Los Angeles, CA (February 24, 2020) – The World Poker Tour® today announced the first open WPT® Main Tour event to be held in the Asia-Pacific region since Season XII with the premiere of WPT Cambodia in Season XIX at NagaWorld Integrated Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The $3,500 buy-in WPT Cambodia Main Event will open Season XIX of the World Poker Tour from July 21-July 25, 2020. The full WPT Cambodia festival is on tap for July 15-July 28.
This major breakthrough into the Asia-Pacific region comes on the heels of the first-ever WPT event held in Cambodia in November 2019 that featured a record-breaking turnout and the largest prize pool in Cambodian poker history. Brian Tougias defeated a field of 750 entries and took home $131,430 in the $1,100 buy-in event that nearly tripled the $250,000 guarantee. Of those 750 entries, 41 unique countries were represented.
The full WPT Cambodia festival will be packed with 26 events ranging in buy-ins from $200 up to $15,000, including the $550 buy-in NagaWorld Billions opener, $1,100 buy-in WPT Cambodia Mini Main Event and the $10,000 High Roller Championship. Also on the schedule is the $15,000 WPT Cambodia Short Deck High Roller Championship. The full schedule can be found on WPT.com.
Players can look forward to a full season of events at NagaWorld Integrated Resort across the WPT calendar. The Season XIX WPTDeepStacks™ Cambodia festival will take place from November 11-24, 2020. This event will be eligible for points in the WPT Asia-Pacific Player of the Year race which includes a first-place prize of a $10,000 WPT Passport.
To close out the WPT APAC schedule in Season XIX, the inaugural WPT NagaWorld Asia-Pacific Championship festival will take place from May 5-18, 2021. Both WPT Cambodia and the WPT NagaWorld Asia-Pacific Championship winners will be eligible for the Season XIX WPT Tournament of Champions.
For more information about the three Season XIX WPT events at NagaWorld, visit WPT.com.
NagaWorld operates the largest integrated resort in Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia and in the Mekong Region. NagaWorld’s top-notch attractions include two five-star hotels (NagaWorld1 and NagaWorld2), award-winning restaurants and luxurious spas, duty-free shopping, extensive entertainment and gaming facilities.
“The WPT continues to expand globally and we are delighted to break new ground in the Asia-Pacific region to open our 19th season this July with WPT Cambodia,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “The breakthroughs made last November showed the poker world the magnificent NagaWorld and the passion of the network of players who flew from all corners of the globe to attend the record-breaking event.”
“WPT and NagaWorld are back in Season XIX to write more history at this impressive resort,” added Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour. “The power of these brands, along with the extraordinary efforts of Connaissance Management, equal a magical player experience unlike anywhere else on the World Poker Tour.”
“Firstly, I would like to thank the players and the fabulous NagaWorld team for their support last November to create the foundation for the upcoming WPT Cambodia Main Tour event,” said Danny McDonagh, Live Events Specialist for the World Poker Tour. “We look forward to welcoming even more players to this sparkling facility across three dates next season and growing the Asia-Pacific poker ecosystem to new heights.”
WPT Cambodia schedule is out now!