WPT To Conquer China
China has always been one of the more enigmatic countries for the western people. Whether it is politics or religion, it seems that China has a big mysterious aura surrounding it. Even when it come to gambling, this country is not so open. That is why a lot of eyebrows were raised and hearts started beating faster when the news that WPT is entering China came out.
So what’s the real deal? Well it is true, Chinese poker fans are in for a good year as WPT signed an agreement with the China Leisure Sports Administrative Center to promote “the sport of poker, by helping to create, expand and commercialize China’s first ever national poker competition.” This was done only last Monday. The agreement between the two parties will hold for the next 5 years. At the end of this period, there will be an option to extend the contract. That would, of course, depend on how the whole thing goes.
The fact that poker is making its formal entry to the “far” parts of the world is something to be happy about already. Yet the fact that China has a gambling ban makes this feat even better! For those who think that this is a good chance to flout the government, though, they couldn’t be more wrong. The gambling ban holds – and is as strong as ever. The only question now is what stakes the poker players will play for. Personally, it doesn’t matter to me. If you really love playing poker that should be enough. Of course, a little incentive wouldn’t hurt, would it?