Great Poker Tournament in Asia

By: Jim Nguyen

The poker wave has rolled in over Europe and right now it's covering Asia in a sea of poker frenzy. If you're hungry for live poker, a number of really exciting poker tournaments are held regularly all over Asia.

If the main events of these competitions are a bit steep for your household budget, with buy-ins in the $10,000, note that these poker tournament series contain plenty of less expensive side events as well, with buy-ins starting at from $250 or so.

There are also plenty of satellites through which you can get into a big event for a small amount of money. The casinos that host the big tournaments usually arrange a number of land-based satellites in the days or weeks preceding the bigger event. You'll also find lots and lots of online satellites on the poker sites.

If you're really lucky, you can win a seat in a big tournament plus travel, lodging and expenses. In this way, your Texas Holdem poker tournament adventure could turn into a fantastic trip and be completely free of charge.

Asian Pacific Poker Tour
The Asian Pacific Poker Tour is a series of poker tournament festivals that travel around the eastern parts of Asia and sets down its foot in a number of awfully nice places. APPT visits the following arenas:

  • Macau
  • Seoul
  • Auckland
  • Manila
  • Sydney

Each festival contains a large number of tournaments, mostly in limit holdem and no limit holdem and with buy-ins ranging from around $100 and upward. Live satellites to the biggest events are available too. APPT is arranged by Poker Stars, one of the biggest poker sites in the world. Their huge experience and knowledge about poker assures a very pleasing arrangement.

Visit the APPT and you'll get the chance to test your poker skills against the world's best poker players.

Aussie Millions
The Aussie Millions poker tournaments take place each year in January, at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. In 2009, the poker festival in Melbourne contains 18 tournaments.

This poker festival is regarded by many as the best poker series in the world, beside the WSOP. It takes place during the Aussie summer, when the weather is really pleasurable.

The Australian Open Tennis Championships run at the same time, giving visitors even more reasons to visit the land .down under. at this period. In the week preceding the actual festival, a number of pre-championship events and satellites are played, with buy-ins starting at $250.

Then follow three weeks of intense poker competition, with a number of events in various poker variations and buy-ins between $1000 and $5300.  Aussie Millions is crowned by the Main Event with a buy-in of $10,000. In 2009, the main Event features a guaranteed first prize of AUD$2 Million. The Main Event is televised by Fox Sports Net and broadcast internationally.

In addition to the Main Event, there are a couple of really high stakes happenings to look forward to. There's's the $100,000 No Limit Holdem Challenge, and there's the largest cash game in the world, with buy-in at AUD$1 Million.

Even if you won't be playing those huge events yourself, you can always watch the action from the rails and enjoy the heightened tension. There are numbers of other Asian tournaments as well. They come and go. We can't go through all of them here, but the offer keeps growing.

Keep your eyes open and you'll certainly be able to find an Asian poker tournament fitting your schedule and bankroll!

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