GPI Parent Mediarex Announces Asia-Facing Partnership With Chinese Poker Enterprises
Mediarex Enterprises Limited, the parent company of the Global Poker Index (GPI) and The Hendon Mob Poker Database (THM), has announced a partnership with Taiwan-based company Chinese Poker Enterprises (CPE). As part of the new deal, Mediarex and CPE have also announced the debut of GPI Asia, a rolling ranking system of Asia-based poker players paralleling other popular GPI ranking boards that already cover much of the poker world.
According to the terms of the deal, the Chinese Poker Enterprise group will operate GPI Asia, which will reside online under the GPI/THM umbrella while also operating the GPI Masterboard. CPE will also take the lead in promoting the GPI/THM brand in Asia while also hosting special events and offering player services in the Asian Pacific Rim region.
Mediarex and CPE are also planning a number of events that will bring the GPI brand into fuller presence across the region. Among them, according to GPI/THM President Eric Danis, is the return of the Global Poker League. The GPL will resume at some point in 2020 at an as-yet-unannounced Asian venue.
Also on the drafting board are plans for GPI Asia to host the very first The Hendon Mob Championship (THMC) event outside of Europe. And the GPI brand family will be fully rounded out when the GPI Asian Poker Awards debut in 2020. These awards will parallel the GPI’s very popular award series in America and Europe; the debut Asian edition will honor “the best of the best in Asia for 2019.”
Danis offered this statement: “We are so excited to announce this partnership; we’re been working hard with Raymond and his group to make this happen. This agreement will certainly go a long way to help promote GPI/THM and the game of poker in general in the Asian markets. There are so many poker fans and poker players in Asia; we can’t wait to reach out to them.”
GPI Asia CEO Raymond Wong added this: “It will be exciting news for players in Taiwan and Asia; our company had started to promote GPI/THM in Taiwan since 2018 and we had received lots of positive feedback from the poker fans. I believe with this official partnership with GPI/THM, we will certainly be bringing more exciting rankings, events and happenings to the poker fans around Asia. Our goal is to not only serve better our poker fans, it is also to connect the Asian poker community to the rest of the world.”