Asia Poker Tour to Host Tournament in Japan That Features Prize of Zero

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Ace King
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The Asia Poker Tour will be making history when it comes to Japan for the very first time.

APT Tokyo will be held from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11 at the Casino Stadium Tokyo.

There is one small catch.

No prize money will be offered to the winner.

Players instead will be competing for future tournament entries rather than cash.  More specifically, they will be entered in the upcoming APT Philippines series.

The Asia Poker Tour could be in jeopardy however.


Having a foothold in Japan would also be key for the APT. The tour has been running events since 2008, and Japan is easily the largest Asian market that it has yet to penetrate. The 2018 season saw events take place in Vietnam, the Philippines, Macau, and Korea.

The future of the APT in Macau is up in the air, however. A Chinese ban on social, free money online poker games – as well as a ban on promoting poker on social media platforms – had a negative impact on Macau’s poker industry. While the tour initially hoped to hold its scheduled events in Macau this year, the APT Finale Macau was ultimately moved to Manila.

- Ace King,

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