Asia Championship of Poker releases July tournament schedule for the Platinum Series


PokerStars have announced the dates and details of the upcoming schedule for the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Platinum series 2013. The ACOP Platinum series is effectively a way for players who are looking to qualify for the ACOP HKD$100,000 Main Event while having a chance to experience the wide range of events ACOP put on and earn some series cash along the way.


The events schedule begins on 11 July ending late September with the HKD$100,000 ACOP Main Event. The Platinum Series will be hosted at the PokerStars LIVE poker room at the City of Dreams Hotel and Casino in Macau. The top ten players in the ACOP Platinum Series Main Event will qualify for the playoffs where the winner will gain a seat at the HKD$100,000 ACOP Main Event.


The ACOP final series is set to be held in October, dates to be confirmed, which will feature 11 championship events including a HKD$25,000 Warm-up and the HKD$100,000 Main Event with a guaranteed HKD$20,000,000 prize pool.


The full ACOP July Schedule is listed below


11 July – Satellite $1,000 Deepstack PLO. $150 buy-in.

11 July – $1,000 Deepstack PLO Event. $1,000 buy-in.


12 July – Main Event Satellite 1. $750 buy-in.

12 July – Main Event Satellite 2. $750 buy-in.

12 July – $1,500 Deepstack NLH. $1,500 buy-in.


13 July – Main Event Satellite

13 July – Main Event Satellite

13 July – Main Event Day 1, $500,000 Guarantee. $5,500 buy-in.


14 July – Main Event Day 2

14 July – $2,500 KO Bounty. $2,500 buy-in.

14 July – Qualifier to Red Dragon MEGA Satellite. $1,200 buy-in.


For more information on the ACOP events visit ACR Poker or FTR.



How have the Asia and Pacific’s poker pro’s fared at this years WSOP 2013 so far?



With the World Series of Poker more than halfway through FlopTurnRiver takes a look at how Asia and the Pacific’s pro’s have gone so far and what the chances are of another Bracelet winner in 2013.


As the dust still settles from Australian Jarred Graham’s (picture below) Gold Bracelet win in Event 31 USD$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Low, which earned the Aussie USD$255,942 for his hard work, the region is still representing well with some strong finishes across the board.


Australian Paul Bennett bagged USD$2,3200 for his 115th finish in Event 18 USD$1,000 No Limit Hold’em while Martin Kozlov pocketed USD$8,443 in Event 22 Pot Limit Omaha. Gary Benson made it to the final table in Event 23 USD$2,500 Seven-Card Stud which saw him earn USD$24,003 for his sixth place finish.


Despite an Italian flag nestled beside his name, Jeff Lisandro, is an Australian Poker Hall of Famer who finished in seventh place in Event 25 USD$5,000 Omaha Hi/Low taking home USD$42,422 for his troubles. Sydney-sider Michael Bouskila slipped past a wopping field of 4,407 players to scoop-up USD$117,799 as he finished sixth in the USD$1,000 Seniors Event.


Australia are not the only Asian and Pacific country performing well at the WSOP, Japan’s Massayuki Nagata narrowly missed out in Event 28 USD$1,500 No Limit Hold’em finishing-up in third place collecting USD$225,521. In the same event fellow countrymen Makoto Yoshimichi finished 20th with a cheque for USD$15,389 and Lori Yogo bowed out in 57th place with USD$7,252. 2012’s Asian Poker Player of the Year Yosuke Sekiya secured double cash-out’s with a 67th place finish in Event 36 USD$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout earning USD$5,556 which was followed by a 28th place finish in Event 39 USD$1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low for an additional USD$4,414 win.


As this years tournament continues more of the region’s pro’s are converging on Sin City to try their luck. Jarrad Graham (below) is still the sole Bracelet winner but with so many events still to play and such a deep talented pool of Asia and Pacific players taking part it is only a matter of time before we earn ourselves another Golden Idol.


To keep up-to-date on all things WSOP stay tuned in to FTR or visit WSOP for results and event schedules.