Earlier this week, PokerStars LIVE Macau released the official schedule for the 2nd Annual Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP), the flagship poker series for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). The series will take place in Macau from Oct. 18 through Nov. 3, 2013, with HK$27 million (US$3.5 million) in guaranteed prize money across 18 tournaments.
The ACOP includes 12 championship events, known as ACOP Title Events, and will be headlined by the HK$100,000 (US$13,000) buy-in Main Event, which has doubled its previous guaranteed prize pool. The HK$20 million (US$2.6 million) guarantee attached to this year's Main Event is the biggest in all of Asia.
The opening weekend of the ACOP will kick off with the HK$2,500 Rebuy Championship (HK$500,000 guaranteed) and the HK$11,000 Deepstack Championship (HK$1 million guaranteed). Here's a look at the full schedule of championship events:
|Date||Time||Event (All Figures in HKD)|
|Fri, Oct. 18||7 p.m.||$2,500 Rebuy Championship (500K GTD)|
|Sat, Oct. 19||6 p.m.||$11,000 Deepstack Championship (1M GTD)|
|Mon, Oct. 21||6 p.m.||$11,000 6-Max Championship|
|Wed, Oct. 23||6 p.m.||25,000 ACOP Warm-up Day 1A (5M GTD)|
|Thu, Oct. 24||6 p.m.||25,000 ACOP Warm-up Day 1B (5M GTD)|
|Fri, Oct. 25||6 p.m.||$8,800 Ladies Asia Championship|
|Fri, Oct. 25||6 p.m.||$15,000 PLO Championship|
|Sat, Oct. 26||6 p.m.||$11,000 KO Big Bounty|
|Mon, Oct. 28||3 p.m.||$100,000 ACOP Main Event Day 1A (20M GTD)|
|Tues, Oct. 29||3 p.m.||$100,000 ACOP Main Event Day 1B (20M GTD)|
|Thu, Oct. 31||7 p.m.||$11,000 Turbo Championship|
|Fri, Nov. 1||7 p.m.||$15,000 NLH (1M GTD)|
|Sat, Nov. 2||6 p.m.||250K High Roller (1 rebuy)|
|Sat, Nov. 2||7 p.m.||8,800 NLH|
Last year's ACOP set APPT records with a total of 2,757 players and more than HK$46.2 million (US$5.9 million) in prize money. Tournament organizers are expecting bigger things in the series' second year.
"Last year's ACOP was a great success but it was still just Year 1," said APPT President Danny McDonagh. "The awareness is so much greater this year and we expect the 2013 ACOP to break the previous APPT records."
Macau is a destination popular with British players, many of who have had plenty of success at the Hong Kong felt. The likes of Tom McDonald, Sam Trickett and Martins Adeniya have all features in the big cash games out there, while Tom Alner won the recent Red Dragon Main Event and Sam Razavi seems to destroy ever tournament he enters in Asia so expect to see him battling it out during the ACOP.
The PokerNews Live Reporting will be providing coverage of all events on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, so be sure to keep your browsers locked to UK & Ireland PokerNews when the 2013 ACOP kicks off in October.