With all the talk surrounding the upcoming Asian Poker Tour Macau Main Event and its US$4,300 price tag, many people are forgetting about the affordable side events.
Last year’s six-day event has been transformed to a twelve-day poker extravaganza featuring an array of events and is titled as being Asia’s first festival of poker. Following the success of the Asian Poker Tour at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino last year, organisers have implemented plans to continue the surge of poker in the region.
With the event also being the backdrop to the filming of the first Chinese language poker film ‘Poker King’, don’t let that be a distraction from what most will be heading to Macau for . . . poker!
Over 20 events will be hosted by the Asian Poker Tour, and 14 of them will be official side events beginning on the 12th of August with the first four featuring guaranteed prize pools. These include the HK$2,500 Welcome Event with a HK$100,000 guarantee, an Asian Poker Tour Open re-buy and add-on event with a HK$1,150 entry fee that guarantees HK$50,000, a Greed event that costs HK$2,500 to enter but offers the chance for one player to scoop all the HK$100,000 guaranteed prize pool if they choose, and a super HK$1,150 re-buy and add-on tournament that guarantees HK$150,000.
For the tournament junkie, there is also a headhunter, six-handed, eight-handed, invitational and celebrity tournaments. A shining example of the development in the region will also see the first ever ladies tournament and heads-up event. The comprehensive side event schedule also includes a HK$164,000 High Rollers event with other side events having a buy-in as little as HK$1,000.
Another highlight includes the ‘Battle of the Nations’ Team Event where teams are composed of three members from the same country. There will be two teams facing each other at each table, so the tables will be six-handed with the goal to eliminate all the members of the other team until there is just one team left.
Tom Hall, CEO of AsianLogic, owners of the Asian Poker Tour said: “We’re delighted with this schedule - it really shows just how far the game has come in this part of the world. Our objective was to put player’s interests first in all scheduling as Macau will be a poker heaven in August!”
As for the Main Event, the cards hit the air on the 20th of August with online qualification from many sites including the Ongame Network, the iPoker Network and PartyPoker. In addition, online rooms Bwin, PKR, Dafa Poker, JBET Poker, Betfriends, 888 Poker , Titan Poker and 32Red.
Make sure to catch all the action of the 2009 Asian Poker Tour Macau from the 12th-23rd August, otherwise stay tuned to PokerNetwork for regular updates or head to Asian Poker Tour Macau Schedule for more information.
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