What other poker destination in the world offers attributes such as this?
Multiple national parks, three world heritage sites, a 6,400-foot volcano, 8km of Lava Tubes, the Loveland theme park (complete with a nipple fountain), and no small claim to being ground zero in the bid for world peace.
To top it all, Jeju island in South Korea also has an APPT festival on the way, for eight days next month.
It starts at Landing Casino in Jeju Shinwa World on June 22, finishing on June 29.
The KRW 1,500,000 buy-in Main Event starts on June 24 with a KRW 500,000,000 guarantee. That’s about US$421,000.
Here are some of the other highlights:
There will be 25 events during the festival, each with buy-ins full of zeros. They start at about US$170 ($1 = 1187 KRW at the time of writing), but keep going up, making it a worthwhile trip if you want to take on the local players.
If you need fresh air, fresh culture, or even if you just take a wrong turn on your way to the tournament room, the world outside has equally as much to offer.
Walk along a kilometre of the Manjanggul Lava Tube, or tweet pictures of the erotic sculptures of the Loveland theme park.
Or enjoy the peace. There’s enough to go around. Enjoy a local tangerine while you’re at it.
200 tonnes of them were sent to North Korea late last year as a gesture of goodwill. The North Koreans had sent 200 tonnes of mushrooms to the south.
You can’t get much more peaceful than that. And who ever felt bad after eating a tangerine?
We expect the field to be made up mostly of Asian players, what with it being a long trip from everywhere else.
But if you like airline food, great poker, and wouldn’t mind exploring part of the world you might otherwise never visit, Jeju is worth inking into your diary.
Satellites start tomorrow on PokerStars, with buy-ins starting at $5.50 (re-buys available). A great way to cut the cost of the trip.
They’re seat only satellites, but those able to make the journey from Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as (most of) north and south America, can make the trip visa free (although check what the time limitations are).
Players from most parts of Asia should check their individual visa requirements.