After requests from players in Asia to include more events in new locations, Mauritius will host the Asian Poker Tour (APT) at the Ti Vegas Casino, Grand Bay, from 19th August to 26th August.
The eight day festival is the APT’s first venture outside of Asia and will include a €900 buy-in main event, eight side events including a Ladies Event and a €2,200 buy-in High Roller competition.
Buy-ins for the side events start at €110 all the way up to €440. A Battle of the Nations team event will also be run, with a €3,300 buy-in for each team.
Jeff Mann, the tour chief executive, said he was delighted with the move and added that because of the success of the APT he had been swamped by offers from casinos, event organisers and venues all around the world to host festivals. He believes the Ti Vegas Casino to be one of the best in Mauritius and is at the vanguard of poker development in the region.
Paradise Events and MPPL, that organise most of the events in the area, are also excited to see Mauritius hosting the festival. Sylvain Liotard, their Chief Executive, said they have finally realised their aim of bringing the APT to the island. He believes the tour will be a great success because players in the region know the APT and will be excited at the prospect of playing in such a prestigious event.
Over the last few years, the APT has grown massively in popularity. Starting with two events in 2010, it has grown to at least eight events this year, with Mann confirming more than 10 events for 2013.
The schedule of events for the APT Mauritius will be announced shortly, but further details can be found at theasianpokertour.com.