The concluding stop of the fifth season of PokerStars’ Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) will take place in Cebu this April 2012. The APPT Cebu will kick off at the Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino from April 24 to April 30, 2012. Will a Filipino grab the title this year?
It will be the third time that the APPT will be held in the Queen City of the South. The first time was during the third season, where South Korea’s Han Dong-bin was proclaimed the winner. Last year’s APPT Cebu crown went to Im Young Shin, also from South Korea. Now using the screen name Vivian Im, the first female to grab an APPT title dominated the Php100,000 buy-in main event and bested 236 players. She won a total of Php5,081,000 in prize money. She will be back this year to defend her title.
Here is the APPT Cebu Season 5 Schedule:
April 24 – Php10,000 Cebu Cup
April 25 – Php100,000 APPT Cebu Main Event – Day 1A
April 26 – Php100,000 APPT Cebu Main Event – Day 1B
April 27 – Php100,000 APPT Cebu Main Event – Day 1C
April 27 – Php25,000 Pot Limit Omaha
April 28 – Php30,000 No Limit Hold’em – Knock-Out Bounty
April 28 – Php10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em
April 29 – Php20,000 No Limit Hold’em
April 29 – Php50,000 No Limit Hold’em – 6 Handed
April 30 – Php250,000 High Rollers Event
April 30 – Php25,000 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack
PokerStars’ players will be staying at the luxurious 5-star Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, the official hotel for APPT Cebu, from April 24 until May 1, 2012. The room provided will be double-occupancy, so players can bring one guest at no extra cost. The accommodation includes free breakfast, use of the health club facilities and broadband Internet.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa is one of the premier resorts in the Philippines. It allows its guests to experience paradise with its lavish tropical setting. It has received various awards since its opening in 1993, for its spacious, comfortable and well-equipped rooms and suites, and outstanding service. Their superb dining, entertainment, recreational activities, and spa services make them a top choice for local and international jetsetters.
Shangri-La Mactan has a total of 547 rooms and suites, which include a presidential suite and two specialty suites. All rooms give visitors stunning views of abundant greens, the serene ocean and the nearby islands surrounding Cebu. Discriminating diners have a broad variety of dishes. Tides, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant with an open kitchen set-up, features a buffet of international cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The first season of the APPT transpired from August to December 2007, with five events held in four locations: Manila, Philippines; Seoul, South Korea; Macau, China; and Sydney, Australia. APPT Season 5 started in July 2011, which opened in Melbourne, Australia, from August 29 to July 1, 2011. The next stop was in Queenstown, New Zealand, on August 23 to August 28, 2011, and then in Macau, China, on November 23 to November 27, 2011. The fourth leg was held in Seoul, South Korea, on March 8 to March 11, 2012.
In terms of the structure, most APPT events this year are four-day tournaments. These events generally incorporate a start bank of $20,000 and 60-minute blind levels. However, the structure for the APPT Melbourne event had a start bank of $30,000.
PokerStars sends thousands of poker players to compete in events in Europe, United States of America and the Caribbean each year. To create a whole new dimension of poker in Asia, the APPT was born. Its inception further marks poker as a global sport. The APPT allows poker enthusiasts to get a chance to test their skills by competing against some of the best players in the world in must-visit destinations in the Asia Pacific.
PokerStars.com is the largest online poker card room in the world, with more than 20 million members and 50 billion poker hands dealt. In 2005, eGaming Review named PokerStars as the Best Poker Operator of the Year. This gaming establishment is the main sponsor of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour European Poker Tour, North American Poker Tour, Latin American Poker Tour, and Australia-New Zealand Poker Tour. It regularly hosts qualifying tournaments to live APPT events that will enable players to secure free APPT packages.
For a chance to get to win an APPT prize package that consists of tournament buy-in, accommodations and travel allowance, qualify online with PokerStars Satellites for as low as $1.10. If you are interested to register for APPT Cebu and be guaranteed a seat, e-mail [email protected] and include the number of seats you would like to buy. You will receive instructions on how to send your payment via wire transfer.
The APPT Cebu is sanctioned by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). For more information, visit www.appt.com.