Manila, Philippines, December 18, 2017 – With 2018 on the horizon, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) announces a list of upcoming changes to look forward to along with the schedule of events for next year’s season. Here is a closer look what’s in store for 2018…
Every year, the APT seeks out ways to improve the games and the overall player experience. Through feedback and suggestions from players, here’s what we have for you coming 2018…
– Due to the deep structure of the Main Event and Championships Event, registration for both events will now remain open until the start of Level 10. This will allow players to enter into Day 2.
– Guaranteed prize pools for Main Events in Macau and in the Philippines plus other selected destinations throughout the year.
– Retiring the APT Player of Year after 6 years and trading it in for a more rewarding APT Player of the Series program. In addition to the APT POS exclusive watch and trophy rewards, the top player will also receive a 5 night stay at our next stop and US$500 in cash.
– A revamped pay table that pays out 1 place for every 6 entries. The change will make it much easier for players to identify the number of places paid in any given event and the “1 for every 6” formula equates to deeper generous payouts.
– More Championships stops in 2018 to give players two high caliber events running back-to-back in a span of nine days
APT Kickoff Vietnam 2018: January 19th – January 28th
To ring in the New Year, the APT heads to the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. This will be the first time the APT will host its annual opener at a location outside of the Philippines. In partnership with host venue Pro Poker Club, the APT Kickoff Vietnam 2018 will run for ten days from January 19 to 28. This marks the APT’s second visit to Vietnam since 2015 however it will be the first in HCMC.
APT Philippines Championships 2018: March 21st – April 1st
In March, the first twelve-day festival takes place with the APT Championships Philippines 2018 slated for March 21 to April 1. This event will be held at the APT’s most popular venue, Resorts World Manila in Newport City. RWM has been APT’s long-standing partner in the Philippines dating back to 2010. Earlier this year, RWM hosted the first APT Championships event attracting big numbers with players flocking in from all over the globe.
APT Macau Championships 2018: April 25th – May 6th
Towards the end of April, the APT heads to the gaming capital – Macau – for the next twelve-day festival, the APT Macau Championships 2018. This event will run from April 25 to May 6 at Macau Billionaire Poker in Babylon Casino. Players can expect a massive turnout of Japanese players as this event falls under Japan’s Golden Week, one of the country’s celebrated holidays.
APT Korea Seoul 2018: June 15th – June 24th
In June, the APT heads to South Korea – the land of the morning calm – to stage a ten-day poker festival in Seoul. Through the years, the APT has held events in the country however this will be their first in the capital city. In partnership with Geutebruck Korea, Inc., the APT Korea Seoul 2018 will take place at one of their poker rooms, Paradise Casino Walker Hill, running from June 15 to 24.
APT Korea Incheon 2018: August 10th – 19th
APT action continues in Korea on August 10 to 19 for the second season of APT Korea Incheon. The ten-day festival will once again be held at Paradise City in Incheon at the poker room operated by our partner Geutebruck Inc. With the venue located in the world famous Incheon Airport complex, this convenience draws big numbers as it is an easy hop in and hop out.
APT Philippines 2018: September 11th – 20th
Every year, the APT consistently hosts two events in Resorts World Manila with the second one running in the latter part of the year. From September 11 to 20, the highly enjoyable APT Philippines 2018 will take place but unlike the festival held in April, this one is scheduled to run for only ten days. Through the years, this event has had a track record of attracting a large number of local enthusiasts that rarely travel outside of the country.
APT Finale Macau Championships 2018: November 28th – December 7th
The APT wraps up its 2018 calendar year in style by returning to the “Las Vegas of Asia” to host the APT Finale Macau 2018 at partner and host venue, Macau Billionaire Poker in Babylon Casino. The festival will run for ten-days from November 28 to December 7.
Stay tuned to the APT website for more exciting announcements coming your way.
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