With all the recent talk of the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP), the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event and upcoming UKIPT and European Poker Tour (EPT) London festivals it is easy to forget that not all competitive poker is played for high stakes. The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) creates a fun, yet hotly contested, tournament setting in each of its stops up and down the United Kingdom.
The latest leg of Season 8 sees the APAT show head to Leeds from October 10 through to October 12, making it perfect for those folks who aren’t fortunate to play poker for a living and have to answer to a boss during their nine-till-five.
October 10 at 8:00 p.m. sees the Grosvenor Westgate Casino on Wellington Bridge Street hosts its usual £30 Double Chance No Limit Hold’em tournament with a £3,000 guaranteed prize pool. While that is sure to be well-attended, it is the three APAT-run events that are getting the APAT community all hot under the collar.
The £75+£7 APAT UK Championship starts at 2:30 p.m prompt on October 11 and allows alternates and late entries until the end of the third 45-minute level. Play is expected to end at around 1:30 a.m so there will be little time to go partying in the Leeds City Centre if you make it through to Day 2 because the second day’s activities kick off at 12:00 p.m.
Also taking place on October 11 is the APAT UK Side Event, a £25+£5 No Limit Hold’em affair that plays to almost the same structure as the APAT UK Main Event with the main exceptions being a 20-minute clock and one re-entry being allowed up to the and including the first break after Level 6.
Rounding out the APAT festival is a £25+£5 Pot Limit Omaha event that sees players sit down with 10,000 chips and plays to 30-minute clock.
The Main Event is capped at 180 players so if you want to guarantee yourself a seat you will need to act sooner rather than later.