World Poker Congress
Ready to Unite Online and Land Sectors
by Elizabeth Nguyen, News Staff Writer
April 25, 2009
If there is anything that gives more credence to the
game of poker, it is none other than the World Poker
Congress. Heck, with a name like "World Poker Congress"
it's got to be important, right? In all truth, the WPC
is only four years old. Initiated to really help out the
online poker sector, the WPC now focuses on both the
brick 'n mortar and online sectors of the most popular
card game in the world.
The next "congressional meeting", if you will, of
poker professionals is set for June 24th-25th, 2009 in
Porto, Portugal. To be exact, the show is scheduled to
go down at the Sheraton Hotel and Spa. So, in other
words, this year's World Poker Congress will be attended
by a bunch of well tanned and manicured poker
executives. And if you throw in the element of massage, well
then, you might even get some limber executives.
However, that's pretty unlikely. By the sounds of it,
the WPC is anything but fun and games. One of the
keynote speakers is World Poker Tour CEO, Steve
Lipscomb, who will be heading up a discussion entitled
"Remaking the Poker Market" (whatever that means).
Lipscomb was recently quoted in a press release, citing
the World Poker Congress is not like other conferences.
While there is still plenty of networking taking place
at the WPC, the "decision-makers" of the most
influential poker companies in business today are there
to do strictly that - engage in business.
The biggest challenge the World Poker Congress faces
is getting brick 'n mortar and online poker companies to
do business. Obviously, when regulation - of should I
say lack of regulation - doesn't foster
such types of business partnerships, this can be an
impossible task. However, with new innovations in online
gaming, strong demand for online poker, and the focused
efforts of....well, this year's WPC, this gap is being
bridged real fast.