All Japan Poker TournamentPublished April 28, 2008 by OCR Editor
Excitement is brewing in Japan as the 2nd annual All Japan Poker Championship gets closer. How do you make illegal gambling legal? Ask no one to pay.
The second annual All Japan Poker Championship (AJPC) has finally arrived and will take place from April 27 – May 18 in Tokyo. The tournament awards a winner with a seat at the World Series of Poker Championship.
Global Mix, a consulting firm specializing in casino-related business, events and media and the organizer of the event, is providing Japanese players with a chance to play a standard poker tournament. Currently, casinos are illegal in Japan – hence the excitement for the games.
Global Max’s main objective is to give standardized poker a spot in Japan's culture. The firm believes the event will open Japan’s gates for international tournaments leading to a healthier society.
One fact that makes the AJPC different than the rest of the poker tournaments around the world is that it has no entrance fee – a side effect of the Japanese law preventing organized gambling. The event is funded by the Saga Sammy – known for their gaming hardware and software.
In order to be in the main event, players must win a preliminary event these days in Osaka or during May in Tokyo.
The winner of the tournament will receive a bracelet and a seat worth over $10,000 at the World Series of Poker – including airfare and accommodations.