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Tournament Poker Makes Its Return To Macau

World Poker Tour, Venetian Announce New Events

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Macau has been a hotbed for high-stakes poker over the last decade, with big names like Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan heading to the Chinese gaming mecca for some of the biggest games on the planet. But much of that action, including tournaments, dried up over the last few years following the COVID pandemic.

However, tournament poker has returned with two major additions to the city’s poker scene. Sands China has announced a new tournament heading to The Venetian in Macau, and the World Poker Tour also unveiled plans for a new festival heading to the island in June.

“Macau has long been a sought-after destination for us, wanting to deliver the WPT experience to the region,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “Thank you to AGAE (Allied Gaming and Entertainment) and Wynn Macau for helping us expand our global footprint. We look forward to an incredible event.”

Macau Tournament Trail

The Venetian will host the upcoming Macau Masters, a $384 buy-in event featuring four days of action with three starting flights. The Venetian, MGM China, and Wynn Macau all offer poker on the island.

The last of those will host a WPT event this summer and builds on the brand’s partnership with the tour after hosting the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas the last two years. The property is promising even bigger events.

The WPT Macau festival runs June 18-24, with the HK$40,000 ($5,112) buy-in championship event set for June 20-24. A HK$200,000 ($25,563) high roller is also set for June 19-20. Tour officials said AGAE helped facilitate the collaboration between WPT and Wynn Macau. The group will also assist in the marketing, production, and management of the series.

“This marks WPT’s inaugural physical presence in Macau after over two decades of operation,” AGAE CEO Yinghua Chen said. As we expand our Allied Experiential Entertainment business, this collaboration represents another exciting advancement, leveraging our extensive resources and expertise in hosting world-class events to create unforgettable experiences in this dynamic market.”

The tournament additions come as the island has seen a major uptick since mainland China lifted COVID restrictions. Macau recently retook its perch as the world’s top gambling destination.