World Poker Tour and ELC Gaming joining forces

The WPT and ELC Gaming announced a new event partnership last week that will see poker and e-gaming come together for the first time.

Under the new partnership, the WPT will play host to ELC Gaming’s European division, Allied Esports, at their next WPT DeepStacks series event at the Holland Casino in Valkenburg, Netherlands from October 9-15.

The WPT DeepStacks event will have its usual lineup of tournaments at the Holland Casino, including the €1,100 main event, which is scheduled from October 12-15. Throughout the WPT DeepStacks event, ELC Gaming’s mobile esports arena, named Big Betty, will be parked outside the Holland Casino and play host to an esports festival.

Integrated poker and esports events will be held each day during the festival, both inside Holland Casino and outside on Big Betty, with opportunities for players and fans to win entry into the WPT DeepStacks poker tournament and several esports competitions. The festival will also feature virtual reality, a casual gaming lounge, and esports battles between local universities, with additional prizes available. Also on the esports schedule is the finale of the Legend Series for the game Overwatch.

WPT and ELC Gaming a destined partnership

The partnership between the WPT and ELC Gaming wasn’t much of a surprise as both companies are owned by Ourgame International. Frank Ng, CEO of Ourgame International, stated in a release: “This is an inspiring time in both poker and esports, the two mindsports that have only begun to realize their enormous collaboration potential. With prominent businesses in poker and esports, Ourgame is uniquely positioned to raise the bar with a new breed of events across the globe to give all of our players more of what they want.”

If the initial event this week in the Netherlands is a success, this will probably be the first of many event partnerships between the two companies.

After finishing up in the Netherlands, the WPT DeepStacks series has a pair of events on different continents later in the month. They will be at the Emperors Palace Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Riverside Casino in Iowa. Both events start on October 20. No word yet on if ELC Gaming will be joining them at either stop.