Asian Poker Tour releases 2008 schedule

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The Asian Poker Tour announced this week the tour schedule for 2008. The tour will return this year with four events, starting with the Philippines tournament May 27 to June 1.

There will be events in Macau, South Korea and Singapore after that. The venues and dates for those legs of the tour haven't been announced yet.

Each tournament on the APT will offer a $1 million guaranteed prize pool this year, which the APT says is sure to attract poker players from all over the world. There will also be online qualifiers to each event to ensure online poker players will get a shot to play against some of the game's top pros in a live setting.

During the 2007 APT, pros such as Tony G even won the Singapore event in 2007.

"The Asian Poker Tour will definitely be a top-class brand. This is such an exciting time for poker players in Asia and we feel that with our expertise and skills, we can make the APT a bigger and better series of events each year," said Chris Parker, AsianLogic CEO.

"From the four events that will take place this year, the APT plans to expand to a total of six events in 2009. We are continually working to set up some of the world's most exciting and prestigious poker tournaments."

Online gaming company ESL-Asia, a subsidiary of AsianLogic, took over the APT and will organize all the online and land-based tournaments associated with the tour, as well as handling brand management for it.

The opening leg of the APT is slated to be a poker tournament of world-class standards, according to an APT press release. More than 400 players are expected to battle it out at the felt during six days of poker in Manila, Philippines.

The buy-in for the event is $2,500, and the other three events are expected to have the same buy-in and same $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

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