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The 2018 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Finale Philippines ran through yet another action-packed schedule of events on Thursday. The series’ first shot-clock tournament i.e. NLH Single Day (Shot-Clock) kicked off with 66 hopefuls, even as the second starting flight of the PHP 10 Million GTD Main Event kept the poker room buzzing with activity.
Winning the first title for Team India at the stop was Amanpreet Singh, who took down the NLH Single Day (Shot Clock) for PHP 273,300 (₹3.63 Lakhs). Singh made short work of the competition as he cruised into the final table with relative ease and defeated Malaysia’s Ming Ken Thoo heads-up to win his maiden APT title.
Singh came into this series from Vietnam where he was seen in action at the 2018 APL Road Series Vol. 3 Main Event, and though he bricked the series, he has more than made up for it with his win. Singh also has a sixth place finish in the 2018 APT Vietnam Monster Stack (VND 81,160,000 – ₹2.43 Lakhs) that played out in October.
While Singh’s maiden APT title victory announced Team India’s arrival at the series in style, two more Indians are in the running for the Main Event title. Following on the footsteps of the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Aditya Sushant (70,600) who made it through to Day 2 on Day 1A, Dilip Menon jumped in on the action on Day 1B and has advanced to Day 2 with a stack of 31,300.
The second starting flight of the Main Event saw 169 entrants with only 103 among them making it to Day 2. Topping the leaderboard was Singaporean pro Ang Boon Seng who bagged the chip lead with a massive 158,900.
The NLH Single Day (Shot-Clock) event was the first event at the ongoing series to implement the shot-clock and saw 66 runners converging on the felts. It was Indian challenger Amanpreet Singh who emerged victorious and took home the first place prize of PHP 273,300 (₹3,63,648) in addition to his maiden APT trophy.
The event was fast paced with the blinds escalating every 20 minutes. The bubble burst when Graham Cowan knocked out Aso Seitaro. Cowan held and completed a one-card flush on the board reigning over Seitaro’s .
After Tanaka Taishi (10th for PHP 26,400) and Kee Kian Sim (11th for PHP 22,500) fell out, the final table was set into motion and it wasn’t long before the heads-up finale was reached.
Rex Clinkscales crashed in ninth place and was followed to the rail by Japan’s Nanami Murata and Korea’s Lee Kwangwoo.
Australian pro Graham Cowan was busted out in sixth place followed by the 2018 APT Philippines Championship Event winner Lim Yohwan and Mikael Anderson.
Norwegian player Henrik Tolefsen was the next player to leave the final table in third place.
With his exit, only Ming Ken Thoo from Malaysia and Singh were the only two players left in contention for the APT trophy. Thoo entered the heads-up play in the chip lead but Singh scored a quick double up with his ace-jack defeating Thoo’s queen-jack. The next hand saw Thoo reclaiming back the lead with his ace-four doubling up over Singh’s queen-eight, but two hands later the final hand played out.
On the final hand, Singh tabled and Thoo’s turned over . The board ran and Singh got lucky to make a turned straight to win his career-first APT title!
1. Amanpreet Singh – PHP 273,300
2. Ming Ken Thoo – PHP 182,200
3. Henrik Tollefsen – PHP 127,200
4. Mikael Anderson – PHP 92,600
5. Lim Yohwan –PHP 70,000
6. Graham Cowan – PHP 54,700
7. Lee Kwangwoo – PHP 44,100
8. Nanami Murata – PHP 36,400
9. Rex Clinkscales – PHP 30,900
Even with a plethora of side events running alongside the Main Event, Day 1B still managed to pull in 169 runners. Of the 103 runners who survived the day`s onslaught, Singapore’s Ang Boon Seng emerged as the chip leader with a stack of 158,900 which also put in the pole position for Day 2.
Seng dominated the felts throughout the day. During the last level, Russia’s Valeriy Pak locked horns with Seng where the former’s ran into Seng’s . The board fell and Seng flopped a full house to eliminate Pak from the competition.
Joining Aditya Sushant on Day 2 will be another Indian challenger Dilip Menon. Menon is no stranger to tournament success, as back in 2017, he had won his maiden APT title in the $330 No Limit Hold’em 2 at the APT Southeast Asia, Poipet for $3,750 (₹2,61,393). He is back again in the running for a second APT title as he has worked up a very workable stack of 31,300 for Day 2.
Following Seng on top of the chip counts are Japan’s Takao Shimizu with 114,800 and Anton Del Rosario with 96,800,
Defending champion Lester Edoc was among the many notables seen in action on Day 1B. He busted halfway through the day but quickly re-entered and held on to bag a sizable 88,800 stack.
Another APT champion who progressed to Day 2 was Joven Huerto (65,400). Edoc and Huerto were also joined by two-time champion and WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama (63,800) and fellow APT winners Hisashi Ogi (32,400) and Alexis Lim (30,900).
As for John Tech (15,200) and Iori Yogo (8,400), they survived but with very short stacks.
A total of 149 players (Day 1A – 46 and Day 1B – 103) will return to the felts for Day 2 at 1pm today.
1. Ang Boon Seng – 158,900
2. Chul Ho Bae – 133,400
3. Takao Shimizu – 114,800
4. Bobby Zhang – 106,500
5. Kenneth Khoo – 106,300
6. Anton Del Rosario – 96,800
7. CharlitoAseberos – 89,500
8. Koji Asaka – 89,400
9. Lester Edoc – 88,800
10. Kwok LuenHei – 84,100
It promises to be yet another day of high-octane action today as on the sidelines of the Main Event Day 2 action will be the Short Deck NLH event.
December 1 has three events lined up, namely, the High Rollers, NLH (Shot Clock) and MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo.
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