The Stars Group strikes deal with Asia company for live tournaments

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The Stars Group has inked a deal with International Entertainment Corporation that will see it host a series of branded live events across Asia.

News of the partnership was made public in a filing from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed IEC. In the statement, IEC’s executives noted that the deal between its subsidiary Lucky Genius Ltd would help expand the company’s range of entertainment products.

IEC runs a chain of hotels across the Asian continent, but exactly how and where PokerStars fits into the equation is yet unknown. What has been made public, however, is that the two companies will work together to stage live poker tournaments in “certain Asian countries.”

The partnership comes just two weeks after PokerStars parted ways with Macau’s City of Dreams casino. Talking to GGRAsia, chairman and chief executive of Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd Lawrence Ho Yau Lung said the collaboration was no longer profitable.

At the time, it had been suggested that China’s plans to outlaw free-play poker apps was the reason for PokerStars’ split with City of Dream. Despite the impending legal changes, China and Asia as a whole are still seen as a growth market for the game.

With Macau home to some of the richest cash games in the world and poker tours like the Triton Poker Series attracting big name players, the game is continuing to gain traction in the region.