The Amateur Poker Association & Tour's (APAT) 2014 World Championship of Amateur Poker kicked off on Tuesday April 15 with the first two of the 16 bracelet-awarding events. These 16 events have buy-ins ranging from £55 to £220, making them accessible for recreational players who want to play in a prestigious, well-structured event but don't want too much money at risk.
In addition to the prize pools created, there is extra value to be had thanks to APAT adding three trips to Las Vegas, commemorative bracelets and medals with a combined estimated value of £50,000.
The first event, the £55 No Limit Hold'em Championship, was completed on April 15 and proved to be extremely popular. APAT increased the player cap from the planned 120, allowing 165 players to buy in. Those 165 hopefuls were outlasted by Van Thang Nguyen who bulldozed his way to victory, netting him £2,17 in cash, a gold medal and a commemorative championship bracelet.
2014 WCOAP Event #1 Final Table Results
|1||Van Thang Nguyen||£2,175|
|2||Diep Van Tram||£1,485|
Also booking a win was Fred Bekker who beat 29 opponents on his way to claiming the title of WCOAP Seven Card Stud Champion. Like Nguyen, Bekker won a gold medal and bracelet, in addition to £625 in prize money.
There are still 14 more events to play at the Aspers Stratford Westfield including a £220 High Roller and the eagerly anticipated World Championship Main Event.
2014 APAT World Championships Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) Schedule
|Tue 15 Apr||2pm||WCOAP #1 No Limit Hold’em Championship||£55|
|Tue 15 Apr||6 p.m.||WCOAP # 2 Stud Championship||£55|
|Wed 16 Apr||12 p.m.||WCOAP #3 High Roller Championship||£220|
|Wed 16 Apr||6 p.m.||WCOAP #4 Mixed Game Championship||£55|
|Thu 17 Apr||12 p.m.||WCOAP #5 Antes Only Championship||£55|
|Thu 17 Apr||2 p.m.||WCOAP #6 World Amateur Team Championship Day 1|
|Thu 17 Apr||7 p.m.||WCOAP #7 H.O.R.S.E Championship||£55|
|Fri 18 Apr||12 p.m.||WCOAP #8 Shootout Championship||£55|
|Fri 18 Apr||1 p.m.||WCOAP #6 World Amateur Team Championship Day 2|
|Fri 18 Apr||4 p.m.||WCOAP #9 Six Max Championship||£55|
|Fri 18 Apr||8 p.m.||WCOAP #10 Razz Championship||£55|
|Sat 19 Apr||12 p.m.||WCOAP #11 World Amateur Championship Day 1a||£110|
|Sat 19 Apr||2 p.m.||WCOAP #12 PL Omaha O8 Championship||£55|
|Sat 19 Apr||7 p.m||WCOAP #13 Cash Championship||£65|
|Sun 20 Apr||12 p.m.||WCOAP #11 World Amateur Championship Day 1b||£110|
|Sun 20 Apr||2 p.m.||WCOAP #14 Pot Limit Omaha Championship||£55|
|Sun 20 Apr||8 p.m.||WCOAP #15 Season Seven Championship||Champions qualify|
|Mon 21 Apr||12 p.m.||WCOAP #11 World Amateur Championship Day 2|
|Mon 21 Apr||2 p.m.||WCOAP #16 Heads Up Championship||£55|
Stay tuned to PokerNews during the 2014 WCOAP and beyond as we bring updates from the most popular events.
Lead image and data courtesy of the APAT live updates team.