APPT9 Macau: 2015 ACOP and MPC23 schedules announced

While we edge deeper into Day 1b of the APPT9 Macau Main Event here, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) has just unveiled the two remaining stops in Macau for Season 9. The first of which is the 23rd edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC23) running from August 28 to September 13, and the second sees the return of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) which takes place from October 30 to November 15.

The Macau Poker Cup is back for its 23rd run and will once again culminate in the popular HK$12,000 Red Dragon Main Event. The tournament boasts a HK$5 million prize pool guarantee and holds the record for the biggest field in Macau history after last year's event attracted 995 players.

It was Mongolia's Buyanjargal Bold who topped that massive field, pocketing HK$1,492,000 and a HK$100,000 ACOP seat for his efforts.


On top of big scores, Official Asia Player of the Year (APOY) leader board points will also be on offer. These can be earned in 17 events across the festival, including the HK$20,000 NL Hold'em and HK$80,000 High Roller.

Among this year's field will be Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang, Kosei Ichinose, Aditya Agarwal Vivian Im and dual Red Dragon champion Celina Lin, who have all confirmed their attendance.

The full Macau Poker Cup schedule can be found here, while the highlights just below.

Macau Poker Cup Schedule Highlights
Aug 28 at 8:00 PM - $2,000 Deepstack NLH (200k GTD)
Aug 29 at 6:00 PM - $6,000 Baby Dragon (1m GTD)
Sep 4 at 7:00 PM - $5,000 Megastack (500k GTD)
Sep 5 at 6:00 PM - $12,000 Red Dragon Main Event (5m GTD Day 1a
Sep 6 at 2:00 PM - $12,000 Red Dragon Main Event (5m GTD) Day 1b
Sep 7 at 2:00 PM - $12,000 Red Dragon Main Event (5m GTD) Day 1c
Sep 8 at 7:00 PM - $12,000 Red Dragon Main Event (5m GTD) Day 1d
Sep 10 at 7:00 PM - $20,000 NLH (1m GTD)
Sep 11 at 7:30 PM - $80,000 High Roller (1 re-entry)

The Asia Championship of Poker kicks off a massive schedule in October. The 17-day series offers 15 ACOP title events and after reaching nearly 3,000 entrants last year, numbers are expected to be even more impressive this time around.

"The support and enthusiasm has been there since Day 1 in the Asia Pacific but the ACOP has really caught the eye of poker players globally after the huge success from last year." said APPT President Danny McDonagh. "The series has seen a massive growth during its three year run so far. The prize money in 2014 more than doubled the previous year's totals. We fully expect that positive trend to continue as the ACOP enters its fourth year."


Of the 15 events there are 13 that will count towards the APOY race. And the feature event will be the HK$100,000, this year it has a HK$15,000,000 prize pool guarantee. You can find the full schedule here and check out the highlights below.

Asia Championship of Poker Schedule Highlights
Oct 30 at 7:00 PM - $2,500 Rebuy Championship (300k GTD)
Oct 31 at 6:00 PM - $11,000 Deepstack Championship (1m GTD)
Nov 4 at 6:00 PM - $9,000 2m GTD Spadie - Day 1a
Nov 5 at 6:00 PM - $9,000 2m GTD Spadie - Day 1b
Nov 6 at 7:00 PM - $25,000 ACOP Warm-up
Nov 7 at 2:00 PM - $500,000 Super High Roller (2 rebuys)
Nov 9 at 3:00 PM - $100,000 Main Event (15m GTD) - Day 1a
Nov 10 at 3:00 PM - $100,000 Main Event (15m GTD) - Day 1b
Nov 13 at 6:00 PM - $250,000 High Roller

These two events are something to look forward to, but for now it's back to the Main Event action here for APPT9 Macau. We're nearing the end of Level 5 and have three more to play after that. Stay with us as we see who emerges as today's chip leader and who makes it through to Day 2 tomorrow. You can find live updates at the top of the APPT9 Macau page.

Brad Kain
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau