Right after an outstanding presence at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT ), the Indian contingent seems all ready to face opponents at the upcoming poker series. The Asian Poker Circuit has two upcoming poker series planned. Firstly, the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Asian Swing – the 17th edition of WPT will make an added stop in Vietnam. In this stop, 14 events would be rolled out and it will run from September 26 to October 4. Post-Vietnam, WPT will make another stop in Korea. Including the attraction of any WPT series, there is another lucrative event for the players- the first-ever WPT Global Teams Event. Here, poker geniuses will represent their respective countries in teams. The Indian contingent participating in this event consists of Kunal Patni, Amit Jain and Dhaval Mudgal with WSOP Tag Team bracelet winner Nikita Luther, leading the team.
2018 WPT Korea
The Paradise City Casino in Incheon, South Korea will be hosting this coveted series of poker action. Series would run from September 18-24. Each team has to pay an amount of $5,000 (~₹3.48 Lakhs). Total 13 teams including India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, UK, Vietnam, China, Korea, and Japan have already been finalised for participation.
Under the leadership of Nikita Luther, Team India has praise-worthy poker players.
Luther has had a great poker journey so far but this year had been particularly significant. This summer Luther bagged her maiden WSOP Gold Bracelet at Tag Team event for $87,903. Kunal Patni is a deep runner always. This year he made headlines by finishing as runner-up in the 2018 WPT Berlin Main Event for $115,819 (₹80.83 Lakhs). Amit Jain is more of a seasoned player of the Indian Poker Circuit. His career’s best score dates back to last year when he picked upon 2017 DPT ₹75K High Roller September edition for which he banked a whopping ₹24.94 Lakhs in prize money. The last Indian poker gem is Dhaval Mudgal who led the PSL Season 2 team Goan Nuts to victory this year.
These players would be fighting against the 15 other teams at a 3-day event as a team.
“I am really excited with the teams and players who have confirmed and my hope is that the WPT Global Teams Event will build in prominence and be a major drawcard on the WPT calendar here in Asia in the future,” WPT Live Events Specialist Danny Mcdonagh said. He also mentioned that each team member will get equal playing time in the event.
Luther announces the team on her Instagram:
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World Poker Tour is hosting its first ever Global Teams Event in Korea next month. There are 16 countries participating including Australia, UK, USA, Honk Kong, Japan. This is Team India and we are gunning for gold! With one helluva beastly line-up, look out, Team India are going to be the next world champions. Special mention to how chivalrous the boys are – to express their pride and support for my bracelet win – they’ve placed me as their Captain. But I’ve learnt more from them than they’ll ever learn from me. Thank you! ❤️ Let’s f*ckin do this 🔥🔥🔥 . . . #TeamIndia #Champions #WPT #Poker #Adda52 #LoveMyTeam #FeelingProud #LetsFight #GloryHunting
“Very excited to be a part of this unique format. It’s inspired by PSL but we will end up representing our country and there isn’t any bigger pride than representing one’s own country. It’s like a dream come true and I am really looking forward to it. We will obviously go for gold. Nikita is in great form right now and she is aggressive and hates losing. It’s great to have her as the captain for team India,” was Patni’s statement on his inclusion in the team.
Jain showcased his excitement like so, “It is a team filled with talent and results speak for them. I have very high expectations from the team. It is great to have Nikita Luther as the captain. She deserves every bit of it. She is one of the most hardworking poker players in the community and is a real inspiration. I look forward to learning from her and working together”.
The WPT Korea Schedule
2018 WPT Vietnam
The other mega-series in the queue is the 2018 WPT Vietnam. It is expected that the Indian runners would swarm to this event. Although none of the players has confirmed about their plans, the current wind of heavy participation by Indian players at international felts has all probability of showing it’s magic in Vietnam.
The Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam is to host this time around. Star of the series is the VND 22 Million (~₹68,000) WPT Vietnam Main Event where the poker legends of the world will be facing each other for another coveted title.
We are honored to partner with the World Poker Tour and bring WPT Vietnam to Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh,” GAMAX Investment Sports & Entertainment’s Founder and CEO Denis Pham said.
The other attractions of the series are The High Roller event and the three-day VND 11 Million WPT Pro Poker Club Superstack Classic.
2018 WPT Vietnam Full Schedule