Asia Pacific Poker Tour - Season 8
APPT Satellites - Qualify Now
Look out for satellites for the next APPT event, where you can win a package including buy-in to the Main Event, accommodation and money for expenses. To locate a satellite tournament, launch the PokerStars software, and select ‘Events’ & ‘APPT’.
The PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) returns for Season 8 in 2014, with more big-money events taking place across the region in 2014, including the unmissable Aussie Millions. Qualify with PokerStars satellites now, and win a prize package that includes your Main Event buy-in plus everything else you need for the perfect poker trip.
This season the tour kicks off in Australia and Melbourne with the massive Aussie Millions - one of the biggest live events on the global poker calendar. Seoul is up next, with the spectacular Walker Hill Paradise Casino once again playing host, before the tour stops at PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams in Macau for two tour festivals in-a-row. Finally, Season 8 closes out in Auckland and SkyCity in November. There will be big prize pools on offer along the way, as hundreds of qualifiers from PokerStars and members of Team Pro gather to battle for tournament titles, and you can be there too.
The APPT just keeps getting better, and Season 8 is your chance to experience everything it has to offer. Online satellite tournaments are available now in a range of buy-ins to suit everyone. The locations are incredible and the rewards are huge, so take your shot at APPT glory now!
APPT Season 8 Schedule
Please note that the following information is subject to change.
|Event||Festival Dates||Location||Main Event Buy-In|
|APPT Aussie Millions Poker Championship||January 23-February 10, 2014||Crown Melbourne||AUD$10,600 (10,000+600)|
|APPT Seoul*||April 1-6, 2014||Walker Hill Paradise Casino||KRW3,000,000 (2,760,000+240,000)|
|APPT Macau**||May 14-25, 2014||City of Dreams||HKD $25,000 (23,000 + 2,000)|
|APPT Manila||July 2-7, 2014||Metro Card Club||PHP 50,000 (45,000+5,000)|
|Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP)||October 24 - November 9, 2014||City of Dreams||HKD $100,000 (95,000+5,000)|
|APPT Auckland||November 15-23, 2014||Skycity Auckland Casino||NZD $2,500 (2,250+250)|
*3% of the prize pool will go to tournament staff.
**Please note this event is subject to regulatory approval
Season 8 Highlights
APPT Auckland | 225 players | NZD $506,250 prize pool | 1st: Minh Nguyen (NZD $111,600)
Australia’s Minh Nguyen put on a near flawless performance to win APPT Auckland and over $110,000 in first prize money, riding high in daily chip counts en route to his biggest ever win. But that doesn’t tell the full story. Thomas Ward’s inspired heads-up performance did all but wrestle the title away from Nguyen’s hands, and were it not for losing four coin flips in a row after agreeing a heads-up deal, victory could so easily have gone to the New Zealand native.
ACOP| 291 players | HDK $27,092,100 prize pool | 1st: Gabriel Le Jossec ($6,300,000)
The 2014 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) belongs to Canada’s Gabriel Le Jossec, after he battled past 290 others to grab the lion’s share of a massive HKD $27,092,100 prize pool in Macau. On a final table that included big names like Joseph Cheong (7th for HKD $1,080,000) and Vladimir Troyanovskiy (5th for HKD $1,620,00), Le Jossec was the standout player, beating 2013 champ Sunny Jung heads-up for the $6,300,000 first prize.
APPT Manila | 260 players | PHP 11,349,000 prize pool | 1st: Thanh Ha Duong (PHP 3,472,000)
Thanh Ha Duong needed great play and a healthy slice of good fortune to become Season 8’s big-money winner in Manila. The Vietnamese player looked an unlikely champ when heads-up play began, arriving with just 800,000 chips to PokerStars qualifier Michael Guzzardi’s 4.4 million. But after running good in a series of pivotal pots, Duong grasped the title and PHP 3,472,000 in prize money to complete one of the APPT’s most memorable heads-up wins.
APPT Macau l 494 players l HKD $11,021,140 prize pool l 1st: Jiajun Liu (HKD $2,776,000)
China’s Jiajun Liu scored a huge cash of HKD $2,776,000 for taking victory at one of the most popular stops on the tour. He navigated his way through a tough final table that also included the infamous Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros, eventually getting heads-up against Frenchman Cyril Andre. In the dramatic final hand, Andre’s flopped trips and looked set for a double up, but a seven on the turn meant a full house for Liu.
APPT Seoul | 256 players | KRW 685,363,200 prize pool | 1st: Chane Kampanatsanyakorn (KRW $150,000,000)
APPT Seoul was the scene of Chane Kampanatsanyakorn’s greatest ever poker success, as he rebounded from a runner-up finish in Season 7 to top the winner’s podium and collect KRW $150,000,000. Kampanatsanyakorn, who lost out to Aaron Lim in the same event just a year earlier, saw off a tough final table to record Thailand’s first APPT title of Season 8.
Aussie Millions Poker Championship+
Aussie Millions Poker Championship | 668 Players | $6,680,000 Prize Pool | 1st Ami Barer ($1,600,000)
Poker’s biggest names were out in force for the first-ever APPT-sponsored Aussie Millions Poker Championship in Melbourne. Ami Barer was among the major winners after beating a talent-packed final table in the AUD$10,600 Main Event, edging past the likes of Scott Silver and Sorel Mizzi en route to banking the AUD$1,600,000 first prize. Elsewhere, Yevgeniy Timoshenko left seven-figures richer after taking down the $100K Challenge for AUD$2,000,000, while Phil Ivey notched up his career-biggest score, winning the $250,000 Challenge for a massive AUD$4,000,000.
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