Poker Central and DOUPAI.TV have signed a multi-year deal to bring the World Series of Poker Main Event to China. The companies reached a licensing deal which includes live streaming and televised coverage of the WSOP Main Event final table and highlight episodes.
“Poker Central is committed to working with leading entertainment companies to deliver poker programming to every corner of the world,” said Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central. “DOUPAI.TV shares our passion for poker and allows us to reach the untapped poker audience in China to spread the game and usher in a new generation of poker fans.”
Viewers in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will have access to WSOP action on a couple different platforms provided by DOUPAI.TV. The expansion into Mainland China means that WSOP broadcasts are now available in more than 160 countries around the world.
“Our audience loves the combination of high stakes poker and unbelievable action that the World Series of Poker provides,” said Tim Chen, CEO of DOUPAI.TV. “The licensing agreement with Poker Central will make it easier than ever for fans in China to view the exhilarating WSOP action that continues to captivate the poker world.”
Earlier this year, Poker Central acquired the global television and digital media rights to the WSOP through a four-year agreement. Poker Central also partnered with ESPN to expand WSOP programming with live event coverage and made-for-broadcast episodes.
Poker Central debuted PokerGO in May of this year, and the on-demand subscription service is now the official home of the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker After Dark and the Poker Masters. In addition to streaming exclusive live poker events, PokerGO also has original programming in Pokerography, Major Wager and Poker Nights.