The World Poker Tour recently scaled back their schedule to 14 North American events, but, as previously mentioned (discussions to develop locally-based events, efforts in China), they are working on locally-based events for other regions. WPT boss Steve Lipscomb fleshed out their plans a bit at a press conference at the LA Poker Classic, saying:
We are expanding our presence in Europe and other international markets as we go into the online gaming space, and as we do that, we’re taking those markets piece by piece… This year, we’re going to do a WPT Europe event. We’re going to be doing regional tours similar to what we’re doing in China… Those audiences, as we understand, are very hungry for programming as they grow their own poker world, and we’re going to help them and grow it together.
The WPT has inked an agreement with Grup Perelada, the owner of Casino Barcelona, the site of last year's WPT Spanish Championship.
Sources: Pokerati, Bodog Beat