is proud to return to the Asia-Pacific region this January for the WPT National Philippines festival at Solaire Resort & Casino. With the addition of the $200,000 buy-in Super High Roller, the largest buy-in in WPT history, we look forward to welcoming some of the best poker players on tour to the Philippines, along with some of the world’s wealthiest enthusiasts”.
The WPT was happy with the turnout of its WPT National China main event which took place at the MGM Grand Sanya and saw a total of 882 players signing up. Winfred Yu, President and CEO of Poker King Club was excited at the prospect of hosting the event and said that his club would continue to stretch the boundaries of poker and set the trend of being home to the world’s biggest game. Yu confirmed that a number of wealthy Asia players were expected to take part in these two special events and one of these players would be businessman Richard Yong, who is also an Aussie Millions champion.