New Year brings new opportunities in poker to re-live the excitement and thrill on the felt and win huge cash prizes with esteemed titles. In 2014, we saw great poker tactics, high-voltage final table battles and massive prize pools in tournaments across the globe. 2015 promises all the poker action at even higher amplitude. The first quarter of 2015 will see few big tournaments kicking off in the eastern part of the world which extends a fair opportunity to the Indian poker talent to shine with the dawn of New Year.
We list 5 major poker tournaments set to go live in the first 3 months of 2015 in Asia-pacific region. The tournaments are listed here in a chronological order of events.
Fly to Vegas (28 Dec’14 – 17 Jan’15)
Adda52.com, India’s largest poker site comes up with an exclusive opportunity for Indian poker players in 2015 to win $10,000 worth ticket to the Main Event of world’s biggest poker tournament to be held at Las Vegas in summers. The online tourney which started on 28th Dec 2014 will culminate on 17th Jan 2015 with awarding the champion the lifetime ticket to play in Las Vegas with a fully paid trip to the poker capital of world.
PokerStars LIVE Manila is organizing its inaugural tournament after recent launch in December 2014. In its zest to draw poker players from Asian territories, the poker room will host 6 different events starting 14th January 2015. The tournament mainly features NLHE events with one each of turbo and knockout bounty events to make it an exciting outing for players. The tournament will climax with PHP25,000 Manila Megastack Main event which offers a guaranteed prize pool of PHP $1 million.
2015 Aussie Million (14 Jan’15 – 02 Feb’15)
Crown Casino, Melbourne is all set to host the 20-days poker extravaganza starting 14th January 2015. A variety of games as in NLHE, PLO and Mixed game events with several buy-in options and satellites offers a good chance to win millions of dollars at the start of the year. Highlighting the poker action will be AU$10,600 Main Event and LK Boutique – AU$250,000 Challenge. Last year Phil Ivey headlined the tournament by winning the AU$250,000 challenge for a whopping AU$4 million.
2015 Asia Poker Tour, Cebu (27 Jan’14 – 04 Feb’15)
The next edition of Asia Poker Tour (APT) will kick off with the first outing at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu. The 15-event tournament is expected to draw poker players in huge numbers from Asian countries as the 2015 APT Player of the Year race will also begin with this tournament. Indian contingents will look to grab a bigger pie out of the massive prize pools. PhP50,000 Main Event, High Rollers and the Open Face Chinese Pineapple event will see the major poker action across 9 days.
2015 APPT – Macau Poker Cup (27 Feb’15 – 15 Mar’15)
PokerStars LIVE Macau Poker Cup known for its Red dragon event is set to welcome poker players from all over the world at City of Dreams, Macau. The 17-day tournament has added a new event to its kitty which will be the HK$5,000 Megastack with a HK$500,000 guarantee. The renowned HK$12,000 Red Dragon event is expected to cross the mark of 1000 entrants this year as it missed the milestone by mere 5 players last year. Macau Poker Cup 22 will also be significant for players to gain points on the leader board of 16th Asia Player of the Year.