APAT CEO Announces 2024 Calendar

03 Apr 2024
Jonathan Raab 03 Apr 2024
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  • Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) announces its 2024 schedule
  • CEO Leigh Wiltshire discusses the tour in its 17th season
  • Online events on GG Poker yet to be announced 
Photos Courtesy of APAT
The Amateur Poker Association and Tour (APAT) has announced its full calendar for 2024. Now in its 17th season, the longest running poker tour in the UK is aimed solely at recreational players, with the largest buy-in events usually being in the £100 region. 

PokerWired talked to APAT CEO Leigh Wiltshire to find out more about the tour and the 2024 schedule.

APAT 2024 Schedule

January 12-14UK Team ChampionshipDusk Till Dawn, Nottingham
February 9-11German Team ChampionshipGrand Casino Asch, Czech Republic
February 21-25European Championship of Amateur PokerAspers Casino, Stratford, London
March 22-24APAT Open ChampionshipMan325 Casino, Manchester
April 27-28Mediterranean Amateur Poker ChampionshipPortomaso Casino, Malta
May 1-2Irish Amateur Poker ChampionshipDublin, Ireland
May 17-18Scottish Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrosvenor Casino, Glasgow
June 14-16UK Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrosvenor Casino, Leeds
August 21-26World Championship of Amateur PokerDusk Till Dawn, Nottingham
October 2-6German Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrand Casino Asch, Czech Republic
October 18-20English Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrosvenor Casino, Blackpool
Novenber 2-3Maltese Amateur Poker ChampionshipPortomaso Casino, Malta
November 15-17UK & Ireland Amateur Poker ChampionshipGrosvenor Casino, Newcastle
November 29-December 1Poker Squads LiveDusk Till Dawn, Nottingham

APAT CEO Leigh Wiltshire Talks to PokerWired

Leigh Wiltshire
PokerWired: What are the highlights of the 2024 schedule and is there anything new or different included this year?

Leigh Wiltshire: So far we’ve announced 14 stops for 2024, but we’re working on a couple more venues, so we might well add to the list in the coming months.  The highlight of the year from the feedback we get from the players is always the World Championship of Amateur Poker (WCOAP).  We’ll be back at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham again for six days of poker with over twenty bracelet events aimed at recreational poker players.

2024 will also see us return to Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds.  We’ll also see the return of the European Championship of Amateur Poker (ECOAP), playing out at Aspers Casino in Stratford, London across five days at the end of February.

PokerWired: Do you have any seniors events and if so, at what age is someone considered a senior?

Leigh Wiltshire: We regularly discuss senior events and female only events but since APAT launched, we’ve always tried to make all of our events inclusive to all and ensure our events are a safe and enjoyable environment for all poker players, whatever age, gender, experience or background.  

We are very proud that a typical APAT player field will have a higher proportion of female players than most tours and we’ll have players sat playing their first live poker event alongside players who have played the game for decades, enjoying their retirement.

PokerWired: What is available online for APAT members at GG Poker? Are there daily/weekly/monthly events and if so, what are they?

Leigh Wiltshire: We run a weekly schedule on GG Poker.  Low buyin with very low feeders, again ensuring they are accessible to all bankrolls.  We run regular leaderboards with added value and each month we have an online Championship Weekend where players can compete to win those cherished APAT medals across the virtual felt.

PokerWired: Do you run online satellites to live APAT events and if so, to which events, what is the usual satellite format/buy-in/package type?

Leigh Wiltshire: We regularly run satellites for events.  Our live events are affordable to most, but that’s not to say poker players don’t like to get into events via satellites and get a bit more value.  Some of our events will also have an Online Day 1 option via GG Poker and players can use satellites to qualify for those too.

Live APAT seats are also regularly available on Poker Raffles (www.pokerraffles.com) for those players that don’t have the time to grind the satellites.
APAT Online Winners
PokerWired: Will you have another online APAT series?

Leigh Wiltshire: Expect to see a full APAT online schedule announced very soon.  One of the benefits of partnering with GG Poker is the incredible online series that they run on a regular basis, with huge guarantees and added value.  It’s great for players, whilst they are on the site playing some of the APAT games, they can also jump into all the other tournaments on offer.

PokerWired: Do you have an annual leaderboard or ranking system for the live events?

Leigh Wiltshire: Since APAT launched in 2006, we have always had an annual rankings leaderboard and a player of the year.  All of our results are published on The Hendon Mob for players to keep track of their overall cashes.  Now we are back to a full schedule after the disruptions caused during the Covid years, players can expect to see  our annual rankings return in 2024.

PokerWired: How have live APAT events been since Covid? Is there increased interest/attendance compared with before lockdown?

Leigh Wiltshire: During the lockdowns, the APAT community really came together online and was there for each other.  That time also saw us launch The APAT Show, a regular live stream where we follow the online poker action on a Sunday night but also get guests on from the community and wider poker industry to chat poker and pretty much anything else going on in the world.

Since we’ve been back live, the enthusiasm for live poker seems to have been dialled up a bit.  We’ve seen record numbers for APAT events.  We have always sold out our events, but we’ve definitely seen demand increase.  Bringing new players, some players we’ve not seen for a while, alongside those regular players that have been with us throughout the APAT journey.

PokerWired: In what ways are live APAT events different/unique compared to other live poker events?

Leigh Wiltshire: APAT was founded on giving recreational poker players the high quality experience of the big poker tournament you used to see on the television, but at a fraction of the buyin and giving value back to the players.

APAT events are probably a little bit more social than most other live poker events, I’d certainly like to think they are more welcoming to new players.

The poker is as competitive as anywhere else, but for the APAT community, it’s about more than just the poker.

PokerWired: If someone wins too often, do they get barred for being a pro in disguise?

Leigh Wiltshire: No one would ever get barred for winning too often.  We’ve had APAT players that have gone on to become professional players, win WSOP bracelets, WPT events, GUKPT events and many other events across the world.  The likes of Toby Lewis, Liv Boeree & Niall Farrell have all played APAT events in the past.

APAT is aimed at recreational poker players.  We love the fact that each year we get professional players wanting to play our events because of the structures and the different variants that we put on, especially at the WCOAP & ECOAP.

Our response has always been the same.  Classify yourself as an amateur player if you don’t earn your sole income from playing poker professionally.

If you are a professional poker player, you’re always welcome in the APAT community but there are plenty of other poker events you can play each year.
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