THE World Poker Tour (WPT) kicks off its 2016 activities in the country as it hosts Season XIV WPT National Philippines Festival set January 2-8 at the Solaire Resort and Casino.
It will be the second time the Philippines will host such event that offers a buy-in of $200,000, the biggest in WPT history.
“We look forward to welcoming some of the best poker players on tour to the Philippines, along with some of the world’s wealthiest enthusiasts,” said WPT president and CEO Adam Pliska during the launching of the meet Thursday at the Solaire Resort and Casino.
Day 1 will see a $275 buy-in, $50,000 guaranteed Poker King Cup before action heats up the following day with the start of a two-day, $200,000 buy-in Super High Roller, which will have top professionals going up against several enthusiasts.
The WPT National Philippines Main Event formally starts January 4.
The poker festival will include a $330 buy-in, deep-stacked event, a $275 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event, a $165 buy-in ladies event, a $5,400 buy-in high roller, and a $770 buy-in second chance tournament.
Also scheduled is at least six $180 buy-in satellites to the WPT National Philippines Main Event.
“We are looking forward to kicking off 2016 with the exciting WPT National Philippines Festival,” said Solaire Resort and Casino SVP of Casino Marketing Cyrus Sherafat.
“Last year, both local and international players showcased their skills at Solaire, and we are confident they will continue to demonstrate the very best in poker during Season XIV of the WPT.
“We also believe poker fans will enjoy watching the world-class poker competition here at Solaire, and look forward to welcoming back the great fans and players,” he added.