APT Korea 2013 FAQs

APT Korea Main Event Structure and Rules

Satellites & Events

General Questions

Entering Jeju as a Tourist


Where and when will the APT Korea be held?

The APT Korea will be held from August 18th – August 23rd 2013 at the Ramada Plaza Casino in Jeju, Korea.

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What is the buy-in for the Main Event?

The buy-in for the Main Event is US$ 2,700.

The base currency for the Main Event buy in and all the rest of the buy ins for all tournaments during the APT Korea  will be the US Dollar. In addition, there will be Foreign Exchange services available at the venue.

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Will credit cards be accepted for buy ins to APT tournaments?

Yes. Major credit cards will be accepted.

Please note that there may be a 3%-5% surcharge and also prepare at least 2 valid IDs to avoid any inconvenience.

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What is the game type of the APT Korea Main Event?

The game type for the APT Main Event is No Limit Texas Hold’em with Re-Entry.

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What is the minimum age to enter an APT event in Korea?

The minimum requirement to play in any APT event in Korea is 19 years of age.

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What is the maximum number of players?

We expect over 200 players to participate in the Main Event. We will accept re-entries, alternates and late entries until the end of the sixth level of each starting day.

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Is it possible to reserve seats for the Main Event?

Players can reserve seats by pre-paying, qualifying online and winning in land-based satellites.

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How can a player pre-pay for a seat to the Main Event?

Payment will need to be made by close of business on August 14th, 2013 (Wednesday). After this date, you will need to buy in at the venue. Next, send an e-mail to info@theasianpokertour.com advising that the payment has been sent, including the following information:

– the bank that the wire is coming from
– the person that the wire is coming from
– exactly what was specified in the “Reference” field of the wire

These will help us in locating your wire.


Once the payment has cleared, you will be allocated your first day of play. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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How can a player verify if his registration has been received and processed?

After sending us your payment information and once payment has been cleared, we will send you a confirmation e-mail that will state receipt of payment as well as the schedule of your 1st day of play.

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How does a player register for an APT Event?

Step 1. Register with the Asian Poker Tour

  • Players will approach the Player Registration Desk and fill in the APT Online Registration/Release Form.
  • Players will need to present a valid ID (passport, driver’s license, etc.) as proof of identity and age.
  • Players will be issued an APT Player Registration Card. Players are advised to keep this card for the duration of the Event and will serve as proof that they have registered with the APT.
  • Players will then advise the APT Registration Staff of the tournament/s he/she wants to join. The Players will then be issued Tournament Slips to be brought to the Cashier Cage for payment.

Step 2. Pay for the buy in at the Cashier Cage

  • Players will then bring the Tournament Slip to the Cashier.
  • Players will pay for their buy in ONLY at the Cashier Cage.
  • Once payment has been received and confirmed, the Cashier will stamp the Tournament Slip which will serve as the Tournament Receipt.

Step 3. Present Tournament Receipt to the Tournament Staff for the Seat Card

  • Players will present the Tournament Receipt to the Tournament Staff for their Seat Card.
  • *The Tournament Staff release seat cards between 5-10 minutes before the start of each tournament
  • Registration is open up to the end of the first break for all tournaments except the Main Event (which is at the end of the second break) unless specified or the maximum number of allowable players is reached.
  • Please don’t forget to bring a valid ID as this will be required for Tournament Registration as proof of identity and age.

Casino Policy regarding Korean Nationals:

In addition to Passport Residence, Korean emigrants with permanent residency in South/Central America or South East Asia are required to provide their Certificate of Overseas Korean National Registration. While those in a country other than in South/Central America and South East Asia must submit their Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean, Certificate of Alien Registration in a local country, or Permanent Resident Card when visiting.

Korean emigrants living overseas refer to those holding PR (Passport Residence). Without Passport Residence and/or below the age of 19, entry will be denied.

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Do I still need to register even though I’m only going to participate in the side events?

All players who wish to play in any tournament are required to register and get an APT Player Registration Card.

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Can registered players waive their rights to their seats in favour of somebody else?

If a registered player cannot make it to the event for whatever reason, they should inform the APT by phone or by e-mail. A paid player can normally waive their rights to the seat in favour of someone else granted that he provides the recipient with an affidavit of transfer and a photocopy of the registered player’s ID. Both these documents should be presented by the recipient along with the recipient’s ID during registration so that the transfer can be processed.

For LAND-BASED qualifiers, transfer/assignment of seats will depend on the terms specified by the Sponsor (i.e. Poker Room the seat/package was won from).

For ONLINE qualifiers, please refer to the terms & conditions of the poker room from which they qualified.

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What identification do I need to enter an APT Event?

Locals are required to present a valid photo ID while non-residents are required to show either a passport, consular identification, or alien registration card.

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What is the tournament structure of the Main Event?

The structure will be as follows:

Starting Chips: 20,000
Starting Blinds: 25-50
Level Duration: 60 minutes

This is subject to change without notice.

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Can eliminated players re-enter the tournament by re-registering and purchasing the US$ 2,700 buy-in?

Yes, players can re-enter during the registration period of each starting day.

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What are the tax implications if a player wins?

Players are responsible for their own taxes if applicable in their country of residence.

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Is there an area where people can watch the ongoing tournament?

Spectators can watch the tournament from designated areas.

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Are there land-based satellites for the Event? Where?

Please check the APT Korea Info Page under the Qualifiers section.

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Are there online satellites for the Main Event? Which online clients conduct satellites?

Please refer to the Qualifiers section of the APT Korea 2013 Info page.

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Are there other events apart from the APT Main Event?

Yes. There will be Cash games, Mega Satellite Tournaments for the Main Event and other Side Tournaments that will be scheduled for the duration of the APT Event. Check out the complete Event Schedule.

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How many Main Event seats will be guaranteed in the APT Venue Satellite Events?

For every US$ 2,700 in the prize pool, One (1) seat to the Main Event seat will be awarded.

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What stakes are available for the cash games?

Cash games will start off from KRW 1,000/2,000 and up.

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I have a paid seat or won a seat to the Main Event but would like to play in the satellites, what happens if I win another seat?

All Players that win seats through satellites will be allocated to Day 1A of the Main Event (except for those that win a seat during the satellites held on Day 1A). Since, re-entries are allowed on Day 1B, players that have more than 2 Main Event seats will be refunded for the third and more seat won. If a Player has 2 seats and has made it to Day 2 via Day 1A, the excess seat will be refunded.

All refunds for excess Main Event seats will be done during Day 2 of the Main Event.

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What rules do APT Tournaments follow?

The Asian Poker Tour follows the Poker Tournament Directors Association Rules in addition to rules set by the APT. Visit the APT Rules Page for details.

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Will there be Asian Poker Tour merchandise for sale at the event?


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What hotel accommodations would be available for non-resident players?

There will be Special APT Player Only rates available at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino. For more info, check out the APT Korea 2013 Hotel Booking Page

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What currency is used in the Korea?

The primary currency used in Korea is the Korean Won (KRW).

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Is there a dress code during the tournament?

Shorts, sleeveless shirts, flip-flops and chappals are not allowed.

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Will media entities be allowed to cover the event?

Yes. Please contact us for further information.

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Entering Jeju as a Tourist

Do I need a visa to enter Jeju?

Jeju itself does not require any visa as it is a Special Administrative Region in Korea. Although flying in via other cities from Korea may require you to have one. For the exact details of the allowed duration of stay, please check the following website:


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
60, Sajik-ro 8-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea (110-787)
TEL: +82-2-2100-2114
FAX: +82-2-2100-7999

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