World Poker Tour announces 2019 schedule with stops in Vietnam and New Zealand; WPT India breaks record

The World Poker Tour is gearing up for a very busy 2019. The brand recently announced 18 stops for their WPTDeepstacks circuit all taking place in the first half of the year. Included in the announcement were two events in the Asia-Pacific region, WPT Vietnam and WPT New Zealand.

WPT Vietnam – March 14 to 24, 2019 at Pro Poker Club
WPT New Zealand – May 24 to June 3, 2019 at Skycity Auckland

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WPT Vietnam Trophy

This is great news for players in the region who witnessed the international tour host inaugural events in both of these countries just this year. In New Zealand, the WPT festival was held in May. The Main Event produced record attendance for the country with 360 attendees and a prize pool over US$500K. Local player Nauvneel Kahsyap won the event taking home NZ$169,200 (US$118,385).

Next year, WPT returns to Auckland, New Zealand to host an 11-day festival at Skycity Auckland from May 24 to June 3, 2019 with the NZ$2,200 Main Event scheduled on the last four days.

For WPT Vietnam, the tour visited the country in September as part of the WPT Asia Swing that traversed the continent from JapanKoreaVietnam. The Vietnam leg took place in Ho Chi Minh City at Pro Poker Club. The Main Event created a record high prize pool in the country of (US$566,600). The tour returns in March 2019 with an VND 8 Billion  (US$343,300) Guaranteed Main Event. 

WPT India breaks record

WPT India
WPT India – Photo World Poker Tour

Currently the WPT is in Asia for their second visit to Goa. WPT India has been running since November 13 at the Deltin Royale and will conclude on November 19. The INR 55K Main Event has already begun. The event drew in a record-breaking 697 entries for a prize pool of  INR 36,249,576 (US$503K). This is now the largest Main Event field seen in India’s history. 

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Article by Tricia David

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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