APAT Announces the UK Amateur Poker Championship

The UK Amatuer Poker Championship, the second event in APAT’s first live series will take place on the 2nd/3rd Decemeber in Newcastle.

The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (”APAT”), in association with PokerStars.com, today announced details of its premier UK based live event.

The APAT United Kingdom Amateur Poker Championship will be a two day event, hosted by Aspers Casino, Newcastle, on December 2nd & 3rd, 2006. Tournament seats will be sold online at www.apat.com, from Saturday November 4th. Entry is exclusively open to members of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour.

The tournament, which will have a capacity of 210 entrants, will attract some of the finest amateur players in the UK, who for a £75 entry fee, will play for an estimated prize pool of £15,000 - with the winner taking a substantial cash prize, prestigious title, Silver Challenge Cup, plus a sponsored $12,000 tournament entry package to the World Series Of Poker main event in Las Vegas!

Players will start the tournament with 10,000 chips and a structure designed to encourage creative play throughout. APAT standardised rules will be in operation.

Aspers Casino General Manager Paul Sculpher commented: “Aspers is delighted to host such a prestigious event and we look forward to welcoming APAT members and their guests, and to putting on a first class tournament.”

Tony Kendall, Chairman of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour, added: “We are delighted to be bringing an APAT event to the North East. Aspers is a fantastic venue and our players are going to have a wonderful time.”

Commenting on the recent APAT English Amateur Poker Championship, PokerPlayer Editor, Dave Woods stated: “The APAT event marked the beginning of a tournament revolution in the UK. Proper live tournament poker shouldn’t just be the preserve of the sponsored pros. APAT has finally put that right.”

About The Amateur Poker Association & Tour
With a membership drawn from 26 countries, APAT is the world’s first combined Poker Association & Tour. Season one of the Tour features seven national and international live events, and a highly competitive series of international online events. Every APAT live event winner, and the overall APAT player of the year, will win an expenses paid European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour or World Series Of Poker entry, sponsored by tour partner, PokerStars.com.

APAT Membership and Tournament registration can be obtained online at www.apat.com. Individual Membership of the Association will cost £10, while entry to the UK Amateur Poker Championship will cost £75. The total sum of all entry fees will be returned to the players in prize money. No registration fee will be charged. Tournament entry is subject to availability and to the terms & conditions of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour.

For additional information on the Amateur Poker Association & Tour, contact Richard Prew or visit the Press section at www.apat.com.

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