WPT adds new pit stop – Taiwan

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The World Poker Tour continues to spread its wings into the Asia Pacific region by adding a new stop for the tour this summer, Taiwan. The WPT tour joins hands with the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association in Taipei City to roll out the carpet for the ten day long series beginning from the 12th of July.

“Taiwan is a great country, and people here are filled with passion, with lots of shopping and fine dining places, along with amazing poker,” said David Tai, the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association’s CEO.

The Main Event for the WPT Taiwan edition will have a buy-in of USD $973 and will run from the 17th – 21st of July. Tournaments during the entire festival will have buy-ins spanning from TWD 4,000 to TWD 55,000.

“Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association is an exciting venue and the World Poker Tour looks forward to partnering with their fantastic team,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour, in a press release. “The WPT continues to expand into the Asia-Pacific and WPT Taiwan will be another spectacular event to highlight the best the region has to offer.”

Taiwan has slowly begun to grab some eyeballs in the poker circuit. The Asian Poker Tour announced its expansion to both Taiwan and Japan in November last year. The APT Taiwan series successfully concluded on the 3rd of March and was also at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association’s facility in Taipei.

The Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association has eight clubs in the country, however the one in Taipei is the largest, with over 25 poker tables. The poker room also offers RFID tables for live-streaming a rarity in Asian poker rooms. The Taipei City room has hosted over eight festivals at the venue in 2019.

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), however has not included not Taiwan this year, with stops only in Incheon, Korea and Manila, Philippines scheduled.

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