One of the most eagerly anticipated poker festivals of the year, the 2016 World Championship of Amateur Poker (WCOAP), is right around the corner and is set to be the biggest in its history; think of it as a mini World Series of Poker (WSOP) for recreational players.
Aspers Casino in Stratford, London, is the place to be if you are wanting to compete in one of the 22 bracelet-awarding events between March 19 and March 28, the latter being the Easter Monday bank holiday.
Buy-ins for the majority of the Championship events, each of which awards its winner a coveted WCOAP bracelet, although there are two tournaments commanding a £100+£10 buy-in, and a £200+£20 High Roller championship thrown in for good measure.
Kicking of the 2016 WCOAP is a £50+£5 No Limit Hold’em championship tournament and the inaugural £100+£10 buy-in 8-Game Players Championship, which takes place over the course of two days.
On the schedule, which you can find below, you can find several No Limit Hold’em formats, including six-max, Antes Only and a 1R1A, plus a host of other variants including Open Face Chinese, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven Card Stud, Razz, H.O.R.S.E, Irish, and even an event tailored for cash game players.
2016 World Championship of Amateur Poker Schedule
|Sat 19 Mar||12:00pm||No Limit Hold’em Championship||£50+£5|
|Sat 19 Mar||2:00pm||8-Game Players Championship||£100+£10|
|Sat 19 Mar||4:00pm||No Limit Hold’em Shootout Championship||£50+£5|
|Sun 20 Mar||12:00pm||No Limit Hold’em 3x Championship||£50+£5|
|Sun 20 Mar||2:00pm||8-Game Championship final|
|Sun 20 Mar||3:00pm||Mix Max Championship||£50+£5|
|Mon 21 Mar||12:00pm||No Limit Hold’em Antes Only||£50+£5|
|Mon 21 Mar||2:00pm||No Limit Hold’em Turbo Championship||£50+£5|
|Mon 21 Mar||4:00pm||Open Face Chinese Championship||£50+£5|
|Tue 22 Mar||12:00pm||Seven Card Stud Championship||£50+£5|
|Tue 22 Mar||2:00pm||NLH/PLO Round of Each Championship||£50+£5|
|Wed 23 Mar||12:00pm||H.O.R.S.E Championship||£50+£5|
|Wed 23 Mar||3:00pm||Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Low Championship||£50+£5|
|Thu 24 Mar||12:00pm||No Limit Hold’em Team Championship||£100+£10|
|Thu 24 Mar||2:00pm||No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Championship||£50+£5|
|Fri 25 Mar||12:00pm||Team Championship final|
|Fri 25 Mar||12:30pm||Razz Championship||£50+£5|
|Fri 25 Mar||4:00pm||No Limit Hold’em High Roller Championship||£200+£20|
|Sat 26 Mar||12:00pm||World Amateur Poker Championship Day 1a||£100+£10|
|Sat 26 Mar||1:00pm||High Roller Championship final|
|Sat 26 Mar||3:00pm||No Limit Hold’em Crazy Pineapple Championship||£50+£5|
|Sun 27 Mar||12:00pm||World Amateur Poker Championship Day 1b||£100+£10|
|Sun 27 Mar||3:00pm||Pot Limit Omaha Championship||£50+£5|
|Mon 28 Mar||12:00pm||World Amateur Poker Championship final|
|Mon 28 Mar||2:00pm||No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship||£50+£5|
|Mon 28 Mar||4:00pm||Irish Poker Championship||£50+£5|
|Mon 28 Mar||5:00pm||Cash game Championship|
While all of the 2016 WCOAP are likely to be popular, it is the £100+£10 buy-in World Amateur Poker Championship that every APAT member wants to get their hands on. There are two starting flights for the Main Event and whoever gets their hands on the title also wins a trip to Las Vegas during June 2016.
In 2015, Daniel Lewis of Wales topped a field of 397 players in the World Amateur Poker Championship and took home a trip to Las Vegas and £8,500 in prize money.
On top of the prize money and the added Las Vegas package, the player deemed to be the best individual player during the 2016 WCOAP wins a WCOAP Passport for 2017, which awards a £110 Main Event seat and entry to two £55 buy-in side events.