Asian Poker Tour moves online in response to the coronavirus

Posted on: April 23, 2020 08:06 PDT

Almost all regular live poker tournaments are now running in an online format due to COVID-19

The current coronavirus situation cannot be taken lightly, no matter how desperate we all are to go back to the normal routines. At least major poker events can be held online in the meantime. One other live event has officially announced that it will move to online grounds, the popular Asian Poker Tour (APT). It will be the first time in the tournament’s 12-year history that it will be online.

This major poker event comes with 62 different tournaments that will run from April 29 through May 10, offering over $1.5 million guaranteed. Most of the events will be focusing on No-Limit Texas Hold'em, but there will be a few Pot Limit Omaha and Short Deck events mixed into the schedule, as well.

Four major events will be featured in this series, one of which is the 2020 APT $500 Main Event that starts on May 3. Participants will have five flights to choose from in a three-day period to fight for a spot in the final stage. On May 5, the finalists will fight for a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. On May 6, there will be a $400 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, and the next day, there is the $400 Short Deck Championship. The final main event wrapping up the series is the $800 Championship event, which will be offering a $250,000 Guaranteed prize.

The APT has come a long way since it was formed back in 2008, when only two events were offered, and is now a premier poker brand for the Asia-Pacific market. By 2012, the APT was already hosting ten stops in one year. There are six more events scheduled for this year, besides the cancellation of the APT Philippines and the postponement of APT Tokyo, due to the coronavirus pandemic.