PokerNews is proud to announce that it will be the exclusive online media partner and live update provider for Season One of the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). Starting next week with the first event in Manila (August 24th-26th), PokerNews will be the place to be for online coverage of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour. The first event is a three-day $2,500 No Limit Holdem Event, being held at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Manila.
Two of the biggest names in the game, Daniel Negreanu and Joe Hachem are confirmed for this event, along with several members of Team PokerStars. All indications are that the numbers for the $2500 main event will exceed 200, with 130 paid entries as this story is written.
The APPT also has stops scheduled for Seoul, Korea (September 28-30) and Sydney, Australia (December 13-16), with more on the way. PokerNews.com will be there all the way providing up-to-date chip counts, photos and video interviews live from the tournament floor.
PokerNews.com is also launching yet another tournament reporting first. At all APPT stops, PokerNews will offer live tournament coverage in both Chinese and Japanese.
"We're extremely excited to be working with PokerStars to provide coverage of the first Asia-Pacific Poker Tour," says PokerNews Marketing Director Gareth Edwards. "We pride ourselves on being leaders in emerging poker markets, and hope our Chinese and Japanese readers enjoy reading updates in their own language for the very first time."
"PokerNews and the APPT are a great partnership", says Sarne Lightman, Director of Marketing for PokerStars Asia Pacific and co-founder, APPT. "The APPT is dedicated to bringing poker to Asia and, through its large network of sites and multilingual reporting, PokerNews will for the first time allow Asian fans to follow the action and their favorite players not only from the comfort of their own homes, but also in their own language."
The APPT website (www.appt.com) contains details about the full schedule, tournament structures and prizepools, as well as instructions on buying into events and some handy travel and tourist information. Daily satellites are already running for the next event in Seoul, so go to Poker Stars for your chance at an exotic trip to Asia.
Stay tuned to PokerNews.com, and keep an eye on our Tournament Reporting tab, as the 2007 schedule is jam packed full of events. Immediately after the APPT Manila event, PokerNews will be heading to Barcelona for the opening event of Season 4 of the Poker Stars European Poker Tour (EPT), and then it is on to London for the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe. After London, the PokerNews crew will be off to Australia for coverage of our very own PokerNews Cup. You can watch all the action live, as it unfolds via our state-of-the-art reporting client.