WPT to Start Season XVI with Special Beijing Event

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The World Poker Tour is going to shake things up in Season XVI by kicking things off with a special event in Beijing from April 15-19.

The WPT Beijing stop will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Ourgame Chess & Card Festival held at the Nuo Hotel.

The Beijing Main Event will have a cap of 400 players with a mixture of international players and domestic players who will be able to qualify through the Ourgame Card Festival.

This is the second time that the WPT has ventured into China as WPT National Sanya has taken place every year for the last five years.

First WPT Main Event in China

This is the first time the WPT has held a Main Event and the company’s CEO Adam Pliska said it was only natural to expand into Asia at this point.

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“The World Poker Tour is proud to kick off Season XVI with WPT Beijing and add a second major poker tournament to the burgeoning Chinese region,” said Pliska.

“It is without question that Asia has an ever-increasing demand for major poker events, as evidenced by WPT National Sanya selling out each of its first five years.

"Alongside our parent company Ourgame, the WPT looks forward to hosting the best players from the region and around the world as we kick off Season XVI with WPT Beijing.”

There will plenty of games available during the Ourgame Chess & Card Festival beyond poker including bridge, mahjong and more.

Of course the current WPT season will conclude with the Tournament of Champions at Seminole Hard Rock Casino on April 7.

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