Amaya’s Global Poker Tours will expand its Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) with the addition of the Australia & New Zealand Poker Tour as part of its live poker coverage across the region.

As part of the expansion, the APPT will encompass the Australia & New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT), which launched the seventh season of its series of events earlier this year in February. Events took place in Perth and Sydney in February and March, with the final poker tournament taking place next month in Melbourne.

From 2016 onwards, all former-ANZPT events will join the APPT to create an international poker tour.

The ANZPT will host its last event in Melbourne from October 8th-20th. Last year’s ANZPT Melbourne Main Event broke the ANZPT record for largest tournament with a field of 516 players, creating a AUD$1.03m prize pool.

“I have been very proud to be a part of the ANZPT,” said APPT and ANZPT president Danny McDonagh. “There have been many memorable stops including Darwin, Gold Coast and Queenstown together with the big city venues such as Sydney and Melbourne.

“The tour has preserved the freeze out format in the $2,000 range, a decision vindicated by how popular the series has been with players. I hope ANZPT Melbourne at the fabulous Crown Melbourne complex can set a new prize pool record as ANZPT's final event, beating the million dollar prize pool achieved just last season.”

The inaugural event for the new APPT Season 10 will be the APPT Aussie Millions which runs from January 13th to February 1st 2016 at the Crown, Melbourne, featuring the legendary $10,600 Aussie Millions Main Event.

APPT said that it remains committed to live events in Australia, and a second Australian APPT event is already in the planning for 2016.