Season 12 Announcement


We are delighted to release details of APAT Season 12 with stops in APAT UK & Ireland, APAT Benelux and APAT Central Europe confirmed, alongside a visit to Malta.

Season highlights include:-

Media:   APAT is again pleased to partner with Bluff Europe, Europe’s largest poker magazine, which will feature regular content on APAT’s live tour throughout Season 12, and APAT will provide a comprehensive live update/blog through the APAT forum and the integration of social media.

Headline Partner:   APAT is pleased to announce the continuation of their relationship with the UK’s largest casino chain, Grosvenor Casinos, as its UK & Ireland Season 12 headline sponsor.  The partnership will again see each APAT main event Champion win an added value seat to a GUKPT main event worth £560, and cements the continued commitment from both, to the development of players at every level.

Central Europe:  Following on from the hugely popular APAT Benelux as a permanent seasonal feature, APAT expands further with the creation of APAT Central Europe from Season 12, which includes 3 National Amateur Poker Championship events.

Malta:  APAT will pay a first-ever visit to Malta, the largest of 3 islands that form the Maltese archipelago that lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, with superb sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history.  The Maltese Amateur Poker Championship forms part of The Malta Poker Festival which runs from November 1st to 6th, and the MPF Main Event carries a €500,000 Guarantee and in addition to APAT, is supported by numerous events throughout, including The Hendon Mob Championship.

UKICOAP:  The inaugural UK & Ireland Championship of Amateur Poker will host the ‘UK & Ireland County Championship’, seeing teams from all counties compete to be crowned Champions.  One team will be selected for each County based on all members having been born in the County, or currently living there.

APAT Event Structure:  APAT remain committed to player value for money and the player experience taken from every event, and consequently all main events will see the historical 15,000 starting stack increased to 20,000 (post-Coventry), and minor adjustments made to the event structure to enhance and streamline play, including a trial at selected events during Season 12 with the introduction of a Button Ante, and/or the use of a Shot Clock.

APAT Season 12 Schedule:

Luxembourg Amateur Poker ChampionshipNamur, BEL18th May 201821st May 2018
European Championship of Amateur PokerCoventry, GBR1st August 20185th August 2018
Belgian Amateur Poker ChampionshipSpa, BEL7th September 20189th September 2018
Welsh Amateur Poker ChampionshipCardiff, GBR14th September 201816th September 2018
German Amateur Poker ChampionshipAs, CZE5th October 20187th October 2018
English Amateur Poker ChampionshipStockton/Newcastle, GBR19th October 201821st October 2018
Irish Amateur Poker ChampionshipDublin, IRL28th October 201829th October 2018
Maltese Amateur Poker ChampionshipSt Julians, MLT5th November 20186th November 2018
Dutch Amateur Poker ChampionshipNamur, BEL8th November 201811th November 2018
Czech Amateur Poker ChampionshipAs, CZE30th November 20182nd December 2018
UK & Ire Championship of Amateur PokerManchester, GBR14th December 201816th December 2018
UK Team Poker ChampionshipBlackpool, GBR25th January 201927th January 2019
Austrian Amateur Poker ChampionshipVienna, AUT7th February 201910th February 2019
Benelux Championship of Amateur PokerSpa, BELtbc 2019tbc 2019
Scottish Amateur Poker ChampionshipEdinburgh, GBR16th March 201917th March 2019
World Championship of Amateur PokerVienna, AUT19th April 201928th April 2019

Season 12 will host a Player Of The Year (POTY) Ranking Leaderboard, with points awarded from all APAT live and online Main Events and Side Events.  The WCOAP will also host a WCOAP Player Of The Series (POTS) Ranking Leaderboard, with points awarded from all WCOAP live and online events.  Both the POTY and POTS Leaderboards will conclude with the WCOAP Online events.

Teams will again compete for a team and an individual prize pool in the UK Team Championship, which will run as an MTT with points awarded for individual finishing positions, and team member points combined to identify and crown the UK Team Champions.  Entry is £75+£7 per player with the prize pool split between the top teams and the highest finishing individuals.

The UK & Ireland Championship of Amateur Poker (UKICOAP) will host the UK & Ireland County Championshipwhere teams will represent each County by playing in a series of STTs with points awarded and combined to qualify for the Final Table, and teams will be able to ‘tag’ team members between hands and will play to a conclusion to identify the UK & Ireland Champions.  With only 1 team per County, a Team Captain will be selected by APAT for each team, and then Team Captains will select the other team members.   As we can’t have anyone just say ‘I want to represent Devon etc’, then APAT will publish a definitive list of Counties and ALL team members must either have been born in the County, or currently live there.

As APAT team events are hugely popular, with each year more teams wishing to partake than we have places for, then teams wishing to play will need to apply in advance, with the full team buy-in paid in advance via a Grosvenor Poker Online Holding Tank – EVERY individual player needs to pay the buy-in via this method by the set deadline.  Details on the application and payment process for both the UK Team Championship and the UK & Ireland County Championship will be released in due course.

The English Amateur Poker Championship will see Day 1a played in Grosvenor Stockton on Friday, with Grosvenor Newcastle hosting Day 1b on Saturday and Day 2 on Sunday.

The Welsh Amateur Poker Championship will again have a Day 1a on Friday, and a Day 1b on Saturday.