Gareth Johns Wins APAT Welsh Amateur Poker Championship
Over the weekend was the first leg of the 4th season of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) at the Aspers Casino in Swansea. 102 runners contested the main event, with a further 20 runners playing in the £250 Pot Limit Hold’em Professional League and 70 playing the £25 PLO side event. Courtesy of Betfair the winners of the professional and amateur events also won a GUKPT package and valuable points in a race for a sponsorship package, worth £20,000 for each league.
Stephen Boyd won the pro league for £2,250 plus a GUKPT seat. There has been some detraction in the poker community that the pro league would be a Pot Limit Hold’em series, rather than No Limit, but with just 20 runners, a GUKPT seat and a shot at a £20,000 sponsorship package, this has to be one of the best value leagues around.
The main event was won by long time chip leader Gareth Johns of Cardiff, who not only won £2,300 but also a seat in a GUKPT event. The next event has already sold out, the UK Championships at the Vic in London between April 17th-18th. You can play in all the regional and online events on Betfair as well as registering for future APAT events.
Betfair Ibiza Tournament
How did nobody think of this before? Betfair Poker are hosting a live poker event on the hedonist island of Ibiza. The $850 tournament will be held at Casino Ibiza from June 4 to 6 and you can win $1,700 packages on the site. 26 are available and you will also win free entry into club Pacha as well as being invited to a closing party at Ushuaia Beach Club.
Big Names Confirmed for Irish Open
PaddyPower have confirmed some big names ahead of next weeks Irish Open. World Champions Jamie Gold, Dan Harrington and Noel Furlong has all confirmed for the event, as well as Kara Scott, Neil Channing, Andy Black, the Devilfish and Padraig Parkinson. Also expected to make the event are sports stars Tony Cascarino and Ken Doherty.
GUKPT Satellite on Blue Square Tonight
You can book your place in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour event of your choice tonight at BlueSquare Poker tomorrow. At 20:30 GMT on Wednesday there is a £75+£7 rebuy for a £1,450 package to the GUKPT event of your choice and includes money for travel expenses. Sub feeders are running round the clock for this one.
Failing that you can play on a £55 rebuy on Friday or a £162 freezeout on Sunday, both at 20:30GMT.