This is the first time in history, the Asian Poker Tour set foot in Tokyo, Japan. The inaugural APT Japan stop was hosted at the Casino Stadium over two consecutive weekends and brought an action packed run of 8 side events in addition to two of APT’s marquee tournaments i.e the Main Event and the Championships Event.
The opening weekend was headlined by the excitement of JPY 10,000 buy-in kickoff and it was taken down by Go Mori and two starting flights of the JPY 30,000 Main Event. The Main Event crowned Thailand’s Kannapong Thanarattrakul the champion and also Yuki Hirata claimed top honors in the JPY 25,000 Championships Event.
The other events crowned winners in Akio Kawano, Junya Kubo, Narutosho Otsuka and Yuta Murakami. China’s Jin Bo was the star of the show who claimed back to back wins in the two-day NLHE 1 and NLHE Turbo to accrue 473.33 points and claim the APT Player of the Series Trophy. He also pocketed an exclusive APT ring, a watch and APT tournament credits worth $800. Japan’s Junya Kubo (352 points) finished as a runner up and Peru’s Perez Luis (328 points) placed third.
As cash prizes are not allowed in Japan, all prizes were in form of packages towards the tour’s biggest annual event, APT Philippines 2019 which is slated for 24th April to 5th May at Resorts World Manila.
Now, the APT moves to Taipei in Taiwan for the first time ever APT Taiwan 2019 is slated to host 23 events between 20th February to 3rd March at the Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association.