The Asian Poker Tour opened with an ambitious marketing campaign with plenty of glitz and glamour. It looks like those initial efforts are paving the way for a monster field at the 2010 APT Macau event next month. For the first time in the event’s history the APT will go with three day one flights for the Main Event, up from the two day one flights of previous years.
Seats have been selling like hot cakes for the event which could be on track to set a record for biggest prize pool in an APT event. It also means greater choice for the players who will be able to pick the day one flight that suits them best.
The new day one flight, Day 1A, will be held on Sunday, November 7 in an attempt to better capture those who have full-time employment during the week. They will play all day Sunday and return for Day 2 on Friday November 12. With the Main Event Final Table wrapping up the following Sunday, it means that full-time local employees could get away with taking just one day off work to compete in the entire tournament. This should prove to be attractive to the local market, meaning that day 1A is sure to have its fair share of recreational players which will no doubt convince a few pros to dive in early and avoid the lopsided day one flights that have plagued some tournaments previously.
In order for the rest of the Main Event to run across the weekend, Day 1B starts on Wednesday, November 10, with Day 1C running on Thursday, November 11. All of the flights combine for Day 2 on Friday November 12. For those worried about the gap between the day one flights there will be plenty of juicy cash game and side tournament action to keep you entertained, while you relax at the luxurious City of Dreams in Macau.
In fact, the number of side events has been increased to 11 with the addition of another Six-Handed Event on the schedule. The APT is already famous for its hospitality, but it may also now prove popular with the players for its mammoth prize pools.
You can qualify right now for the 2010 APT Macau with satellites going on PKR, William Hill Poker, Mansion Poker and Titan Poker.
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