WPT Enterprises, Inc. announced that it has inked pacts with Macau Cable in Macau and MediaCorp in Singapore to air its flagship show, World Poker Tour (WPT). The agreements elevate to 154 the territories in which WPT shows now on air.
World Poker Tour in Southeast AsiaMacau, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is one of the highest volume gaming centers in the world. Macau Cable will air the WPT’s Season I. MediaCorp, the largest broadcaster in Singapore, will feature Season II for its viewers.
“These two deals give us a secure foothold in Southeast Asia, along with our deals in the Philippines,” said Gary MacKinney, WPTE Executive Director of International Distribution. “With the long history of gaming in Macau and the recent licenses issued to a number of international gaming giants who will build or run major new casinos, this area is only going to get hotter.”
Regionally, WPTE has an ongoing relationship, established in 2004 with Solar Entertainment, to air the U.S. version of the show. Additionally, WPTE has an agreement with the largest integrated media and entertainment company in the Philippines, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., to license and air on its network local staged WPT events.
WPTE also announced that it had made the initial international sale of its new Professional Poker Tour (PPT) to Canada’s City TV. The premier PPT season is currently airing on the Travel Channel in the United States.
Other recent deals include the first WPTE broadcasting commitment in Spain where Fox will air WPT’s Season I. In addition to the PPT, Canada’s City TV will air the recently completed WPT Season IV.
“WPTE’s continued international broadcast expansion has fueled the worldwide Online Casino Singapore phenomenon and has given us first position in the increasingly larger global poker marketplace,” said Steve Lipscomb, CEO and founder of WPTE. “The demand for our programming has been gratifying and the speed of growth exhilarating.”
Packer Joins Singapore Casino Bid
Proposals for Singapore’s casino-development have been delivered, with a last minute submission by Publishing & Broadcasting. James Packer’s Australian gaming group joined Genting International and Kerzner International in the bidding for Sentosa Island’s second casino-resort.
Malaysian-based Genting, who have been the firm favourite since declaring for the proposal, said that investment for its proposed ‘Resorts World at Sentosa’ development would be over US$3 billion, and include a US$1 billion Universal Studios theme-park with 6 world-class hotels.
Publishing & Broadcasting joined Eight Wonder and Melco International as an equity partner in its bid for the project, while Kerzner said that it had ‘engaged’ the help of architect Frank Gehry – designer of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain – to help with their Singapore attraction.
Singapore’s officials have said the proposals will be evaluated based on ‘tourism appeal, architectural design, strength of the partners and investment dollar’. (ATE)