APAT World Championship Commences April 8

While professional poker players around the globe plan their schedules for the upcoming 2017 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, hundreds of budding poker players are making the trip to Manchester, United Kingdom, for the Amateur Poker Association & Tour World Championship of Amateur Poker.

The WCOAP is the crown jewel of each APAT season, and when you look at the schedule, it’s easy to see why. Think of the WCOAP as amateur poker’s WSOP. Each championship event awards the eventual winner a custom-made bracelet in addition to a significant cash prize.

2017 World Championship Of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) Schedule

Date Time Event Buy-in Stack Cap
April 8 12 p.m. 8-Game Players Championship Day 1 £110 50,000 56
1 p.m. Irish Championship £56 10,000 54
5 p.m. 6-Max Championship Day 1 £60 10,000 84
April 9 12 p.m. WCOAP Main Event Day 1a £110 20,000 150
1 p.m. 8-Game Players Championship Day 2
2 p.m. 6-Max Championship Day 2
6 p.m. NLHE Turbo Championship £56 10,000 80
April 12 12 p.m. Shootout Championship £56 8,000 100
2 p.m. H.O.R.S.E. Championship £56 8,000 56
6 p.m. Antes Only Championship £56 10,000 70
April 13 12 p.m. Team Championship Day 1 £110 Variable N/A
1 p.m. Mixed (ROE NLHE/PLO) Championship £56 10,000 56
5 p.m. High Roller Championship Day 1 £220 25,000 70
April 14 12 p.m. WCOAP Main Event Day 1b £110 20,000 150
1 p.m. Team Championship Day 2
2 p.m. Mix Max Championship £56 15,000 72
5 p.m. High Roller Championship Day 2
April 15 12 p.m. WCOAP Main Event Day 1c £110 20,000 150
4 p.m. Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 1 £60 20,000 96
6 p.m. Open Face Chinese Championship £56 10,000 72
April 16 12 p.m. Pot Limit Omaha Championship Day 2
1 p.m. Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Championship £56 20,000 80
2 p.m. WCOAP Main Event Day 2
6 p.m. Cash Game Champinship £66 £60 60
April 17 12 p.m. Heads Up Championship £56 5,000 64
2 p.m. WCOAP Main Event Final Day
3 p.m. Crazy Pineapple Championship £56 10,000 72

Grosvenor Casino on Bury New Road in Manchester is the chosen venue for the 2017 WCOAP and will host 18 bracelet-awarding events between April 8 and April 17. Buy-ins for these events range from £56 up to £220 with the latter reserved for the two-day High Roller event on April 13.

WCOAP offers a wide variety of poker variants, including 8-Game, Irish, 6-Max, turbo structures, H.O.R.S.E, Antes-Only, a shootout event, a team tournament, Mix Max, pot-limit Omaha, Omaha hi/lo, crazy pineapple, a heads-up tournament, Open-Face Chinese, a cash game tournament and the tournament that every APAT member wants to win: the WCOAP Main Event.

When the WCOAP Main Event ran in March 2016, a field of 393 descended on Aspers Casino in Stratford, London to create a £39,300 prize pool. The top 45 finishers were paid at least £220, each of the nine finalists won at least £825 and the champion banked £8,300.

Andrew Dobson was victorious in 2016, defeating Kaveh Kiavand heads up for the title.

2016 WCOAP Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Andrew Dobson £8,300
2 Kaveh Kiavand £5,770
3 Mark Vasconcelos £3,710
4 Joel Holmberg £2,750
5 Matt Carter £2,060
6 Lisa Greer £1,650
7 Paul Rice £1,375
8 Balazs Roka £1,100
9 Frederic Gautrin £825

This year’s WCOAP Main Event champion not only wins the first place prize but also a gold bracelet worth £3,000 and an expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to play at the 2017 WSOP.

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