2015 PokerStars Asia-Pacific Q1 Preview
Happy New Year!
Now that the winter festivities are done it's time to take a look at the first quarter of 2015 in the Asia-Pacific which promises to be the biggest poker tournaments ever in the region.
Manila Megastack (Jan 14-18)
'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams Manila' opened its doors to the public this past December and if you're looking for an excuse to check out the gorgeous new poker room then there's no better time than the inaugural Manila Megastack.
The 5-day series has six deep stack tournaments - including two Official Player of the Year events - and features the PHP 25,000 Main Event which comes with a PHP 1 million guarantee and a starting stack of 30,000 chips.
Be the first to win and you'll enter the history books!
Manila Megastack details here.
Aussie Millions Poker Championship (Jan 14 - Feb 2)
APPT Season 9 officially kicks off with the Aussie Millions in the third week of the month at Crown Melbourne. As always, the AUS$10,600 Main Event takes center stage. But besides the exciting 100k and 250k high stakes tournaments, the 21-event schedule also includes an exciting new tournament for the everyman -- the AUS$1,500 Deep Freeze. It's a classic freezeout with big start bank that players can qualify online for.
If you missed the announcement, there is a new GPI Asia-Pacific Ranking system and the race for serious bragging rights begins at the Aussie Millions where every event counts towards the rankings.
Aussie Millions details here.
ACOP Platinum Series VII (Feb 3-8)
This spinoff sub-series of the annual Asia Championship of Poker really grew into its own last year at the 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams Macau' poker room.
When the Platinum Series launched in 2013, the HK$500,000 Main Event never cracked the 200-player mark. But in 2014 it was a completely different story as that same Main Event averaged 265 players and the four Platinum Series had over 2,700 players in total.
That's some impressive growth and it's sure to get even bigger with an expanded schedule which now stretches to six days. There are 6 Official Asia Players of the Year events including the addition of a HK$10,000 NLH tournament which could single-handedly double the series' total prize money this year.
ACOP Platinum Series VII details here.
Macau Poker Cup 22 (Feb 27-Mar 15)
It's been a long time since Macau went without an MPC in January but see above and you'll realize that moving it February/March makes a lot of sense.
One of the biggest beneficiaries will most certainly be the legendary Red Dragon main event. The now-HK$12,000 buy-in tournament drew 995 runners in January 2014 but that mark is all but certain to be obliterated with nearly two more months of online qualifying.
More? There's always more!
When the MPC expanded to 17-days this past August there were a lot of player comments about scheduling. Hey, you told us what you thought and we listened!
For those who can't make the full schedule and play both the Baby Dragon and Red Dragon there are options for you. The new HK$5,000 Megastack (500k GTD) is the perfect warm-up tournament on the eve of the main event. Also, playing Day 1a or 1b no longer means you're sitting around doing nothing until Day 2 rolls around with the HK$5,000 NLH taking place on Day 1c.
Take a week off work and you can pack plenty of poker in a much more compact itinerary!
Macau Poker Cup 22 details here.
That's it for now. Catch you on the felt!