In a deal value greater than half its 2018 price ticket the twenty years previous tour is being sold once more.
The oldest tour in poker is to vary arms, because the World Poker Tour has been acquired by Element Partners LLC.
The non-public funding agency has purchased the tour for $68,250,000 and an additional 5% of WPT event charges as much as $10 million for the following three years.
The identical staff will nonetheless be on the helm and CEO Adam Pliska confirmed the deal will broaden the tour’s horizons, although he couldn’t publicly say how but:
Allied Esports Entertainment Announces the Sale of World Poker Tour to Element Partners, LLC.
Here is WPT CEO Adam Pliska (@pliska007) with extra.
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) January 19, 2021
More than half the worth of the final sale
The tour has had a number of house owners however was most not too long ago bought from partypoker by Black Ride Acquisition Corp in 2018 who paid $213.8 million for it. The new mother or father firm grew to become Allied Esports Entertainment resulting in a partnership with the HyperX Esports Arena which the tour hoped might usher in an period of poker and Esports. It will not be recognized whether or not that partnership will proceed however there are nonetheless but to be performed delayed closing tables that received postponed as a result of COVID-19.
Speaking of which, little doubt the numerous drop in value from that 2018 buy is essentially as a result of influence the pandemic has had on the dwell poker business. It’s all however unimaginable to host dwell tournaments all around the world with so many journey restrictions in place.
In 2020 the WPT was virtually solely on-line with their accomplice and as soon as proprietor partypoker, the place over $100 million was assured.
Speaking of the deal, Allied Esports Entertainment CEO Frank Ng commented:
Due to COVID-19’s influence on the Company’s general income era and profitability timeline, we imagine the forthcoming sale of the WPT enterprise will garner important capital and an avenue to find out new alternatives that may ship accelerated returns for our stakeholders.
The sale of the WPT is topic to approval by shareholders, which is anticipated.
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