The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) recently published the schedule for the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) 2014, a major live poker event that comprises 21 live poker tournaments. This poker festival will be hosted at PokerStars Live Macau over 17 days, from October 24 to November 9.
The schedule includes 14 ACOP Title Events with buy-ins that range from HK$2,500 to HK$500,000. The winners of these events will not only win cash prizes, but also a Spadie trophy. The highlight of ACOP 2014, however, will be the Main Event, which carries a buy-in of HK$100,000 and promises a guaranteed prize pool of HK$15 million. The Main Event winner will not only win a breathtakingly large first-place prize, but also a Gold Spadie.
ACOP 2013 attracted a field of 2,235 players and distributed a prize pool of around HK$49 million. Since ACOP 2014 is the third edition of the event, it is expected to draw larger player fields and generate a bigger prize pool. Danny McDonagh, the president of the APPT said: “There’s a new level of excitement for poker in Macau this year and we’re anticipating a big turnout for the ACOP. We’ll have further announcements as we approach the event date but the fact we’ve received player confirmations this far in advance just illustrates the excitement for the ACOP in Year 3.”
Professional poker players Bertrand Grospellier, Raymond Wu, Randy Lew, Naoya Kihara, Bryan Huang, and Celina Lin, all Team PokerStars Pro members, will take part in the festival. PokerStars is running a wide range of qualifier satellites to the event, giving players from all over the world the opportunity to win seats for free from the comforts of home.
ACOP 2014 will begin with events such as the HK$11,000 Deepstack Championship and the HK$2,500 Re-buy Championship, which guarantee prize pools of HK$1,000,000 and HK$500,000, respectively. This year, the schedule includes a new event called the 2m GTD Spadie tournament, which guaranteed a prize pool of HK$2 million in exchange for a buy-in of $8,800. PokerStars is currently running satellites to this event.
The poker festival also has two exciting high-stakes tournaments. The Super High Roller, with a buy-in of HK$500,000, will be played on November 1, and the HK$250k High Roller Freezeout Tournament will be held on November 8.
For information regarding the complete schedule, dates, starting time of various tournaments, buy-in, and guaranteed prizes, players should visit the official ACOP website.