Phil Ivey Headlines WPT Japan Main Event

The World Poker Tour® returns to Japan in November, and WPT Ambassador Phil Ivey is among the first to commit to playing the record-breaking ¥100,000,000 guaranteed prize pool tournament.

WPT Japan - with a ¥5,000 buy-in - is set for live competition November 23-26 at Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Triangle Square in Tokyo, co-hosted by the Japan eSports Union (JeSU).

“(I am) looking forward to playing in WPT Japan,” said Ivey, “with a record prize pool of ¥100,000,000 there will be solid competition." A number of top celebrities are scheduled to join Ivey and participate in WPT Japan.


OnLive Competition

Players can play the first day of competition online at WPT Global or live in Tokyo in this OnLive event. Online Day 1 Flights at WPT Global begin October 1, running every Sunday through November 19. Live Day 1 flights take place November 23-25 in Tokyo at Shinjuku Sumitomo Building Triangle Square.

The final 15 percent of each Day 1 flight advance to play Day 2 live in Tokyo. This is a Best Stack Forward event, so all players are eligible to play all live and all online flights.

Players can earn their way into WPT Japan each Sunday for just ¥1,000 in WPT Global online qualifiers. 1-in-5 entries earns a ticket to any Day 1 WPT Japan ¥5,000 flight. Online qualifiers take place at 8 pm JPT and 10pm JPT each Sunday through November 18.

Dates and starting times are subject to change. Please see for details.

Growing Poker in Japan

Japan is set to become one of the next countries to experience a poker boom. 

“While the demand for poker in Japan is increasing, I myself believe that it is still developing.” said Hiroyuki Irie of Samurai Partners Co. Ltd, who is overseeing WPT Japan. “In managing the WPT domestic tournament this time, I will work to spread poker culture through various unprecedented initiatives.”

JeSU - established in 2018 with a mission to grow and professionalize Japan’s eSports community- is launching a YouTube channel supported by WPT to help promote the game of poker, providing a home for poker news and announcements of future events.