The amateur poker world is booming right now with low buy-in tournaments around the country rapidly filling up and selling out. Last weekend the Genting Poker Series kicked off its second season with a £440 buy-in tournament at Star City, Birmingham where 590 buyins were processed and now the APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker has completely sold out a little over a week since the festival was announced!!
The Amateur Association & Tour (APAT) events are always extremely popular but the sheer speed at which the World Championship events have sold out must have taken the organisers aback. The 5th World Championship of Amateur Poker is been hosted by the Dusk Till Dawn club in Nottingham and runs over five days between Mar. 28 and Apr. 1 during which time there will be 10 championship events taking place. Along with prize money, players can also win gold, silver or bronze medals for top three finishes.
|Thu 28 Mar||17:00||£100+£10 WCOAP Team Championship||80|
|Thu 28 Mar||18:00||£50+£5 WCOAP Stud Championship||54|
|Fri 29 Mar||14:30||£50+£5 WCOAP Six-Max||150|
|Fri 29 Mar||18:00||£250+£25 WCOAP High Roller||45|
|Sat 30 Mar||14:00||£100+£10 WCOAP Main Event Day 1a||180|
|Sat 30 Mar||14:30||£50+£5 WCOAP H.O.R.S.E||45|
|Sat 30 Mar||18:00||£100 WCOAP Cash Championship||16|
|Sun 31 Mar||14:00||£100+£10 WCOAP Main Event Day 1b||180|
|Sun 31 Mar||14:30||£50+£5 WCOAP Omaha||108|
|Sun 31 Mar||18:00||£50+£5 WCOAP Razz||35|
|Mon 1 Apr||14:00||WCOAP Main Event Finale|
|Mon 1 Apr||14:30||£50+£5 WCOAP Heads-Up||64|
The most intriguing event is the £100 WCOAP Cash Championship that will see a maximum of 16 players sit down with £100 – they are allowed to reload once for £100 too – and play cash games with blinds of £0.50/£1. The player with the most cash on the table after five hours is deemed to be the winner.
The WCOAP Main Event is still the flagship tournament of the championships and is sure to be hotly contested. At the similarly priced European Amateur Poker Championships held in August 2012, 276 players bought in, creating a prize pool of £25,392. Carl Pilgrim (pictured)was awarded £7,714 for his efforts after he outlasted all of these players on his way to victory.
PokerNews believes, at time of writing, there are still a couple of seats remaining in the Stud event and four seats in the High Roller but these could go any second. There are waiting lists, but some of the events have waiting lists 20-30 deep so do not bank on getting a seat reserved just because you are on the waiting list.
Des Duffy of APAT said the sell-out is, “Great news and shows there remains great demand for creatively structured schedules.”