Asia Poker League kicks off 2022 with live and online events: APL Happy New Year ₩1.1BN gtd and APL Online Series ¥80M gtd at Natural8

Asia Poker League continues to supply players with plenty of thrilling action with upcoming festivals on both the live and online front. In less than a week’s time is the APL Online Series boasting a monstrous CN¥ 80 Million (~US$ 12,620,600) guarantee, and happening simultaneously is the APL Happy New Year Event live in South Korea featuring KR₩ 1,100,000,000 (~US$ 922,350) in guarantees. Here’s a rundown of those events. 

APL Online Series CN¥ 80 Million guaranteed at Natural8

A couple of online events have already been announced for players in the Asian region and joining the list is the APL Online Series to be hosted at virtual platform Natural8 – GGNet. Once again, the upcoming festival presents a unique variety of tournaments that highlights the treasures of Asia. A massive CN¥ 80 Million (~US$ 12,620,600) is guaranteed along with 20 Jade Trophies up for grabs.  

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The festival officially kicks off on January 30 and will run through February 13. Buy ins range from CN¥ 210 (~US$ 33) to CN¥ 3,300 (~US$ 560). The series is crowned by the CN¥ 1,888 (~US$ 295)  buy in Main Event featuring a CN¥ 10,000,000 (~US$ 1,577,500) guarantee. In addition to trophy events, players can also indulge in the long list of daily side events.

Unlike other upcoming Asia online festivals, the APL Online Series casts a wider net with games open to everyone on the GG Network. For players not located in the region, just keep in mind that all featured tournaments are Asia time zone friendly.

During the last installment, the online series well exceeded its advertised guarantee, paying out over US$ 16 Million. Among the biggest winners was Spain’s Juan “Little Pepe” Vecino who turned his CN¥ 1,888 (~US$ 295) Main Event buy in into a mighty CN¥ 1,402,498 (~US$ 217,550) payout. With trophy events just around the corner, players can already get started with ongoing qualifiers and satellites to select events.

Jade Trophy Events

MAIN EVENT: CN¥ 1,888 buy in – CN¥ 10,000,000 gtd

Trophy #1: Zodiac Bounty MILLION$ Tip-Off – CN¥ 210 buy in – CN¥ 2,022,000 gtd
Trophy #2: Da Nang River’s Opener – VN₫ 1,050,000 buy in – VN₫ 2,500,000,000 gtd
Trophy #3: Hanoi Enter the Dragon [6-Max] – VN₫ 2,200,000 buy in – VN₫ 2,000,000,000 gtd
Trophy #4: Lunar New Year Bounty Festival – CN¥ 525 buy in – CN¥ 800,000 gtd
Trophy #5: Ho Chi Minh Championship – VN₫ 3,300,000 buy in – VN₫ 3,000,000,000 gtd
Trophy #6: Taipei Bounty Hunter – NT$ 2,100 buy in – NT$ 3,000,000 gtd
Trophy #7: Winter Game Classic – CN¥ 888 buy in – CN¥ 1,000,000 gtd
Trophy #8: Jeju Jade Dragon –  KR₩ 110,000 buy in – KR₩ 100,000,000 gtd
Trophy #9: Seoul Starleague Bounty – KR₩ 210,000 buy in – KR₩  200,000,000 gtd
Trophy #10: Macau Grand Prix – CN¥ 3,300 buy in – CN¥ 2,500,000 gtd
Trophy #11: Winter Championship – CN¥ 880 buy in – CN¥ 3,880,000 gtd
Trophy #12: Tokyo Poker Open – JPY 5,000 buy in – JPY 10,000,000 gtd
Trophy #13: Manila Million – PH₱ 1,100 buy in – PH₱ 2,500,000 gtd
Trophy #14: Kunshan King of the Hill [Bounty 6-Max] – CN¥ 630 buy in – CN¥ 800,000 gtd
Trophy #15: Sanya Bay Shooting Star – CN¥ 550 buy in – CN¥ 800,000 gtd
Trophy #16: Xi’an Silk Road Bounty – CN¥ 840 buy in – CN¥ 1,000,000 gtd
Trophy #17: Kunming Mountain Monster Stack – CN¥ 550 buy in – CN¥ 800,000 gtd
Trophy #18: Shanghai Masters of Poker – CN¥ 1,100 buy in – CN¥ 1,000,000 gtd
Trophy #19: Beijing Capital Cup – CN¥ 2,200 buy in – CN¥ 2,000,000 gtd

APL Happy New Year Event KR₩ 1.1 Billion guaranteed

The APL Happy New Year Event is the brand’s first live festival of the year and it takes place from February 2 to 6 in South Korea. Over the five day series, 10 tournaments are scheduled with combined guarantees amounting to KR₩ 1,100,000,000 (~US$ 922,35).

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Offering the biggest chunk is the Main Event KR₩ 700,000,000 (~US$ 586,950) guaranteed. ​​Qualifiers have been running at various pubs every weekend around the country since December 4 and will be offered until January 29. Three starting days will also be available during the festival. At the time of writing, 665 have entered with 111 advancing to Day 2. 

Main Event

Guarantee: R₩ 700,000,000 (~US$ 589,700)
Buy in: 9 tickets
Entries: 1,100 cap
Day 2: Saturday, February 5, 2022
Day 3: Sunday, February 6, 2022

In addition to the main, the APL Happy New Year Event offers nine varied games, each one extending a minimum guarantee of KR₩ 10 Million (~US$ 8,420) up to as high as Super High Roller KR₩ 110 Million (~US$ 92,670). Players can expect Badugi, Bounty, Deepstack, and Turbo Events. For the schedule, head to the APL Facebook page. 

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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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