The Asian Poker Tour (APT) announced on Friday it had extended its partnership with Philippine casino venue Resorts World Manila (pictured) via a three-year “exclusive agreement” to stage APT events there.
The APT described its links to Resorts World Manila – a property operated by Travellers International Hotel Group Inc – as a “strong bond” that went back to 2010.
GGRAsia approached the poker brand for clarification on when the new deal begins and ends, but had not received a reply by the time this story went online.
The APT noted in its Friday press statement that two of its branded events will be held at Resorts World Manila next year, namely: the APT Philippines Championships 2018, from March 21 to April 1; and the APT Philippines 2018, from September 11 to 20.
In April this year, Resorts World Manila was the setting for what the APT called its “biggest event to date” – the APT Championships Philippines 2017 – that ran for 12 days into early May and attracted 733 players representing collectively 36 nationalities.
The APT Philippines 2017, originally scheduled to take place at Resorts World Manila in July, was moved to the Winford Hotel and Casino in Manila. The change of venue came after the local casino regulator ordered suspension of gaming operations at Resorts World Manila following a lone-gunman attack at the casino venue on June 2, that had resulted in more than 30 deaths.
APT is currently hosting the APT Manila 2017 at Winford Hotel and Casino. The event will end on November 14.
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