The APT has yesterday announced that they will unveil their very own poker room by the end of February. This poker room will be located in the 'Manila Pavilion Casino Filipino' in Manila and will feature multiple cash tables, along with tournament tables. According to APT CEO Jeff Mann, the driving force behind the idea is to be able to host the maximum number of live satellite events for the stops on their APT tour. Generating larger field sizes for tournaments in future seems like logical business choice and won't have any effect on current deals they have in terms of hosting some of their events at 'Resorts World Manila.'
There are of course other reasons why having an APT themed poker room makes sense. Customers in the casino resort through the year may see the room with its APT logos and enquire about the tour and what satellites are being held in the room and when. This type of innovative thinking should help tours such as the APT gain extra publicity and hopefully help them to grow with each passing year. Manila is one of a few different locations in Asia that is becoming increasingly well known for luxury gambling, and poker. Last december, Pokerstars also opened a poker room in Manila : http://somuchpoker.com/pokerstars-live-manila-opened-door/
Preview of the Poker Room (Picture APT)