Los Angeles, CA (August 24, 2020) – The World Poker Tour® has concluded a record-breaking WPT® Japan festival in Tokyo, hosted by Hotel Gajoen Tokyo and Sammy Corporation. The WPT Japan Main Event attracted 726 entries to compete for $35,000 in WPT Passports. Charlie Ryuta won the WPT Japan Main Event and earned a $13,000 WPT Passport to use at any WPT global event.
The festival marks the first live event for the WPT since March of this year and stamps another record-setting event in the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, the event was hosted at Sammy Corporation, also known as “Sega Sammy.” Sammy Corporation is a global leader in video game development and retail, based in Tokyo. The final table played out at Sammy Corporation’s headquarters and was streamed on Twitch via the Japan Poker Union.
“WPT is thrilled to set a new record with our exceptional partners in Japan and continue the growth of poker in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour. “Thank you Hotel Gajoen Tokyo and Sammy Corporation for creating a vibrant and safe playing environment for this record-breaking event.”
“The Japan poker culture continues to thrive and WPT looks forward to more records set in this nation,” added Danny McDonagh, Live Events Specialist for the World Poker Tour. “Thank you to all the Japanese players who attended this event, the Japan Poker Union for creating live content onsite to show the world the incredible poker atmosphere in Tokyo, and to the onsite staff for running a seamless tournament.”
“We are pleased that WPT Japan 2020 was held successfully. First, we would like to say thank you to all local poker rooms that held the qualifying tournaments, all 726 players that took part in the tournament, and the best and brightest dealers and managers. Also we would like to thank our event sponsors, including the WPT, Sammy, and Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. If one of these were missing, we sure that WPT JAPAN was not going to succeed,” the Japan Poker Union said in a statement.
Event host and sponsor Sammy Inc. said, “Sammy Inc. has been supporting further excitement of the Texas Hold’em industry in Japan. We are honored and proud to be the sponsor of WPT Japan this year. We believe that the attraction of this game will appeal to mind sports and game lovers in Japan! The Japanese poker scene is on the way to booming, and through WPT, we hope that this game will spread across the country and become a part of the national culture in the future!”
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