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Japan Added As The World Poker Tour Stop

Japan Added As The World Poker Tour Stop

The World Poker Tour has announced its first ever stop in Japan. The tournament has announced its partnership with a group called the Japan Poker Union. Although the venue remains unknown, qualifiers at a local poker clubs will take place. There would be four events in the tournament is slated for November 23-26.

The Japan Poker Union Corporation expressed its happiness partnering with the World Poker Tour, and said it is the “perfect brand to help launch a new chapter for poker in our country.”

Adam Pliska, CEO of WPT, responded saying, “Japanese poker market is a flourishing one.” WPT had Beijing in its stop list earlier this year and has WPT India series at the beginning of November this year.  Ourgame International bought WPT for $35 million in cash two years ago from bwin.party digital entertainment.

The regulated casino gambling market in Japan is speculated to be worth $40 billion whenever the casinos are built in the country, about half of the U.S. market. MGM and Las Vegas Sands are seeking every opportunity to invest in Japan’s Casino Market.

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