INCHEON CITY, Korea – For the poker community in this region, it was a ten day break after the resounding success of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) in Taiwan that saw the guaranteed prize pool more than triple and four more events added to accommodate the demand for more poker in that country.
In reality, the APT team has been feverishly working almost literally around the clock since the dust barely settled in Taipei City to ensure that when the cards fly in APT Korea, everything will be seamless.
And today, it finally begins.
Welcome to APT Korea Incheon 2022!
The competition starts today here at Paradise City Hotel and Casino in Incheon City where minutes from now, the cards will be in the air for the kick-off (Event #1) Mystery Bounty.
Since its first undertaking in Jeju Island in 2013, the APT has always had Korea as a premier destination and this being its eleventh staging–and fifth overall in this venue–Korea has been a regular stop that allows a plethora of international campaigners access to world-class poker, amazing cuisine with great scenery on this posh property.
This leg will see twenty events spread over nine days with the much-anticipated Main Event guaranteeing KRW300M (US$209,5110). Colorful local In Ho Song is the defending champion from last year.
But it all begins with the Mystery Bounty, whose Flight A starting at 1:00PM (UCT+9).
With a buy-in of KRW600K (US$419), this opener carries a KRW60M (US$41,924) guarantee and the twist of this event is that once the ITM Bubble has been breached, it will only be then when players get to know the value of the bounties of each elimination via the drawing of sealed envelopes containing the amount of money won.
There have been occasions that the bounties amassed by a player far exceeded the actual cash attained for placing, so this always makes for excellent drama to begin hostilities on the felt.
Flight B happens at 5:00PM and those who make it through advance to the final day tomorrow (18th October).
As always, the APT is giving opportunities for those who wish to enter the Main Event without paying for the full entry fee of KRW2.2M (US$1,538) as the first of four satellites takes place at 7:00PM for only KRW240K (US$168).
APT President Neil Johnson and APT General Manager/Executive Tournament Director Lloyd Fontillas lead the team here that is set bring high-quality action until 26th October.