Asian Poker Tour set to host inaugural events in Japan and Taiwan in February

February heats up with the Asian Poker Tour hosting two events, APT Tokyo Japan 2019 and APT Taiwan 2019. This will be the tour’s first visit to both of these destinations. A full schedule is in store. See details below.

APT Tokyo Japan 2019

Tokyo – Photo APT

The APT’s arrival in Japan has been a much-anticipated moment. Through the years, the Japanese have been the tour’s biggest international supporter. Bringing the event to their homeland will surely be a special one.

Scheduled to run from February 1 to 3 and February 8 to 11, APT Tokyo Japan 2019 runs on both of those weekends at Casino Stadium. 9 events are offered throughout which include the tour’s most prestigious tournaments, the Main Event – buy-in JPY 30,000 (~USD 275) – and the Championships Event – buy-in JPY 25,000 (~USD 230).

Main Event details:

Day 1A – Saturday, February 2
Day 1B – Sunday, February 3
Day 1C – Saturday, February 9
Day 2 – Sunday, February 10
Final Day – Monday, February 11

Championships Event details:

Day 1A – Saturday, February 9
Day 1B – Sunday, February 10
Final Day – Monday, February 11

Keep in mind that no cash prizes will be awarded for any of the events. Instead, players will receive packages and/or seats to APT Philippines 2019 running from April 24 to May 5 during Japan’s Golden Week. For the Main Event, only the top 4 finishers will receive varying packages with the winner awarded the biggest prize of: Main Event seat, Championships Event seat, High Rollers seat, airfare, and hotel accommodation.

The Championships Event will also award the top 4 places. The winner will receive a seat to the Championships Event, airfare, and 4-night stay hotel accommodation.

More: APT Japan Tokyo 2019 Schedule

APT Taiwan 2019 – TWD 10 Million Guaranteed

Taiwan – Photo APT

Following the festival above, the tour heads to Taipei for APT Taiwan 2019. Taiwan saw a spurt of growth in poker last year that it was only a matter of time that the APT made its way. The inaugural festival runs from February 20 to March 3 at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (CTP), home of the Taiwan Millions Tournament.

Players can expect plenty of poker to choose from. 23 events are lined up – buy-ins ranging from TWD 5,500 to TWD 215,000 – with TWD 10,000,000 (~USD 324,000) in guarantees. This is the highest-ever poker guarantee seen in Taiwan.

Breaking down the schedule, the events you don’t want to miss are the Main Event and the Championships Event. These are the tour’s highly revered tournaments boasting of the best structure in the region. Each of these events come with a TWD 5,000,000 guarantee.

Main Event: February 21 to 26 (six days total)
Championships Event: February 27 to March 3 (five days total)

The Main Event has a buy-in of TWD 33,000 (~USD 1,070). The schedule comprises of three starting days followed by Day 2, Day 3, and the Final 8.

The Championships Event runs back-to-back with the Main Event. It has a higher buy-in of TWD 49,500 (~USD 1,606). The schedule comprises of two starting days, Day 2, Day 3, and the Final 8.

For players interested in higher stakes, there are six events offered:

Super High Rollers – February 20 to 21 – Buyin: TWD 215,000 (~USD 7,000)
High Rollers Single Day #1 – February 22 – Buyin: TWD 54,000 (~USD 1,800)
High Rollers #1 – February 25 to 26 – Buyin: TWD 86,000 (~USD 2,800)
Short Deck High Rollers Single Day (Shot clock) – February 26 – Buyin: TWD 54,000 (~USD 1,800)
High Rollers #2 – March 1 to March 3 – Buyin: TWD 65,000 (~USD 2,110)
High Rollers Single Day #2 – March 3 – Buyin: TWD 54,000 (~USD 1,800)

In addition to all of these events are NLH games of varying formats, two Pot Limit Omaha HI events, one Short Deck event, and a new one, the Dream Maker 5% Payout.

More: APT Taiwan Schedule

Article by Tricia David


Louis Hartwell

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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