2015 ACOP: The Preview

We are just six short weeks away from the 2015 Asia Championship of Poker (#2015ACOP) - meaning the countdown is officially on for the richest poker festival in the Far East!

Hosted by PokerStars LIVE Macau, the 17-day poker festival will take place from October 30 to November 15. The weeks leading up to the 2015 ACOP will include several exciting announcements about the event including the biggest names in poker, celebrities that will be there, promotions, and giveaways.

But before we get into all that, let's stick to the plan of this piece and give you a preview for what's in store.

The 2015 ACOP is the annual event's fourth poker festival and concludes Season 9 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). The ACOP brings the world's best poker players to Macau for Asia's richest series of tournaments and is the only poker tournament in the region that features a Main Event with a HK$100,000 (USD $13,000) buy-in. The Main Event also comes with a HK$15 million prize pool guarantee.

Last year, the ACOP awarded more than HK$116 million (USD $15 million) in prize money and attracted nearly 3,000 entrants in the process. This year, organisers fully expect to exceed those totals.

2014 ACOP Main Event winner Gabriel Le Jossec.jpg

2014 ACOP Main Event winner Gabriel Le Jossec

One of the key aspects of the ACOP is its 2-tier levels of tournaments: the ACOP Title Events and Regular Events.

ACOP TITLE EVENTS
There are 15 'ACOP Title Events' on hand which award the prestigious Spadie trophies to each winner. These are the tournaments that attract the world's best since they all have buy-ins of HK$9,000 and above with the lone exception being the HK$2500 Rebuy Championship.

The focus for most players are on the Main Event and the Gold Spadie that goes to the champion. However, all Spadies tournaments hold historical significance as these titles are the measuring stick for all-time achievements at the ACOP.

REGULAR EVENTS
If you love poker but don't have a big bankroll, that shouldn't stop you from coming to experience the thrill and excitement of the ACOP. Many ACOP Title Events also have a lower-buy-in version of the same tournament that ranges from HK$500 to HK$4,000.

For example, if the price tag of HK$15,000 is too high to enter the PLO Championship you could register for the HK$2,500 PLO event.

Full schedule at: psta.rs/2015ACOP-schedule

Alright, that's all for now but stay tuned as there will be plenty more on the 2015 ACOP coming soon!

Fred Leung
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour