Poker in Korea: Busy Days Ahead

Poker keeps growing in Korea and the country start to be considered as a prime location for hosting poker tournaments.  At the moment, only foreign passport holder are able to enter in casinos but Japan and China are a relatively short distance away from Korea and Asian tourists do not require a visa for Jeju Island. Four events are scheduled this spring in the country.

Korean Poker Tour

The first exciting festival on it’s way to Korea, is the Korean Poker Tour on Jeju Island. Between the 14th and 22nd of March, there will be many great tournaments taking place in this series, including a Bounty tournament, a 6 max event, and the “Fulpot Cup” named in honour of KPT’s partners, Fulpot Poker. Most events will cost KRW200,000-600,000 to enter, but the Main Event will feature a KRW1,000,000 ($823) buy in, and the High Roller, will cost KRW3,000,000 ($2,469) to enter. The KPT was initially scheduled for January, but heavy snow led to fears that players may be unable to travel, and so it has been postponed until March. 

APT Daegu

Korea will  be hosting an Asian Poker Tour event this season, between March 23rd and 31st in city of Daegu. As with most APT events, a host of different tournaments will be held within this 9 day period, with smaller events having a KRW165,000 buy in (USD$136) and larger events such as the PLO High Roller having a KRW1,000,000 buy in ($823.) The biggest event on offer will be the KRW3,000,000 High Roller ($2,470) with the Main Event costing KRW1,500,000 ($1,214).


Seoul at Night

WPT National Korea

In partnership with Poker King Club, the World Poker Tour will be rolling back into Korea on May 8th, as Jeju Island hosts yet another major poker event. There will be several tournaments involved, with buy ins ranging between KRW200,000 (USD$164) and KRW6,000,000 ($4,940.) PLO, Rebuys, High Rollers, and Deepstack tournaments will all feature, ensuring that players will have a broad tournament spectrum from which to pick their chosen events. The Main Event starts on May 10th, with a KRW2,000,000 ($1,646) buy in. Day 1a will take place first, followed by day 1b the following day. Most of the events will allow for re-entries, so be sure to bring a little extra cash if possible.

APPT Seoul

Season 10 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour  will return to the capital of South Korea from June 20-27, 2016 featuring a KRW3,000,000 buy-in ($2430) Main Event. The event will take place at Paradise Walkerhill Casino.

This crowns a fantastic Spring of poker in Korea


24/02/16 Article edited with additional info about APPT Seoul

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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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