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The 2018 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila edition is off with a bang! Currently underway at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room, this well-renowned series has already superseded previously set milestones in less than three days. The series has already crushed the ₱40 Million GTD in its third day and is now seven events into its 22-event schedule, with six events already declaring winners.
One of the most popular event of the series is undoubtedly the APPT National. The event had a ₱5 Million tournament guarantee that was overshot on its first starting flight alone – Day 1A – with 321 runners entering the fray. However, the prize pool swelled to a monstrous ₱21,711,510 ($410,150) after 508 more players joined in on Day 1B. With a massive field of 829 entries, the event set a new Philippines record, overtaking the 189 entrants that participated in the ₱27,500 PokerStars Super Deep during the 2017 PokerStars Festival Manila.
While a strong battalion of 28 Indian challengers were seen in action on Day 1B, a commendable 13 among them made it through the day. They will be joined by the 5 Indians who survived from Day 1A and the total 18 runners from India will enter Day 2 with Abhinav Iyer (162,000), Akshay Nasa (158,200) and Vidwath Shetty (155,900) in the forefront.
With the first-place prize money worth ₱4,559,000 ($86,123) and a PSPC Platinum Pass worth USD $30,000 on the line, the 230 survivors of Day 1A (82) and Day 1B (148) will resume play on Day 2.
In side events, Canadian player Edward Lardizabal bested a field of 119 players in the Knockout Turbo event to pocket ₱206,100 ($3,893) while Taiwan’s Pete Yen Han won the ₱10,000 NLH PLO for ₱214,999.
MadOverPoker pro Zarvan Tumboli has also been actively spotted on the felts as in the Turbo Deepstack event, Tumboli managed to make a deep run but missed the final table to finish in 11th place for ₱21,200 (~₹27,538). The event was won byHong Kong’s Carson Ka Shing Wong who banked₱280,500 ($5,298) for his efforts.
The PokerStars Live Manila poker room is bound to see intense and exciting action as three other events, the ₱8,000 NLH, ₱20,000 Megastack – Shot Clock and Big Blind Ante and the ₱10,000 Turbo are scheduled to begin today.
A field of 508 players registered on the second starting flight of the APPT National, increasing the player pool to 829 entries and creating a record-breaking prize pool of ₱21,711,510 ($410,150). With the top 99 places assured a min-cash of ₱61,000 ($1,152), the stage has been set for the ultimate showdown!
Taking Day 1B by storm was Ngoc Anh Cao. On the heels of his impressive win in the Championships Event at the 2018 APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships for VND 1,304,030,000 (~₹39.22 Lakhs), the Vietnamese pro was once again in the midst of the action and bagged the top stack of 329,900 chips by the end of the day’s play. Chenxu Zhang (305,200) and Xiang Tang (206,700) rounded up the top three stacks.
A total of 148 players remained with several notables managing to find a bag at the end of Day 1B including Filipino Lester Edoc (188,800), WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama (154,800), New Zealand’s Tae Hoon Han (137,400), Norway’s Henrik Tollefsen (91,200), and the USA’s Andrew An (55,000).
The Indian contingent had a strong showing on Day 1B with 28 players jumping into the action starting with Sahil Agarwal, Ashish Ahuja, Saurabh Arora, Alok Birewar, Keshav Chadha, Sahil Chuttani, Jaydeep Dawer, Sriharsha Doddapaneni, Sajal Gupta, Varun Gupta, Abhinav Iyer, Abhishek Jalan, Rajeev Kanjani, Manish Lakhotia, Vinayak Malani, Atul Nagpal, Akshay Nasa, Chiraag Patel, Kunal Patni, Ravi Priya, Sameer Rattonsey, Vivek Rughani, Jasven Saigal, Kanishka Samant, Vidwath Shetty, Ramandeep Singh, Siddarth Singhvi, and Aditya Sushant.
Patni, Doddapaneni, Rughani, Agarwal, Ahuja, Chadha, Chutani and Singhvi who had busted out of the preceding starting flight i.e. Day 1A, re-entered the event via Day 1B. Finally, only 13 Indian runners have made the cut from Day 1B. These 13 will be accompanied by the 5 survivors from Day 1A, taking the Indian participation to 18 players.
With a total of 230 survivors expected to return to the felts for Day 2, the APPT National is spearheading towards an exciting climax!
1. Ngoc Anh Cao – 329,900
2. Chenxu Zhang – 305,200
3. Xiang Tang – 206,700
4. Tamon Nakamura – 197,200
5. Leon Li-Ta Hsu – 192,200
6. Hsu Sheng Wang – 190,500
7. Lester Edoc – 188,800
8. Stephen Nathan – 184,900
9. Yi Ye – 170,400
10. Czarian Ian Marcos – 169,300
A total of 119 players competed in the Knockout Turbo event and it was Canadian pro Edward Lardizabal who reigned supreme on the final table. Lardizabal won the first place purse worth ₱206,100 after beating Japan’s Hisashi Yamanouchi in the heads-up match.
A prize pool of ₱777,784 was created in the event, that included an additional ₱238,000 awarded in bounties. The top 12 spots were paid and action on the final table was set in motion after the elimination of Philippines pro Joven Huerto in 10th place for ₱19,384.
Final Table Results (PHP)
1. Edward Lardizabal – ₱206,100
2. Hisashi Yamanouchi – ₱140,000
3. John Tech – ₱93,300
4. Yusaku Takeshima – ₱73,900
5. Kuan Yu Chen – ₱58,600
6. Wei Hsun Lu – ₱50,600
7. James Mendoza – ₱42,700
8. Christopher Mateo -₱34,900
9. Khung Weng Wong – ₱27,100
A total of 120 runners entered ₱10,000 NLH PLO that opened on August 6. An entire day’s play later, Taiwanese player Pete Yen Han Chen claimed the title and the top prize worth ₱214,999 that came with it!
Chen, who is a former Asia Player of the Year, has final tabled 11 events so far this year, including multiple scores at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and with this win, that also happens to be his eighth PokerStars Live title, his total live earnings have risen beyond $1.89 Million.
12 finalists made it in the money to take home a share of the ₱1,024,320 prize pool. Chen sailed into the final table with an impressive stack and faced tough competition from the final table opponents. He clashed with Korean pro Soo Jo Kim in the finale. The two players agreed to a heads-up deal, altering the prize payouts for the top prize and runner-up finish and Chen eventually claimed the title!
Final Table Results (PHP)
1. Pete Yen Han Chen – ₱214,999*
2. Soo Jo Kim – ₱240,401*
3. Andrianto Wijaya Tan – ₱123,000
4. Julian Hasse – ₱97,700
5. Eric Shao Me Yang – ₱77,000
6. Anthony Abram – ₱66,600
7. Christopher Luke Pangan – ₱56,300
8. Benjamin Lee – ₱46,000
9. Tadamasa Murase – ₱35,720
*denotes heads-up deal
Another popular tournament at the 2018 APPT Manila Series is in the books. The Turbo Deepstack kicked off with 124 entrants making their way to the poker tables. A prize pool of ₱1,058,464 was created and the competitors fought over the first place pay cheque of ₱280,500. Hong Kong’s Carson Ka Shing Wong bested the field to reach the final table that comprised of players from different nationalities. Wong took down the event after an intense heads-up battle with British pro Simon Mark Burns.
Indian pro Zarvan Tumboli fell agonizingly short of the final table and was eliminated in 11th place. Tumboli pocketed ₱21,200 (~₹27,538) for his deep run.
Following Tumboli to the rail was Korea’s Kai Jan Chou who banked ₱26,464 for his 10th place finish.
Final Table Results (PHP)
1. Carson Ka Shing Wong – ₱280,500
2. Simon Mark Burns – ₱190,500
3. Jensen Rex Chow – ₱127,000
4. Wei Zeng – ₱100,600
5. Seojin Lee – ₱79,400
6. Seongsu Kong – ₱68,800
7. Bin Chiat Tay – ₱58,200
8. Joven Huerto – ₱47,600
9. Xiaoguang Yuan – ₱37,000
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