PokerStars announces APPT schedule

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The verdict is in, and after a successful first season, PokerStars has announced the schedule for the second season of the Asian Pacific Poker Tour.

The season will span the region from Macau, China to Auckland, New Zealand, with a grand final scheduled to play in Australia.

"Following the success of the APPT's first season, we're very excited to announce the schedule for Season 2, which includes a brand new event in Auckland, plus increased buy-ins to create even bigger prize pools," said Jeffrey Haas, APPT president.

According to Haas, the PokerStars APPT brought a whole new dimension to poker in the Asia Pacific region, and it is a testament to the success of Season 1 that the tour is being brought back again.


"Every year, PokerStars sends thousands of poker players from around the world to compete in events across Europe, the U.S. and the Caribbean, and now the Asia Pacific region is established as an integral part of the global poker circuit," Haas said.

The second season will begin with a $25,000 HKD Main Event in Macau in September. The tournament series there will also bring back the $150,000 HKD "high roller" event. The main event is scheduled for Sept. 1-6, and the high roller event is scheduled for Sept. 7-9.

The tour will then be on its way to Korea, New Zealand and the Philippines before the Grand Final in Sydney, Australia, in December.

The PokerStars APPT tournaments will be run by Danny McDonagh, who has previous experience directing the Aussie Millions.

"I am delighted to be back for Season 2 of the APPT. It illustrates how poker has developed in the Asia Pacific region and I am very proud to be a part of that growth," said McDonagh.

In addition to tournament play, the APPT is working with the local tourism boards of each host country to offer a wide range of tourism experience to tournament participants.

"Poker is still at an early stage in many of the countries we visit with the APPT. But for those forward-thinking authorities that embrace the opportunities it offers, the APPT continues to develop a whole new type of tourism in the region," said Haas.

"The APPT tournaments bring players from all over the world. This in turn helps stimulate tremendous local economic benefit - because one of our key aims is to ensure players, their friends and families enjoy the local sights and experiences."

The APPT Season 2 schedule is:

Dates Venue Buy-in
Sept. 1-6 Grand Waldo Hotel & Casino, Macau $25,000 HKD
Sept. 7-9 Grand Waldo Hotel & Casino, Macau $150,000 HKD
Sept. 26-28 Paradise Walker-Hill Casino, Seoul, Korea 3,000,000 KRW
Oct. 9-12 SkyCity Casino, Auckland, New Zealand $3,000 NZD
TBD Manila, Philippines TBD
Dec. 2008 Star City Casino, Sydney, Australia $6,300 AUD

More tour details can be found at

PokerStars is also offering limited free-to-enter satellite tournaments to the APPT events, giving players from all over the world the opportunity to compete in the events. Head to PokerStars today for more information.

There will also be live satellites available for players to get into the tournaments. Star City Casino in Sydney will host satellites for the Grand Final and other events, and the SkyCity Casino in Auckland will host satellites for the Auckland event.

The PokerStars Macau poker room will also host satellites for all of the events on the APPT schedule.

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