The WSOP Super Circuit Online Series was recently held on Natural8, followed closely by High Rollers Week. And now the next major online festival is here!
From 11th - 27th June, Natural8 will be back to host the second online edition of the Asia Poker League Series.
This APL Online Series will feature CN¥80,000,000 in guarantees, which equals more than $12.5 million. Even though this festival is geared towards the Asia Pacific region, the tournaments will be open to all players.
Let’s take a brief look at the history of APL and highlight some interesting facts about this upcoming online festival.
Founded by Korean games promoter Judic Kim, the Asia Poker League came to life in 2016. The first live edition took place at the Beijing Poker Club (BPC), with the Main Event attracting a field of 465 entries. In April 2017, their attendance grew to 911. For their second live festival in November 2017, they headed to Shanghai.
While predominantly focused on the central Asian region, the APL has also headed to the Star Casino in Australia on three occasions. Further stops have also been hosted in Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
Earlier this year, Natural8 played host to the APL festival for the very first time in the virtual arena. And due to the positive response, it is now back just four months later!
15 of the 20 trophy events are named after an Asian host city in either Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Macau, or China. Some of the tournaments to feature multiple starting days include Event #12 Summer Championship and the Main Event.
The festival features a range of buy-ins, with the lowest starting from approximately $7. The most expensive tournament is Event #19 Super Stars Challenge with a buy-in of CN¥8,000 (~$1,250) and a guaranteed prize pool of CN¥1,500,000 (~ $234,635).
All eyes will be set on the CN¥1,888 (~ $295) Main Event which will conclude the festival in style. Players can jump into multiple flights to earn a big stack for the final day on June 27th. At least CN¥10,000,000 (~ $1.564 million) in prize money will be awarded.
The APL Online Series festival will be one to look out for, and the first trophy event will play down to a winner on June 11th. Plenty of satellites will be available, giving poker enthusiasts with smaller bankrolls a shot at winning one of the exquisite APL jade trophies.