APT Korea Incheon 2019 starts today

Good morning players and welcome to another Asian Poker Tour festival! Starting today is APT Korea Incheon 2019 taking place at the luxurious Paradise City Casino, the largest casino in Korea. It is located within minutes from the world renowned Incheon International Airport. This is our third visit to Incheon and we are extremely thrilled to be back. So get ready for some nonstop poker festivities, we’ve got plenty lined up. 

For the next twelve days, running from August 2 to 13, 24 exciting games fill the roster along with KRW 400 Million in guaranteed prizes. Our top attractions are the Main Event with buy-in at KRW 1,320,000 and Championships Event with buy-in at KRW 1,980,000. Each of these events come with a KRW 200 Million guarantee. As for our side events, buy-ins range from KRW 220,000 to KRW 5,300,000. All are trophy events.

For those new to the APT, starting last year we switched to the “ANTE BB” format for all our games. Then two stops prior, we added the “SHOT CLOCK” to all our events. Info on this can be found in page 4 of the festival booklet. 

Opening games

Kicking off the series is the first of two Monster Stack events and the first of seven High Rollers events. These games are perfect to warm you up before the Main Event hits the floor in two days time. Both of these events are scheduled to run for two days. 

13:00: Monster Stack 1 – KRW 550,000 buyin
15:00: High Rollers 1 –  KRW 3,200,000 buyin

On the following day, Saturday, August 3, the Dafabet Head Hunter event takes control. Buy-in is KRW 550,000. This is one of our most popular side events and it comes with an immediate incentive. For every player you eliminate, you receive a KRW 100,000 bounty reward. 

Featured events

After two days of opening warm up games, we bring you our most highly revered tournaments: the Main Event and the Championships Event. If you haven’t experienced any one of these then make it your top priority because these are the events to conquer. Last year saw Japanese pro Iori Yogo ship the Main Event for USD 36,000 and USA’s Geoffrey Jaepil You capture his first-ever major title at the Championships Event for USD 44,000. 

The featured events each come with a KRW 200 Million (~USD 170,000) guarantee. They are recognised as having the best structures in the region. Players start off with a very deep stack with blinds escalating at a steady 60 minute pace. That means plenty of playing time and plenty of hands to see. Both events run back-to-back and for five days each. See info below. 


Date: August 4 to 8
Guarantee: KR₩ 200,000,000 (~USD 170,000)
Buy-in: KR₩ 1,320,000 (~USD 1,200) 

Day 1A: Sunday, August 4
Day 1B: Monday, August 5
Day 2: Tuesday, August 6
Day 3: Wednesday, August 7
Final Day: Thursday, August 8


Date: August 9 to 13 
Guarantee: KR₩ 200,000,000 (~USD 170,000)
Buy-in: KR₩ 1,980,000 (~US$ 1,700)

Day 1A: Friday, August 9
Day 1B: Saturday, August 10
Day 2: Sunday, August 11
Day 3: Monday, August 12
Final Day: Tuesday, August 13

Things to know for the featured events: 

  • Bubble protection is in effect
  • Each starting day plays 8 levels
  • Registration closes at the start of level 10 in Day 2

Side Events

The festival wouldn’t be complete without our most enjoyed side events. To satisfy every poker desire, the schedule serves up a wide variety of fun games such as NLH of differing formats (one day, two day, deep stack, bounty, and turbos), Pot Limit Omaha, and Short Deck. All are trophy events.

The list also has seven events for high wagers interested in high caliber competition and tighter fields. Buy-ins for these games range from KR₩ 2,150,000 (~US$ 1,800) to KR₩ 5,300,000 (~US$ 4,500). See list below.  

Event 2: High Rollers #1 – August 2-3 – KR₩ 3,200,000 buy-in 
Event 5: High Rollers Single Day #1 – August 4 – KR₩ 2,150,000 buy-in
Event 8: Super High Rollers – August 7-8 -KR₩ 5,300,000 buy-in
Event 11: Short Deck High Rollers Single Day – August 8 – KR₩ 2,150,000 buy-in
Event 16: High Rollers Single Day #2 – August 11 – KR₩ 2,150,000 buy-in
Event 18: High Rollers #2 – August 12-33 – KR₩ 3,200,000 buy-in 
Event 22: High Rollers Single Day #3 – August 13 – KR₩ 2,150,000 buy-in

Full APT Korea Incheon 2019 schedule

Tourist info and accommodations

It is summer in Korea which means it will be hot and humid. What better weather to be indoors playing poker in a beautiful high-end facility. The venue, Paradise City Casino, is within the Incheon International Airport complex. The national currency is the Korean Won. For those still in need of accommodations, we have special APT Player Rates available on select hotels. Just head to our official travel partner site: Pokertourbookings.com

See you at the tables!