Back with a bang

Written by Ben Blaschke

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour is back after a 12-month hiatus with some big money on offer at City of Dreams in March.

Having been scrapped at the end of 2016 as organizer PokerStars disbanded its global tours, the muchloved Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) is back in 2018 and this month returns to Macau for the first time in two years.

APPT Macau, to be held at PokerStars Live Macau at City of Dreams from 14 to 25 March, is one of the year’s headline events for poker players in Asia with an elite seven event schedule highlighted by the HK$40,000 main event kicking off on 19 March.

The revamped APPT Macau is heavy on the High Roller action with four big buy-in events across the 12- day schedule. Beginning with the HK$80,000 National High Roller on 15 March, the series rolls into the biggest of them all – the APPT Super High Roller – from 17 March which features a massive HK$400,000 buy-in and also introduces a “shot clock” to help speed up the action.  Also featuring a shot clock is the HK$100,000 APPT High Roller Re-Entry from 23 March, while the series concludes with the HK$100,000 Single Entry APPT High Roller on 24 and 25 March.

APPT Macau is also one of a number of select PokerStars live events in 2018 to offer a Platinum Pass for the main event winner on top of their usual prize money and trophy.

The Platinum Pass, valued at US$30,000, gives the winner entry into the new US$25,000 PokerStars Players’ Championship in the Bahamas in January 2019 plus accommodation at Atlantis Resort, Nassau and US$2,000  for travel and expenses.