PokerStars Macau announced that it will launch a new live poker tournament called Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) 2012, which will be held at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex from Oct 26 to Nov 11.
PokerStars Macau Country Manager Fred Leung told the Macau Daily Times that the ACOP 2012 features a $13k Main Event with a prize pool of $1,300,000, which happens to be the largest prize pool in Asia. The ACOP is one of the events in the Asian Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), which is soon slated to become the world’s largest poker tournaments of the world.
Speaking about the new event, Fred Leung said, “It’s definitely an ambitious tournament series for Asia but PokerStars Macau is ready to take that next step in the region. We used last year’s APPT Macau as a measuring stick for a 100K side event where we had 41 players. The Main Event was running at the same time so that number could have been significantly larger. It was a good indication that a 100K Main Event could work if we did it right and all indications are that we’ll shatter the 10M guarantee.”
Commenting on the prize pool, Leung said that the winner will have a life-changing experience. He said that internationally acclaimed poker players such as Johnny Chan, ElkY, and Randy Lew will take part in the event, adding that ACOP will give poker players a chance to play with these poker celebrities.
According to Leung, ACOP has something for everything in two tournament tiers called regular tournaments and ACOP title events. The title events are those with a buy-in higher than HKD8,000 with 2k rebuys and the Ladies Event. Each of these events will have a corresponding version with lower buy-ins in the range of HKD1,000 to HKD4,000, giving players with smaller bankrolls a chance to take part.
Regarding the response attracted by the tournament, he said, “It’s been excellent since we announced it last year and now that it’s only 4 weeks away the buzz has really been building. Even during the last MPCC event, everybody was talking about the ACOP.”
Voicing his opinion of Asia as a poker market, he said that Asian players lack the experience that players in Europe and North America have, but they are learning rapidly. Although the locals were overwhelmed with the skill and expertise of international players in 2008, the gap between the two groups is rapidly reducing, he said.