The Asian Poker Tour, one of the two dominant live poker tours in Asia, has launched a new lower buy-in feeder tour aptly named the APT Asian Series.
The APT Asian Series will be affiliated to the Asian Poker Tour in much the same way as the ANZPT is related to the APPT. That is as a lower buy-in circuit to offer more tournaments in the area and give players on smaller bankrolls a chance to get in on the action and build towards playing on the full APT circuit.
The first of the APT Asian Series events will be held in a city familiar to those who know the Asian poker circuit already. Between January 10-17 the APT Asian Series will debut at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu, Philippines. This venue is not far away from the Shangri-La Mactan Island home of the APPT Cebu event for the last two years.
On the card are seven championship events crammed into the week long tournament schedule. The Main Event is good value at around US$1,130 to buy in and the lead up events range from $55 right up to a high roller event price at almost $5,000 for entry.
The range of events on the card is sure to appeal to all bankrolls and there will also be a full range of live satellites and side action to be had throughout the tournament. But if all of that is not reason enough, there is the fact that the tournament is set up in the tourist paradise of Cebu just to add that much more incentive to the deal.
PKR has been an ardent supporter of the APT events as a satellite partner and springing straight into action with the new APT Asian Series. Players will be able to qualify for the event through any of the satellites including a nightly freeroll sub-satellite that is restricted exclusively to Australian and Asian region players. That freeroll will start every night at 11:30pm AEDT and will qualify players for the three step sub-satellite series.
As with most step satellites PKR’s Asian Series Cebu qualifiers allow you to buy in to the satellite level that suits your bankroll best. If you’re a bit light on enter the daily stage one satellites for $5.28. These satellites feed into stage two, which is a $23.98 tournament that runs every four days. If the sub-satellite qualifiers are not your scene, just roll up on January 10 (or 9 depending on where you live in Australia) for the 12:30am AEDT $109 direct qualifier to the APT Asia Series Cebu event. Download PKR here to jump into the APT Cebu satellites.
Poker has proved a popular pastime in the Philippines and it seems that the poker tour organisers are keen to cash in with both of the predominant Asian circuits stopping off in the Philippines multiple times during their various seasons.
The APT will go to the Philippines at least twice during the 2011 calendar year. The first time will be under the Asian Series banner during January, before returning from March 28 – April 3 for the APT Philippines $2,700 Main Event at Resorts World in Manila.
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