WPT CEO Steve Heller
This week it was announced that the World Poker Tour will, for the first time, bring big-time tournament poker action to mainland China. In cooperation with Beijing Ourgame Ltd., the first-ever WPT National China tournament will be held at the MGM Grand Sanya Resort on the tropical beaches of Sanya, Hainan Island, China from December 14th through the 17th.
The four-day tournament will be capped at 500 entries and run by World Poker Tour’s Executive Tour Director, Matt Savage.
"WPT National China Tournament Sanya demonstrates the exploding popularity of WPT National and Regional events, which provide players around the world with the opportunity to compete in affordable, world-class poker tournaments,” said WPT CEO Steve Heller.
"We are very excited about the potential of this tournament as there are thousands of players in China who aren’t able to play in large tournaments such as this without having to deal with the expense and hassle of traveling out of the country. WPT National China Tournament Sanya is filling a void in the Chinese poker community, and we hope this will be the first of many similar events World Poker Tour will hold in China in coming seasons,” Heller added.
"We are very excited to hold the first WPT sanctioned tournament in China,” said Beijing Ourgame Ltd. CEO Frank Ng. “As the largest online play money card and board game platform in China with 300 million registered users, we are the leader of Texas hold’em in China. In holding this tournament we want to introduce best-of-the-world tournament play into China and, together with WPT, we shall make this happen."
"Texas hold’em is blooming in China and a total of more than 60,000 Chinese players will be competing in this tournament for the 500 final-round seats,” continued Ng. "The level of competition, the size of the prize pool, and the excitement the tournament will generate will be unprecedented. This will be a watershed event in China poker history and, hopefully, the first of many events to come.”

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