World Poker Tour Plans Events for Vietnam and India
The World Poker Tour (WPT) has plans for tournaments in Vietnam and India later this year. Both WPT Asia tournaments are expected to have huge payouts to poker players and tournament organizers.
The WPT has planned a full slate of tournaments throughout September, when the tour stops in Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. In November, the WPT India returns for its second annual event — in Goa’s Deltin Royale Casino.
WPT Vietnam will be hosted in Ho Chi Mihn City’s Pro Poker Club. The event is scheduled to begin on September 26. The 20-day tournament includes a number of events, including a $1,000 WPT Vietnam Main Event and a $500 WPT Pro Poker Club Superstack Classic.
Danny McDonagh, the Live Events Specialist (publicist) for the World Poker Tour, said that the WPT Vietnam tournament is designed to sate the country’s “tremendous appetite for poker”. The WPT Vietnam tournament comes after stops in Japan and South Korea.
World Poker Tour in Japan
From September 15 to September 17, the World Poker Tour will visit Japan. The WPT no doubt will celebrate the legalization of casino gambling in Japan, which is expected to happen later this week.
Once Japan develops land-based casinos, one can expect those sites to become standard locations for WPT Japan events. For the time being, the WPT stop is limited to 3 days only. No one currently knows what the eventual location of the three Japanese casinos will be, but the four cities given the most speculation are Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba, and Osaka.
Of those, the one almost certain to have a casino is Osaka, because it is further removed from the other three cities. In fact, at one time, Japanese leaders speculated about building an Osaka Strip. Once casinos are built, players should enjoy the WPT Osaka stop on the World Poker Tour.
WPT South Korea
After the Japan stop, the WPT goes to South Korea’s Paradise City casino on September 19 to September 21. Paradise City opened in April 2017 to high praise and some trepidation, because of South Korea’s ongoing tensions with China over the THAAD defense system — and China’s boycott of South Korea’s tourism industry.
Over a year later, Paradise City’s business is solid. The site, which is owned by Japan’s Sega Sammy Corporation, remains an opulent place for a WPT poker tournament. The WPT Korea Main Event is the final event in the tournament.
Before we get to that, a $5000 team event will take place. The team event contains sixteen 4-person teams. The teams announced already are from South Koreaa, Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States. The winners receive 4 free entries into the WPT Korea Main Event.
WPT India at Deltin Royale Casino
The WPT India returns to India on November 13 for a week-long tournament. The competition will be held at the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa (depicted above). India is one of the fastest-growing poker markets in the world. In the inaugural WPT India tournament in 2017, 527 people entered the WPT India Main Event.
In the main event last year, Vijash Mantri came from behind in heads-up action to defeat Arjun Arora to win $92,540. The 2018 WPT India is expected to have an even larger prize pool this time around.
Indian Law Commission’s Gaming Laws
The WPT India comes at a time when the Indian Law Commission (ILC) is considering nationwide laws. At present, a handful of Indian states have legalized poker. Much of the country is still ruled by the 1867 Gaming Act, passed during the time of the British Raj.
As one might expect, gaming laws written in the 19th century cannot reasonably be expected to account for many 21st century trends, such as online gambling, mobile smartphone gaming apps, and live/in-play betting. The ILC wants a nationwide law to legalize and regulate Indian gambling, and published a report which pointed out the confused nature of gaming laws in India.
In particular, the ILC claims that a national gambling law is the only way to curb out of control sports betting. Many Indians wager on cricket and football, but they gamble through illegal local bookmakers. To stop rampant illegal sports betting, the ILC might pass a law which legalizes online and mobile gambling, as well as poker events.