After the successful completion of their Manila, Philippines leg, the Asian Poker Tour's next stop in 2012 will be sun-kissed sandy shores of Goa, India.
The APT which will once again be a week-long event taking place from May 21 to May 27 at the Casino Royale in Goa, India. It was back in November last year that the APT held its very first tournament in India and quite successfully too attracting a field of 158 players for the INR 50,000 Main Event. India’s own Sangeeth “Samohh” Mohan’s victory at the Main Event against countryman Sameer Rattonsey earned him a payday of INR 2,346,400!
The success of that 2011 event coupled with others that the APT has conducted in London, Cebu and China has seen them grow from strength to strength since their Goa tournament. Their most recent outing took place last month in Manila, where 254 players ponied up US$ 2700 for the Main Eventi and South Africa's Divan Le Roux walked away with the winner's title. Of course the Manila APT generated more buzz because of the Manila Millions which featured one of the biggest tournament buy-in seen on this side of planet for a cool HK$ 1,000,000! Some of poker's biggest guns found themselves taking part in the Millions including Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, John Juanda, Tom Dwan and of course newly appointed APT ambassador Joe Hachem. It would be interesting to see if the APT can get one of these big names to head over to the Goa series although it seems a bit unlikely given the buy-ins involved.
Speaking of which, aside from INR 50,000-buy-in Main Event, the 2012 APT Series Goa will also include tournaments ranging from INR 7,000 all the way to an INR 150,000 High Rollers event.
APT CEO Jeff Mann has talked about that the huge potential of the Indian poker market and given the success of their inaugural event back in November, it was quite obvious they would come back for more. The APT has an agreement with the host venue Casino Royale that will see them stage two events per year in Goa.
It should certainly be an interesting week of tournaments and players are already reported to be heading earlier to Goa to get warmed up by playing in the Ultimate Poker Challenge which is scheduled to take place from 16-20 May in the Pride Poker Room.
For more details on the APT, you can check out the schedule here.