The World Poker Tour has announced it will play an inaugural event in China at the MGM Grand Sanya Resort at the end of the 2012.
The tournament will be held from December 14 to 17 and is the penultimate event of season XI of the World Poker Tour.
The event is a new frontier for the World Poker Tour and the 500 hundred seats available for the main event are expected to be hotly contested.
“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,” World Poker Tour CEO Steve Heller said.
“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.”
China will be the twenty-first different country to host a World Poker Tour event.
Denmark will also host its first World Poker Tour event in 2012, with the World Poker Tour Copenhagen running from November 12 to November 17.
No Chinese player has ever won a World Poker Tour event.
“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 said.
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