APT Asian Series (APT)
The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is specifically an Asia-Pacific poker tour. November 2006 marks the first Asian Poker Tour that was held in Singapore under the umbrella of Capital Events Pte. And the first champion to win the tour was poker player Tony G. But in early 2008, APT was acquired by the well-known AsianLogic that highly focuses on providing exceptional poker experience to poker players in Asia. The success of APT was appreciated by all over the world.
The Asian Poker Series is all about offering an outstanding poker experience to enthusiastic poker lovers in Asia. The series are full of excitement and fun. And so, to amuse and entertain poker lovers in Asia the Asian Poker Tour was held in many cities including Goa, India (scheduled from November 8th-14th, 2011) which is known as Asia’s most popular poker destinations. The Tour also aims to promote and give a boost to the popularity of the game in Asia by extending assistance and organizing smaller events at varied locations.
Jeff Mann, Asian Poker Tour CEO, said “This is a bold and exciting move for the APT. We will be the first international poker tour to hold an event in India. As with any new and radical endeavour, we are sure there will be challenges but we have high expectations that the tournament will be well received amongst the growing Indian poker community and visiting international players.”
Certain rules are adopted and implemented for the players during the event. Smoking is not permitted in the tournament area which might invite penalty. As the event kicks off the button is determined by a high card. Moreover, restrictions are imposed on players as they are not allowed to visit other tables during the event. There are also certain re-entry policies adopted to ensure fair play and discourage cheating.
Rules of APT also say that seat(s) won through satellites are non-transferable and have to be played by the player(s) on the given or scheduled date.
Day 1A saw 73 entrants out of which only 21 would qualify for the main event. Eliminations of Day 1A were allowed to re-enter on Day 1B and a record 85 players registered making the total a whopping 158 entries. 39 out of 85 would qualify for the main event on Day 2. Sameer Rattonsey started in position 3 on Day 2, but quickly became the chipleader for the final table at 437,000 chips.
The main event of INR 50K was designed to attract many players and it surely did so. With the highest number of participants in any poker tournament in India, 158, the total prize pool had become INR 7.11 million and the first prize stood at INR 2.35 million.
Sangeeth Mohan, Team PokerGuru pro, started at position 5 on the final table, but his journey was not in the least smooth. He went down to 80K in chips and then back up to 500K in a couple of hands. He defeated Bharat and Jasven to face Sameer in the end.
Player of the Year
Sangeeth ‘Samohh’ Mohan beat Sameer Rattonsey in the main event of the APT Asian Series in Goa, India to become the first Indian poker player to win at an APT main event with an amazing cash prize of INR 23,46,400.
To participate in the Asian Poker Tour, players are asked to register with the required information which is followed by a verification process pertaining to proof of identity and age. However, to be a participant in the exciting APT Asian Series event, aspirants must be above 21 years of age. Visit the site theasianpokertour for more details.
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