More poker events in Asia as IPO and Resorts World plan to join forces

On December 14th, in Jeju South Korea, the Paradise Poker Room hosted the first ever International Poker Open in Asia. Based until now in Jeju City, the brand itself is owned by Allwinstar Entertainment.LLC who are based in Maryland, USA. The tour is now looking for an expansion across asia. 

IPO3 at Resort World Manila in November

Somuchpoker have contacted Hession Yan, president of the IPO to gain a greater insight into where the IPO is in terms of it's plans and development, and where it hopes to go in the future. He revealed that IPO3 is confirmed for November, and will take place in Resorts World Manila from November 22 to November 28 in the Philippines. Schedule will partially overlap with the APT Vietnam 2 which is ending on the 26th of November.

Edit 2/9/2015 –  New dates for IPO3 announced: Nov.27–Dec.3 2015. Festival will feature 14 events including a $1,050 Main Event

resort Wolrd Manila

IPO3 will be hosted at Resort World Manila in November

A larger partnership with Gentil Group

Furthermore, the IPO are in talks with Genting HK Group over a larger project. This project would involve using Genting owned properties to host poker events during 3 years. Genting Group is a Malaysian conglomerate, but they own casinos across the world, including 47 in the UK. Resorts World Genting in Malaysia was their pioneering project, although there are other famous integrated resorts globally, including Resorts World Santosa in Singapore, and Resorts World Manila, in the Philippines.

Last April, Jeju hosted IPO2, and there is every indication that the group will continue to run events in Korea, especially as Resorts World Jeju is currently in development and due to open in 2017. Major poker tours currently do not stop in countries such as Malaysia and Singapore, but the IPO partnership with Genting could be looking to change this, with major events feasibly being hosted there in future.

Partnership RSW

IPO on Facebook few days ago

The APT and APPT currently hold the distinction of being the biggest tours across Asia, and it's unlikely that will be changing in the near future, but it is clear to see that Genting Group will make great partners for the IPO moving forward.


Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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