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Asian Poker Tour Announces 2020 Schedule

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) has announced its schedule of planned tour dates for the 2020 calendar year, offering what at this time appears to be a 12-event slate. That’s the largest such tour schedule for the APT in some time, stepping up by one from the 11 the Philippines-based tour offers in 2019.

According to an APT presser, the tour’s 2020 edition will return to its most popular destinations, including Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, and Korea, in addition to a couple of new stops. The APT’s General Manager and Executive Tournament Director, Lloyd Fontillas, said, “[W]e have laid out the foundation to make 2020 a fun and exciting year. Players can expect larger guarantees, new events, new destinations, and more players attending each and every event.”

Asian-Poker-TourThe APT is one of the longest-running poker tours (not counting the venerable but stand-alone Aussie Millions) to serve the Asian Pacific Rim poker market. The APT was launched in 2008, just after the PokerStars-affiliated Asia Pacific Poker Tour debuted in 2007. Together, the two tours established a toehold for traveling poker tours in the region, with the APT firmly positioned as a mid-stakes series offering, something on the order of a Heartland Poker Tour as positioned within the North American market.

To date, nine of the 12 planned APT 2020 stops have been firmed up, with the other three in a “to be announced” status at the present time. Here’s the current schedule for the Asian Poker Tour 2020:

January 8 – 19: APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh
Venue: Pro Poker Club, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

February 19 – March 1: APT Taiwan
Venue: Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club), Taipei City, Taiwan

March 6 – March 15: (To be announced)

April 7 – 18: APT Vietnam Da Nang (To be confirmed)
Venue: WIN Poker Club, Da Nang, Vietnam

April 27 – May 10: APT Philippines (Subject to regulatory approval)
Venue: Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Philippines

June 3 – 14: APT Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh
Venue: Pro Poker Club, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

July 1 – July 12: (To be announced)

July 25 – August 11: APT Korea – Seoul & Incheon (To be confirmed)
Venue: Paradise Casino, Grand Walkerhill, Seoul, South Korea
Venue: Paradise City Incheon, South Korea
(The APT notes that this will be the first APT event with 2 local stops, merging the existing Seoul and Incheon events into a back-to-back, 18-day poker festival)

September 10 – 21: APT Philippines (Subject to regulatory approval)
Venue: Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Philippines

October 7 – 18: APT Taiwan
Venue: Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP Club), Taipei City, Taiwan

November 4 – 11: APT Korea – Busan (To be confirmed)
Venue: Paradise Casino Busan, South Korea

December 2 – 13: APT Finale (Venue to be announced)

The APT has also served up a running summary of its 2019 tour, counting through eight of the year’s 11 stops:

  • Grand total prize pool: USD $11 Million (approximate)
  • Grand total entries: 19,169
  • Average number of entries: 2,400
  • Main event entries ranging from: 180 to 523
  • Main event prize pools ranging from: US $177,000 to US $493,000
  • Number of participants for full event ranging from: 1,200 to 2,800
  • Number of countries represented: 30 to 65
  • Overall prize money awarded per series ranging from: US $900,000 to US $2.1 million

The APT will be releasing information on the three to-be-announced stops as soon as details are finalized.

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