Happy New Year players and welcome to the Asian Poker Tour 2021 season opener! Running from January 15 (today) until January 26 inclusive is the first ever APT Online Series India taking place on PokerBaazi.com. While we had hoped to accommodate everyone, this event is exclusive to players geo-located in India. For those fortunate to attend, expect a roaring twelve days ahead. A full fledged schedule is planned with trophies, rings, and plenty of cash ready to be hauled. An overall ₹ 8 crores is guaranteed, which is well over ONE MILLION DOLLARS. The virtual gates blast open today. Log on and close the day bragging as one of the festival’s early champions.
Opening Day Games
Opening day storms in with guns blazing. Five varied games set the pace of buy ins ranging from ₹ 1,100 to ₹ 5,500 (~US$ 15 to ~US$ 75) and guarantees from ₹ 5 lakhs to ₹ 50 lakhs (~US$ 6,800 to ~US$ 68,350). The hunt starts with the Kickoff which offers a guarantee of 10 lakhs (~US$ 13,700). Buy in is only ₹ 2,200 (~US$ 30). This is the first of 12 select events where players can win an APT Trophy. The Mini Main Event follows a few hours after with Day 1A scheduled. This is the first of three key events where players can win an APT Guardian Trophy and APT Championship Ring. Buy in is ₹ 5,500 with₹ 50 lakhs guaranteed. Other games to look forward to today are the Turbo, 5 Card PLO, and 4 Max Hyper.
Three key events highlight the inaugural series: Mini Main Event, Main Event, and Championships Event. Make sure to mark them down. The Main Event serves up the largest guarantee of ₹ 2 crore (~US$ 273,400); this is the APT’s flagship event and is recognized worldwide for its quality structure. Aside from big winnings, these are the only events where winners are awarded both the APT Guardian Trophy and APT Championship Ring. Two players from India have already captured this flashy set of merchandise, Abhinav Iyer (APT Kickoff Vietnam 2019 Main Event) and Akshay Nasa (APT Vietnam 2019 Main Event).
Mini Main Event info
Buy in: ₹ 5,500 (~US$ 15)
Guarantee: ₹ 50 lakhs (~US$ 68,350)
Day 1A: Today (January 15)
Day 1B: Saturday, January 16
Day 1C: Sunday, January 17
Day 2: Tuesday, January 19
Main Event Info
Buy in: ₹ 11,000 (~US$ 150)
Guarantee: ₹ 2 crore (~US$ 273,400)
Day 1A: Wednesday, January 20
Day 1B: Thursday, January 21
Day 1C: Friday, January 22
Day 1D: Sunday, January 24
Day 2: Tuesday, January 26
Championship Event info
Date: Thursday, January 21
Buy in: ₹ 22,000 (~US$ 300)
Guarantee: ₹ 40 lakhs (~US$ 54,700)
High Roller Events
As always, the APT ensures a game for everyone, especially for those looking to play tighter fields with higher payouts. Two high roller events answer the call: Super High Roller and PLO High Roller. Both are trophy bearing events. See details below.
PLO High Roller
Date: Tuesday, January 19
Buy in: ₹ 11,000 (~US$ 150)
Guarantee: ₹ 25 lakhs (~US$ 34,200)
Super High Roller
Date: Friday, January 22
Buy in: ₹ 55,000 (~US$ 745)
Guarantee: ₹ 80 lakhs (~US$ 109,400)
Trophy bearing events
Other trophy bearing events are listed below. Two Sunday Majors and Monday Majors are scheduled.
Sunday Major ₹ 5,500 (~US$ 75) buy in / ₹ 30 lakhs (~US$ 41,000) GTD
Monday Major ₹ 5,500 (~US$ 75) buy in / ₹ 30 lakhs (~US$ 41,000) GTD
Tuesday Major ₹ 5,500 (~US$ 75) buy in / ₹ 25 lakhs (~US$ 34,180) GTD
Wednesday Major ₹ 5,500 (~US$ 75) buy in / ₹ 20 lakhs (~US$ 27,300) GTD
APT Player of the Series and Daily Leaderboard
In total, the APT Online Series India 2021 offers 48 tournaments across 12 exciting days. Players that cash at any of the events automatically earn points towards the APT Player of the Series Leaderboard and Daily Leaderboard. For the APT POS race, ₹ 28 lakhs (~US$ 38,300) in real cash bonus will be awarded to the top 25 players. The winner receives the motherlode APT Player of the Series Trophy, custom APT Player of the Series Ring, luxury watch, and ₹ 5.5 lakhs (~US$ 7,520) in real cash bonus. Trophies will also be given to 2nd and 3rd placers. As for the Daily Leaderboard, ₹ 2 lakhs (~US$ 2,700) is guaranteed per day distributed among the top ten players in points.
Good luck to all! Let the games begin!