WPT National Philippines Day 1 Recap

WPT National Philippines Day 1 Recap

Angelia Ong takes us to the WPT National Philippines Day 1 at the Solaire Resorts and Casino. Mike Kim presents their visions to bring WPT to Philippine Poker.


Solaire Resort and Casino in the Entertainment City area of Parañaque City, Philippines, hosts the country’s first-ever World Poker Tour National series.

The World Poker Tour (WPT) National Philippines held a power-house press conference to present the vision to bring the brand to Philippine Poker.

Mike Kim: We’re very excited with this event. First event in Philippines and we’re looking for to having a great success. I’ve been coming here since the Day 1 when you guys started playing poker here in Philippines. Wally and I, we shared then dream since the Day 1. His dream is my dream. Taking poker to the next level.

Notable players such as Lacey Jones, Daniel Cates, and Wally Sombero join Mike Kim in welcoming the press.

Lacy Jones: We’re gonna have a wonderful charity event today. It’s going to be the Solaire Cares charity tournament. We’re raising money for those victims in Taclobans as well as local charities here and orphanages that are here in Manila.

Daniel Cates: I’ve never been in the Philippines. And it is a great place so far and i am happy to have Solaire casino host me. We’ll play great of it.

Wally Sombero: WPT nation challenge is a fulfillment of dream. This could trigger something and i remember that we exerted effort the World Poker Association as one of the founding member to lab it in to IMSA, the International Mind Sports Association to become the sport as part of World mind olympics. So i think this event happening now in Asia sponsored by World Poker Tour will be a history in the making.