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It was a busy start to the weekend at the 2022 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila, with a slew of tournaments running alongside Day 2 of the APPT Manila Main Event. Team India had reasons to celebrate for seasoned pro Dhaval Mudgal became the fourth Indian to win a title in the series.
In 2018, musician-turned poker player Dhaval Mudgal helped put India on the Asian poker map by taking down the first-ever WPT Vietnam Main Event title for a whopping ₹76.02 Lakhs. Four years and about ten final table finishes in the Asian Circuit later, the poker pro from New Delhi finally lifted his first-ever PokerStars LIVE trophy after topping a 70-player field (41 unique players) in Event #35: ₱5,000 Flipout for ₱96,000 (~₹1.37 Lakhs).
The biggest attraction on Saturday was the APPT Manila Main Event, where 188 qualifiers from the two starting flights returned for Day 2. The group included 13 Indian players, and Dhanesh Chainani (1,150,000) and Event #17: ₱100,000 6-Handed champion PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot (810,000) were the only Indians part of the 21 players advancing to Day 2. Both players have workable stacks, with Chainani ranked ninth in chips and Munot 13th.
As per the latest updates, the 21-player Day 2 field in the Main Event is down to 10 players, with Chainani still in contention. Based out of Singapore, Chainani has an illustrious live tournament scorecard dotted with several standout victories in the Asian live tournament circuit. His last recorded title victory was in Event #15: Superstack Turbo at the 2019 WPT Vietnam. Chainani has already cashed twice at the ongoing series and is guaranteed a fat payout in the Main Event.
The other 11 Indians who fell out on Day 2 cashed as follows: Akshay Nasa (32nd for ₱182,000, ₹2.60 Lakhs), Abhinav Iyer (37th for ₱182,000, ₹2.60 Lakhs), Siddarth Singhvi (45th for ₱158,000, ₹2.26 Lakhs), Ankit Wadhawan (49th for ₱158,000, ₹2.26 Lakhs), Shardul Parthasarathi (50th for ₱158,000, ₹2.26 Lakhs), Anil Adiani (70th for ₱138,000, ₹1.97 Lakhs), Sameer Agarwal (79th for ₱118,000, ₹1.69 Lakhs), Laksh Pal Singh (83rd for ₱118,000, ₹1.69 Lakhs), Young Gun Gaurav Sood (89th for ₱118,000, ₹1.69 Lakhs), Jasven Saigal (102nd for ₱102,000, ₹1.54 Lakhs), and Chirag Shah (108th for ₱102,000, ₹1.54 Lakhs).
Four Indians were part of the 40-player field in Event #36: ₱250,000 APPT High Roller. Event #4: ₱55,000 Deepstack champion Gaurav Sood (137,500) was the lone Indian advancing to Day 2 and bagged the seventh biggest stack among the 19 survivors, and Israel’s Daniel Benor (288,200) is the player in front.
Playing alongside the Main Event and the APPT High Roller was Event #33: ₱40,000 SuperStack NLH Freezeout that clocked in 143 entries. Only 32 advanced to Day 2, with Singapore’s Ang Lim Yong (291,000), the Philippines’ Sernaque Perez (275,000), and Vietnam’s Phan Linh (260,000) topping the day-end chip counts.
A group of nine Indians entered the SuperStack NLH Freezeout, and Jasven Saigal (73,500) and PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (10,000) carried stacks to Day 2.
Wadhawan lost a massive pot towards the fag end of the day, losing most of his stacks. While barely making the cut, the Indian pro will need to spin up early if he hopes to win the title.
In other side events, the Philippines’ Jason Magbanua topped the 33-player field in Event #31: ₱35,000 NLH Hyper Turbo – Freezeout to win his second PokerStars LIVE title and ₱350,500 (~$6,310).
South Korea’s Kim Hak Do overcame the 81-entry field in Event #32: Rebuy Charity Event ₱300K GTD to win ₱103,900 (~$1,870).
Japan’s Seina Asagiri Chip Lead Final 21 in APPT Manila Main Event, Dhanesh Chainani and Ashish Munot in Contention
Day 2 of the APPT Manila Main Event began with 188 qualifiers (Day 1A – 77, Day 1B – 111) advancing from the two starting flights. After an entire day’s play, only 21 of them progressed to Day 3.
Japan’s Seina Asagiri (2,660,000) sits on top of the field. The last woman standing in the Main Event, Asagiri, had entered Day 2 as one of the shorter stacks and did an impressive climb up the ranks. She woke up with pocket aces four times and won all four times. Another two players, the Netherlands’ Thijs Hilberts (2,500,000) and Singapore’s Zhao Feng (2,070,000), amassed two-million-plus stacks moving into the final day.
A total of 13 Indians, including eight Day 1A qualifiers led by Event #12: ₱100K NLH Shotclock – Freezeout winner Akshay Nasa and seven Day 1B qualifiers headlined by bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer returned on Day 2.
Only two among them survived the Day 2 onslaught. Dhanesh Chainani (1,150,000) bagged the ninth biggest stack among the survivors, while the ₱100,000 6-Handed champion Ashish Munot (810,000) bagged the 13th biggest stack for Day 3.
The other 11 Indians all crossed the money. The list includes Akshay Nasa (32nd for ₱182,000, ₹2.60 Lakhs), Abhinav Iyer (37th for ₱182,000, ₹2.60 Lakhs), Siddarth Singhvi (45th for ₱158,000, ₹2.26 Lakhs), Ankit Wadhawan (49th for ₱158,000, ₹2.26 Lakhs), Shardul Parthasarathi (50th for ₱158,000, ₹2.26 Lakhs), Anil Adiani (70th for ₱138,000, ₹1.97 Lakhs), Sameer Agarwal (79th for ₱118,000, ₹1.69 Lakhs), Laksh Pal Singh (83rd for ₱118,000, ₹1.69 Lakhs), Young Gun Gaurav Sood (89th for ₱118,000, ₹1.69 Lakhs), Jasven Saigal (102nd for ₱102,000, ₹1.54 Lakhs), and Chirag Shah (108th for ₱102,000, ₹1.54 Lakhs).
It took two levels of play on Day 2 for the money bubble to burst, and UK’s William Kang was the last player to fall out empty-handed. Kang’s exit assured the remaining 119 players at least ₱102,000 (~$1,835) from the ₱45,452,745 (~$817,875) prize pool.
Mike Takayama (71st for ₱138,000), the Philippines John Tech (43rd for ₱158,000), New Zealand’s Thomas Ward (112th for ₱102,000), and Hong Kong’s Jeffrey Lo (116th for ₱102,000) are other notables who cashed out on Day 2.
Among the prominent players still in contention are the Philippines’ Kim Michael Enriquez (700,000) and George Salud (145,000).
The 21 finalists returned for Day 3 at 3 PM (local time) on Sunday, August 7, and according to the latest updates, the Main Event is down to ten players.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2
Israel’s Daniel Benor Chip Leads 19 Players Advancing to Day 2 in Event #36: ₱250,000 APPT High Roller
Event #36: ₱250,000 APPT High Roller took off over the weekend, with 40 players paying the ₱250,000 buy-in to enter. Only 19 of them advanced to Day 2, with Isreal’s Daniel Benor (288,200), South Korea’s Seungmook Jung (161,700), and Japan’s Takashi Ogura (153,600) leading the charge.
Four Indian heavyweights entered the competition, but Deepstack champion Gaurav Sood (137,500) was the only one from the team to survive the day`s play.
Unfortunately, the remaining three Indian players, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi, Abhinav Iyer, and PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, couldn’t make much headway.
Other notables in the mix include the 2019 APPT Manila Main Event champion Florencio Campomanes and Malaysia’s Victor Chong.
There is still scope for more players to enter since registrations are open till 4.10 PM (local time) on Sunday or the end of Level 12.
Day 2 got underway at 2 PM (local time) on Sunday, August 7.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2
Singapore’s Ang Lim Yong Headlines 32 Players to Day 2 in Event #33: ₱40,000 SuperStack NLH – Freezeout
Running concurrently with the Main Event and the APPT High Roller, the two-day Event #33: ₱40,000 SuperStack Freezeout drew 143 entries, generating a ₱4,993,560 (~$89,875) prize pool, crushing its advertised ₱2 Million guarantee.
Only 32 players survived the opening day`s play, and Singapore’s Ang Lim Yong (291,000) is the player best placed to win the ₱1,198,500 (~$21,570) top prize. Philippines’ Sernaque Perez (275,000) and Vietnam’s Phan Linh (260,000) and not far behind.
Nine Indians entered the event, but only two carried stacks to Day 2. Long-time poker pro Jasven Saigal (73,500) bagged an average stack, while PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (10,000) barely made the cut, carrying the shortest stack.
The other seven Indians, Deepak Bothra, Rahul Jolly, Dhaval Mudgal, Young Gun Kanchan Sharma, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, and Siddarth Singhvi, fell out through the day’s proceedings.
Day 2 got underway at 2 PM (local time) today, August 7, where the plan is to play down to a winner.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
India’s Dhaval Mudgal Wins Event #35: ₱5,000 Flipout For ₱96,000
The popular Event #35: ₱,5000 Flipout drew a field of 70 contenders (41 unique players), generating a ₱305,550 prize pool. Only seven players got paid, with the first-ever WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Dhaval Mudgal taking down the title. The musician and poker pro Mudgal beat Dutch pro Martijn Gerrits (2nd for ₱69,600) heads-up to collect the top prize of ₱96,000 (~₹1.37 Lakhs) and his maiden PokerStars LIVE title, bringing India its fourth title of the series.
The event followed a unique format where nine players got dealt one hand and were all in pre-flop. The winner of the hand advanced to the next round, following which the game carried on as a regular freezeout tournament.
Final Table Results (PHP)
Philippines’ Jason Magbanua Wins Event #31: ₱35,000 NLH Hyper Turbo – Freezeout For ₱350,500
Event #31: ₱35,000 NLH Hyper Turbo – Freezeout played out in the early hours on Saturday, with 33 entries competing for a share of the ₱1,030,722 (~$18,550) prize pool. Philippines’ Jason Magbanua championed the event, bringing the country’s total title count in the series to four.
Magbanua pocketed the top prize of ₱350,500 (~$6,310) and his second PokerStars LIVE title after defeating Singapore’s Benjamin Sai (2nd for ₱242,300) heads-up.
India’s Dhanesh Chainani also entered the tourney but busted before the money bubble.
Only six players got paid, including New Zealand’s Thomas Ward, who placed fourth for ₱118,600 (~$3,395) – his first FT finish in the series.
Final Table Results (PHP)
South Korea’s Kim Hak Do Captures Event #32: ₱5,000 Rebuy Charity For ₱103,900
South Korea’s Kim Hak Do prevailed over the 81-player field (50 unique players) in Event #32: ₱5,000 Rebuy Charity to win the title for ₱103,900 (~$1,870). Do defeated fellow countryman Seong Hwang heads-up to win the bragging rights, taking South Korea’s trophy count in the series to four.
The event collected a ₱345,708 (~$6,220) prize pool, of which ₱31,600 will be donated to charity.
The nine finalists cut a deal that saw eighth and ninth place receive ₱5,000 each.
From Team India, Chirag Shah entered the event but could not convert his efforts into a payday.
Final Table Results (PHP)*
*The final nine players struck a deal to alter the prize payouts from 1st – 2nd, and 8-9th place
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