While the PokerStars UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event is in full swing this weekend, scores of amateur poker players will be descending on the Grosvenor G Casino in Bury New Road, Manchester for the 2015 European Amateur Poker Championship, part of the ever-popular Amateur Poker Association & Tour, or APAT for short.
The APAT European Amateur Poker Championship Main Event is a £100+£10 buy-in tournament that is sure to attract some of the best amateur poker players from the United Kingdom and beyond. Main Event players start their quest for glory at 2:30pm on Saturday 3 October armed with 15,000 chips and play to a 45-minute clock with blinds starting at 25/50.
Late registration for the Main Event is available for three hours with Day 1 set to finish after the completion of 13 levels, unless the tournament director decides an earlier finishing time is more appropriate.
The winner of the Main Event receives an entry to the World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) Main Event seat where the champion earns a trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas in 2016. Those players finishing in the top three of the Main Event collect the famous and coveted gold, silver and bronze medals in addition to prize money.
Also running on October 3 is the first of three side events, namely the £25+£5 no limit Hold’em tournament. For their money, players receive 10,000 chips, play to a 20-minute clock and can purchase one re-entry should they bust within the first 90-minutes of play.
Sunday 4 October kicks off at the earlier time of midday and see the Main Event reach its conclusion. An hour later, the £25+£5 pot limit Omaha Hi/Lo side event commences and that is followed at 8:00pm by a £25+£5 7-Card Stud event. All side events are played over one day and end when a champion is crowned.
As the APAT European Amateur Poker Championship is being held at a Grosvenor Casino, all players must be a member of one of the many Grosvenor Casino around the United Kingdom. Those who aren’t Grosvenor Casino members can join at the venue, but must have a valid driving licence or passport for identification purposes or they will not be allowed into the casino.
Past APAT Winners
Last season’s equivalent Main Event took place at the Grosvenor G Casino at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and saw 163 players take to the felt. They were all outlasted by Mark Sanders who collected £4,750 after defeating Bill Sheppard heads-up.
More recently, Dave Burt topped a field of 138 in the Welsh Championship Of Amateur Poker and walked away from Cardiff £3,100 richer than when he arrived.