APAT Acquires Poker.co.uk Online Poker Room

London, July 11th, 2012  The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) today announced that it has successfully acquired the player database, online poker software and customer support contracts of Poker.co.uk, an online poker room on the International Poker Network.

Des Duffy, Managing Director of APAT stated:  “We’re excited that APAT will add an online poker room to our product range and look forward to delivering a high quality online poker experience for our customers, as we have in the casino environment since 2006.”

The Poker.co.uk online poker room will be rebranded APAT later in the year, but the software is available for immediate download and play via APAT’s website at www.apat.com.

The new online poker room will host satellites and direct entry to APAT’s Live and Online Championship tournaments, the National Online League and the inaugural National Online Cup.  In addition, a complete schedule of tournaments and cash games will run around the clock.

Matt Dale, Founder of Poker.co.uk added:  “With a membership of over 50,000 players and a reputation for being very community focussed, APAT is well positioned to bring something new to the online poker market and I’m delighted to play a part”.

APAT announced that Dale will join the business in the position of Online Poker Director, while ex Head of Online, Leigh Wiltshire, will become Marketing Director at the London based organisation.

About the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT)

APAT launched the United Kingdom’s first national poker tour in 2006.  With a clear focus on developing playing talent, APAT has become the largest organisation of its kind in Europe, hosting National Amateur Championship poker tournaments throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Estonia, Spain and North America at the world famous Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Finalists at APAT National Amateur Championship and Online Championship events have gone on to win millions in prize money in addition to World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour titles.