The APAT European Championship of Amateur Poker will take place at Nottingham's Dusk Till Dawn between August 24th and 27th.  The ECOAP will feature Championship events Stud, Omaha and Six-Max in addition to the European Amateur Team Championship and the European Amateur Poker Championship main...

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:...

Glorious weather came to Cork over the weekend, as did an influx of leading amateur poker players from Ireland, the United Kingdom and further afield.  The occasion was the sixth annual Irish Amateur Poker Championship; the stage - Cork’s Macau Sporting Club. Players started the tournament with 15,000 chips and a 45 minute clock, but the excellent structure bared its teeth as early as the sixth minute when the Kings of Don Roberts ran into the Aces of fellow English player Paul Gildea.   Robert’s hand failed to improve and the Londoner was sent to the rail as the tournament’s first casualty.  Robert's wasn't alone and several big hands clashed during the opening levels as the field began to whittle down. A feature of the tournament throughout however was the good humour shown by all competitors and that banter reached a crescendo when stripper Abens Maurice announced that he had to leave his stack to blind for the last hour of play on day one, due to ‘work commitments’ on the south coast.  Needless to say the two ladies at his table were merciless in their teasing, but Abens had the last laugh, making the end of day one chip counts with an average stack of 50k.  In the melee of the final level, Welsh Amateur Championship runner up JP Round lost his opportunity to assume the lead in the National Amateur Rankings when his pocket Sevens were beaten by Ed Roycroft’s rivered Ace. Off the baize, many of the players enjoyed the craic at several of Cork’s colourful bars before returning to the Macau on Sunday, their focus set on securing the prestigious Irish Amateur title.  20 players remained as the chips were un-bagged.  Among them were two Frenchmen Remy Rollon and Benjamin Abbou, English players Ken McBride and James Ellis, Davie Croke – a runner up in the previous year’s Irish Classic, and lady players Rita Galvin and Valerie McGrath.  At the head of the pack was Jason Buckley, holding 132k chips.

Scotland have won the National Online League, following fifteen weeks of high quality and often quite dramatic, online poker action. Leading Wales by two match points going into the final match of the season, the Scots needed to finish second, and they achieved that in fine...

APAT are pleased to announce that Genting will be our headline partner for the 200 runner United Kingdom Amateur Poker Championship and the United Kingdom and Ireland Home Internationals, which will take place at the Genting Casino in Stoke between November 30th and December 2nd. ...

Tomorrow will see the start of Euro 2012; for many, the biggest sporting event of the summer. While it may be true to say that any old team can win the Euro's; as we remember the spirited Danes of '92 and the no nonsense Greeks of...

The weekend of 26-27 May brought many of the UK’s finest amateur poker players to the G Casino in Cardiff for the sold out William Hill Welsh Amateur Poker Championship, the second stop in APAT’s sixth season.  Amongst the competing players were former APAT Player of...

The Easter bank holiday weekend brought 165 of the UK’s finest amateur poker players to the G Casino in Coventry for the William Hill English Amateur Poker Championship, the first stop in APAT’s sixth season. Amongst the 165 competing players was defending Champion Mark Briggs, who fell midway through day 1 and several past National Amateur Champions, including season one legends Daniel Phillips (2006 English Amateur Champion), Lee Mulligan (2007 Welsh Amateur Champion) and Mark Donnelly, who had finished runner up to both Phillips and Mulligan in those events. For their £75.00 + £7.50 buy in, players started the event with 15,000 chips on a generous 45 minute clock. Day one brought 13 levels, at which point the field had been whittled down to 34 players. The aforementioned Phillips had exited play late on day 1, but both Donnelly and Mulligan had fought through an incredibly tough field to top and tail the first day’s chip counts. Also through were past APAT Champions Charles Mason, Tim Magnus, Andy Kingan, Paul McGuiness and Warren Jones, who won a £20,000 sponsorship package as APAT player of the season in 2010. Amongst other developing stories, was the potential first of brothers making the Championship final table, as Midland players Joey and Ant Williams had both made day two.

London, February 15, 2012:  The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) are proud to present the PokerStars.com National Online League. In the first announcement of plans for their sixth season, APAT have outlined a headline partnership with PokerStars.com, that will see teams from thirteen APAT Regions...

APAT held the 888poker European Amateur Championship at the Rendezvous Casino, Brighton over the weekend of 21st-22nd January. This is the final event of APAT's successful fifth season of live events, where for a £75 buy in players receive a 10,000 starting stack and 45 minute clock two day tournament. The early chip leader was Julian Brooker, all-in with set under set on the flop he rivered Quads to knock out Robyn Houlford. Regular APAT players Vikrum Mehta and Ben Burnhill both moved to the head of affairs during the day but the chip leader by the end was James Barber. Barber was helped by raising with Kings, being called by Steve Jay in position. The flop came Jack-Jack-Seven. Barber bet and Jay moved all in. Barber eventually called, and was comfortably ahead of Eight-Seven suited. Kings held and Barber did not relinquish his lead for the rest of the day.

Congratulations to all of the following, who have won 2011 APAT Awards. The full results can be found via this link below. Award 1 – Poker Hall Of Fame - Leigh Wiltshire Award 2 – Professional Player Of The Year - Sam Trickett Award 3 – APAT Player...