APT Taipei 2024: Player tips off the felt


Only days away from the Asian Poker Tour‘s biggest festival in history. The highly anticipated event marks the brand’s first of the calendar season, which takes place from February 28 to March 10, 2024 in Taipei City, Taiwan. Since its announcement, players have been locking up the dates and snatching up packages as the schedule boasts a poker festival like no other.


For the first time in the region, a jaw dropping NTD 150,000,000 (~USD 4.8 Million) is guaranteed along with a massive 105-game lineup. The flagship Main Event has already gained plenty of interest with the guarantee set at NTD 65,000,000 (~USD 2 Million).

With excitement mounting and the event just around the bend, the APT has released a Guide to APT Taipei 2024 to help players with all of their needs. Here are the highlights and some added tips.

From Flight to Felt

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APT Taipei 2024 will be held at two locations, CTP Asia Poker Arena (APA) and the Chinese Mahjong League (CML). Both venues are in central Taipei and are roughly 40 minutes from the Taoyuan International Airport. 

From the airport to the venues, taxis and Uber rides are available, or pre-book a car (one week in advance) with APT travel partners DK Poker Tour Bookings and Travel As Local (TAL). For the more adventurous, you can take a train into the city, however you will have to take a bus or another train from the Main Station to the venues.

Important note:

  • Players in need of local sim cards should purchase them at the airport as they are not sold elsewhere.
  • Currency exchange is available at the airport and at the festival venues (select currency). Local currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD).



Taipei City is a bustling metropolis offering a long list of hotel options from high-end to basic. Based on the schedule, a majority of the non-high roller events will take place at the APA, which is in the Zhongzheng District while the High Roller events and Mixed Games are mostly held at the CML in Songshan District.

Suggested places by APT: Check Inn, ArTree Hotel, Jiamei Hotel, and Erin Hotel.

Important note:

  • APT player rates are available via APT travel partners DK and TAL

Getting Around

With a highly efficient transit system in place, players can pretty much stay anywhere as moving around is easy via train, bus, taxi, car, even bikes! Taipei City is also very respectful of pedestrians in case you prefer to walk.

Restaurants, Cafes, and Bubble Tea

Picky eaters will find that in Taipei City, every palette, cuisine, and mood is covered. From the Michelin-starred to the grab-and-go, the choices are plenty with many just nearby or via delivery. Whatever you crave, it will most likely be satisfied.

For the more adventurous tourists, Taiwan beef noodle houses are very popular. Japanese food is some of the best. Aside from restaurants, the night market is a fun place to try out some of the local food including the infamous pork buns and stinky tofu. For fast-food, aside from the commercial establishments, you can check out the street stalls that sell dumplings, fried chicken, and other local specialties.

Coffee lovers will have no problem finding a neighborhood cafe / coffee shop. If you are in a rush, twenty-four hour 7-11 and Family Mart convenience stores also sell coffee and are practically at every street corner. Similarly, Bubble Tea lovers will find their craving easily satisfied as it is very popular. According to the locals, bubble tea was created in Taiwan.

Important note: Players can have food and drinks delivered to the poker room.

Is Taipe City safe?

For a bustling metropolis, Taipei City is one of the safest and cleanest cities in Asia. Additionally, the Taiwanese are very hospitable. For non-Mandarin speaking travelers, expect a bit of a language barrier luckily the locals are friendly and will try to assist as best they can.

Festival Highlights

APT Main Event
Date: March 3 to 9, 2024
Buy in: NTD 70,000 (~USD 2,200)
Guarantee: NTD 65,000,000 (~USD 2,000,000)

Flight A (60 mins): Sunday, March 3, 2024
Flight B (45 mins): Monday, March 4, 2024
Flight C (30 mins): Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Flight D (30 mins): Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Day 2 (Reg open until start): Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Day 3: Thursday, March 7, 2024
Day 4: Friday, March 8, 2024
Final Day: Saturday, March 9, 2024

APT National Cup
Date: February 28 to March 2, 2024
Buy in: NTD 10,000 (~USD 320)
Guarantee: NTD 15,000,000 (~USD 475,000)

Superstar Challenge
Date: March 1 to 2, 2024
Buy in: NTD 800,000 (~USD 25,000)

Mystery Bounty Hunter – Sponsored by Natural8
Date: March 2 to 3, 2024
Buy in: NTD 15,000 (~USD 475)
Guarantee: NTD 10,000,000 (~USD 317,000)

APT Super High Roller
Date: March 2 to 3, 2024
Buy-in: NTD 300,000 (~USD 9,500)
Guarantee: NTD 10,000,000 (~USD 317,000)

Sunday Super Stack
Date: March 3, 2024
Buy-in: NTD 30,000 (~USD 950)
Guarantee: NTD 2,000,000 (~USD 63,000)

Zodiac Classic – Sponsored by Natural8
Date: March 7 to 8, 2024
Buy-in: NTD 60,000 (~USD 1,900)
Guarantee: NTD 20,000,000 (~USD 633,000)

Mini Main Event
Date: March 9 to 10, 2024
Buy-in: NTD 22,000 (~USD 700)
Guarantee: NTD 6,000,000 (~USD 190,000)

APT High Roller
Date: March 9 to 10, 2024
Buy in: NTD 150,000 (~USD 4,700)
Guarantee: NTD 11,000,000 (~USD 348,000)

Micro Main Event
Date: March 10, 2024
Buy-in: NTD 11,000 (~USD 350)
Guarantee: NTD 2,000,000 (~USD 63,000)


Asian Poker Tour ready to unleash the lions in Taiwan – February 28 to March 10, 2024

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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