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Macao is gearing up to host its first World Poker Tour event

The tournament is set to take place at Wynn Macau in June, three months after competitive poker’s long-awaited return to the city.

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The World Poker Tour (WPT) will head to Macao for the first time in June, the result of a deal signed between the WPT, Allied Gaming & Entertainment (AGAE) and Wynn Macau, Gambling Insider reports

Wynn Macau president Linda Chen said the casino was “thrilled to … host one of the most prestigious global poker competitions in Macao, marking its debut in this vibrant city.”

She also said the event would “enhance Macao’s global allure and reinforce its status” as a tourism destination. 

[See more: Sands China is holding Macao’s first poker tournament in six years]

The WPT tournament is scheduled to take place on 18 to 24 June, with a HK$40,000 buy-in for its main championship event. A two-day high roller event is slated for 19-20 June, with a buy-in of HK$200,000. AGAE will be responsible for the marketing, production and management of the tournament.

WPT CEO Adam Pliska said the SAR had “long been a sought-after destination” for the tour.

“Thank you to AGAE and Wynn Macau for making this dream come true. We look forward to an incredible event.”

Competitive poker returned to Macao this month, after a six-year hiatus, in the form of the Macao Masters. The event, which ends today, was organised by Sands China and is taking place at the Venetian.

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