APPT Season 8: Looking ahead to Seoul
Season 8 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) drops into Seoul, Korea this April 1-6.
When people talk about 'unique' locations for poker trips, Seoul is one of the first places that comes to mind. APPT Seoul previously held this annual tournament in March during cold winter temperatures. However, the April schedule means a lot more options for warm outdoor activities for newbies and returning players alike.
Here's a look ahead at your trip to Seoul.
Okay, so let's get to the poker first.
It's APPT so you can expect great tournaments with great structures. There are seven Official Asia Player of the Year events on the schedule and features the KRW 3m (~USD $2,800) buy-in Main Event.
Here are the highlights for each day below. If you're wondering about exchange rates, USD $1 is roughly KRW 1,000.
April 1 @ 19:00 - KRW 250,000 Deepstack NLH (2-day event)
April 2 @ 13:00 - KRW 350,000 6-max NLH
April 3 @ 12:00 - KRW 3,000,000 APPT Seoul Main Event - Day 1A
April 4 @ 12:00 - KRW 3,000,000 APPT Seoul Main Event - Day 1B
April 5 @ 21:00 - KRW 1,100,000 PLO
April 6 @ 12:15 - KRW 400,000 NLH Turbo Bounty - Flight 1 (80 max)
April 6 @ 12:30 - KRW 6,000,000 High Roller Event
April 6 @ 16:00 - KRW 400,000 NLH Turbo Bounty - Flight 2 (80 max)
The complete APPT Seoul schedule is available at www.appt.com, and Main Event satellites are running every day online at PokerStars.
Cheonggyecheon Stream - The Cheonggyecheon Stream isn't 'nature' as you know it. It runs along one of the busiest boulevards in Seoul but the 5.8 km long stream is remarkably quiet due to the fact it's 4.6m below street level. Cool waterfalls and overhead bridges make this an amazing experience, especially for couples.
Bugaksan - Perfect trail for hikers where you'll get a great look at Seoul from 342m at the peak.
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
Itaewon - If you're a visitor (and why would you still be reading this if you aren't) then you need to drop by Itaewon. It's a very foreign-friendly area with some of the best shops, bars, and clubs.
Dom Choi, our local PokerStars foodie, tells me that 'Vatos Urban Tacos' has been voted the No. 1 new restaurant in Korea by CNN Travel and has also been featured in New York Time Magazine. They serve Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine and that sounds like all kinds of awesomeness.
Namdaemun Market - I'm not sure that the Namdaemun Market ever actually closes but you won't need more than to write the name of this market on a sheet of paper and ask. Name it: clothing, food, jewellery, accessories, the list goes on and on - this place has it amongst 30+ buildings in the area and piles of street vendors.
'Big 3' Department Stores - Want to know what it's like to shop like the locals? You can't go wrong with any of Shinsegae Department Store, Lotte, or Hyundai.
Korea and, more specifically, South Korea has a unique culture that's hard to describe in words. One of the best ways to find out more on Korean culture is by learning its rich history. Here's a list of some great places. I'm no historian so Google away to get more detail.
War Memorial of Korea - The name is a bit misleading. It's better to describe as a military history museum. The GI Joe in you will love with tanks, planes and guns on display.
Gyeongbok Palace - This is probably Korea's most famous royal palace that was built in the late 14th century. It's been destroyed and reconstructed multiple times over. You'll want to give yourself at least an hour to walk through this former seat of power.