The World Poker Tour is back stronger than ever as it prepares for an exciting line-up of events for the year ahead. Coming from a record-breaking series last 2020 despite the multitude of setbacks the live poker arena has seen, the major brand is committed to making its return once again to the Land of the Rising Sun this upcoming September for its fifth running series in the country.
WPT Japan 2020
In partnership with local operator, Japan Poker Union, the scheduled 2021 WPT Japan festival will run under the same sponsor as 2020, Sammy Inc. but with more than the double of the previous year’s prize guarantees.
Unlike last year’s Main Event, the bigger festival happening this September will kick off with its first starting day on September 5 in Osaka while continuing with the rest of its festivities on September 12, 18-20, 2021 at Sammy Inc.’s Tokyo company headquarters. The series will cover an exciting prize pool of USD 91,500 worth of WPT multi passport contracts.
Events for the fifth WPT Japan will again be limited to qualifiers and invitees only, with all prizes awarded in the form of WPT passports available for use at any WPT global event.
2020 WPT Japan Main Event Winner – Nagata Ryuta
“WPT is thrilled to set a new record with our exceptional partners in Japan and continue the growth of poker in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour.
“The Japan poker culture continues to thrive and WPT looks forward to more records set in this nation,” added Danny McDonagh, Live Events Specialist for the World Poker Tour after last year’s festivities.
With that said, this year’s Japan stop is expected to receive a higher turnout and crazier action as the overall health situation slowly improves. The full schedule of events can be seen below with the exact location for the Osaka flight yet to be determined in the coming weeks.
2021 WPT Japan Full Schedule
|September 5, 2021||11:00||#1 Main Event Day 1A – Osaka||Qualifier & Guest||Free|
|September 12, 2021||11:00||#1 Main Event Day 1B – Tokyo||Qualifier & Guest||Free|
|September 18, 2021||11:00||#1 Main Event Day 1C – Tokyo||Qualifier & Guest||Free|
|September 19, 2021||11:00||#1 Main Event Day 2|
|11:00||#2 U-23 Day 1||Guest Guest||Free|
|September 20, 2021||11:00||#1 Main Event Day 3|
|11:00||#2 U-23 Day 2|
|11:00||#3 Freeroll||Guest Guest||Free|
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