The World Poker Tour has announced two stops in Asia to round out the 2013 calendar. Once again the WPT will be returning to mainland China for the WPT Sanya event from November 5-10, before heading to South Korea for the first time in December.
Last year, the WPT Sanya event proved extremely popular.  The event attracted a field of 542 players with Zheng Hua Lei capturing the first-place prize of $192,406. Former APPT Melbourne champion Sam Razavi took third place. This year, things are set to be even bigger!
The MGM Grand Sanya Resort will once again play host to provide a tropical paradise setting for players joining this event. The buy-in for this event is set at US$1,600 but with the surging growth of poker in China, tournament officials have already guaranteed a prize pool in excess of US$1.4 million!
While many Chinese locals will be dabbling in poker for the first time, several big name pros have indicated they’ll be likely to attend including the legendary Johnny Chan, Liz Lieu, Maria Ho and Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang.
Last year’s historic event was fully subscribed and evidenced the growing appetite for world-class poker tournaments in China," said WPT President Adam Pliska. We’re expecting November’s tournament to be even more successful, and look forward to returning to help promote Texas Hold ‘Em poker and the new emerging talent in China.”
The interesting twist in this year’s event is that the final table will not be played out. Instead the final six players will receive flights and accommodation to the inaugural WPT Jeju event in South Korea on December 14th where they will play it out for the title!
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