APT lights the fuse for 2009

David Saab
David Saab

After two greatly successful events in 2008, the Asian Poker Tour has announced its first event of 2009. APT Manila is primed for Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2009.

The $2,500 USD buy-in Manila main event is the first of four APT events planned for 2009, with the details of the final three due to be released sometime next week. The CEO of the APT, Chris Parker, described the process organizers went through prior to laying out next year's schedule.

"The APT has already held two major events this year - APT Philippines and APT Macau. After consultation with players, online partners, and sponsors, a comprehensive schedule is now being planned for 2009 to successfully meet the needs of all concerned. We are looking forward to enhancing poker's presence in Asia."

This year's APT Manila event attracted 316 players with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, and Australian pro David Saab won the first prize of $280,000. The second APT tournament this year was the even more popular APT Macau, sporting a massive $1.5 million prize pool.

The APT is planning for each event in next year's schedule to be bigger and better than before with more tournaments, more money, more players and more ways to get into the action. Keep your eyes on your favorite online poker room to satellite or step your way to the Far East.


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