The poker game has been a part of card games competitions for more than two hundred years already. Undoubtedly, poker has charmed most of the planet, starting from poker rooms on river boats and bars on the Wild West in the past and up to modern card rooms with a huge amount of tables and luxurious casinos all over the world.
Be it the USA, Europe or even Latin and South America, poker has become a super popular game of the 21st century. But even now there is a “new horizon” which will be actively conquered in the coming years, in order to move poker to the new stage of its popularity among dozens of millions of new players pokerpelangi.
This “new horizon” is continental Asia. One billion people live in China, one more billion is the population of India, and one more billion is spread over the remaining part of the continent pelangiqq.
Considering such an amount of potential poker players, this market is a “gold vein” for organizers of the game. Only recently this horizon started to be developed (with or without the assistance of local governments). The new horizon can become the last one for poker, meaning that it will completely conquer the whole world. Organizers of poker assure that by the end of 2007 many Asians understand perfectly well what is “blind”, “turn” and “river”.
For a long time online companies have been interested in the possibility of entering Asian markets (particularly Chinese market), but governments of Asian countries prevent online or traditional gambling industry from full-scale development. The government of India, for example, does not actively support the idea of the gambling industry (though there are six casinos in this country). China, which will host international Olympic games-2008, the government gradually weakens the control over the Internet. This is very good news for the representatives of the gambling industry, who have already prepared to launch a large-scale acquaintance of Asia with poker.
Steve Wynn, the owner of hotels and casinos all over the world, is ready to bring his brilliant and glamorous style to the Asian market. “Wynn Macau”, the complex of casinos and hotels, was opened on September 5 in Macao. It familiarizes the Asian continent with the luxury of Las Vegas. It includes hotels of 600 rooms and casinos, which undoubtedly offer gambling and poker games, just like the other Steve Wynn’s institutions from all over the world. The 20-storeyed hotel will be an exact copy of the “Wynn Las Vegas” casino hotel. The company plans to arrange further spreading of table games throughout the continent.
TV has also brought poker tournaments into the Asian market. The most popular world poker tournament (World Poker Tour or WPT) has recently been licensed to TV stations in Macau and Singapore for the first season of WPT games to the Asian audience. But the continent is getting ready to organize its own outstanding poker tournaments. The organization entitled “PanAsia Poker Tour” has recently declared that the debut of this new championship will take place in November, and it is for the first time in history that the official championship will take place in Manila, Philippines.
The event called “Philippine Open PAPT” will take place on November 3-5 in “Airport Casino Filipino”. Its final tournament will incorporate free Texas Holdem poker game with the prize fund of $ 2500. It is expected that the tournament, which has got the official permission of Philippines State Corporation for Control over entertaining and gambling industry (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation or PAGCOR), will attract celebrities and professional poker players who would attempt to win the title of the tournament champion There are plans to film this tournament to be shown in the future on Asian TV. This means that the spectators of the Asian continent want to watch games, which are played on their own land.
However, the poker tournament entitled “PanAsia” does not stop at arranging one event. Leaders of this organization have adopted plans to arrange in 2007 a tour across the continent with ten stops. The latter are planned in Macao, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines. If the tour appears to be successful, it will be able to attract millions of new poker players to the poker community.
India is also a part of Asia; the world outlook of Indians in many aspects reflects the peculiarities of Asian or even Eastern philosophy. Gambling games and casinos in the Indian society are usually condemned (though many Indians want to change this), while poker sites, which are not allowed here, encounter difficulties in spreading deeper into the continent. It is interesting that some activities of the online poker companies take place particularly in India. For example, the company “PartyPoker” has a branch office there with 900 employees, the company pays taxes.