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World Championship of Amateur Poker Sells Out!

Carl Pilgrim

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.

DateTimeTournamentPlayer Cap
Thu 28 Mar17:00£100+£10 WCOAP Team Championship80
Thu 28 Mar18:00£50+£5 WCOAP Stud Championship54
Fri 29 Mar14:30£50+£5 WCOAP Six-Max150
Fri 29 Mar18:00£250+£25 WCOAP High Roller45
Sat 30 Mar14:00£100+£10 WCOAP Main Event Day 1a180
Sat 30 Mar14:30£50+£5 WCOAP H.O.R.S.E45
Sat 30 Mar18:00£100 WCOAP Cash Championship16
Sun 31 Mar14:00£100+£10 WCOAP Main Event Day 1b180
Sun 31 Mar14:30£50+£5 WCOAP Omaha108
Sun 31 Mar18:00£50+£5 WCOAP Razz35
Mon 1 Apr14:00WCOAP Main Event Finale 
Mon 1 Apr14:30£50+£5 WCOAP Heads-Up64

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.”

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