The World Poker Tour (WPT) is looking to expand its reach into the Asian gambling scene by including Macau in its schedule of poker tournaments for the upcoming year. Adam Pliska, the CEO of WPT, expressed his excitement about the potential for hosting events in Macau, stating that they are “very eager to go there.”
According to Inside Asian Gaming (IAG), Pliska plans to visit Macau early in 2024 to explore the possibility of arranging a WPT event in the region. The WPT has been known for featuring legendary players and providing unique entertainment to millions of TV viewers worldwide since its launch in 2002.
While Macau hosted a poker tournament in 2018, the current regulatory environment poses challenges for large-scale poker events, such as the table cap that restricts the number of gaming tables operated by concessionaires. Despite these challenges, Macau has shown a strong interest in poker, as evidenced by the success of the 2018 Macau Millions event, which attracted a large number of players.
Pliska acknowledges the existence of structural issues in Macau, particularly regarding dealers. However, he remains dedicated to bringing a WPT event to Macau and is willing to work with the government and other stakeholders to ensure its success.
The WPT’s interest in Asia has grown, with the company holding events across Asia and Oceania in 2023. In January 2024, the first-ever WPT Cambodia will be held at Naga World, marking another significant step for the brand in the Asian market. Pliska emphasized the palpable enthusiasm for poker in Asia, noting the region’s booming interest in the game.
Overall, the WPT’s potential expansion into Macau represents an exciting opportunity for both the brand and the Asian gambling hub. The time will tell if the WPT will be able to bring its iconic poker tournaments to Macau in the near future.