Your Guide to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT)

The PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour is up there with the premier tournament tours for players in Asia and Down Under.

Similar in nature to PokerStars' ANZPT, the APPT covers several Asian and Australasian nations, features large fields, huge production values fit for TV, and incredible prizes for the winners. The most recent season of the APPT kicked off in Seoul, South Korea, at the swanky Walker Hill Paradise Casino, with Cebu in the Philippines, the snowy retreat of Queenstown in New Zealand, and the world-famous Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, all hosting stops.

With an interesting blend of established global poker pros and local talent, plus a bunch of qualifiers satellite-ing in via cheap tourneys on PokerStars, the APPT boasts one of the most eclectic playing crowds around.

If you want to qualify for the 2013 Asia Pacific Poker Tour, you can earn your seat by playing at any of the great sites we've rated and reviewed.

A Brief History Of The APPT

While poker players in Europe and Latin America have had exciting regional tours of their own sponsored by PokerStars (EPT and LAPT), players in Asia and Australasia were probably feeling a little neglected by the world's largest poker sites.

But with the introduction of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) and now the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, players can get their fill of well-run live events.

Each season, four or five events run throughout a variety of different venues in Asia. Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and the Philippines have all had the honour of hosting APPT poker tournaments, though Macau is generally considered the most prestigious event of the tour.

The APPT began in 2007 and five events were held in its first season. The tournament series is in the midst of its seventh season, ending with the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) in October 2013 at Macau's City of Dreams. There, a HKD$100,000 buy-in event will see champions and challengers from around the Asian and Australasian region do battle.

Big Winners

Just as with the ANZPT, the APPT has attracted some big turnouts, and bigger names, to its games. Canadian pro, Randy "nanonoko" Lew took down the APPT Macau event in 2011 for a payout of HKD$3,772,000 ($500,000) when he defeated a field of 575 - a record turnout at the time - to cement his place in APPT lore.

Lew's win brought to an end Australian domination on the tour, as one season earlier, Australian pro Aaron Benton took down the Grand Final for a first prize of AUD$594,000.

Season 4 of the tour also saw high-publicity legs in a series that took in stops in the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and Macau. The season came to an exciting close at the Star City Casino in Sydney when online pro, Jonathan Karamalikis won the title and a huge AUD$459,510.

The Season 4 Grand Final was notable for its abundance of big-name pros, with PokerStars-sponsored legend, Daniel Negreanu, reaching the final table that year. It wasn't to be for Kid Poker, but Negreanu still cashed in 9th place for a respectable AUD$36,415 payday.

So, You Want To Qualify For The APPT?

Over the course of the APPT, millions of Aussie dollars have been paid out in gambling joints across the continent and beyond, with established pros and budding amateurs alike sharing the spoils over the Texas Hold'em tables.

So, how can you qualify for one of the legs that typically carry an AUD$3,000 buy-in?

Well, the tour's sponsor, PokerStars.net, carries every online satellite imaginable so you can book your seat in an APPT leg for just a few bucks. In fact, many APPT winners and cashers have booked their seats online, so you won't be alone.

Win An All-Inclusive Package!

Simply open a real-money account at one of our recommended sites offering APPT qualifiers, then find a satellite that suits your wallet. On PokerStars, for instance, qualifiers run from as little as a few dollars, or a handful of Frequent Player Points (FPP) if you have some saved up in your account. Then, head to the 'Events' tab in the PokerStars lobby, find 'APPT' and you'll see a list of all the satellites for each live event.

PokerStars will often give out packages to the satellite grand final winners, including Main Event buy-ins and travel costs, and with many players in Asia and Australia trying to qualify online, you could make the value really pay.