Are you ready to become a World Poker Tour (WPT) Champion online India 2020?
The World Poker Tour is all set to return to India for the fourth consecutive year. But for the first time, it is going virtual as the WPT India Online series! The WPT continues to broaden its online presence worldwide. Taking another move forward, the world’s iconic poker brand revealed on Wednesday its first-ever online poker event for India, partnering with Adda52.com, the exclusive Indian partner of WPT.
Adda52 is an official partner of the WPT brand in India. The duo signed a multi-year agreement in 2016. That deal allowed Adda52 the right to use the WPT brand for secure local partnerships, create merchandise and host satellites to WPT events in India.
The 18-day series will run from November 5 to 22, featuring 154 events, with a massive 13.5 crores ($1.8 million) guaranteed prize pool. Major global brands conducting a series in India are great for the sport in this country and proves how poker has evolved to be a skill game.
The VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour, Angelica Hael, said, “The World Poker Tour is pleased to join forces with Adda52 once again to extend our partnership to the online environment.”
She further said, “The WPT Online brand is now moving into another thriving market, and we look forward to a great series with the Indian online community.”
Main Event flights
With a buy-in of ₹11,000, in the main event championship, there will be 10 starting flights, and the final table will be held on Nov 22. The winner of the WPT poker 2020 tour online India will get a WPT Passport, worth $5,000 which can be used to enter any WPT live event around the world. Furthermore, the winner of the Main Event Championship will also earn a watch worth more than $10,000 sponsored by Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot.
Attractive Leaderboard Prizes
Like many tournaments, the outstanding players are rewarded with big rewards and prize money. But this year, the WPT had added another layer of spice to the event by running not one, but two Player of the Series (POS) Leaderboards with a giveaway of ₹35 Lakhs along with the tournament prizes.
The Mega Player of the Series (POS) Leaderboard
This event includes ₹25 Lakhs, ($34,000) in prizes. 29 pre-selected events will qualify for the leaderboards with buy-ins of up to ₹55,000 ($750). The winner in this leaderboard will take a whopping ₹10 Lakhs plus the POS trophy.
The Mini Player of the Series (POS) Leaderboard
The eligibility in a Mini Player of the Series Leaderboard will be from a total of 125 qualifying events. The total prize pool of ₹10 Lakhs in cash prizes will be shared among the top 10 players, and the leaderboard topper will walk away with 3 Lakhs ($4,083) prize money.
Special Tribute to Mike Sexton
On the final day of the event, a special event will be held in the memory and honour of American professional poker player and commentator Mike Sexton Tribute event, who passed away on September 6, 2020. Mike Sexton: Legendary WPT Player began his professional poker career back in the 1980s and won over 7 million dollars in numerous events across the globe. The Mike Sexton Tribute event will commence at 8:00 pm local time. All the entry fees will be donated to Poker Gives and will feature a trophy for the winner and a WPT Passport worth $1,000.
Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for WPT said in the official press release “The World Poker Tour is pleased to be joining forces with Adda52 once again to extend our partnership into the online realm. The WPT online brand now advances to another thriving market and we look forward to a great series with the Indian online community.”
Danny McDonagh, WPT’s Live Events Specialist, added, “Adda52 and the growing Indian player base make for a perfect combination to bring WPT Online brand to the Asia-Pacific region.”
“Following our record-breaking success with live WPT events, we expect to exceed even our own expectations for the upcoming series.”
WPT seeks to tap into India’s Increasing demand for poker
Although the live tournaments are globally affected by the coronavirus, online poker has been booming. The digital platform of poker continues to enjoy the increased popularity even after COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed. Many poker enthusiasts are considering playing and competing in the virtual felt, traffic at digital poker sites continue to grow, and the WPT aims to take advantage of this by conducting an online series in India, which is home to a thriving online poker market.
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