February 18th, London: The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) is delighted to announce details of the fourth season of its critically acclaimed tour for developing poker players.
Seasonal highlights include:-
New Tour Sponsor: Betfair.com will become the headline sponsor of APAT in Season 4; in a partnership that will bring a tremendous amount of additional value and opportunity for APAT members. Betfair.com will exclusively host all APAT National Championship and National League fixtures online, and satellites for APAT’s live schedule of tournaments.
Added Value: The tour will offer APAT members the chance to win thirty three seats to GUKPT main events and twenty three seats to APAT Professional League tournaments. In addition, each of the season’s seventy five amateur, professional and online tournaments will be run completely registration free for players.
APAT live tournament events will now typically comprise three events.
Amateur Championship: APAT’s core schedule will feature seventeen international amateur ranking events including three stops in continental Europe; in Austria, Estonia and Spain, with the undoubted highlight being the seven event World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) at Dusk Till Dawn in August, which will feature the debut of the sixteen country World Amateur Team Championship, plus Heads Up, Six Max, Stud, Omaha and HORSE Championship events, in addition to the 414 runner World Amateur Poker Championship main event.
Professional League: The PL will feature seven events capped at fifty players utilising a deep Pot Limit Hold’em structure, which will bring skill to the fore. Featuring a registration free buy in of £250, each event will have a GUKPT main event seat added for the winner and be open to APAT amateur and professional members. Played on a Saturday alongside the Amateur Championship event.
Specialist Series: A six event series in mixed poker disciplines, capped at 50 players. Featuring a registration free buy in of £25 with added value seats to APAT Professional League events for the winners of each leg. Played on a Sunday alongside Amateur Championship event.
Online Championship: Ten Championship events with a $50 buy in, each with added GUKPT seats for the winners, plus ten Omaha side events with a $20 buy in; each with added value seats to the APAT Professional League.
National Online League: Three divisions featuring thirty poker clubs from cities across the United Kingdom and Ireland offering fantastic prizes including seats to GUKPT, APAT Professional and APAT Amateur Championship events for winning teams.
Sponsorship Packages: The winner of the Professional League will win a £20,000 APAT sponsorship package for 2011. In addition, the winners of the Online and National Amateur Rankings will join the 17 Amateur Champions from season four and the player with the most points finishes across Amateur and Online events, to compete in the APAT Champions Final, to play for a second APAT £20,000 sponsorship package in 2011. This event will be held in February 2011 and venue details will be announced closer to that time.
Increased Profile: A number of APAT Amateur and Professional Championship events will be streamed live through APAT tv during season 4 while reports from APAT live and online events will appear in APAT Magazine, which will be launched this month and distributed to over 20,000 APAT members online.