Upcoming Asia Live Events: APT Vietnam Phu Quoc, APL Korea; CTP High Roller Series, Deltin Poker Tournament

The month of April has kicked off and with it a lineup of live events around the Asian region. Here’s a list of festivals in your neighborhood. 

Asian Poker Tour Vietnam Phu Quoc: April 8 to 17

For the first time, an international poker festival will take place at Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. On April 8 to 17, the Asian Poker Tour will descend on the popular tourist destination with 22 games scheduled at the Corona Resort & Casino.

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Opening the series is the two day Mystery Bounty 1 Billion VN₫ guaranteed followed by the headliner 3 Billion VN₫ guaranteed Main Event. Among the other games to look forward to are High Roller events, NLH Monster Stack, NLH Turbos, Pot Limit Omaha, Open Face Chinese Pineapple, and Short Deck. This is considerably the most varied schedule ever presented by the brand. Buy ins range from VN₫ 5,500,000 (~US$ 240) to VN₫ 55,000,00 (~US$ 2,400). 

Prior to action on the felt is action on the live green. In partnership with Pearl Island Poker Tour is the first ever APT – PIPT Golf Tournament. Tee off is at Vinpearl Resort & Golf on April 7 at 1230pm. Cost is VN₫ 2,050,000 which includes Green Fee, Caddy, and half cart. This is followed by awarding and pre-event celebration at the Corona Hotel. 

For international travelers, last March 15 Vietnam opened its borders to fully vaccinated tourists. Make sure to check for other requirements as it may vary per country. 

Here are the key events. All events are in Vietnam time-zone. Click for the full schedule APT Vietnam Phu Quoc schedule.

Mystery Bounty 

Dates: April 8 to 9
Buy in: VN₫ 7,700,000 (~US$ 337)
Day 1A: April 8 @12pm
Day 1B: April 8 @4pm
Final Day: April 9
*VN₫ 2M of buy in goes to mystery bounty pool; only players that reach the money round will have a chance at the mystery bounty rewards

Main Event

Dates: April 12 to 17
Buy in: VN₫ 16,500,000 (~US$ 725)
Day 1A: April 12
Day 1B: April 13
Day 1C: April 14
Day 2: April 15 (one hour of late registration available)
Day 3: April 16
Final table: April 17 

Super High Rollers 

Dates: April 10 to 11
Buy in: VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,400)

High Rollers

Dates: April 16 to 17
Buy in: VN₫ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,445)

Asia Poker League Korea: April 9 to 17 (Main Event flights)

Throughout the pandemic, players in Korea could rely on the Asia Poker League for consistent live action along with matching big prize pools. Coming May 5 to 8, the brand will be on the beat once again featuring the APL Korea Main Event which packs an enormous KR₩ 800 Million (~US$ 655,860) guarantee. The event takes place at the Swiss Grand Hotel in Seoul.

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To get in on this juicy pot, qualifying flights run on April 9 & 10 and April 16 & 17 at various locations around the country. The event costs 10 tickets to enter. Make sure to check the brand’s facebook page for more details. For international travelers, the country recently opened its borders to fully vaccinated tourists with valid visas. Mandatory quarantine has also been lifted. 

CTP High Roller Series: April 9 to 18

The highly popular Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association aka CTP Club in Taipei, Taiwan is ready to shower its players with another exciting poker festival. On April 9 to 18 is the CTP High Roller Series featuring NT$ 6,000,000 (~US$ 210,000) in guaranteed prize pools.

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A total of 19 tournaments are lined up with buy ins from NT$ 5,000 (~US$ 175) to the Super High Roller NT$ 107,000 (~US$ 3,730). The crowning tournament is of course the NT$ 3M guaranteed Main Event. Other events extending guarantees are the Kick-Off 1M and Year of the Tiger Special 2M. In addition, the Asian Poker Tour is sponsoring five tournaments. Key events are listed below. All events are in Taiwan time-zone. For more info, check out the CTP High Roller Series booklet.

For international travelers, entry to Taiwan is still limited. As of March 7, it has opened its borders to qualified business travelers. Make sure to check the requirements as they may vary per country. 

CTP Kick-Off

Dates: April 9 to 10
Buy in: NT$ 11,000 (~US$ 385)
Guarantee: NT$ 1,000,000 (~US$ 34,860)
Day 1A: April 9 @1pm
Day 1B: April 9 @530pm
Day 1C (Turbo): April 9 @10pm
Day 2: April 10 @1pm 

CTP Year of the Tiger Special Event

Dates: April 12 to 14
Buy in: NT$ 22,000 (~US$ 770)
Guarantee: NT$ 2,000,000 (~US$ 69,730)
Day 1A: April 12
Day 1B: April 13
Final Day: April 14 

CTP Main Event 

Dates: April 15 to 18
Buy in: NT$ 33,000 (~US$ 1,150)
Guarantee: NT$ 3,000,000 (~US$ 104,600)
Day 1A: April 15
Day 1B: April 16
Day 2: April 17
Final Day: April 18

CTP No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Event 1 – April 11 – NT$ 54,000 (~US$ 1,890)
CTP No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Event 2 – April 14 – NT$ 54,000 (~US$ 1,890)
CTP Super High Roller 6-Max Event – April 18 – NT$ 107,000 (~US$ 3,730)

APT Sponsored Events

APT Head Hunter NLH 1 – April 10 – NT$ 8,000 buy in
APT Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Event – April 12 – NT$ 8,000 buy in
APT Megastack Event 1 – April 14 – NT$ 8,000 buy in
APT Giant Stack Turbo – April 16 – NT$ 8,000 buy in
APT Megastack Event 2 – April 18 – NT$ 8,000 buy in
*Winners will receive APT trophies

Deltin Poker Tournament – April 14 to 19

The Deltin Poker Tournament is prepping for its first live series since the pandemic struck. As always, games will take place at the brand’s hub in the Deltin Royale vessel in Goa, India. Scheduled to run from April 14 to 19, the festival boasts IN₹ 2 Crore (~US$ 264,000) in guaranteed prizes across six events. Buy ins range from IN₹ 10K to IN₹ 65K.

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In 2019, the DPT pulled in a tour record 448 Main Event entries, and generated a prize pool of US$ 217.4K. For the upcoming series, the brand aims to surpass these numbers with a Main Event IN₹ 1.2 Crores (~US$ 158,400) guarantee. Buy in is IN₹ 35,000 (~US$ 462). To win a seat for less, players can try their chances at the ongoing satellites and step satellites. 

Main Event

Dates: April 16 to 18
Buy in: IN₹ 35,000 (~US$ 462)

Guarantee: IN₹ 1.2 Crores
Flight A: April 16
Flight B (Turbo): April 16
Flight C: April 17
Final Day: April 18

High Roller
Dates: April 15 to 16
Buy in: IN₹ 65,000 (~US$ 860)

*Satellites and step satellites are offered for this event

Other Events:

April 14: Warm Up (8 Max) – IN₹ 11K (~US$ 145) buy in
April 17: Bounty – IN₹ 15K (~US$ 200) buy in
April 18: PLO Bounty – IN₹ 15K (~US$ 200) buy in
April 19: Women’s Special – IN₹ 10K (~US$ 132) buy in

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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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