Australia to Host First Ever World Poker Tour Event
The World Poker Tour will host its main event for the first time on Australian soil in an exciting moment for gamblers across the country. All in all, the WPT has announced a busy schedule of three separate events that will take place at the world-famous luxury hotel, The Star Gold Coast in Queensland.
As one of the pioneers of elite poker throughout the world, the WPT main tour event scheduled to take place in September will attract some of the best players in the world. Although the WPT has visited Australia in the past, in an extravagant festival attracting over 650 players, this was not under the banner of a main event.
Events this year will be on a much grander scale. Global TV coverage is planned, a celebrity guestlist is rumored, and there will be an all-star lineup with the likes of Antonio Esfandiari and Jamie Gold in attendance.
The opening round of the three separate events is scheduled to begin on the 24th September, with the inaugural WPT main event, tipped to be an AU$5,400 buy-in, commencing in early October. Due to this being the first WPT main event held in Australia, organizers will be hoping to put on an exceptional show for the Australian audience, and all the fans watching around the world.
Besides the WPT Australia event being the first-ever ‘main event’ held in the country, it will be just the second held in the Asia-Pacific region. The attention being placed on the Asian market by the gambling industry is not coincidental – there is a concerted effort across the sector to better incorporate the huge fan-base into the sphere of elite poker and gambling.
World Poker Tour Returns to the Star Gold Coast
The certified ground-zero and home to some of most elite poker events in the Southern hemisphere, the Star Gold Coast venue is certainly one of the most prestigious in the entire WPT calendar. After completing an AU$850 million refurbishments, the hotel now possesses the perfect combination of efficient infrastructure and luxury to host a poker event that will live long in memory.
The Star Gold Coast has entered in a defining two-year deal with the WPT, which will see a whole plethora of poker tournaments, festivals and events are hosted at the venue throughout the contracted period. The deal was struck following an incredibly successful pilot event held at the hotel last year, which saw more than 3000 of the best poker players in the world compete for an enormous AU$5 million prize pool.
The monumental partnership between the World Poker Tour and The Star Gold Coast is being welcomed with open arms across Australia, the managing director of the hotel was full of optimism when asked about the new deal.
The Star Gold Coast has been transformed over the past three years and continues to evolve, with levels of investment that position us as a world-class global tourism destination. Australia is one of the top nations for poker in the world and this event further establishes The Star Gold Coast as a leader in the industry.Geoff Hogg, Managing Director, The Star Gold Coast Queensland
It goes without saying that the World Poker Tour reciprocated the warmth shown by the hotel. The initiation of an Australian event into a busy and exciting roster of global poker tournaments is a major coup for the brand. With deep ties to the nation of Australia, the WPT will be thrilled to launch its brand into the country, and especially to secure such a wonderful venue to host the event.
About the World Poker Tour (WPT)
You may be wondering how significant this partnership agreement is, and the pedigree of the World Poker Tour organization. Well, the WPT is without doubt the premier provider of land-based poker tournaments. But their brand presence transcends all forms of poker and the WPT has a strong suite of poker products across multiple digital platforms.
Highly regarded as an innovator and leading body in the sport of poker since 2002, they are widely credited as the catalyst of the current poker boom due to their popular televised high-stakes tournaments. These tournaments draw huge audiences, broadcast across 150 countries, and entering their 17th consecutive season. As a business entity, the firm has a reputation for prudence and making smart deals, the WPT and Zynga partnership agreement is testament to that expertise.
Besides the highly coveted entertainment value that the WPT provides, the ClubWTP branch of the business allows customers to participate and engage in real poker tournaments throughout the world. The unique members scheme allows loyal fans to gain inside access to the WTP player pool, compete in tournaments and discover sweepstakes-based games in 35 states across the United States.