PokerNews.com announced today that the site has been selected as the exclusive online media partner for the PokerStars Asia-Pacific Poker Tour, piling onto a banner year for PokerNews, which includes securing the online rights to the World Series of Poker, the WSOP-Europe and the Aussie Millions.
The APPT kicks off in Manila, Philippines August 24-26, and PokerNews.com will be the exclusive source for live updates, hand histories, chip counts and insider interviews. The APPT continues with events in Seoul, Korea and Sydney, Australia, with other tournaments expected to be announced shortly.
PokerNews.com will also provide live hand-for-hand reporting of the APPT final tables using the new hand simulator first seen at the WSOP Main Event, where viewers at home can watch an animated replay of each hand.
"PokerNews and the APPT are a great partnership", says Sarne Lightman, Director of Marketing for PokerStars Asia Pacific and co-founder, APPT. "The APPT is dedicated to bringing poker to Asia and, through their large network of sites and multilingual reporting, PokerNews will for the first time allow Asian fans to follow the action and their favorite players not only from the comfort of their own homes, but also in their own language."
In addition to the live coverage, PokerNews.com will provide translation into Chinese and Japanese for all APPT events, a first in online tournament coverage. "We're extremely excited to be working with PokerStars to provide coverage of the first Asia-Pacific Poker Tour," says PokerNews Marketing Director Gareth Edwards. "We pride ourselves on being leaders in emerging poker markets, and hope our Chinese and Japanese readers enjoy seeing tournament updates in their own language for the very first time."