With the recent PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the 2014 Aussie Millions and the behemoth that is the European Poker Tour Deauville festival hogging the headlines so far in 2014, it is easy to forget that not all first class live poker tournaments cost and arm and a leg to buy into.
Poker players in the United Kingdom are spoiled for choice when it comes to low buy-in tournaments with great structures, but nobody ticks all of the boxes like the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) do.
One of APAT’s most popular festivals is its World Championship Of Amateur Poker, which is now in its sixth season. Known by the APAT members by the acronym WCOAP or “The Worlds,” the week-long festival gives APAT members the chance to compete in a variety of events much akin to the World Series of Poker.
The sixth annual WCOAP takes place between April 15 and April 21 at the UK’s original Super Casino at Aspers Stratford Casino and promises to be the biggest and best WCOAP that APAT has ever run. Featuring 16 bracelet events across multiple poker disciplines and with affordable buy-ins that do not ever compromise on the tournament’s structure, the 2014 WCOAP should be a spectacular live poker festival.
Des Duffy, Managing Director of APAT, is proud of the WCOAP and had this to say about the upcoming events: “APAT created the World Championship of Amateur Poker in 2008 to offer a true WSOP style experience to recreational players in the UK who, for whatever reason, couldn't get to Vegas to experience the real thing.
“We've continued to develop it over the past six years and now I don't believe there is a series quite like it in the UK, and certainly not at the affordable prices that APAT are making this available at. In addition players come from all over Europe to play now, which is just crazy for a low buy in series.
“There are 16 bracelet events in multiple formats - Stud, Omaha, Omaha 8, Horse, Razz, Mixed, Heads Up, Six Max, High Roller, Shootout, Antes Only, Cash, Team and a 3 day Main - it's all there! Great structures too, at buy ins between £55 and £220.”
Kicking off the 2014 WCOSP is a £55 buy-in No Limit Hold;em Championship that is almost certain to sell-out – in fact I would expect the combination of superb tournaments and the busy Aspers casino to result in plenty of sell outs to be honest.
Other highlights include a £220 High Roller, the £55 H.O.R.S.E championship, a Six-Max championship and the eagerly anticipated World Amateur Championship, which costs £110 to enter.
2014 APAT World Championships Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) Schedule
|Tue 15 Apr||2pm||WCOAP #1 No Limit Hold’em Championship||£55|
|Tue 15 Apr||6pm||WCOAP # 2 Stud Championship||£55|
|Wed 16 Apr||12pm||WCOAP #3 High Roller Championship||£220|
|Wed 16 Apr||6pm||WCOAP #4 Mixed Game Championship||£55|
|Thu 17 Apr||12pm||WCOAP #5 Antes Only Championship||£55|
|Thu 17 Apr||2pm||WCOAP #6 World Amateur Team Championship Day 1|
|Thu 17 Apr||7pm||WCOAP #7 H.O.R.S.E Championship||£55|
|Fri 18 Apr||12pm||WCOAP #8 Shootout Championship||£55|
|Fri 18 Apr||1pm||WCOAP #6 World Amateur Team Championship Day 2|
|Fri 18 Apr||4pm||WCOAP #9 Six Max Championship||£55|
|Fri 18 Apr||8pm||WCOAP #10 Razz Championship||£55|
|Sat 19 Apr||12pm||WCOAP #11 World Amateur Championship Day 1a||£110|
|Sat 19 Apr||2pm||WCOAP #12 PL Omaha O8 Championship||£55|
|Sat 19 Apr||7pm||WCOAP #13 Cash Championship||£65|
|Sun 20 Apr||12pm||WCOAP #11 World Amateur Championship Day 1b||£110|
|Sun 20 Apr||2pm||WCOAP #14 Pot Limit Omaha Championship||£55|
|Sun 20 Apr||8pm||WCOAP #15 Season Seven Championship||Champions qualify|
|Mon 21 Apr||12pm||WCOAP #11 World Amateur Championship Day 2|
|Mon 21 Apr||2pm||WCOAP #16 Heads Up Championship||£55|
Players wishing to buy into these limited-space events can do so via Coral Poker or by reserving their seats via this website for a small non-returnable fee.