The Terms & Conditions of the Online National League are as follows:
Schedule & Registration
1 - The league will be run over 10 matchdays, with the first matchday commencing on September 30th and the last matchday is on December 16th. All matches will start at 7pm; with a 1 hour late registration, and the full schedule is as follows:
Matchday 1 - September 30
Matchday 2 - October 07
Matchday 3 - October 21
Matchday 4 - October 28
Matchday 5 - November 04
Matchday 6 - November 11
Matchday 7 - November 18
Matchday 8 - November 25
Matchday 9 - December 09
Matchday 10 - December 16
2 - Players can register for the region of their birth or the region within which they currently reside. Once a player has registered for a region, they will not be eligible to register for another region during the season.
3 - There is no limit to how many players can represent each region in a match. However, players will be required to register for a region prior to the start of a match. Non registered players will be disqualified from scoring points in a match.
4 - Individual points will be allocated to the top eighteen finishing players at each match. The individual points will be allocated as follows :-
1st = 25pts
2nd = 22pts
3rd = 20pts
4th = 18pts
5th = 16pts
6th = 14pts
7th = 12pts
8th = 11pts
9th = 10pts
10th-12th = 9pts
13th-15th = 6pts
16th-18th = 3pts
5 - A maximum of three players per region can score team points in any one match which will count towards the award of region matchday points. Should four players from the same region reach points scoring positions, the lowest of those points scorers will not count towards the team points alloocated to that region for matchpoints scoring purposes. The fourth placed player will however still receive their individual points, which will count in the individual leaderboard.
6 - Team points will be totalled for every match and the region finishing with the most team points will receive 5 match points. The region finishing with the second most team points will receive 4 match points. The region finishing with the third most team points will receive 3 match points. The region finishing with the fourth most team points will receive 2 match points. The region finishing with the fifth most team points will receive 1 match point. No other clubs will score match points.
7 - Where regions finish with an equal number of team points, match point allocation will be sorted in the following order: a) The region who has the most player points scorers will be deemed to finish ahead. Should this not separate the regions, b) The region who has the highest single player points scorer will be deemed to finish ahead.
Prizes - Leading Regions
8 - From the winning region; the top three players at the end of the season in descending order of individual points will qualify each for a seat at a GPS event (£430 value with no expenses). Where players finish with an equal number of individual points, final team selection will be sorted in the following order: a) The player who has scored individual points in the greater number of matches will be deemed to finish ahead. Should this not separate the players, b) The player who has scored the highest single number of individual points will be deemed to finish ahead. Should this still not separate the players, c) A playoff will be organised between the appropriate players at APAT.com.
9 - As above, the top three players from the runner up region will qualify each for a WCOAP Passport (£220 value).
10 - As above, the top three players from the third place finishing region will qualify each for a WCOAP Main Event Seat (£110 value).
11 - Any player winning a seat at a live or online event through clauses 8, 9 & 10, shall agree to allocate 30% of any prize payout ("the team share") above £1,000 in that event, to qualifying team players (excluding themselves) from their region.
12 - To become a qualifying team player, players must have scored a minimum of 1 individual point during the season.
13 - The team share shall be allocated in ratio to the number of individual points that each qualifying team player has earned over the season. Ratios should be calculated excluding the individual points earned by the player that won the seat.
Prizes - Leading Players
14 - The player who scores the most individual points over the season will be declared the APAT.com National Online League Individual Winner and will qualify for a seat at a GPS event (£430 value with no expenses). Where players finish with an equal number of individual points, the winner will be sorted in the following order: a) The player who has scored individual points in the greater number of matches will be deemed to finish ahead. Should this not separate the players, b) The player who has scored the highest single number of individual points will be deemed to finish ahead. Should this still not separate the players, c) A playoff will be organised between the appropriate players at APAT.com.
15 - As above, positions 2-7 in the individual rankings will qualify for additional prizes as set out in point 16.
16 - 2nd Place = WCOAP Passport (£220 value), 3rd Place = WCOAP Main Event Seat (£110 value), 4th Place = APAT National Seat (£82.50 value), 5th Place = APAT Online Tourney Credit (€50 value), 6th Place = APAT Merchandise Voucher (£40 value), 7th Place = APAT Merchandise Voucher (£20 value)
17 - For the avoidance of doubt, any player winning a seat at a live or online event through clauses 14, 15 & 16, shall NOT be required to allocate a % of their winnings to their team.
Prizes - Additional Awards
18 - Players will win prize money at each match as per the standard APAT.com prize payout scheme.
19 - In addition, the top 18 finishing individual players at the end of the season will be awarded APAT Ranking Points, with 18 points going to the first placed individual and 1 point going to the eighteenth placed finisher.
20 - The highest individual finishing English, Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and Irish players will be assured of a squad place with their National Team at the fifth annual World Championship Of Amateur Poker. National Team captains will have responsibility for selecting which of their players play each phase of the World Amateur Team Championship. Earning a squad place does not guarantee a place on the International Team.
21 - The top three teams will be invited to register a team for the APAT UK Team Championship. Invites are at the discretion of APAT.
22 - Collusion or Chipdumping between players from the same club (or an opponent) is not allowed and will result in the disqualification of both players and any individual points they may score. Collusion or Chipdumping may be picked up by the APAT.com compliance / fraud team and lead to the closing of player accounts and possible confiscation of player funds.
General Terms & Conditions
23 - National Online League entry will be subject to APAT Terms & Conditions, in addition to the specific National League Terms & Conditions.
24 - The promoter of the National Online League, APAT reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or suspend the National Online League if, in the judgment of APAT, the National Online League is not capable of being conducted as specified. Further, APAT reserves the right to award a live event prize of similar prestige (value may be lower or higher) as the main prize in place of the main prize, at its sole discretion. The value of the main prize shall be determined on the basis of its actual value and not any potential value or prize receivable as a consequence of the main prize.