World Poker Tour Announces Return of Poker to Macau with Exciting Plans

The World Poker Tour (WPT) plans to bring its iconic poker tournament series to the Asian gambling hub of Macau in 2024. CEO Adam Pliska expressed the WPT’s eagerness to include Macau in their schedule, with plans to visit the region early in 2024.

The WPT has been traveling the world since its launch in 2002, featuring legendary players and attracting millions of TV spectators. Macau last hosted a poker tournament in 2018 before the pandemic, and MGM China has since launched new poker rooms in anticipation of hosting prestigious events like the WPT.

However, running large-scale poker events in Macau comes with challenges, such as the table cap regulation that limits the number of gaming tables. Despite these challenges, the 2018 Macau Millions event held at PokerStars Live before the closure of the venue attracted a large number of players, indicating substantial interest in potential WPT events in the region.

Pliska acknowledged the structural issues in Macau but expressed dedication to working with the government and others to ensure a successful event. The WPT’s enthusiasm for Asia has increased after holding events across the region in 2023, with plans for the first-ever WPT Cambodia in January 2024 at Naga World.

Pliska noted the palpable level of enthusiasm in Asian events and the opportunities in the region for large-scale poker events. He emphasized the scalability and the enthusiasm from both players and organizers. The WPT’s apparent enthusiasm for bringing their tournament to Macau indicates a positive potential for the growth of poker in the region.