Good morning everyone and welcome to the Asian Poker Tour’s ultimate festival of the season, the APT Finale Macau Championships 2017! We have plenty in store for you for the next twelve days with the festival running from November 29th – December 10th at our partner and host venue, Macau Billionaire Poker at the Babylon Casino. So suit up! The tables are about to sizzle with all of the exciting events we have lined up.
Today is opening day and with that, we jump right into action with two Special Events and the first of our 17 highly crafted side events. Blasting the doors wide open at 1pm is the much-awaited APT event of the year, the APT Game of Champions. This will be followed by the Super High Rollers event at 3pm, and the Ante Up for Charity at 4pm.
APT Game of Champions
Throughout the 2017 calendar year, players on the APT circuit have been vying for a spot into the exclusive APT GOC event where only trophy winners of 2017, the APT Player of the Year 2016 champion, and APT Regional POY 2016 winners are eligible to participate. After the recent festival in Manila, the final roster closed at 151 qualified players. For these lucky qualifiers, they now have the chance to prove their might against fellow champions by battling it out for the champion of champions’ ultimate bragging title.
This invitational APT GOC event is a two-day No Limit Hold’em Freezeout Tournament with a buy-in of HKD 4,400. Players are allowed a one-time optional add-on of HKD 1,500. In addition to the prize pool, the APT has sweetened the pie with USD 10,000 added! However, this cush incentive will only be awarded to the top three finishers broken down as 50% – 30% – 20%.
For first time qualifiers, you will receive a 25,000 starting stack; for those that have qualified more than once, it’s Christmas! On top of the 25,000 starting stack, you will receive 5,000 more for each additional time you’ve qualified. Among all the qualifiers, Japanese pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa has the highest number of qualifications and will strut in with a roaring 70,000 stack. List of Qualifiers
Super High Rollers
The Super High Rollers is the next Special Event on the floor today with cards in the air at 3pm. For several years, this type of event has been in demand, attracting a tight field of elite players preferring to play for very large stakes. The Super High Rollers event has a HKD 200,000 buy-in and it is open to anyone willing to pony it up and wager against some of the heaviest hitters in today’s game. This is a schedule two-day event.
Ante Up for Charity
The Ante Up for Charity event completes our three events of the day. It is also the first side event of the festival. Through the years, the APT has consistently held a charity event at every destination to help the local community. This event will be for the benefit of the Holy House of Mercy.
The Holy House of Mercy charity organization offers a wide range of social welfare services, among them include assisting the elderly, rehabilitation centers for the blind, creating refuges for the homeless, providing education to orphaned children, and much more. We encourage everyone to join and support the ongoing efforts of this charitable organization. Come and play poker for a great cause. For every HKD 1,500 buy-in, a third will be donated. Event starts at 4pm.
Featured Events: APT Main Event and APT Championships Event
Skipping forward in the schedule, out of all the events lined up at the finale, there are two events that players simply must not miss, the APT Main Event and the APT Championships Event. These are the most prestigious tournaments offered by the APT with champions forever held in the highest esteem. Both events run for five days with two starting days followed by Day 2, Day 3, and the Final 8.
APT Main Event
Buy-in: HKD 11,000
Dates: December 2 – 6
There are four satellites leading up to this event with the first one happening at 5pm today. Buy-in is HKD 1,200 with one seat awarded for every ten players.
Buy-in: HKD 22,000
Dates December 6 – 10
There are four satellites leading up to this event. See the schedule for more details.
Side Events and NLH Sit N’ Gos
In addition to all of the games to look forward to, we have a total of 17 side events pumping up the floor all throughout the festival. We’ve made sure to give you only the best such as the Main Event Warm Up, the highly popular Head Hunter, Monster Stack, Deep Stack Turbos, NLH games, and the Ladies of Poker – an exclusive event for all of the women card lovers out there. Side event buy-ins range from HKD 2,200 – HKD 7,700.
There will also be a High Rollers event taking place from December 5 – 6. This holds the highest entry fee of all the side events coming in at HKD 43,000. Players that wish to enter this event but at a lower cost, there will be one satellite offered at HKD 3,600 where you can try your luck at bagging a seat.
During times when you prefer to just enjoy a quick game, we will also fill that desire with our NLH Sit N Go’s on Demand. SnG’s a great option for players looking to get one more in before the night ends or get some action while they wait for other events to start. Buy-ins range between HKD 1,100 – HKD 22,000.
With that said, welcome to the APT Finale Macau Championships 2017! We wish you all the best in the games ahead. See you at the tables!