Upcoming events in Asia: APT Philippines, VSOP Championship IV; WPT Prime Hanoi; India Poker Championships

Live events continue to light up the Asian poker scene. Here are events right at your doorstep.  

Asian Poker Tour Philippines – April 27 to May 8

No breaks for the Asian Poker Tour! Just ten days after completing an inaugural series in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, the brand is set to stage APT Philippines at their main hub in Resorts World Manila. This is one of the APT’s most popular stops with 11 years of games held on location. 

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The festival runs a course of twelve days from April 27 to May 8 featuring a massive Php 25 Million (~US$ 478,175) in guaranteed prize pools. The highly revered APT Main Event will be the tournament to conquer, and for this series, it is backed by an ambitious Php 15 Million (~US$ 286,900) guarantee. The amount is a third larger than the previous installment. In total, 23 events fill the schedule with buy-ins from Php 5,500 (~US$ 105) to the highest of Php 107,500 (~US$ 2,056). International players planning to fly in for this event, the country is open to fully vaccinated individuals and an RT-PCT test negative result is required taken within 48 hours of arrival.

Guaranteed Events

Mystery Bounty 
Dates: April 27 to 28
Buy in: Php 16,500 (~US$ 315)|
Guarantee: Php 2,000,000 (~US$ 38,250)
*Two entry flights on April 27

Main Event
Dates: April 29 to May 3
Buy in: Php 55,000 (~US$ 1,052)
Guarantee: Php 15,000,000 (~US$ 286,900)
*Two starting days with late registration open for one final hour in Day 2

Championships Event
Dates: May 4 to May 8
Buy in: Php 82,500 (~US$ 1,578)
Guarantee: Php 8,000,000 (~US$ 153,000)
*Two starting days with late registration open for one final hour in Day 2

In addition to these lucrative events, the schedule offers a variety of No Limit Holdém formats which include Single Day events, Bounties, Turbos, Hyper Turbos, and the highly popular Monster Stack. For players with deeper pockets, six High Roller events are lined up – three Single Day events and three 2-Day events. Pot Limit Omaha enthusiasts haven’t been forgotten with two scheduled and one Short Deck event.  

Full schedule: APT Philippines 2022

Viet Nam Series of Poker Championship IV – May 2 to 8

The Viet Nam Series of Poker Hanoi gears up for another thrilling homegrown festival and it promises to be bigger than ever. Running from May 2 to 8 is the VSOP Championship IV featuring VN₫ 6 Billion (~US$ 261,238) in guaranteed prize pools. This is the largest figure ever offered by the brand. The bulk of VN₫ 2.5 Billion (~US$ 108,850) is reserved for the Main Event which runs from May 6 to 8.

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At the previous edition, the main paid out over VN₫ 4.5 Billion, a figure the brand intends to surpass. Other games to look forward to are the Asia Poker League sponsored events featuring combined guarantees of VN₫ 800,000,000 (~US$ 39,185). In total, 14 events fill the roster with buy ins from VN₫ 1.2 Million (~US$ 52) to VN₫ 33 Million (~US$ 1,436). International players planning to fly in for this event, the country is open to fully vaccinated individuals and an RT-PCT test negative result is required taken within 72 hours of arrival. Other requirements may be necessary depending on country of origin so make sure to check.

Guaranteed Events

Kick-Off Event
Dates: May 2 to 4
Buy in: VN₫ 5,500,000 (~US$ 240)
Guarantee: VN₫ 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 43,500)
*Three starting flights to enter

Main Event
Dates: May 6 to 8
Buy in: VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 480)
Guarantee: VN₫ 2,500,000,000 (~US$ 108,850)
*Two starting days to enter

Super Stars Challenge
Date: May 6
Buy in: VN₫ 33,000,000 (~US$ 1,436)
Guarantee: VN₫ 500,000,000 (~US$ 21,770)
*This event tends to attract the creme de la creme of the Vietnam poker scene. It attracts a tight field and big returns. 

Super Bounty Hunter – VN₫ 200 Million guarantee – VN₫ 3.4 Million buy in
High Roller – VN₫ 400 Million guarantee – VN₫ 22 Million buy in
Rising Stars – VN₫ 500 Million guarantee – VN₫ 8.8 Million buy in

Full schedule: VSOP Championship IV 

Asia Poker League sponsored events

APL Hanoi Dragon Cup – VN₫ 500 Million guarantee – VN₫ 6.6 Million buy in
APL Bounty Special – VN₫ 300 Million guarantee – VN₫ 4.5 Million buy in

World Poker Tour Prime Vietnam – May 19 to 30

On May 19 to 30, globally renowned brand World Poker Tour will launch its much awaited new tour, WPT Prime in Hanoi, Vietnam. This will be the world’s first look at the series. Twelve days of festivities are lined up at the Crown Poker Club, located in the heart of the capital city.

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The schedule features 24 varied tournaments with buy ins from VN₫ 3,300,000 (~US$ 143) to the heights of VN₫ 210,000,000 (~US$ ). A w9,140hopping VN₫ 15 Billion (~US$ 652,900) is guaranteed across numerous events, highlighted by the VN₫ 8 Billion (~US$ 348,227) guaranteed Main Event. International players planning to fly in for this event, the country is open to fully vaccinated individuals and an RT-PCT test negative result is required taken within 72 hours of arrival. Other requirements may be necessary depending on country of origin so make sure to check. 

Guaranteed Events

WPT Opener
Dates: May 19 to 22
Buy in:  VN₫ 8,800,000 (~US$ 383)
Guarantee:  VN₫ 2,500,000,000 (~US$ 108,820)
*Three starting days to enter; play to ITM

Mystery Bounty
Dates: May 23 to 24
Buy in:  VN₫ 11,000,000 (~US$ 480)
Guarantee:  VN₫ 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 43,500)
*Two flights on Day 1 to enter

Main Event
Dates: May 26 to 30
Buy in:  VN₫ 25,000,000 (~US$ 1,090)
Guarantee:  VN₫ 8,000,000,000 (~US$ 348,227)
*Three starting days to enter; play to ITM

High Roller Events

Super Star Challenge Invitational – May 21 –  VN₫ 210,000,000 (~US$ 9,140) buy in
Single Day High Roller – May 22 –  VN₫ 55,000,000 (~US$ 2,395) buy in
Super High Roller – May 26 to 27 –  VN₫ 107,000,000 (~US$ 4,658) buy in

High Roller 2-Day Event
Dates: May 29 to 30
Guarantee:  VN₫ 2,500,000,000 (~US$ 108,820)
*Final table will be streamed live on all WPT YouTube and WPT Twitch

Full schedule: WPT Prime Vietnam 

In addition to these events are a variety of Texas No Limit Hold’em games that include Deepstack, Turbos, Freezeouts, Bounty, Superstack, Short Deck, 8-Max, Tag Teams event, and Crown Club Superstack Classic. Hyper Turbos are the cheapest of the bunch. There is also one Pot Limit Omaha event taking place on May 25 to 26. 

India Poker Championship Megastacks – May 17 to 22

The India Poker Championship returns to the live arena with six days of games ready to fill everyone’s appetite. The upcoming event is coined IPC Megastacks featuring an ambitious IN₹ 3.5 Crores (~US$ 456,373) in guaranteed prize pools.

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Unlike most live events in India, this event takes place on terra at Casino Vegas within the premises of Hotel Mechi Crown in Dhulabari, Nepal. The crowning jewel of the series is the Main Event and its IN₹ 2 Crores (~US$ 260,785) guaranteed. For international travelers planning to attend, borders are open. All you need is proof of full vaccination. 

Guaranteed Events

₹25K Kick-Off
Dates: May 18 to 19
Buy in IN₹ 25,000 (~US$ 326)
Guarantee: IN₹ 50 Lakhs (~US$ 65,200)

₹100K High Roller
Dates: May 19 to 20
Buy in: IN₹ 100,000 (~US$ 1,304)
Guarantee: IN₹ 1 Crore (~US$ 130,403)

₹60K Main Event
Dates: May 20 to 22
Buy in: IN₹  60,000 (~US$ 782)
Guarantee: IN₹ 2 Crores (~US$ 260,807)
*Two starting days to enter

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Author: Justin Graves