Jeju never used to be considered as a prime location for hosting poker events, but with global tours looking for exotic locations across Asia, places like Sanya, Cebu, Sihanoukville, and others, are becoming trendy locations.
Jeju is certainly one of the most beautiful places in Asia, with pristine beaches, waterfalls, and a dormant volcano. An increasing number of poker tournaments have been held in this location lately, and casino numbers are also on the rise. There are geographical positives to consider too, as Japan and China are by no means relaxed towards gambling, and are a relatively short distance away from Korea. Furthermore, Asian tourists do not require a visa to travel to Jeju. All of these facts help to support the growing claim of Jeju, as one of the best Asian poker locations.
WPT National Korea – December 6th -11th
The most significant event to be scheduled for Jeju is the upcoming WPT National Event, which should help the poker interest in Korea to flourish even further. The festival will run from December 6th – 11th, 2015. The World Poker Tour, Paradise Jeju Grand, J&P ENTERTAINMENT, and Poker King Club are all collaborating to make this event a huge success, with more than 300 participants expected to take part. The previous edition of WPT Jeju attracted 189 entrants. The Main Event will feature a KRW 2,000,000 Buy In ($ 1,716)
Winfred Yu, President of Poker King Club, expressed his enthusiasm at the prospect of blossoming interest in poker across Asia, with the following statement: “This is yet another platform to show the world that Asia is going to be a big market in poker, and with WPT National Philippines 2016 on the way, as well as the recent success of WPT Sanya, I think we are right on track. Poker King Club fully supports Asian poker tournaments.”
Korea Poker Tour – January 24th -29h (Date edited / December 24)
January 24th to the 29th will see an exciting new set of events arrive on Jeju shores, in the form of the Korea Poker Tour. This will begin with a Warm Up Event, costing KRW330,000 ($283). The Main Event will feature a KRW1,000,000 buy in ($858) with day 1a starting on January 11th, and day 1b kicking off the following day. There will be a KRW330,000 ($286) Turbo Event, and a 550,000 ($472) Bounty Event on those two days also. The second day of the Main Event will run alongside an eagerly awaited KRW3,300,000 High Roller Event ($2,830) on January 13th, with a Deep Stack and Freeze out event helping to round off the series on January 24th and 29th. The final two events will have buy ins of KRW550,000 ($472) and KRW330,000 ($286) respectively.
South Korea has a bright future as a top location for hosting poker events, and is part of a wider growing interest in poker across Asia. With WPT National due to begin any day now, you would have to say that if they clear their predicted figure of 300 entries, they will be make themselves an attractive proposition for other global tours.