APPT Sydney: 561 players confirmed in Grand Final field
By Sean Callander
The final figure for the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final has been confirmed at 561. The total prize pool is $3.366 million, and the top 56 players are assured a minimum payout of $8000
Let's pause for a second to acknowledge the incredible effort of the entire APPT team to achieve this historic figure. Less than four months ago, preparations had reached fever pitch ahead of the historic first APPT event in Manila.
Since then, the tour has visited Seoul in South Korea and hosted the first No Limit Hold'em tournament ever held in the People's Republic of China at the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open.
Now, the APPT has chalked up another first – the biggest tournament ever held in Australia's biggest city and just the third $1 million first prize ever offered in this poker-mad country.
Given this event (and tour) did not exist six months ago, it's been an amazing effort by APPT president Jeffrey Haas, PokerStars Asia-Pacific director of marketing Sarne Lightman and the entire APPT team culminating in today's announcement of 561 entrants for the tournament. APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh, and the Star City, management, staff and dealers have done a wonderful job to ensure the event has been a success.
Aside from the $1 million first prize, the top three players are all assured a payout of at least a quarter of a million dollars ($621,540 for runner-up; $322,280 for third).