A brand-new series of poker events are set to hit the Far East with the help of toto hk as the proud sponsor. The Japan Poker Tour is to be a series of big-money poker events in Japan. To celebrate, PokerStars is giving its players a chance to win a seet to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, or APPT, Macau event for free.

Players looking to win a seat to APPT Macau can play any of the PokerStars online qualifiers. These qualifiers give players a chance to win a seat to the live JPT: APPT Macau Finals. The winner of the APPT Macau Finals wins a prize package that includes hotel accommodations, the HKD $30,000 Main Event buy-in, and more!

The online qualifiers end on October 22nd. There will be one large freeroll played on October 15 at 10:30 ET that grants the winner a JPT: APPT Macau Finals seat and $200. Every day until October 22nd, a Stage 1 free buy-in tournament will be played giving the top 10 finishers a Stage 2 qualifier seat. Stage 2 qualifiers cost $1.10 to enter directly, run daily, and, for every $11 in the prize pool, one Stage 3 qualifier seat will be given away. Stage 3 qualifiers will be played each Saturday until October 22nd, will cost $11 to enter directly, and will give the top three finishers JPT: APPT Macau Final seats and $200.

Merge Poker Network to Allow New US Poker Accounts

The second-largest US-friendly poker network in the world, the Merge Gaming Network, will allow American players to resume signing up for their network starting today. This has been confirmed by numerous Merge skins.

Merge Network experienced a huge surge of new members after Black Friday. The majority of these players were American players looking for a place to call their poker home. It temporarily stopped accepting new American sign-ups over four months ago to better prepare the network for the new traffic it experienced. Since then, the traffic on the Merge network has gone back down to where it was before Black Friday.

Unfortunately, not all poker players in America will be able to sign up for the booming poker network. New players from Washington D.C., Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, and Washington will not be allowed to create accounts as these states have very strict laws against gambling.

Merge has been very mum about the allowing American players to create new accounts again. It has been rumored that this is due to it trying to avoid any US law enforcement agency. Keep your internet browser open to FlopTurnRiver for any updates on this story and others!