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Philippines-based Asian Poker Tour (APT) is one of the biggest poker tours in Asia and right since its inception in 2008, APT has added multiple destinations in its annual tournament roster. Now, giving Indian players an opportunity to win tournament packages to various upcoming APT events in the Asia-Pacific region, Baadshah Gaming has joined hands with APT for conducting online and live satellites for the same.
Under the agreement, Baadshah Gaming will be the official APT partner in India, and Indian players can qualify for APT events at a fraction of the cost through online satellites on Baadshah Gaming, while live satellites will be conducted at the Baadshah Gaming Live venue onboard Casino Pride in Panjim, Goa.
“In line with our aim to promote poker as a game of skill in India, we are excited to team up with the prestigious Asian Poker Tour,”co-founder of Baadshah Gaming, Madhav Gupta said.
He went on to add, “We believe that this partnership will benefit the Indian poker community in multiple ways, the best of which is that it will give both amateurs and professionals alike, the opportunity to test their skills against the very best poker players in the Asian circuit. It is every poker player’s dream to win a prestigious title like the Asian Poker Tour, and now that dream can be made a reality by simply winning small buy in satellites on Baadshah Gaming and flying out to various APT tournament series across South East Asia.”
The online gaming portal launched in March 2017. In June 2017, Goa’s Casino Pride Group bought a stake in Oceanking Software Solutions LLP, the company that operates the Baadshah Gaming brand. The deal gave the start-up access to operate its ‘Baadshah Gaming Live’ property onboard the Casino Pride vessel in Panjim, Goa, and host a variety of live gaming tournaments.
The live tournament series that were hosted by Baadshah Gaming at Goa in December 2017 and April 2018 were both well received by the Indian poker community. Together, the two tournaments paid out over ₹1.7 Crores in prize money!
Talking about APT’s tie-up with Baadshah Gaming, the Executive Tournament Director of the Asian Poker Tour, Lloyd S. Fontillas said, “The goal of the partnership is to increase the presence of the Indian players at each and every APT event and we believe with Baadshah Gaming having the capabilities of running both online and land based qualifiers, this will happen!”
The APT has in the past, staged more than 80 major events and numerous smaller tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region, including venues like Macau, Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia and even the French colony of New Caledonia.
APT events combined have generated over $30 million in prize money, all awarded to players.
With the tie-up between Baadshah Gaming and APT now opening doors to qualifiers into a number of upcoming APT events, poker enthusiasts in India can bank on gaining more exposure to international tournaments on the Asian circuit.