Asian Poker Tour Gears Up For the Massive APT Jeju 2024 Festival

APT Jeju, South Korea 2024

Live poker is booming in Asia right now, and we have the Asian Poker Tour (APT) to thank for that. Coming off the back of the largest and richest poker series to take place in Taiwan, the Natural8-sponsored Asian Poker Tour heads to the beautiful South Korean island of Jeju for the APT Jeju, South Korea 2024 festival.

The APT Jeju, South Korea 2024 festival will take place over ten days between April 26 and May 5. It boasts 90 events and satellites. The top-tier Landing Hotel & Casino will be packed to the rafters throughout the series, as players from far and wide attempt to win a winner's trophy and a bankroll-boosting cash prize.

The APT has seriously pushed the boat out regarding guarantees, with over KRW 5 billion waiting to be won; that huge figure translates to approximately $3.76 million, in case you were interested.

A significant chunk of those combined guarantees stems from the APT Main Event, which will be massive; mark our words. Featuring four flights, each costing KRW 2,500,000 ($1,903) to enter, the APT Jeju, South Korea 2024 Main Event boasts a KRW 2 billion ($1.5 million) guarantee on its prize pool. That represents an increase of over 20 times compared to the last APT Jeju Main Event, which took place in 2017!

August 2023 was the last time the APT dropped anchor in South Korea, although the festival ran at the Paradise Hotel & Resort in Incheon. Its Main Event saw 563 unique players purchase 367 re-entries (930 entrants), each paying KRW 2,300,000 and creating a KRW 1,867,347,000 ($1,410,415) prize pool.

Japan's Shoichiro Tamaki came out on top and returned home with the equivalent of $205,025 after a three-handed deal with runner-up Tsz Wan ($159,520) and third-place finisher Chokejindachai Napat of Thailand ($167,829). Expect even larger payouts this time around.

APT Jeju, South Korea 2024 Schedule

DateTimeEventBuy-in (KRW)Approx Buy-in (USD)
Fri 26 Apr11:00 a.m.#1: Korea National Cup Flight A800,000$609
 2:00 p.m.#2: Satellite to Korea National Cup160,000$122
 3:30 p.m.#3: PL Omaha High600,000$457
 4:00 p.m.#4: Single Day High Roller Freezeout3,000,000$2,283
 6:00 p.m.#1: Korea National Cup Flight B800,000$609
 8:00 p.m.#5: Turbo NL Omaha400,000$304
 9:30 p.m.#6: Hyper Turbo700,000$533
 11:00 p.m.#7: Super Hyper Turbo300,000$228
Sat 27 Apr11:00 a.m.#8: Mystery Bounty Hunter Flight A1,000,000$761
 11:15 p.m.#1: Korea National Cup Final Day  
 11:15 a.m.#9: APT Super High Roller Day 113,500,000$10,274
 11:30 a.m.#10: PL Omaha Hi-Lo 5 Card (Big O)600,000$457
 11:45 a.m.#11: NL Hold'em Freezeout2,000,000$1,522
 2:00 p.m.#12: Limit Triple Draw Mix600,000$457
 6:00 p.m.#8: Mystery Bounty Hunter Flight B1,000,000$761
 7:00 p.m.#13: Turbo high Roller1,100,000$837
 7:30 p.m.#14: Turbo NL Omaha Hi-Lo 5 Card (Big O)400,000$304
 9:45 p.m.#15: Hyper Turbo NL Single Draw 2-7300,000$228
 11:00 p.m.#16: Super Hyper Turbo Win the Button300,000$228
Sun 28 Apr11:00 a.m.#17: Sunday Super Stack1,100,000$837
 11:15 a.m.#8: Mystery Bounty Hunter Final Day  
 11:15 a.m.#9: APT Super High Roller Final Day  
 11:15 a.m.#18: Single Day High Roller4,000,000$3,044
 11:30 a.m.#19: PL Omaha High 5-card600,000$457
 2:00 p.m.#20: Limit ROSE600,000$457
 4:00 p.m.#21: NL Hold'em Teams Event600,000$457
 7:00 p.m.#22: Turbo PL Omaha High400,000$304
 8:00 p.m.#23: Satellite to KRW 2.5 Million500,000$381
 9:30 p.m.#24: Hyper Turbo NL ROSE300,000$228
 10:00 p.m.#25: Tick Tock BOOM500,000$381
Mon 29 Apr11:00 a.m.#26: APT Main Event Flight A2,500,000$1,903
 11:15 a.m.#27: Superstar Challenge Day 130,000,000$22,831
 11:30 a.m.#28: Omaha Masters PL Omaha Hiigh1,500,000$1,142
 11:45 a.m.#29: Single Day High Roller Mystery Bounty4,500,000$3,425
 12:00 p.m.#30: NL Hold'em Freezeout1,000,000$761
 6:00 p.m.#31: Satellite to KRW 2.5 Million500,000$381
 7:15 p.m.#32: Turbo High Roller1,100,000$837
 7:30 p.m.#33: Turbo NL Omaha High Double Board400,000$304
 9:30 p.m.#34: Hyper Turbo500,000$381
 9:45 p.m.#35: Hyper Turbo NL 8-Game300,000$228
 11:00 p.m.#36: Super Hyper Turbo Super Hold'em300,000$228
Tue 30 Apr11:00 a.m.#26: APT Main Event Flight B2,500,000$1,903
 11:15 a.m.#27: Superstar Challenge Final Day  
 11:15 a.m.#37: Single Day High Roller4,000,000$3,044
 11:30 a.m.#38: Mix Game Masters 9-Game1,500,000$1,142
 11:45 a.m.#39: NL Hold'em Single Re-Entry1,000,000$761
 3:00 p.m.#40: Women's Event600,000$457
 6:00 p.m.#41: Satellite to KRW 2.5 Million500,000$381
 7:30 p.m.#42: Turbo PL Omaha High-Low 5-card (Big O)400,000$304
 8:00 p.m.#43: Turbo700,000$533
 9:45 p.m.#44: Hyper Turbo NL Single Draw Mix300,000$228
 11:00 p.m.#45: Super Hyper Turbo Bomb Pot300,000$228
Wed 1 May11:00 a.m.#26: APT Main Event Flight C2,500,000$1,903
 11:15 a.m.#46: Single Day High Roller3,500,000$2,664
 11:30 a.m.#47: PL Omaha High/Hi-Lo Mix 5-card600,000$457
 11:45 a.m.#48: NL Hold'em Bounty1,000,000$761
 2:00 p.m.#49: Limit Triple Draw Lowball mix600,000$457
 4:00 p.m.#50: Women's Event300,000$228
 6:00 p.m.#26: APT Main Event Flight D2,500,00)$1,903
 7:15 p.m.#51: Turbo900,000$685
 7:30 p.m.#52: Turbo NL Omaha High Lazy Rivers400,000$304
 9:30 p.m.#53: Hyper Turbo Double Stack300,000$228
 11:00 p.m.#55: Super Hyper Turbo300,000$228
Thu 2 May11:00 a.m.#26: APT Main Event Day 22,500,000$1,903
 11:00 p.m.#56: PL Omaha High Lazy Rivers600,000$457
 2:00 p.m.#57: NL Hold'em Freezeout800,000$609
 4:00 p.m.#58: Single Day High Roller Big Bounty4,000,000$3,044
 7:00 p.m.#59: Zodiac Classic Day 13,000,000$2,283
 9:00 p.m.#60: Tick Tock BOOM!500,000$381
 10:00 p.m.#61: Hyper Turbo NL ROSE300,000$228
 11:00 p.m.#62: Super Hyper Turbo Crazy Pineaple300,000$228
Fri 3 May11:00 a.m.#63: Double Stack Flight A1,000,000$761
 11:15 a.m.#26: APT Main Event Day 3  
 11:15 a.m.#59: Zodiac Classic Final Day3,000,000$2,283
 11:15 a.m.#64: Baby Superstar Challenge10,000,000$7,610
 11:30 a.m.#65: PL Omaha High 5-Card600,000$457
 11:45 a.m.#66: NL Hold'em heads-Up (32 Cap)800,000$609
 2:00 p.m.#67: Limit Triple Stud600,00$457
 6:00 p.m.#63: Double Stack Flight B1,000,000$761
 7:00 p.m.#68: Satellite to APT High Roller1,100,000$837
 7:15 p.m.#69: Turbo600,000$457
 8:00 p.m.#70: Turbo PL Omaha High 5-Card400,000$304
 9:30 p.m.#71: Hyper Turbo500,000$381
 9:45 p.m.#72: Hyper Turbo NL Single Draw Mix300,000$228
 11:00 a.m.#73: Super Hyper Turbo300,000$228
Sat 4 May11:00 a.m.#74: Mini Main Event Flight A800,000$609
 11:15 a.m.#26: APT Main Event Final Day  
 11:15 a.m.#63: Double Stack Final Day  
 11:15 a.m.#75: PL Omaha Hi-Lo 5-Card (Big O)600,000$457
 11:15 a.m.#76: APT High Roller7,000,000$5,327
 11:30 a.m.#77: NL Hold'em Freezeout1,500,000$1,142
 2:00 p.m.#78: Dealer's Choice (19 Games)600,000$457
 6:00 p.m.#74: Mini Main Event Flight B800,000$609
 7:30 p.m.#79: Turbo PL Omaha Hi-Lo 5-Card (Big O)400,000$304
 9:00 p.m.#81: Hyper Turbo Double Stack600,000$457
 9:45 p.m.#81: Hyper Turbo NL 8-Game300,000$228
 11:00 p.m.#82: Super Hyper Turbo300,000$228
Sun 5 May11:00 a.m.#83: Micro Main Event400,000$304
 11:15 a.m.#74: Mini Main Event Final Day  
 11:15 a.m.#76: APT High Roller Final Day  
 11:15 a.m.#84: Omaholic (Omaha Hi – PL Pre/NL Post)600,000$457
 11:30 a.m.#85: Last Chance High Roller3,000,0002,283
 3:00 p.m.#86: Turbo700,000$533
 4:30 p.m.#87: Turbo PL Omaha High Win the Button400,000$304
 5:30 p.m.#88: Hyper Turbo400,000$304
 6:00 p.m.#89: Hyper Turbo High Roller1,500,000$1,142
 7:30 p.m.#90: Super Hyper Turbo300,000$228

The APT Jeju, South Korea 2024 schedule is brimming with events and satellites, as you can see from the above table. Although No-Limit Hold'em dominates proceedings, as it does on almost every live and online poker festival's schedule, there are dozens of non-hold'em events for players to get their teeth into.

Several Pot-Limit Omaha variants, including "Big O," feature. As do Stud, Single and Triple Draw games, while a Dealer's Choice that has 19 possible games to choose from, will keep mixed game players on their toes.

Bertrand "ElkY" Gropellier
Bertrand \"ElkY\" Gropellier won the Superstar Challenge in Taiwan

Those who love to see poker's biggest names in action should be delighted to learn that a Superstar Challenge is scheduled in Jeju. While the event does not guarantee its prize pool, the fact that it costs KRW 30,000,000 ($22,831) to enter means it will naturally attract some of the world's greatest players to the Landing Hotel & Casino.

The Superstar Challenge, held in Taiwan, saw luminaries such as Steve O'Dwyer, Isaac Haxton, Espen Jorstad, Danny Tang, Biao Ding, and Roman Hrabec compete. French superstar Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier came away with the top honors, banking the equivalent of $367,770 after defeating Lester Edoc heads-up.

Stay tuned to PokerNews over the coming days as we bring you a guide about everything you need to know about the APT Jeju, South Korea 2024, followed by a detailed recap of all the juiciest results from the bustling schedule.

  • The Asia Poker Tour heads to Jeju in South Korea between April 26 and May 5, 2024.

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