(Las Vegas, NV, September 14, 2017) — Poker Central® and DOUPAI.TV agreed to a multi-year licensing deal to live stream and televise coverage of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in China. The deal, which runs through 2021, will include live broadcasting of the WSOP Main Event final table and highlight episodes of the WSOP Main Event beginning in Q4 of each year.
The WSOP programming will be available exclusively on the media entertainment platforms, DOUPAI.TV and its associated partners, to viewers in Greater China, which includes Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. China now joins more than 160 countries where viewers can watch the thrilling poker action at the WSOP Main Event.
“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.”
“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.”
Poker Central originally acquired the global television and digital media rights to the WSOP in a four-year deal in May. In addition to the rights deal, Poker Central reached an agreement with ESPN to expand WSOP programming on the network to include live event coverage and original episodes throughout the year.
About Poker Central®
Poker Central is the ultimate destination for fans of poker tournaments, cash games, and lifestyle away from the tables. Available globally direct-to-consumer via OTT as well as through network television distribution, Poker Central delivers poker’s most premier live events when and where you want them. Poker Central content also goes off the felt, allowing fans to Get in the Game® with peeks behind-the-scenes into the lavish VIP lifestyle of the game’s most notable high rollers, virtual journeys to exotic poker destinations around the globe, and the latest news on the game’s celebrity players. For more information, visit www.pokercentral.com and find Poker Central on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
DOUPAI.TV is a leading group specializing in live and on-demand poker tournaments, reality shows, creative content, copyright content introduction, and gameplay. Based in Greater China with reach worldwide, they operate a 24-hour poker channel with the highest viewership in the industry. Since 2014, they have partnered with outstanding companies and prestigious poker brands such as Douyu.TV, Boyya Game Interactive, Tencent Poker, Macau Billionaire Poker, Poker Central, and more as they continue to expand their worldwide poker offering. They aim to bring the finest poker gamesmanship to Chinese poker fans and develop China into one of the world leaders in gaming and entertainment.