It seems the World Poker Tour is determined to make sure they really are a global poker. While the tour is currently running WPT and WPT DeepStacks events in Amsterdam, they’ve announced plans to expand into India and partner with a real power player in the country that has a population of 1.3 billion.
This November 7-13, WPTDeepStacks is hosting a $1,000 buy-in tournament at the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa, India. Not only will there be the first ever WPTDS champion crowned in India, the inaugural WPT India Player of the Year award will be handed out as well. Along with the WPTDeepStacks India Main Event, players can earn points for the WPT India Player of the Year through two other events that are part of the Deltin Poker Tour Goa schedule of events.
The other tournaments that make up that schedule are the Deltin Poker Tour Goa $540 Main Event (July 20-24), and the Deltin Poker Tour Goa $540 Main Event taking place (September 6-11). All of the events are rake free and take place at the Deltin Royale Casino.
The winner of the Player of the Year points race earns $5,000 in buy in credit toward World Poker Tour events and designated Deltin events over the course of WPT Season XVII.
To help take advantage of the booming poker market in India, the World Poker Tour has partnered with Adda52.com, the largest online poker site in India. Adda52 founder and CEO, Anuj Gupta is enthused about the new affiliation.
“We are excited for WPT and Adda52 to take its partnership to new heights by bringing WPTDeepStacks to one of India’s most beautiful locations, Goa. WPTDeepStacks India will be an exceptionally unique event since the tournament will be held onboard a floating ship. As poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit, WPTDeepStacks is the perfect fit for the Indian poker community.”
Similar to Gupta, WPT’s VP of Global Tour Management, Angelica Hael, feels strongly about the addition of India to the WPT’s already widespread global presence.
“With a burgeoning poker community in a country with a population of more than 1.3 billion, India is one of the most important territories in the global poker landscape. Together with our partner Adda52.com, the WPT looks forward to not only sharing the WPT experience through the expansion of WPTDeepStacks to the region, but also giving Indian players incremental value with the WPT India Player of the Year award.”