Poker operator Baadshah Gaming says it has struck a partnership with the Asian Poker Tour (APT) to give the growing number of players in India greater access to more international competition. On Monday, Baadshah Gaming said it would become an official APT partner in India, giving players the chance to take part in APT events through satellites packages, either live or online. Baadshah Gaming will run online qualifying contests, allowing Indians to win tournament packages to APT events in Asia and the Pacific region.
“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,” APT executive tournament director Lloyd Fontillas is quoted as saying.
Baadshah Gaming began operations in March last year as an online portal for poker and other games of skill. The brand is owned by Oceanking Software Solutions Llp which sold a stake in Baadshah to Goa’s Casino Pride group. The deal allowed the start-up an opportunity to operate the Baadshah Gaming Live venue on board the Casino Pride casino boat moored near Panjim, capital of the Indian state of Goa. There have been two poker tournaments held aboard the vessel while it has been anchored off Goa.
“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 Southeast Asia,” said Madhav Gupta, co-founder of Baadshah Gaming.
The APT, which is run from the Philippines, has so far encompassed 80 major tournaments and many smaller events, with combined prize money of US$30 million. The tour has taken players to places such as Australia, Cambodia, Macau, New Caledonia, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam.
Last November, the APT signed a new two-year agreement with Geutebruck Korea Inc to host several poker tournaments at the Paradise Casino Walkerhill in Seoul and the Paradise City casino resort at Incheon, both in South Korea.
The APT Korea Championships 2018 is due to take place from August 10 to 19 at Paradise City.
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