APT Korea Championships sparks up Incheon in August

The Asian Poker Tour continues to liven up the region with another big festival kicking off in just a week’s time. Fresh from a very successful event in Vietnam, the tour heads to Korea to host the APT Korea Championships 2018. The event is set to take place from August 8 to August 19 at Paradise City in Incheon, located in the international business complex of the world renowned Incheon International Airport.

Paradize City
Paradise City

This marks the APT’s second visit to Incheon with the first just months after the venue’s opening last year. With many players following the tour around Asia, Paradise City has quickly become one of the choice poker destinations. The venue is equipped with top of the line facilities and is in very close proximity to the airport giving players the ease of flying in and out at their convenience, especially for players from neighboring countries Japan and China.

What to expect

Throughout the twelve days, the festival serves up a slew of events certain to keep everyone busy at the tables. A total of 19 side events are lined up with buy-ins for as low as ₩165,000 to as high as the CoinPoker High Rollers events of ₩2,150,000.

A special event is also scheduled, the CoinPoker Super High Rollers with a buy-in of ₩16,000,000 (~US$14,300). This event kicks off on opening day, Wednesday, August 8.

Highlighting the series are two featured tournaments – the Main Event and the Championships Event. These are the tour’s most sought after events. Both run back to back, each one scheduled for five days. There are two starting days offered for each event. Registration is allowed until the end of Level 9 in Day 2.

Buyin ₩1,100,000 (~US$990)

Friday, August 10 – Day 1A
Saturday, August 11 – Day 1B
Sunday, August 12 – Day 2
Monday, August 13 – Day 3
Tuesday, August 14 – Final 8

Buy-in ₩1,650,000 (~US$1,480)

Wednesday, August 15 – Day 1A
Thursday, August 16 – Day 1B
Friday, August 17 – Day 2
Saturday, August 18 – Day 3
Sunday, August 19 – Final 8

Ante BB Format

As previously announced, the APT Korea Championships will be utilizing the Ante BB format for all events including the featured tournaments.

For players unfamiliar with the new format, only the big blind player is responsible for posting the ante for the table. The ante is equivalent to the cost of one big blind. What this means is, the big blind player posts the total of two big blinds on his/her turn. This format will be applied to all APT festivals in the future.

CoinPoker promos

APT Lauch to Incheon

Prior to the series, players can try to secure a seat to the Main Event via APT sponsor, CoinPoker, a cryptocurrency-based online poker room. CoinPoker is currently running “Launch to Incheon” with 3 APT Main Event packages up for grabs.

Main Qualifier Satellites kicked off on July 21 with buy-ins at 50 CHP and 500 CHP. The last of these qualifier satellites is on August 4 at 2pm EEST. Satellite winners move on to the Main Qualifier held on August 4 at 5pm EEST where they will compete for one of three APT Main Event packages.

Packages include Main Event Day 1B seat, 3 night’s accommodation worth €200 (booked by the players), and travel expense allowance of €500 paid in equivalent CHP value.

In addition, CoinPoker will continue to offer its Main Event promos:

Main Event Rake Back
Last Man Standing

The Last Man Standing promo awards the last player wearing the CoinPoker patch at the APT Korea Championships Main Event a seat to the APT Philippines Championships 2018 – Main Event. The most recent winner of this promo is Vietnam’s Dang Xuan Canh who wore the patch all the way to victory at the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships Main Event.

For more information on the APT Korea Championships 2018, just click on the schedule below.

APT Korea Championships 2018 schedule

Article by Tricia David

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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