APPT: Festival in the East

appt_thumb_promo.jpgMy, they grow up so fast.

Just a few short years ago, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour was a smattering of events in the Far East, a short series of tournaments that looked to test the poker waters in that part of the world. Today, even we folks in the West are looking at the schedules and saying, "Wow, how can I get over there for that?"

We've just had a peek at the schedule for the kickoff of the APPT's third season in Macau, and it rivals the rundown for just about any series we have ever seen. There's little question why.

The Season 1 APPT Macau main event drew more than 300 players. Just a year later, more than 200 new players showed up to build a field of 538. It was a record then, and one that could very well be beaten this year.

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APPT president Jeffrey Haas announces the broken record in 2008

Now, we're looking at an APPT schedule that kicks off in just a little more than two weeks and will run for 15 straight days. During that time, we're going to see 20 (count'em 20!) poker tournaments with buy-ins for every bankroll. Short-handed events, knockout tournaments, charity events, and high roller tourneys are all over the schedule. That's not to mention to potentially record-breaking main event that kicks off on August 25th.

If you're anything like us, you're now thinking, "Well, surely I can find some way to get myself over there." Fortunately for you, PokerStars is always running APPT qualifiers. Just click on EVENTS and APPT in the tournament lobby.

In the meantime, see APPT.com for more details or check out this schedule below (and put in a good word for us...and maybe one of us will see you there!)


Saturday August 15th

14:15 - Satellite to 100K Guarantee HKD$550

18:00 - No Limit Holdem HKD$2,500 HKD ($100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)

Sunday August 16th


14:15 - No Limit Holdem w/ Rebuys HKD$500 (HKD$20,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool)

17:00 - Satellite Main Event Phase 2 HKD$900

19:00 - Satellite Main Event Phase 3 HKD$4,200

Monday August 17th


12:15 - Satellite Main Event Phase 2 HKD$900

14:15 - No Limit Holdem HKD$1,000

Tuesday August 18th

12:15 - Satellite Main Event Phase 2 HKD$900

14:15 - No Limit Holdem HKD$1,500

Wednesday August 19th

12:15 - Satellite Main Event Phase 2 HKD$900

14:15 - Knock-Out Bounty No Limit Holdem HKD$2,000 (HKD$500 cash for every player you eliminate)

18:00 - Satellite Main Event Phase 3 HKD$4,200


Thursday August 20th

14:15 - Free to Enter Mega Satellite w/ HKD$500 Rebuys HKD$0 (1 APPT Macau MAIN EVENT SEAT GUARANTEED - Entries open at 10am)

18:00 - APPT Macau Charity Event w/ max 2 Rebuys HKD$1,000 (HKD$50,000 added value prizes)


Friday August 21th

14:15 - No Limit Holdem Deep Stack HKD$1,500

18:00 - Satellite Main Event Phase 3 HKD$4,200

Saturday August 22th

12:15 - Mega Satellite to 10k HKD$2,150

15:30 - No Limit Holdem Day 1 HKD$10,000 (HKD$500,000 GUARANTEED Prize Pool)

18:00 - Satellite Main Event Phase 3 HKD$4,200


Sunday August 23th

12:15 - No Limit Holdem Day 2

14:15 - Terrence Chan Limit Hold'em 6 Handed HKD$2,500

18:00 - Satellite Main Event Phase 3 HKD$4,200

Monday August 24th

12:15 - Satellite Main Event Phase 3 HKD$4,200

14:15 - Turbo Shoot-out No Limit Holdem HKD$1,500

16:30 - Satellite Main Event Phase 3 HKD$4,200

21:00 - APPT Macau Welcome Party

Tuesday August 25th

12:15 - APPT Macau Main Event Day 1 Flight 1 HKD$40,000

15:00 - No Limit Holdem HKD$4,000


Wednesday August 26th

12:15 - APPT Macau Main Event Day 1 Flight 2 HKD$40,000

15:00 - No Limit Holdem 7-Handed Event HKD$5,000

18:00 - Last Chance Mega Satellite to Main Event HKD$4,200


Thursday August 27th

12:15 - APPT Macau Main Event Day 1 Flight 3 HKD$40,000

16:00 - Knock-Out Bounty No Limit Holdem HKD$4,000 (HKD$1,000 cash for every player you eliminate)

18:00 - Ladies Event No Limit Holdem HKD$1,500


Friday August 28th

12:15 - APPT Macau Main Event Day 2

15:00 - No Limit Holdem Teams Event HKD$5,000

18:00 - Mega Satellite to High Roller Event HKD$9,400


Saturday August 29th

12:15 - APPT Macau Main Event Day 3

14:15 - APPT Macau High Rollers Event Day 1 HKD$88,800

15:00 - No Limit Holdem HKD$2,000

18:00 - Satellite to APPT Seoul w/ Rebuys HKD$500


Sunday August 30th

12:15 - APPT Macau Main Event Final Table

13:00 - APPT Macau High Rollers Event Day 2

14:15 - No Limit Holdem w/ Rebuys HKD$1,000

18:00 - Mega Satellite to APPT Seoul HKD$4,000