PokerStars has now announced an expanded Season 2 schedule for its successful Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), adding a new, exciting location to cap off the start of the new season. As expected, the first event of the APPT will be held in the People's Republic of China, at the luxurious Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino, the site of the recently opened PokerStars Macau, Macau's first live poker room. This event will begin on September 1, 2008, and will feature two big events over nine days. The $3,200 main event will run for six days and will host up to 1,000 players and guarantee a $1.3 million prize pool. Following that, the APPT will host a second prestigious "high rollers" event at Macau. The $19,250 three-day event will be open to 300 players and guarantee $1.3 million for the prize pool. More information, including online satellite qualifying specifics, is available at www.appt.com/tournaments/macau/.
Jeffrey Haas, President of the APPT, said: "Following the success of the APPT's first season, we're very excited to announce the schedule for Season 2 which includes a brand new event in Auckland plus increased buy-ins to create even bigger prize pools. The PokerStars APPT has brought a whole new dimension to poker in the Asia Pacific region and it's testament to the success of Season 1 that the tour is back for a second year, marking poker's emergence into a truly global sport. Every year, PokerStars sends thousands of poker players from around the world to compete in events across Europe, the US and the Caribbean, and now the Asia Pacific region is established as an integral part of the global poker circuit."
The remaining four stops for the APPT's second season will cover the Asia Pacific region from Seoul, South Korea, to Auckland, New Zealand, and will hit some of the most exotic locations and deluxe accommodations on any poker tour. The second event will be the $2,870 buy-in at the Paradise Walker-Hill Casino, in Seoul, South Korea, and will run from September 26–28, 2008 and host up to 250 players. The next event will be held at the Skycity Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. This $2,400 buy-in event will be held from October 9–12, 2008. The exact dates of the fourth event of the APPT have not yet been announced, but it is set for the the Hyatt Hotel and Casino, in Manila, Philippines, and is expected to be a $2,350 buy-in event for a maximum of 500 players. The final event of Season 2 will be held from December 2–7, 2008, at the Star City Casino, in Sydney, Australia, overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge. This event will be a $5,960 buy-in with a guarantee first place of approximately $945,000.
As always, PokerStars will run a wide variety of satellites to give its players a chance to win their way into the events at their site, including some limited free-to-enter satellites at www.pokerstars.net. In addition, live satellites will be available at SkyCity Casino in Auckland for that event, at Star City Casino for the final event in Sydney, and at other locations TBA.
For full information on the first event in Macau and all the remaining stops of the tournament, visit the APPT website, www.appt.com.