World Poker Congress Online Progress

Published Thursday, April 23, 2009 -

The World Poker Congress has announced the confirmed dates and list of speakers taking place from June 24th-25th at the Sheraton Hotel and Spa in Porto, Portugal. Panels and discussions on expanding poker markets, tournament rules, standards, rakes and bonuses will all be on the agenda.

This is the fourth year for the event and many participants have spoken highly of the networking opportunities the conference presents. The congress intent is to bring together business leaders from both online poker rooms and brick and mortar casinos. The conference will be divided into "live" and "online" poker interests, addressing televised poker, the link between poker players and sports bettors and developing player trust online.

This year's conference will focus on the growing poker markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The second day will focus on the ways in which live and online poker venues can team up to further the cause of the game.

CEO of PartyGaming, since June of 2008, Jim Ryan and founder CEO of the World Poker Tour, Steve Lipscomb, will be the keynote speakers for a most interesting topic, "Remaking the Poker Market." The World Poker Congress web site states, the gentleman will, "tackle the challenges of surviving and thriving in a poker market that is constantly evolving." Ryan has a great deal of experience negotiating the ever changing moods of the online poker market. Lipscomb has been an integral part of the success of the World Poker Tour, including the development of its subscription-based online poker room.

Lipscomb explained, "The World Poker Congress is simply not like other conferences. In attendance are the decision makers from the most exciting companies in the poker arena - and they are there to do business."

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