The Counties was a hugely popular and successful weekend for its first holding in 2018, and as we are expecting increased interest this year, with numbers limited due to venue capacity, Team Captains therefore need to apply on a first-come-first-paid basis by sending a message through the APAT Website to myself via HERE or via Facebook Messenger HERE, and to make arrangements to pay the full team buyin and confirm player details as required for the event/venue in advance.  ALL team members will need to be a member of Genting Casinos to be able to take part, and membership can be gained in advance via any Genting Casino using photo ID.

Teams will be confirmed as payment and details are received, and on receipt of both along with confirmation of the team name, APAT will create each team a team logo.  Branded team shirts are available at £15 each via APAT, or of course you may source your own.

We’re pleased to confirm that the reigning Champions will return in 2019 to defend their title – Tyne and Wear’s Mackem Pit Yackers, Captained by Gary Roberts 🥇

The Counties (£75 + £15 per team member = £360 total) will see a Team Captain lead their County of choice and select any other 3 team members (from anywhere) and then decide on a team name with the name of the County in the team name – eg Devon Degens – and on informing LPPL of the team name, LPPL will create them a team logo.

Multiple teams are allowed from each County, and they will compete over 2 days Saturday 30th Nov and Sunday 1st December 2019 to be crowned County Champions, with a maximum of 40 teams at Resorts World, Birmingham.

The full APAT weekend schedule of events is as follows:

SCHEDULE

Fri 29th Nov 2019

Christmas is coming 🎄⛄🍻

An APAT get-together / social at the home of the BCPC, The New Talbot Bar and Grill, Black Lake, West Bromwich, B70 0PR.

Food available, and can be eaten at the poker tables – or you can reserve a table in advance by contacting the New Talbot direct.

21:00 ROE NLHE/PLO Tag Team Shootout 2-person teams.  3 tables. Top 3 teams from each table proceed to FT – as it is limited to 30 teams then it is first-come-first-served by contacting Brian Yates direct either via PM on the APAT forum by clicking HERE, or via Facebook HERE

Bar open till 3am.

Free parking is available at the New Talbot, and also in the surrounding streets (the venue is likely to be busy with parking until later in the evening).

The nearest hotel to the New Talbot is the Premier Inn West Bromwich, New Gas St, B70 0NP which is a 10 minute walk from the venue and the cost for Friday night is much cheaper than staying near Resorts World itself.

If you want to stay closer to RW on Saturday night, then the price is much more reasonable than Friday night, starting from the Arden Hotel at £58 for a Double HERE

Day 1 of The Counties will have ALL PLAYERS from every team each compete in an STT, with eliminated/non-playing team members able to tag with any other team member in an STT (whilst the table is not involved in a hand) – if there is any dispute between team members as to whether a ‘tag’ will take place, then the final decision rests with the player already at the table.  A team CANNOT tag until at least 1 of their members has been eliminated from an STT (so before this happens, you CANNOT simply decide to ‘tag/swop tables’).

Points will be scored by team players’ finishing positions in each STT and the top 3 scores for each team in each STT will be combined to identify the top 20 teams at the end of Day 1 on Saturday, with those teams progressing onto Day 2 on Sunday.

Sat 30th Nov 2019

13:00 NLHE Tag STT (timed) 10k stack on 20 min clock (end after L12/17:00 with chip count)

18:00* NLHE Survivor Shootout Tag STT 20k stack on 20 min clock (40 mins level 1) (end after L8/21:00 when HU and points awarded based on chip count)

21:30 NLHE Win The Button Tag STT 10k stack on 20 min clock

Sun 1st Dec 2019

13:00 NLHE Tag STT 10k stack on 20 min clock

15:00 side event tbc

18:00 FINAL TABLE NLHE Tag STT 10k stack on 30 min clock

MORE EVENT INFO

Day 1 of The Counties will have all 4 players from every team each compete in an STT, with team members able to tag with any other team member in an STT whilst the table is not involved in a hand – if there is any dispute between team members as to whether a ‘tag’ will take place, then the final decision rests with the player already at the table.

Points will be scored by team players’ finishing positions in each round of STTs and the top 3 scores for each team from each round will be combined to identify the top 25 teams at the end of Day 1 on Saturday, with those teams progressing onto Day 2 on Sunday.

   STT Points:
   1st    15 pts
   2nd    12 pts
   3rd    10 pts
   4th    8 pts
   5th    6 pts
   6th    4 pts
   7th    3 pts
   8th    2 pts
   9th    1 pt

Day 2 of The Counties – Final Table Qualifying Round will again have all 4 players, from every Day 2 QUALIFYING TEAM, each compete in an STT, with team members able to tag with any other team member in an STT (whilst the table is not involved in a hand) – if there is any dispute between team members as to whether a ‘tag’ will take place, then the final decision rests with the player already at the table.  The WINNERS (only) of each STT will qualify their team for a 10k starting stack on the Final Table.

Day 2 of The Counties – Final Table   Where any team qualifies more than 1 player for the Final Table, then that team will start the Final Table with their team player/representative at the Final Table having a multiple stack (10k for each FT qualified player) – meaning Final Table Qualifying Teams will NOT have multiple PLAYERS on the Final Table, but may start the Final Table with Multiple STARTING STACKS (NB – this means that the Final Table may have LESS than the maximum 10 teams/players possible).

Team members may tag between hands – but on this occasion the TEAM CAPTAIN will have the final say on whether a tag takes place or not (in the absence of the Team Captain then again the player at the table has the final say).

Each team on the Final Table will have 2 ‘time out’ cards which the player sitting (and ONLY the player sitting) may exercise at any time whilst in a hand AND THE ACTION IS ON THEM – they will each be for 1 minute during which the seated player may consult with his other team members.

*   18:00 NLHE Survivor Shootout Tag STT 20k stack on 20 min clock (40 mins level 1) (end after L8/21:00 when HU and points awarded based on chip count) .  Each STT will automatically eliminate the shortest stack player at the table from the end of Level 1 onwards IF the STT has not already lost its ‘quota’ of players – eg, if at least 1 player busts from an STT during Level 1 then at the end of Level 1 THAT STT would not ‘automatically eliminate’ a player.  If 2 or more players have been eliminated before the end of Level 2, then again nobody would ‘automatically be removed’ at the end of Level 2, and so on throughout the levels… so for example, playing 10-handed then at the end of Level 8 the STT will become HU and the STT winner will be the player with the largest stack at this time.  No antes will be in play.  A 15-second shot clock will be used.  Players CANNOT ask for a ‘count’ of another player’s stack – ‘dirty stacks’ are not allowed and chips are to be stacked in same colours/values (to aid players to count stacks themselves) – vigilance throughout the STT is key!  These measures are put in place to ensure nobody ‘time wastes’ with the aim to slow play to get another player eliminated.  With ‘automatic eliminations’ at the end of every level, each STT will complete at 21:00 hours at the latest (or before if players ‘naturally bust’).

The top x (tbc) teams from the Final Table on Sunday will all be ‘in the money’:

Champions & Gold Medal Winners = £x per team / £x per member
Silver Medal Winners = £x per team / £x per member
Bronze Medal Winners = £x per team / £x per member
tbc…

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