Live Poker Abounds In 2022 In Europe And Asia-pacific

The live tournament poker scene certainly took its knocks during the pandemic. Australia was one of the worst hit due to extensive lockdowns and strict protocols. One of Australia’s most popular poker rooms – one that hosted the internationally respected Aussie Millions – at Crown Melbourne has yet to signal it will reopen. However, some countries have moved forward in ways that allow them to host poker tournament series. As 2022 gets underway, take a look at what is happening in and around – mostly around – Australia.

Pokerstars Live In Manila

The PokerStars LIVE poker room at Okada Manila in the Philippines is a part of the Okada Manila casino and resort. The first series of 2022 is already underway, as the PokerStars LIVE Okada Manila Millions started on 3 January and will run through 9 January. There are 15 events in total, with Event 6 serving as the Main Event with a ₱3,500 buy-in, six starting days, and a ₱3 million guarantee on the prize pool.

PokerStars has also released the entire 2022 schedule as it stands thus far:

  • PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 14 (20-27 February)
  • APPT Manila Open (22-28 March)
  • Manila Megastack 14 (30 May – 5 June)
  • PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 15 (5-11 July)
  • APPT Manila (29 July – 7 August)
  • Manila Megastack 15 (28 November – 5 December)

More information about each series will become available on the PokerStars LIVE Manila website closer to the events.

Italian Poker Open in San Marino

The Italian Poker Open kicks off 2022 at the Giochi del Titano in San Marino. The Main Event started on 4 January but will offer seven starting flights through 9 January. The buy-in is €550, and there is a €1 million guarantee. There are some side events happening in the poker room through 11 January as well.

Next up, the Italian Poker Open (IPO) will travel to the Casino Admiral Mendrisio in Switzerland 24-30 January. That IPO Master Mendrisio series will feature a €1,100 buy-in Main Event with three opening flights.

WSOP Circuit in Rozvadov

As a part of the ongoing relationship between the World Series of Poker and King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the WSOP Circuit returns to the Czech Republic casino this week. The WSOP Circuit Rozvadov will feature €3 million in guarantees and run 5-25 January.

The full schedule consists of 15 events that will award gold WSOP Circuit rings.

  • Event 1 (5 Jan): €250 NLHE Seniors for 50+ players (€20K GTD)
  • Event 2 (5-10 Jan): €250 NLHE Mini Main Event (7 flights, €500K GTD)
  • Event 3 (9-10 Jan): €660 NLHE Fifty Stack (€100K GTD)
  • Event 4 (10 Jan): €550 PLO Bounty Hunter (€150 bounties, €50K GTD)
  • Event 5 (11-12 Jan): €550 Mixed PLO/NLHE (€50K GTD)
  • Event 6 (12-13 Jan): €550 PLO Hi-Lo (€50K GTD)
  • Event 7 (13-17 Jan): €550 NLHE Monster Stack (5 flights, €500K GTD)
  • Event 8 (14 Jan): €250 NLHE Ladies (€5K GTD)
  • Event 9 (15 Jan): €440 7-Card Stud Limit (€10K GTD)
  • Event 10 (16 Jan): €1,100 5-Card PLO (€50K GTD)
  • Event 11 (17-18 Jan): €440 PLO 6-Max (€50K GTD)
  • Event 12 (18-19 Jan): €2K PLO 8-Max (€100K GTD)
  • Event 13 (19-20 Jan): €3K NLHE 8-Max (€100K GTD)
  • Event 14 (21-25 Jan): €1,700 NLHE Main Event (2 flights, €1M GTD)
  • Event 15 (23 Jan): €1,100 NLHE Bounty Hunter (€250 bounties, €100K GTD)

The King’s Casino tournament page offers starting times and satellite information.

888poker LIVE in London

Without wasting any time, 888poker LIVE told players it was ready to offer a series at the live tables at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London. There are numerous tournaments in the 888Live London Festival to play out 6-17 January.

The No Limit Hold’em schedule at the Vic, courtesy of 888Live, is as follows:

  • Opening Event (6-9 Jan): £444 buy-in (4 flights)
  • The Voyage (9 Jan): £150 buy-in
  • The Turbo Deepstack (10 Jan): £100 buy-in
  • The Big Shot (11 Jan): £200 buy-in
  • High Roller (12-13 Jan): £2,200 buy-in
  • Main Event (13-17 Jan): £888 buy-in (5 flights)
  • Omaha PLO (15 Jan): £200 buy-in
  • The Dash Rumble (16 Jan): £150 buy-in
  • Ladies Event (16 Jan): £50 buy-in

Merit Poker Western in Cyprus

Zephyros Bay on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will host the first Merit Poker series of 2022. The Merit Poker Western Tournament is set for 12-24 January at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel will offer 37 events in total. The full schedule is on the Merit Poker website, and it will feature a $3,300 buy-in Main Event with a $1M guarantee. Four starting flights will give players ample opportunities to get involved, with the Main Event running 19-23 January.

The next few events on the 2022 schedule thus far are:

  • Merit Poker International Montenegro Event (15-22 February) – 17 events & €777K GTD
  • Merit Poker Top Guns (16-28 March) – 37 events, $2.5M GTD

APT-RWM in Manila

For the first stop of the year, the Asian Poker Tour is partnering with Resorts World Manila to host a Mystery Bounty Weekend. It will run 20-23 January with four events, The Main Event will be a ₱12,000 buy-in affair with three flights on 21 January and a ₱3M guarantee on the prize pool. It should be noted that it will be a mystery bounty event with ₱4,000 of each buy-in going to the bounty pool.

There are no other tournaments on the APT schedule for 2022 yet.

Stacked Poker Championship in Adelaide

According to its own website, Stacked Social is a poker-themed cocktail lounge located in North Adelaide. The poker room offers multiple tables with the latest technology, streaming of poker and sporting events, and even instructors to teach the game of poker. The upcoming Stacked Poker Championship series will start on 28 January and run through 7 February with several tournaments.

  • NLHE Accumulator (28-30 Jan): $350 buy-in, 2 flights
  • NLHE Monster Stack (31 Jan): $550 buy-in
  • PLO 5-Card (1 Feb): $350 buy-in
  • NLHE Terminator (2 Feb): $550 buy-in
  • NLHE Main Event (4-7 Feb): $2,200 buy-in, 2 flights, $100K GTD for first-place prize

APLPT in Queensland

Recently, we noted that the Australian Poker League is making a big comeback in 2022, starting with the APL Poker Tour event set for 6-9 January at Southport Sharks in Queensland. There will be 21 tournaments, as we listed here.

APT in Brisbane

The Australian Poker Tour is also returning, ready to get its Season V underway with the action set for Eatons Hill 17-23 January. We detailed the 28-event schedule here.

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