Amateur Poker Association & Tour

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Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT)
SportPoker
Founded2006
CountryUnited Kingdom & Europe
Official websiteAPAT.com

The Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) is an organisation founded in 2006[1] and is Europe's largest organisation for recreational poker players, with a membership of over 20,000 players.

The Association element of the organisation is focused on consulting with gaming and industry bodies to enhance the player experience; with standardisation of rules, player friendly structures and event sponsorship at the top of its agenda.

The Tour element is primarily aimed at organising live poker tournaments in licensed venues across the United Kingdom, Ireland and other European countries. APAT has also hosted the APAT North American Amateur Poker Championship at the world famous Caesars Palace Casino in Las Vegas. APAT’s principal live events are differentiated from other organised Poker Tournaments in the UK by being fully dealer-dealt and featuring deep stacked, well-structured tournaments for a modest entry fee.

Tournaments[edit]

All principal APAT Tour events are run to APAT’s standardised rules, with blind structures targeted on providing value for the players. Tour events are reported, in real time, via APAT’s websites and have also been streamed live via the internet for online viewing.

In addition, APAT organises a series of Online Poker Championship events and the APAT National Online League via its headline gaming sponsors. In 2012, APAT has announced the PokerStars.com National Online League.

Additional products[edit]

World Championship of Amateur Poker (WCOAP)[edit]

The WCOAP is a five-day festival of poker which features a three-day World Amateur Poker Championship main event together with additional World Amateur Poker Championship side events. Side events include the World Amateur Team Championship and tournaments in other poker variants such as Stud, H.O.R.S.E. and Omaha and other formats such as Heads Up and Six Max.

Poker Circuit[edit]

Poker Circuit is an online news aggregator pulling together news from poker sites, operators, poker forums and players.

APAT Cash Tour[edit]

APAT test-trialled a cash tournament at the APAT European Amateur Championship (Season 6) event held in Brighton in late January 2012.

National Amateur Champions[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Event Venue/City Date Winner
APAT English Amateur Poker Championship England Broadway Casino, Birmingham Friday 22 - Saturday 23 September 2006 England Daniel Phillips
APAT UK Amateur Poker Championship England Aspers, Newcastle Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 December 2006 England Max Ward
APAT Welsh Amateur Poker Championship Wales Grosvenor Casino, Cardiff Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 February 2007 England Lee Mulligan
APAT Scottish Amateur Poker Championship Scotland Gala Maybury Casino, Edinburgh Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 April 2007 Scotland Phil Starrs
APAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship Republic of Ireland Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 June 2007 Republic of Ireland Jacques Kieft
APAT European Amateur Championship England G Casino, Luton Saturday 25 - Monday 27 August 2007 Wales Gareth Ower

Season 2[edit]

Event Venue/City Date Winner
APAT English Amateur Poker Championship England Grosvenor Casino, Walsall Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 November 2007 England Richard Offless
APAT UK Amateur Poker Championship England G Casino, Manchester Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 December 2007 England Simon Turton
APAT Welsh Amateur Poker Championship Wales Grosvenor Casino, Cardiff Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 January 2008 England Tim Magnus
APAT European Amateur Poker Championship Austria Poker Royale Card Casino, Wiener Neustadt, Austria Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 March 2008 England Andy Kingan
APAT Scottish Amateur Poker Championship Scotland Gala Maybury Casino, Edinburgh Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 May 2008 Wales Jason Jones
APAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship Republic of Ireland Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 June 2008 Wales Darren Shallis
APAT UK Team Championship - Team Prize England G Casino, Blackpool Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 July 2008 Bristol & South West Meetup
APAT UK Team Championship - Individual Prize England G Casino, Blackpool Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 July 2008 Scotland Mary Martin
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Omaha England Grosvenor Victoria Casino, London Wednesday 27 August 2008 England Dave Howard
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Razz England Grosvenor Victoria Casino, London Thursday 28 August 2008 England Michael Bodman
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Stud England Grosvenor Victoria Casino, London Friday 29 August 2008 England Owen Rankin
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Main Event England Grosvenor Victoria Casino, London Saturday 30 August - Monday 1 September 2008 England Nick Jenkins
APAT Masters Pro-Am England G Casino, Luton Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 October 2008 England Neil Blatchley
APAT European Team Championship - Individual Prize England Grosvenor Casino, Brighton Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 November 2008 Republic of Ireland Brendan Byrne
APAT European Team Championship - Team Prize England Grosvenor Casino, Brighton Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 November 2008 Republic of Ireland Ireland

Season 3[edit]

Event Venue/City Date Winner
APAT UK Amateur Poker Championship England Grosvenor Casino, Walsall Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 February 2009 England Steve Redfern
APAT Welsh Amateur Poker Championship Wales Grosvenor Casino, Cardiff Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April 2009 England Simon Auckland
APAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship Republic of Ireland Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 May 2009 England Brian Yates
APAT Scottish Amateur Poker Championship Scotland Gala Maybury Casino, Edinburgh Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 July 2009 Scotland Derek Murdie
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Omaha England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Thursday 27 August 2009 England Paul Pitchford
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - H.O.R.S.E. England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Friday 28 August 2009 England Andrew Tracey
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Main Event England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Saturday 29 - Monday 31 August 2009 England Charles Mason
APAT English Amateur Poker Championship England G Casino, Bolton Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 October 2009 England John Kay
APAT European Team Championship - Team Prize England G Casino, Luton Thursday 19 - Friday 20 November 2009 Poland Poland
APAT European Amateur Poker Championship England G Casino, Luton Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 November 2009 England Stuart Ward
APAT UK Amateur Team Championship - Team Prize England Grosvenor Casino, Manchester Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 January 2010 APAT Team
APAT UK Amateur Team Championship - Individual Prize England Grosvenor Casino, Manchester Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 January 2010 England Bill Wallace

Season 4[edit]

Event Venue/City Date Winner
APAT Welsh Amateur Poker Championship Wales Aspers, Swansea Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 March 2010 Wales Gareth Johns
APAT UK Amateur Poker Championship England Grosvenor Victoria Casino, London Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 April 2010 Republic of Ireland John Murray
APAT Central European Amateur Championship Austria Concord Card Casino, Vienna Simmering, Austria Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 May 2010 Austria Christoph Kreindl
APAT Scottish Amateur Poker Championship Scotland International Casino, Aberdeen Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 June 2010 Scotland Scott Wilson
APAT Northern European Amateur Championship Estonia Olympic Casino,Tallinn, Estonia Saturday 31 July - Sunday 1 August 2010 Estonia Vladimir Fedotov
APAT World Team Championship - Team Prize England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Thursday 26 August 2010 Wales Wales
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Heads Up England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Thursday 26 August 2010 England Dave Howard
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Stud England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Friday 27 August 2010 England Ian Thompson
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Omaha England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Saturday 28 August 2010 Netherlands Max Kruis
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - 6 Max England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Sunday 29 August 2010 England Colin Young
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - H.O.R.S.E. England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Monday 30 August 2010 England Stephen Wintersgill
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Main Event England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Saturday 28 August - Monday 30 August 2010 Wales Ben Young
APAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship Republic of Ireland Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 September 2010 Republic of Ireland Simon O'Hare
APAT English Amateur Poker Championship England G Casino, Luton Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 October 2010 England Tod Wood
APAT European Amateur Poker Championship England G Casino, Coventry Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 November 2010 England Brian Martin
APAT Southern European Amateur Championship Spain Casino de Lloret, Lloret, Spain Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 January 2011 Spain Oriol Sanchez
APAT UK Amateur Team Championship - Team Prize England G Casino, Bolton Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 January 2011 London Poker Meetup
APAT UK Amateur Team Championship - Individual Prize England G Casino, Bolton Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 January 2011 Scotland Niall Farrell

Season 5[edit]

Event Venue/City Date Winner
APAT English Amateur Poker Championship England G Casino, Coventry Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 March 2011 England Mark Briggs
APAT UK International Home Team Championship - Team Prize England Aspers, Newcastle Thursday 21 - Friday 22 April 2011 Wales Wales
APAT UK Amateur Poker Championship England Aspers, Newcastle Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 April 2011 Wales Ben Young
APAT Welsh Amateur Championship Wales Les Croupier, Cardiff Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 May 2011 Poland Lukas Daszynski
APAT UK Pub Poker Championship - Team Prize England G Casino, Blackpool Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 June 2011 Edgworth Cricket Club
APAT UK Pub Poker Championship - Individual Prize England G Casino, Blackpool Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 June 2011 England Tony Trippier
APAT Scottish Amateur Poker Championship Scotland Gala Casino Merchant City, Glasgow Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 July 2011 Scotland Grant Speirs
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Stud England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Thursday 25 August 2011 England Jonathan Seal
APAT World Amateur Team Championship - Team Prize England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Thursday 25 - Friday 26 August 2011 Wales Wales
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Heads Up England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Friday 26 August 2011 England Chris Peers
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - H.O.R.S.E. England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Saturday 27 August 2011 Wales Paul McGuinness
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - 6 Max England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Sunday 28 August 2011 England Liam Batey
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Omaha England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Monday 29 August 2011 Italy Andrea Lombardi
APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker - Main Event England Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham Saturday 27 - Monday 29 August 2011 England David Garden
APAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship Republic of Ireland Macau Sporting Club, Cork Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 September 2011 Republic of Ireland Bobby O'Donnell
APAT UK Amateur Team Championship - Team Prize England G Casino, Luton Thursday 26 August 2011 Gambling Network Forum
APAT UK Amateur Team Championship - Individual Prize England G Casino, Luton Thursday 26 August 2011 England Nick Mazur
APAT American Amateur Poker Championship United States Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, USA Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 November 2011 Scotland Michael Paterson
APAT UK Open Championship England G Casino, Manchester Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 December 2011 England George Downie
APAT European Amateur Poker Championship England Rendezvous Casino, Brighton Friday 20 - Saturday 21 January 2012 England Marie Sherwood

Headline Gaming Sponsors[edit]

Officials[edit]

  • Managing Director: Des Duffy
  • Chairman: Tony Kendall
  • Director of Live Events: Richard Prew

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amateur Poker Association & Tour Launches". uk.pokernews.com. August 3, 2006. Retrieved February 4, 2012.

External links[edit]