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APAT World Championship Commences April 8

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  • Eighteen bracelet events are scheduled for the 2017 World Championship of Amateur Poker.

While professional poker players around the globe plan their schedules for the upcoming 2017 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, hundreds of budding poker players are making the trip to Manchester, United Kingdom, for the Amateur Poker Association & Tour World Championship of Amateur Poker.

The WCOAP is the crown jewel of each APAT season, and when you look at the schedule, it's easy to see why. Think of the WCOAP as amateur poker’s WSOP. Each championship event awards the eventual winner a custom-made bracelet in addition to a significant cash prize.

2017 World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) Schedule

DateTimeEventBuy-inStackCap
April 812 p.m.8-Game Players Championship Day 1£11050,00056
 1 p.m.Irish Championship£5610,00054
 5 p.m.6-Max Championship Day 1£6010,00084
April 912 p.m.WCOAP Main Event Day 1a£11020,000150
 1 p.m.8-Game Players Championship Day 2   
 2 p.m.6-Max Championship Day 2   
 6 p.m.NLHE Turbo Championship£5610,00080
April 1212 p.m.Shootout Championship£568,000100
 2 p.m.H.O.R.S.E. Championship£568,00056
 6 p.m.Antes Only Championship£5610,00070
April 1312 p.m.Team Championship Day 1£110VariableN/A
 1 p.m.Mixed (ROE NLHE/PLO) Championship£5610,00056
 5 p.m.High Roller Championship Day 1£22025,00070
April 1412 p.m.WCOAP Main Event Day 1b£11020,000150
 1 p.m.Team Championship Day 2   
 2 p.m.Mix Max Championship£5615,00072
 5 p.m.High Roller Championship Day 2   
April 1512 p.m.WCOAP Main Event Day 1c£11020,000150
 4 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 1£6020,00096
 6 p.m.Open Face Chinese Championship£5610,00072
April 1612 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 2   
 1 p.m.Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Championship£5620,00080
 2 p.m.WCOAP Main Event Day 2   
 6 p.m.Cash Game Champinship£66£6060
April 1712 p.m.Heads Up Championship£565,00064
 2 p.m.WCOAP Main Event Final Day   
 3 p.m.Crazy Pineapple Championship£5610,00072

Grosvenor Casino on Bury New Road in Manchester is the chosen venue for the 2017 WCOAP and will host 18 bracelet-awarding events between April 8 and April 17. Buy-ins for these events range from £56 up to £220 with the latter reserved for the two-day High Roller event on April 13.

WCOAP offers a wide variety of poker variants, including 8-Game, Irish, 6-Max, turbo structures, H.O.R.S.E, Antes-Only, a shootout event, a team tournament, Mix Max, pot-limit Omaha, Omaha hi/lo, crazy pineapple, a heads-up tournament, Open-Face Chinese, a cash game tournament and the tournament that every APAT member wants to win: the WCOAP Main Event.

When the WCOAP Main Event ran in March 2016, a field of 393 descended on Aspers Casino in Stratford, London to create a £39,300 prize pool. The top 45 finishers were paid at least £220, each of the nine finalists won at least £825 and the champion banked £8,300.

Andrew Dobson was victorious in 2016, defeating Kaveh Kiavand heads up for the title.

2016 WCOAP Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Andrew Dobson£8,300
2Kaveh Kiavand£5,770
3Mark Vasconcelos£3,710
4Joel Holmberg£2,750
5Matt Carter£2,060
6Lisa Greer£1,650
7Paul Rice£1,375
8Balazs Roka£1,100
9Frederic Gautrin£825

This year’s WCOAP Main Event champion not only wins the first place prize but also a gold bracelet worth £3,000 and an expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to play at the 2017 WSOP.

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