Tuesday, July 17, 2007
PokerStars Luanches Asia Pacific Poker Tour
PokerStars announced today in a press release the launch of Asia Pacific's first ever poker tour, the PokerStars APPT. The APPT will span from Australia to Kra and will attract world class poker players, bringing poker action to some of the most exotic and luxurious casinos and gambling destinations in the area.
As put by Sarne Lightman, co-founder of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, "One of the most exciting aspects of being a poker player is the incredible travel opportunities it offers,” Lightman went on to explain that PokerStars sends poker players on trips to events located throughout Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean. "The launch of the PokerStars APPT brings a whole new dimension to poker in Asia and marks poker’s emergence into a truly global sport.”
The opening event for the Asia Pacific Poker tour will be held August 23rd 2007 through the 26th at Casino Manila, a 5 star Hyatt Hotel located in the Philippines. The second APPT event is scheduled to commence on the 27th of September, at the Sheraton Walkerhill hotel and Casino, located in Seoul, South Korea, that event will continue through the 30th of September.
Both events will be televised poker tournaments, and are the first of their kind in each of the countries mentioned. There are at least 3 more events planned for 2007 that will be announced later in the year.
The final event of the year will be held in December, with the Grand Final, which will be located in StarCity Casino in Sydney Australia, the buyin will be AUD6,300 (or approximately $5,000) is set to be held in the the casinos' fabulous poker room, overlooking the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Poker isn't all the tour is offering however, in addition to televised poker tournaments, the PokerStars APPT is working with the local toursm board in efforts to include a wide variety of tourism opportunities that will be designed to introduce poker players, and fans, to the individual beauty and cultural diversity offered by each destination.
Satellite tournaments are available for entry into the tournaments at PokerStars.com beginning July 1st, for as little as $22, in addition to FreeRoll tournaments offered for each event.