APPT wraps inaugural season in Sydney

Joseph Hachem
Joe Hachem is the APPT Tournament of Champions winner!

After one of the most successful debuts on the tournament poker scene in 2007, the Asia Pacific tour (APPT) wrapped up its first year in Sydney, Australia on Sunday.

The APPT started its first season with a stop in Manila, Philippines in August. Many poker pundits were stunned when the first event, held at the Manila Hyatt Hotel and Casino, drew in 255 players.

This turnout rate would be repeated at events held in Seoul, South Korea, (186) and the Chinese territory of Macau (352). The tournaments would also spotlight rising stars of the game, putting their names into public view for the first time.

It all wrapped up in Sydney with the APPT Grand Final and a Tournament of Champions stop at the Star City Casino.

The Aussies put on a great show at the Grand Final, bringing a mind-numbing 561 players from 30 countries to the tables for the event, which had a $6,000 AUD buy-in.

Joseph Hachem in a winner-take-all $50,000 charity battle.

Action in the event would eventually come down to arguably two of the finest poker ambassadors, Hachem and Raymer, with Hachem taking the TOC title. After winning the event, Hachem was proud of the win and of his plans for the charitable donation.

"The Shane Warne Foundation distributes funds raised to established charities that provide essential help and services to seriously ill and underprivileged children. It's a great cause and the foundation helps a lot of people. From a personal standpoint, it fills a gap that I've been looking for to give something back," he said.

The Grand Final in Sydney was a fitting finale to the APPT's historic first year and has catapulted the tour into the poker mainstream. With all the action complete, the APPT can now look forward to expanding its reach with still more tournaments in 2008.

Related Articles:

Best Poker Sites - Editor`s Pick

Latest Blogs »