The 9th season of the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour, also known as APPT, will be kicking of on January 14th 2015, with the Aussie Millions Poker Championship in Melbourne, Australia. The 9th season will extend over 11 months and will finalize with a big final tournament, the 2015 Asia Championship of Poker (APOC), which will be held in the Pokerstars LIVE Macau poker room.
APPT SEASON 9 SCHEDULE
The following poker festivals have been confirmed for the Season 9 with more events expected to be added at a later date:
Aussie Millions Poker Championship: January 14 - February
Perth: February 5-15, 2015
Poker Cup 22*: February 27 - March 15, 2015
Sydney: March 11-23, 2015
Seoul: April 7-12, 2015
Macau*: May 13-24, 2015
Manila: July 31 - August 9, 2015
Poker Cup 23*: August 28 - September 13, 2015
Melbourne: October 8-20, 2015
Asia Championship of Poker*: October 30 - November 15,
2015 (Date TBC)
*Tournaments are subject to regulatory approval
The 9th season of the APPT will also see the launch of Global Poker Index (GPI) Asia-Pacific Area. Players will be earning points according to the GPI formula, which is an independent point scoring system that ranks the best poker players in the world.
Players will be able to qualify for the APPT tournaments through Pokerstars.com satellites, except for events that are either restricted or limited to invitations. The best ranked player through the GPI ranking system at the end of the season will be crowned with a specially made trophy in their honour.
“It’s the ideal time to integrate a ranking system for all of the Asia Pacific” said APPT President Danny McDonagh. “The key has always been to have a balance in buy-ins, player fields, prize money, and number of events between Asia and Australia-New Zealand. The tour has that balance now and it’s another feature to add to the ultimate player experience.”
Alex Dreyfus, GPI President said: “We are excited that APPT is going to use the Global Poker Index ranking system. It will help to increase our reach and brand awareness in Asia. Working with the largest Asian poker initiative will definitively drive new opportunities for us and will help to build a worldwide industry standard. It will support our vision of promoting poker like a sport, globally.”