Since 2009, the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) has been awarded each year to the best poker player on the PokerStars Asia Circuit. This is determined by the APOY Leaderboard where players gain points by participating in the premiere poker tournaments in Asia. Each year the winner has their name engraved on the APOY legacy trophy located at the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room and becomes a part of poker history. The 2018 APOY season takes place from November 27, 2017, to August 12, 2018. This season's winner will receive USD $20,000.

Past Winners

2017: Alan "Kinglune" Lau (Hong Kong)
2016: Jack En-ching Wu (Taiwan)
2015: Alan "Kinglune" Lau (Hong Kong)
2014: Pete Yen Han Chen (Taiwan)
2013: Jian Yang (China)
2012: Yosuke Sekiya (Japan)
2011: Hung-sheng “Shaq” Lin (Taiwan)
2010: Bryan Huang (Singapore)
2009: Kitty Kuo (Taiwan)

2018 Asia Player of the Year

The following tournaments are Official Asia Player of the Year Events and count towards the 2018 APOY Leaderboard, with more events to be announced soon.

Manila Megastack 8 November 27-December 3, 2017 ₱30,000
ACOP Platinum Series 20 January 5-14, 2018 HK$10,000
Macau Poker Cup 28 January 26 – February 11, 2018 ₱10,000
PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 5 February 13-18, 2018 ₱10,000
PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 6 March 5-11, 2018 ₱10,000
APPT Macau March 14 -25, 2018 HK$40,000
APPT Korea April 6-15, 2018 KRW 1,800,000
2018 Macau Millions April 17-23, 2018 HK$3,000
Manila Megastack 9 April 27-May 6, 2018 ₱30,000
PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 7 May 28 – June 3, 2018 ₱10,000
PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 8 July 2-8, 2018 ₱10,000
APPT Manila Aug 4-12, 2018 ₱55,000


All events subject to regulatory approval.

There are three criteria when calculating points:

  1. Place Finished
    Players receive points only if they are in the money. If a tournament pays only five places, only the top five players get points.
  2. Amount of the buy-in
  3. Number of entrants

Total points are calculated by multiplying the point factors of the three criteria:

Place finished

The top 10 players receive points in field size less than 400. The top 20 receive points for fields from 400-799. The top 30 receive points for field of 800+

Players making deals which alter prize payouts will have further allocation of bonus APOY Leaderboard points suspended.

Place Points Awarded
1st 120
2nd 100
3rd 80
4th 60
5th 50
6th 40
7th 35
8th 30
9th 25
10th 20
11th-20th 10
21th-30th 5


Buy-in (HKD) Points Awarded
$200,000 and more 8 points
$100,000 6 points
$50,000-99,999 5 points
$30,000-49,999 4 points
$20,000-29,999 3.5 points
$10,000-19,999 3 points
$5000-9,999 2.5 points
$2,000-4,999 2 points
Under $2,000 1 point

The buy-in in rebuy tournaments are calculated by dividing the total gross prize pool by the number of entrants.

Please Note: Conversion rate for purpose of determining buy-in amount will be locked at 5 PHP-to-1 HKD; 125 KRW-to-1 HKD

Number of entrants

Number of entrants Points Awarded
Under 50 1 point
50-99 2 points
100-149 3 points
150-199 4 points

200-204 entries is 4.1 points. Then each grouping of 10 entries increases the number of points by 0.1. For example: 205-214 entries is 4.2 points, 215-224 entries is 4.3 points and so forth. The maximum points awarded for Entries factor is 10 (which occurs at grouping 785-794 entries).

Here is a hypothetical total point calculation example:

You finished in 3rd place in a $5,000 buy-in event that had 120 entrants.

You receive 80 points for 3rd; the buy-in is $5,000, which is a 2.5-point event; and there are 120 entrants, which is good for 3 points.

Thus, you receive 600 total points (80 x 2.5 x 3= 600).

Note: PokerStars LIVE Macau reserves the right to change the Asia Player of the Year schedule and criteria at their discretion. Players making deals which alter prize payouts will have further allocation of bonus APOY Leaderboard points suspended.

All player names are recorded as per payout sheets for each event. Please ensure your name is being recorded correctly - and legibly - by the payout team so that your points can be calculated accurately.

PokerStars LIVE Macau bears no responsibility for any points miscalculated due any error in the spelling of player names. Please check this page approximately one week after each event and email as soon as possible if you believe points have been miscalculated. Any errors must be reported within 30 days after each event for review and update of the ranking.



Rank Player Points
1 Mike Takayama 9,180
2 Alexis Lim 5,931
3 Xingbao Zhu 5,175
4 Richard Marquez 4,900
5 Tsui Han Hsiao 4,585
6 I Cheng Lin 4,444
7 Terry Gonzaga 4,163
8 Christopher Michael Soyza 4,116
9 Edwin Bondoc Marzan 3,784
10 Abao Shi 3,712
Standings as of July 9, 2018