APL Online Series 3
After the previous similar event, we assumed that the series would return again this year and almost guessed the approximate dates. This time, the organizers decided to time these Asian-specific tournaments to coincide with two prominent local holidays: Mid-Autumn Festival (September 21) and the National Day of the People's Republic of China (October 1).
From September 19 to October 3, 2021, GGPoker will host the third Asian Poker League Online Series with an ¥80,000,000 guarantee (about $12.4M).
Besides the total guaranteed prize pool, the festival will keep all its usual features:
- Buy-in and guarantees in local currencies. The main one is the Chinese yuan.
- 20 Trophy Events with unique trophies for winners (named after various Asian cities).
- Several hundred side events in two weeks with buy-ins ranging from $1.71 to $1,550.
- Tournaments run daily from 6 am BST.
- A special kind of side event - APL Speed Racers (PKO, 10BB starting stack). The first blind level lasts for 20 minutes, all the remaining levels - 2 minutes each.
Schedule of the 3rd Asian Poker League Online Series Trophy Events:
|Date||Time (CEST-1)||Event||Currency||Buy-in||Guarantee||USD Guarantee*|
|19 September||11:00||#1: Da Nang River's Bounty Tip-off||VND||1,050,000||1,500,000,000||46,08 - 65,825|
|14:00||#2: Bounty Harvest Superstack||CNY||2,021||2,000,000||314,12 - 310,854|
|20 September||14:00||#3: Hanoi Enter the Dragon [6-Max]||VND||2,200,000||2,000,000,000||96,54 - 87,766|
|21 September||14:00||#4: Mid-Autumn Festival Classic||CNY||815||888,000||126,67 - 138,019|
|22 September||14:00||#5: Ho Chi Minh City Championship||VND||3,300,000||3,000,000,000||144,81 - 131,649|
|23 September||14:00||#6: Manila Metro Million||PHP||1,100||2,500,000||22,13 - 50,297|
|24 September||14:00||#7: Taipei Bounty Hunter||TWD||2,100||3,000,000||75,88 - 108,401|
|25 September||11:00||#8: Jeju Jade Dragon||KRW||110,000||100,000,000||94,18 - 85,617|
|14:00||#9: Seoul Starleague Bounty||KRW||210,000||200,000,000||180 - 171,234|
|26 September||14:00||#10: Macau Grand Prix||CNY||3,300||2,500,000||513 - 388,567|
|15:30||#11: Autumn Championship [Final Day]||CNY||888||3,880,000||138 - 603,056|
|27 September||14:00||#12: Tokyo Poker Open||JPY||5,000||10,000,000||45,71 - 91,417|
|28 September||14:00||#13: Kunshan King of the Hill [6-Max]||CNY||660||800,000||102,58 - 124,341|
|29 September||14:00||#14: Xi'an Silk Road Bounty||CNY||525||800,000||81,6 - 124,341|
|30 September||14:00||#15: Sanya Bay Shooting Star||CNY||840||1,000,000||130,56 - 155,427|
|1 October||14:00||#16: National Day Bounty Celebration||CNY||1,001||1,000,000||155,58 - 155,427|
|2 October||11:00||#17: Kunming Mountain Monster Stack||CNY||550||800,000||85,48 - 124,341|
|14:00||#18: Shanghai Masters of Poker||CNY||1,100||1,500,000||181 - 233,140|
|3 October||14:00||#19: Beijing Capital Cup||CNY||2,200||2,000,000||342 - 310,853|
|15:30||#20: Golden Week Main Event [Final Day]||CNY||1,888||10,000,000||293,45 - 1,554,267|
*Exchange rate as of September 15, 2021.
The schedule of all APL Online Series side events is available here.
In June, the Main Event attracted 6,919 entries, which helped avoid an overlay and boosted the guaranteed prize pool by about a quarter. During the heads-up, "Forguy" (Turkey) has outplayed Dmitry Yurasov (Russia). In total, four players at the final table were from Southeast Asia.
No changes were made to the structure of the Main Event this time. There will be 53 Day 1 phase from September 20 to October 3 with the following structure:
- Starting stack: 50,000 chips (200BB).
- Blinds grow every 12 minutes.
- The game lasts until the end of level 20.
- Re-entries allowed: unlimited until the end of late registration (level 16).
Satellites will be added to the lobby in the coming days.
Day 2 Golden Week Main Event ¥10,000,000 GTD will start on October 3, 2021, at 15:30.
Thanks to the wide variety of APL Online Series side events and satellites, every player would be able to find something suitable without the need for backing.
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