Sponsored by Chinese social gaming giant Ourgame – who purchased the WPT last year for US$35 million – the students will be given a unique opportunity to experience the historical, cultural and technological wonders of Beijing and Shanghai. As well as touring famous landmarks such as The Great Wall of China and Forbidden City, they will also visit the Beijing Language and Culture University which is renowned for its science, finance and language courses.
The Earl Woods Scholarship was established in 2006 to honor the vision of Earl Woods – father of golfing great Tiger Woods – who passed away in 2006. The brainchild of Tiger’s own Tiger Woods Foundation, it provides educational scholarships to gifted students who otherwise couldn’t afford to further their studies.
“Ourgame and the World Poker Tour are providing our students with a priceless opportunity to expand their worldview,” Tiger Woods Foundation CEO Rick Singer said.
“We’re so fortunate to work with a partner that values this kind of experience, and I look forward to hearing the wonderful stories our students will share about this journey.”
The WPT has set its sights on taking poker to China in recent years with WPT National China having been held in Sanya each year since 2012.