ASIA PACIFIC POKER TOUR RELEASES SCHEDULES FOR MACAU POKER CUP AND ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP OF POKER

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ONCHAN, Isle of Man – May 28, 2015 – The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) has unveiled the schedules for the two remaining stops at the ‘PokerStars LIVE Macau’ poker room for Season 9.

MACAU POKER CUP

The 23rd edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC23) will be held from August 28 to September 13, and features the legendary HK$12,000 Red Dragon Main Event which comes with a HK$5 million prize pool guarantee.

The popular Red Dragon event holds the record in Macau for most unique players at 995.

There will be a total of 17 Official Asia Player of the Year (APOY) events on the schedule which includes the HK$6,000 Baby Dragon event, HK$5,000 Megastack, HK$20,000 NLH, and HK$80,000 High Roller.

Two-time Red Dragon champion Celina Lin has been confirmed for MPC23 as are fellow Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang, Vivian Im, Aditya Agarwal, and Kosei Ichinose.

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

Date Time Tournament (all figures in HKD)
Aug 28 8:00 PM $2,000 Deepstack NLH (200k GTD)
Aug 29 6:00 PM $6,000 Baby Dragon (1m GTD)
Sep 4 7:00 PM $5,000 Megastack (500k GTD)
Sep 5 6:00 PM $12,000 Red Dragon Main Event (5m GTD) – Day 1a
Sep 6 2:00 PM $12,000 Red Dragon Main Event (5m GTD) – Day 1b
Sep 7 2:00 PM $12,000 Red Dragon Main Event (5m GTD) – Day 1c
Sep 8 7:00 PM $12,000 Red Dragon Main Event (5m GTD) – Day 1d
Sep 10 7:00 PM $20,000 NLH (1m GTD)
Sep 11 7:30 PM $80,000 High Roller (1 re-entry)

The full Macau Poker Cup schedule is available here: http://psta.rs/MPC23-schedule

2015 ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP OF POKER

The 2015 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP), which takes place from October 30 to November 15, and is the largest annual poker festival in the Far East, draws the world’s best to Macau.

Last year, the ACOP attracted nearly 3,000 entrants and awarded more than HK$116 million (USD $15m) in prize money. The 2015 instalment is expected to eclipse those figures with a record 23 cash tournaments scheduled over the 17-day series.

“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.”

There are 15 ‘ACOP Title Events’ at hand – with 13 of them counting towards APOY – which have buy-ins ranging from HK$2,500 to HK$500,000. As with previous years, each of those winners will receive one of the prestigious ‘Spadie’ trophies.

Taking centre stage will once again be the HK$100,000 (USD $13,000) buy-in Main Event which comes with a HK$15 million prize pool guarantee. The eventual champion will be awarded the coveted Gold Spadie trophy.

The ACOP has become a must-play event on the international poker circuit. Last year, the biggest names in poker made the trip to Macau including Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Liv Boeree, Isaac Haxton, Eugene Katchalov, Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew; as well as Phil Ivey, Dan Colman, Dan Smith, and Steve O’Dwyer who won HK$14,470,400 (USD $1.8m) after capturing the Super High Roller title.

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

Date Time Tournament (all figures in HKD)
Oct 30 8:00 PM $2,500 Rebuy Championship (300k GTD)
Oct 31 6:00 PM $11,000 Deepstack Championship (1m GTD)
Nov 4 7:00 PM $9,000 2m GTD Spadie – Day 1a
Nov 5 6:00 PM $9,000 2m GTD Spadie – Day 1b
Nov 6 2:00 PM $25,000 ACOP Warm-up
Nov 7 2:00 PM $500,000 Super High Roller (2 rebuys)
Nov 9 7:00 PM $100,000 Main Event (15m GTD) – Day 1a
Nov 10 7:00 PM $100,000 Main Event (15m GTD) – Day 1b
Nov 13 7:30 PM $250,000 High Roller

The full Asia Championship of Poker schedule is available here: http://psta.rs/2015ACOP-schedule


About the Asia Pacific Poker Tour

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) – sponsored by PokerStars.net – is the region’s richest and most popular poker tour. Since 2007, the APPT has created a whole new dimension of poker in Asia Pacific, marking its emergence as a truly global sport. The tour provides poker enthusiasts with the chance to test their skills against some of the world’s best players in the most glamorous of Asia Pacific destinations.

The APPT is owned by Amaya Inc. (TSX: AYA). Further information on the APPT is available online at www.appt.com

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