02 Mar Record breaking APAT Benelux Championship
APAT changed things up a bit for its Benelux season finale event with the introduction of a Progressive Knockout Main Event, a bold move which proved to be a great hit with players and a huge success as the event became the biggest APAT tournament to be hosted in the beautiful Casino de Spa. Not only that, the tournament also broke the all-time Casino de Spa record for the most entries on a single day!
With 395 total entries, the prize pool smashed the €15,000 guarantee, and as the tournament neared the final stages, the decision to host a Progressive Knockout was starting to show in some of the bounties, which were becoming very big! DAVY ROOS eliminated the most players as the bounty on his head grew to over €1,600, but his bounty killing eventually came to an end in 3rd place for the Bronze Medal. It was regular home game player XAVIER CHARLIER who was to receive the biggest bounty of the weekend as he went on to win the APAT Gold Medal, beating JONAS KERCKAERT into Silver Medal position in the Heads Up. Including bounties, CHARLIER netted almost €6,000 for his win.
Always at the front end of poker event innovation, another APAT event to look out for was the Duo Tag Team Side Event, which had teams of 2 players play the same hand together, each taking turns for the action on every street, but during the hand team members were not allowed to communicate with each other. KOEN and SABRINA SERRIEN came out on top, beating a field of 22 teams and earning both of them their first ever Hendon Mob flag!
In other weekend action GABI RADU won the Hyper Turbo, local player BRUNO ENGLEBERT topped the 78-player field of the Deepstack and KRIS BOONS took the honours in the High Roller.
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APAT’s UK Festival Of Pub Poker
Back home in the UK, APAT’s Live Pub Poker League (LPPL) hosted for the 12th year the UK Pub Poker Championship during their Festival Of Pub Poker, and with 12 events over the weekend the highlights were certainly the National Championship and the Champion of Champions events, the former crowning Viktors Kursitis (Midlands League) as the newest UK Pub Poker Champion (who also went on to Final Table the Champion of Champions), and with Dan Tyler (also from the Midlands League) becoming the latest Champion of Champions.