World Poker Tour 2016 at Solaire, Jan. 2-8, 2016

World Poker Tour National Philippines Event Schedule Solaire Poker King Club Pokercast Press Conference Speakers

Winfred Yu, President & CEO of Poker King Club; Adam Pliska, President & CEO of World Poker Tour; Richard Yong, Aussie Millions champion; Cyrus Sherafat, Senior Vice President, Casino Marketing, Solaire Resort & Casino

I am not a big gambler, (obviously! kasi barat, haha!), but I do enjoy playing an occasional game and having fun at the casino. One time, I think we spent a record 18 hours inside one!

J and I were there at Solaire the next day it opened, and I really enjoy the nice amenities and pretty interiors. It really has one of the best casino interiors in the country that I have seen – luxurious and spacious and classy. Unfortunately, there is no picture-taking inside the casino, so no pictures 🙁


Solaire Resort & Casino is a premier gaming destination in Manila, and for the second time in a row, was chosen to host the World Poker Tour National Philippines Festival. The Season XIV (14) of the World Poker Tour is going to be from January 2 – 8, 2016. Aside from the Main Event, there will also be a Super High Roller event, featuring a USD $200,000 buy-in, the largest in World Poker Tour history! Expect to see some of the world’s best poker players and some of the world’s wealthiest poker enthusiasts. I have an urge to go watch God of Gamblers now… 

Event Date: January 2 – 8, 2016
Venue: Solaire Grand Ballroom
Main Event Buy-In: $1,500 + $150

The press conference today was graced by the following speakers:

  • Adam Pliska, President and CEO of World Poker Tour
  • Winfred Yu, President and CEO of Poker King Club
  • Cyrus Sherafat, Senior Vice President, Casino Marketing of Solaire Resort & Casino
  • Richard Yong, businessman and winner of the 2015 Aussie Millions

Everyone is welcome to join the World Poker Tour events – don’t let the $200,000 buy-in for high rollers intimidate you! There are events where the buy-in is as low as $180. The main event buy-in is $1,650. As I understand it, buy-in is like the entrance fee to join the game. I’m not a professional gambler so I’m not really familiar with all these terms 

Here is the schedule of events:

World Poker Tour National Philippines Event Schedule Solaire Poker King Club Pokercast

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After the press conference, we were invited to the Poker Room where we got to play some poker! Everyday, starting at 2pm onwards, you can go to the Poker Room and get a free roll (free play). We were given some free chips to play with. If you win, you get a free entry to the weekly game (with P 100,000 prize), and if you win again, you get to go on to the next round with a P 1 Million prize).

We had a great time even though we were poker neophytes!

What is the World Poker Tour?

World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading the innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories.

What is the Poker King Club?

The Poker King Club (PKC) was founded in 2009, and was named after the famous poker movie, “Poker King”. Poker King Club is the home of high-stakes poker. PKC is famous for hosting some of the biggest games in Macau. It has expanded operations to Manila and is hosting games at the Solaire Poker Room.

With these big names in poker, I am so excited for this event! I feel like these kinds of things only happen in Vegas, but I’m so happy that we get to witness it here in Manila soon! Woohoo for Manila becoming the next Vegas!

For more info on this event, please contact [email protected], or call +632-548-4878 / +63929-696-7351.


Apparently, Solaire’s hotel is already in operation! I saw a lot of guests with their luggage near the casino area. I actually have not seen the hotel part of Solaire since we have mostly been staying at the casino area and I did not know that there were other places to explore… apparently they have an awesome swimming pool, and even have a theatre big enough for concerts and such.

However, having explored some of the food options in Solaire, I can say the food at Solaire is really, really good and top quality – even the food court food is delicious!

If you are in any way curious about poker after watching some awesome gambling movies, check out the World Poker Tour at Solaire – it’s a big event and it is happening right here in Manila!

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