After a highly successful inaugural run, the Asian Poker Tour returns to India for a second online series! APT Online Series India kicks off this weekend with games running nonstop from August 1 to 8 at partner platform PokerBaazi.com. A total of 44 tournaments fill the schedule including the IN₹ 7,700 buy in MAIN EVENT headliner with IN₹ 1 Crore (~US$ 134,500) guaranteed.
Like the first edition, the series guarantees a jaw dropping IN₹ 8 Crore which is equivalent to more than ONE MILLION U.S. DOLLARS. With the lowest buy in at just ₹ 550 (~US$ 7.40) and IN₹ 55,000 (~US$ 740) as the highest, the series covers every type of bankroll. As for guarantees, every tournament comes with a guarantee from IN₹ 3 Lac up to IN₹ 1 Crore. Six to seven events are offered daily. In addition to cash prizes, APT Trophies, Rings, and luxury watches will be awarded to featured event champions and to the Player of the Series. APT General Manager and Executive Tournament Director, Lloyd Fontillas, expressed,
“As promised, it’s great to be working again with team Baazi to bring to you a second edition of the APT Online Series India 2021. Players can expect an action-packed fun filled schedule with great prizes! Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing your name on top of the leaderboard!”
Trophy + Championship Ring Events
MAIN EVENT – IN₹ 1 Crore guaranteed
Be it live or online, the APT Main Event is the tour’s top of the line tournament and is highly revered by players worldwide. With its custom crafted deep structure, allowing for plenty of playing time, it has become one of the most sought after events in the Asian region.
At the inaugural APT Online Series India, the Main Event drew a massive 1,932 entries. Rajat “happyfish” Mahajan came out victorious to earn the single largest series payout of IN₹ 34.06 Lac (~US$ 46,680). For the second edition, both the buy in and guarantee have been trimmed which is sure to attract an even larger crowd. The Main Event features a IN₹ 1 Crore (~US$ 134,500) guarantee with buy in of IN₹ 7,700 (~US$ 103). Four qualifying days are offered starting August 5 leading up to the final day on August 8. On top of all the glory, the champion will win a sizeable amount of cash, the APT Championship Trophy, and APT Championship Ring.
Dates: August 5 to 8
Buy in: IN₹ 7,700 (~US$ 103)
Guarantee: IN₹ 1 Crore (~US$ 134,500)
Qualifying days: August 5 to 8
Reigning champion: Rajat “happyfish” Mahajan
Day 1A: August 5
Day 1B: August 6
Day 1C: August 7
Day 1D: August 8 (This is a Turbo flight)
Day 2: August 8
CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT – IN₹ 50 Lac guaranteed
The Championship Event is another APT featured favorite, especially among players with bigger bankrolls. Similar to the main, it has a deep structure. Due to its huge first edition success, the guarantee has been bumped up to IN₹ 50 Lac (~US$ 67,250) while buy in remains the same at IN₹ 22,000 (~US$ 300). This is a one day event taking place on August 4. Champion of this event will also win a sizeable amount of cash, the APT Championship Trophy, and APT Championship Ring, and a luxury watch.
Date: August 4
Buy in: IN₹ 22,000 (~US$ 300)
Guarantee: IN₹ 50 Lac (~US$ 67,250)
Reigning champion: Manish “thekid” Lakhotia
Aside from the featured events are seven trophy-bearing events listed below. Buy ins range from IN₹ 3,300 (~US$ 44) to IN₹ 55,000 (~US$ 740).
Mini Main IN₹ 50 Lac guaranteed
The Mini Main kicks off on opening day and it is a phased event with three starting days to qualify into Day 2. Like the main, the buy in has been scaled down however the guaranteed pot remains the same.
Date: August 1 to August 4
Buy in: IN₹ 3,300 (~US$ 44)
Guarantee: IN₹ 50 Lac (~US$ 67,250)
Qualifying days: August 1 to August 3
Reigning champion: Devvrat “intelinvest” Himatsingka
Day 1A: August 1
Day 1B: August 2
Day 1C: August 3
Day 2: August 4
Sunday Major IN₹ 40 Lac guaranteed
Date: August 1
Buy in: IN₹ 8,250 (~US$ 111)
Guarantee: IN₹ 40 Lac (~US$ 53,800)
Reigning champion: “weedist”
Monday Major IN₹ 20 Lac guaranteed
Date: August 2
Buy in: IN₹ 3,850 (~US$ 52)
Guarantee: IN₹ 20 Lac (~US$ 26,900)
Reigning champion: “ss23”
PLO High Roller IN₹ 25 Lac guaranteed
Date: August 3
Buy in: IN₹ 11,000 (~US$ 148)
Guarantee: IN₹ 25 Lac (~US$ 33,600)
Reigning champion: Karan “bozo” Kapur
High Roller IN₹ 75 Lac guaranteed
Date: August 5
Buy in: IN₹ 27,500 (~US$ 370)
Guarantee: IN₹ 75 Lac (~US$ 100,900)
Super High Roller IN₹ 80 Lac guaranteed
This is the most expensive event of the series with buy in coming in at IN₹ 55,000 (~US$ 740). Players can expect a tight field of some of the country’s top players as they battle for the biggest piece of the IN₹ 80 Lac (~US$ 107,600) guarantee. The first edition witnessed 2019 APT Kick Off Vietnam Main Event champion Abhinav Iyer win it for IN₹ 20.73 Lac (~US$ 28,840).
Date: August 6
Buy in: IN₹ 55,000 (~US$ 740)
Guarantee: IN₹ 80 Lac (~US$ 107,600)
Reigning champion: Abhinav “griezmann” Iyer
PLO-5 High Roller IN₹ 15 Lac guaranteed
Date: August 7
Buy in: IN₹ 5,500 (~US$ 74)
Guarantee: IN₹ 15 Lac (~US$ 20,200)
Filling up the rest of the 8-day schedule are a variety of No Limit Hold’em formats. Players that enjoy starting with heavy stacks have a plethora to choose from such as the Monster Stack, Mega Stack, Deep Stack, and Super Stack. Short handed games are also listed, the 6-Max Turbo which is offered daily except on the final day, the Hyper 4-Max, and Hyper 5-Max.
For highly aggressive players, there are four bounty events with the biggest one held on the final day, the BIG KO IN₹ 15 Lac (~US$ 20,200) guaranteed. While every event allows for re-entries, there is one event where only one bullet is allowed. The IN₹ 10 Lac (~US$ 13,450) guaranteed FREEZEOUT event which runs on August 6, buy in is IN₹ 3,300 (~US$ 44). For Pot Limit Omaha lovers, aside from the High Roller events is the IN₹ 10 Lac (~US$ 13,450) guaranteed PLO event on August 2, buy in is IN₹ 2,200 (~US$ 30).
APT Player of the Series
From the get-go, players that cash at any of the 51 events will receive points towards the APT Player of the Series leaderboard. The player with the highest number of points at the completion of the festival wins the APT POS Trophy, APT POS Ring, and a luxury watch. Top 25 players will also receive a piece of IN₹ 30 Lac (~US$ 40,35) in Real Cash Bonus (RCB) with the winner guaranteed IN₹ 6 Lac (~US$ 8,100). At the inaugural series, it was a tight race for the title with Vivekk “Vivek25” Dube clinching it at the final hour.
Make sure to check the schedule for all the details: APT Online Series India 2021 schedule