APPT and Macau Billionaire Poker Partner for Asia Championship of Poker APPT

The Asia-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) has partnered with Macau Billionaire Poker (MBP). The two sides will work together at the upcoming 2014 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) that is slated for Oct. 24 through Nov. 9 at PokerStars LIVE Macau.

The partnership will bring the parties together to host two high roller events at ACOP, the HK$500,000 ($65,000) Super High Roller and the HK$250,000 ($32,000) High Roller. The former will now take place from Nov. 1-3 and allow for two rebuys, and the latter will take place Nov. 8-9 and be a freezeout event.

"It's incredibly exciting to work with MBP again and to have them sponsoring our high roller events at the ACOP," said APPT President Danny McDonagh. "Their reach in the region is outstanding and could double or triple the participation in both the 250K and 500K events."

According to the company's website, MBP was established in 2010 and its headquarters are in Macau. The company is licensed to promote the game of Texas hold'em, the first approved to do so in China, and is also partnered with the World Series of Poker.

MBP has previously worked with PokerStars and the APPT for the 2013 GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions (GDAM). That HK$1,000,000 buy-in ($130,000) event attracted a healthy 125 entries and generated a massive prize pool of HKD$119,375,000 ($15,400,000). German Niklas Heinecker won the event for HK$34,600,000 ($4,460,000) after defeating a final table that included Jeff Rossiter, Sorel Mizzi, Isaac Haxton, Igor Kurganov, and Pratyush Budigga.

Of those named in confirmation to attend the 2014 ACOP events are former WSOP Main Event champions Greg Merson and Jonathan Duhamel, and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.

The entire ACOP festival begins on Oct. 24, and you can find more information on this and other APPT events by clicking here.

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