In a couple of weeks’ time the Asian Poker Tour July 2012 Macau will begin. Poker players can qualify to play on this Tour for this event either by playing at online or land based poker events. The poker tour in Asia runs from the 25th of July 2012 to the 31st of July 2012. The main event of this tour has a buy in payment of HKD 25,000 (around £2000 or $3000). In addition there will a further 6 satellite events and 12 other side events.
The land based events are being held at a number of clubs and there are many online events too. The Macau Poker Cup the Red Dragon ran in June and was an interesting pre-cursor to this Asian Poker Tour 2012. This is a new beginning for this tour in Asia. It is expected that around 300 players will be able to join in the Asia Poker Tour and the Starting Chips are expected to be 15,000 and the Starting Blinds 25-50 with an hour’s duration.
Buy-in for the July 25th Single Table Main Event Satellite game is HKD 2400. Other buy-ins for the 25th include the afternoon event Heads Up Asian Champ Flight A and the evening big buy-in of PokerAce HKD 10,000 at the High Rollers Satellite w/ Re-Entry Step 2. The biggest buy-in on Thursday 26th is the PokerAce High Rollers (Event 2) with a HKD 50,000 buy-in. Friday the 27th’s biggest buy-in is the APT Macau Main Event DAY 1A with HKD 23,000 and Saturday the 28th is the APT Macau Main Event DAY 1B with the same buy-in amount. The Sunday’s largest buy-in is the DafaPoker Freezeout 2 (Event 8) at HKD 4000 and HKD 5000 on Monday the 30th of July. Tuesday is the last at the 6 Handed (Event 12) with a buy-in of HKD 3000.
This tour started in 2006 to represent the Asia Pacific region and Tony G was their first poker Champion. Poker events and tournament are played in a variety of locations including Macau and the Philippines with new places being looking into for future tournaments and poker events. There are also a number of smaller events in the region encouraged by the APT. The Asian Poker Tour is the largest tournament in the area.
The Asian Poker Tour has a growing reputation and gains much acclaim around the world; attracting a lot of interest from players and international poker fans. There were two APT events in 2008 one was held in the Philippines and the other APT was held in Macau. The Philippines event was won by an Aussie player David Saab and the Macau event was won by Yevgeniy Timoshenko. In 2009 the APT Philippines event was won by a Filipino player called Neil Arce and the Macau event by Adrien Allain a French poker Player. In 2010 again a Filipino won, Michael Cua and the APT Macau winner was a Chinese player Zhang Dan Peng. The 2011 winners for the Philippines stretch were Enrique Del Prado, Jr and Andreas Lindblom a Swede.