The APT Announces Long Awaited Return to Macau and New Cruise

The APT looked all set for a return to Macau last summer, but due to unforeseen circumstances the event was cancelled. At the time, this was an important setback for the tour. Despite rising numbers of events in the Philippines, Macau was (and still is) seen as the key doorway to the Asian market.

Macao (Photo Lago Nam Van)

Thanks to its casinos, Macau always has the capability of drawing in large numbers of players from mainland China and Hong Kong. The success of PokerStars events in the area have been a testament to this fact. The opening of several poker rooms in the past few years has further underlined the importance of the former Portuguese colony. For the APT, there were questions relating to Macau, but they were not about whether they should return to Macau. They were simply about when they would return, and how.

The answer to these questions has now been presented to the Asian poker community through the announcement of APT Macau which is scheduled for October 19th-25th 2016. If that isn’t reason enough to feel excited, there has also been a secondary announcement regarding an APT cruise, which will ferry players from Hong Kong to international waters.

APT Macau – October 19th-25h

Casino Lisboa

Poker King Club will play an important role as partners for the event. This has demonstrated that operators are more than capable of setting aside a rivalry in the pursuit of a common goal. The venue for this event will be the recently opened “Lisboa Poker Room”.

More: Lisboa Casino launches its poker room managed by Poker King Club

The 7 day festival will feature a number of interesting events, but there are a few important highlights which stand out. The opening event will be the HKD$2K buy in “Poker King Cup” which will offer a HKD$300K prize pool that players will compete for across 2 days. The HKD$20K buy in Main Event will also be a highlight of course, as will the HKD$50K High Roller.

More: APT Macau – Schedule

APT Cruise – September 29 – October 2

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Rex Fortune Cruise

In a further piece of exciting news, the APT cruise will see the boat “Rex Fortune Cruise” carry passengers from Hong Kong. The boat will leave Kowloon Bay at 8pm every day, but players will have to wait until they enter international waters before they can play. Gaming is scheduled to begin around 9.30pm and continue until 7am the following day. Players will not sleep on the boat, but will instead have to disembark each day, although accommodation arrangements can be made in Hong Kong.

Cash games will be plentiful aboard the vessel, and the cruise will also offer 4 days of festivities that include a HKD$10K buy in event.

More: APT Cruise – Schedule

Article by Craig B.

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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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