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New chapter for Asian Poker Tour: APT Hanoi 2023 revamped schedule and five-year sponsorship deal with Natural8

 

2023 marks a new chapter for the Asian Poker Tour with new owners, APT Events Private Limited, aiming to take the brand to greater heights. This past week revealed some of those changes starting with a revamped APT Hanoi 2023 schedule. Following the release, the APT also announced an agreement with Natural8 that will see the online brand as title sponsor for five years. The tie-up begins with an APT Online series featuring $10,000,000 in guarantees. 

APT Hanoi 2023

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APT, the longest running land based poker organizer in Asia, opens its 2023 season at the Vietnam Series of Poker (VSOP) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Viewed as the coolest looking poker room in the capital, the festival runs from February 3 to 12. It features 41 events and VN₫ 20 Billion (~$852,900) in guaranteed prize pools.  Amateurs and pros are in for a thrill with a variety of games priced from VN₫ 4,400,000 (~$185) to VN₫ 107,000,000 (~$4,560). Here are the highlights.

Guaranteed Events

Event Guarantee Dates Buy in
AP MAIN EVENT VN₫ 10,000,000,000 February 6-11 VN₫ 27,500,000
Super Star Invitational VN₫ 1,500,000,000 February 4-5 VN₫ 107,000,000
APT Kick Off VN₫ 1,500,000,000 February 3-4 VN₫ 8,800,000
Mystery Bounty Hunter VN₫ 1,500,000,000 February 4-5 VN₫ 9,900,000
Sunday Special VN₫ 500,000,000 February 5 VN₫ 6,600,000
Monster Stack VN₫ 1,000,000,000 February 10-11 VN₫ 11,000,000
APT High Roller 8-Max VN₫ 3,000,000,000 February 10-12 VN₫ 55,000,000
APT Mini Main Event VN₫ 1,000,000,000 February 11-12 VN₫ 8,800,000

The star of the festival is the APT MAIN EVENT which weighs in at an ambitious VN₫ 10 Billion (~$426,400) guarantee. This is double the amount of its first visit. Significant changes have also been made to the starting day formats. 

  • Day 1A retains its 60 minutes per level
  • Day 1B will see blinds increase every 45 minutes
  • Day 1C and Day 1D will see blinds increase every 30 minutes
  • Day 2, Day 3, and Final Table retain its 60 minutes per level
  • Day 1 flights play ten levels

High Roller Events

The Vietnam high roller scene is vibrant and players worldwide have taken notice. At each festival, demand increases, therefore for the series, nine are scheduled with the Super Star Invitational (Open Event) peaking at VN₫ 107M buy in. 

Event Guarantee Dates Buy in
Super Star Invitational VN₫ 1,500,000,000 February 4-5 VN₫ 107,000,000
APT High Roller 8-Max VN₫ 3,000,000,000 February 10-12 VN₫ 55,000,000
Single Day HR 8-Max February 2,5,7,8 VN₫ 44,000,000
NLH/PLO Single Day HR 8-Max February 6 VN₫ 55,000,000
Single Day HR 8-Max February 9 VN₫ 66,000,000
High Speed High Roller February 12 VN₫ 44,000,000

Unique Events

Aside from staple tournaments, the APT introduces new events and gives space to past favorites such as the Women’s Event and Crazy Pineapple. 

Event Dates Buy in
Event 3: Holdem – Hyper Turbo February 3 VN₫ 16,500,000
Event 4: Omaholic (PL Pre/NL Omaha High – Hyper Turbo February 3 VN₫ 4,400,000
Event 22: NLH – Super Holdem (3 holecards) – Hyper Turbo February 7 VN₫ 4,400,000
Event 24: Women’s Event February 8 VN₫ 4,400,000
Event 26: Tick Tock (levels decrease every hour 20/15/10/5) February 8 VN₫ 4,400,000
Event 30: NLH – Crazy Pineapple – Hyper Turbo February 9 VN₫ 4,400,000

For more information, head to the APT Hanoi 2023 schedule. Along with this release, the APT also included the full schedule for APT Phu Quoc 2023. The event takes place from March 24 to April 2 at the Corona Resort & Casino Phu Quoc. Details can be found here.

APT signs Natural8 as title sponsor for five years

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In line with its season of progression, the APT has also announced a five-year agreement with online platform Natural8. In the official announcement, APT Chief Executive Officer, Fred Leung said, 

“2023 is going to be a transformative year for the Asian Poker Tour and inking this deal with Natural8 is a massive step towards reaching our new era initiatives. This collaboration with N8 will greatly improve our live event offerings and provide opportunities for players that didn’t previously exist.”

Linking up with N8 will no doubt cast a larger net. To kick off the deal, N8 is sponsor for several events in the released live schedules and plans to host a massive Asian Poker Tour Online (APTO) $10,000,000 guaranteed festival some time in February. Details have yet to be announced. 

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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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