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It was a busy Sunday at the PokerStars LIVE Manila poker room at Okada Manila, with the 2022 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila running four tournaments in tandem. The day`s highlight was the ₱20,000 Kickoff that played down to a winner after two days of non-stop action.
33-year-old Lung Wai Tang from Hong Kong topped the 583-entry field and defeated Philippines’ Conrad Lumaban heads-up to win his maiden PokerStars LIVE title and ₱1,976,000 (~$35,688) in prize money.
Tang, who runs a business in Hong Kong, had entered the final table second in chips behind Singapore’s Zhao Feng. While Feng managed to stay ahead through most of the proceedings, Tang took charge during three-handed play and eventually whisked away the title.
A total of seven Indians advanced to Day 2, and PokerGuru Ambassadors Ankit Wadhawan (8th for ₱205,000, ₹2.92 Lakhs) and Ashish Munot (9th for ₱163,180, ₹2.33 Lakhs) posted the deepest runs from the team. Both MTT pros stormed into the final table but were the first to exit.
Bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer (11th for ₱133,000, ₹1.90 Lakhs) fell two places shy of the final table, while Sameer Agarwal (24th for ₱59,000, ₹84,175), Deepak Bothra (43rd for ₱39,500 – ₹56,355), Alok Birewar (59th for ₱35,500 – ₹50,648), and PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh (80th for ₱31,500 – ₹44,941) were the other Indians who crossed the money line.
Many players who busted the Kickoff jumped into Day 1A of the ₱35,000 APPT National. The first of the two starting flights clocked in 134 entries (106 unique players), including 12 Indians. Only 29 advanced to Day 2, with China’s Lanling Yang (498,000), Singapore’s Yun Xiang Lee (328,500), and India’s Sameer Agarwal (268,500) topping the day-end chip counts.
Another five Indians: Dhanesh Chainani (180,000), Jasven Saigal (100,000), Dhaval Mudgal (99,000), Young Gun Gaurav Sood (89,500), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (74,500) carried a stack to Day 2. Day 1B got underway at 5 PM (local time) today, and Day 2 starts at 3 PM (local time) on Tuesday, August 2.
The ₱15K Knockout was another event with an Indian participation, and the 94-entry field had four Indians in the mix. Philippines’ Reynaldo Osete bested the competition to clinch the title for ₱194,800 (~$3,520). The recent APT Summer Festival Hanoi Deep Stack Hyper Turbo champion, Siddarth Singhvi, was chasing his second title in Manila and pocketed ₱70,100 (~₹1 Lakh) in fourth place.
In the other side event, Germany’s Daniel Smiljkovic won his first PokerStars LIVE title in Event #8: ₱100K Shot Clock – Single Re-entry. Smiljkovic bested the 12-player field and beat local hero Lester Edoc (2nd for ₱321,300) (~$5,794) heads-up to collect ₱535,500 (~$9,657).
Hong Kong’s Lung Wai Tang Wins ₱20K Kickoff For ₱1,976,000, India`s Ankit Wadhawan & Ashish Munot Make FT Finishes
Hong Kong businessman Lung Wai Tang outlasted the 583-entry field in the series-opener ₱20K Kickoff to collect the lion`s share of the ₱10,179,180 (~$183,845) prize pool, worth ₱1,976,000 (~$35,688).
The two-day event had 89 players returning on Sunday (Day 1A – 27, Day 1B – 39, Day 1C – 23), including seven Indian players. All of them were guaranteed a payday of at least ₱31,500 (~$569).
PokerGuru Ambassadors Ankit Wadhawan (8th for ₱205,000, ₹2.92 Lakhs) and Ashish Munot (9th for ₱163,180, ₹2.33 Lakhs) kept the team`s hopes of a second title victory going by storming into the final table, but both fell out relatively early.
Bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer (11th for ₱133,000, ₹1.90 Lakhs), Sameer Agarwal (24th for ₱59,000, ₹84,175), APT Summer Festival Hanoi Championships Event third-place finisher Deepak Bothra (43rd for ₱39,500, ₹56,355), Alok Birewar (59th for ₱35,500, ₹50,648), and PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh (80th for ₱31,500, ₹44,941) were the other Indians digging into the prize pool.
Other notables who fell short of the final table included the start-of-day chip leader, Canada’s Niroshan Loganathan (21st for ₱68,000), the Philippines’ Kim Michael Enriquez (27th for ₱59,000), the UK’s William Kang (28th for ₱51,500), South Korea’s Yohwan Lim (68th for ₱35,500), and Hong Kong’s Jeffrey Lo (85th for ₱31,500).
Final Table Recap
Singapore’s Zhao Feng held the start of the day chip lead, and he kept his sails high entering the final table. Shortly into play, Feng eliminated PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot in ninth place, his pocket tens besting Munot’s ace-queen.
Munot`s PokerGuru Staking stablemate Ankit Wadhawan was the next to fall in eighth place. The MTT pro from Chandigarh shoved all-in with pocket fours and found a caller in bracelet winner Mike Takayama, who held ace-eight and improved on the board.
Another 40-minute level later, Vietnam’s Duy Tung Nguyen lost his tournament life in seventh place after his flopped top pair lost to Day 1B chip leader John Tech’s turned straight.
In the same level, Feng busted Philippines’ Mike Takayama in sixth place. His ace-jack flopped top pair, dominating Takayama’s king-queen offsuit.
One full level of play later, another Filipino player, Joseroy “Woody” Jeremias Jr, hit the rail in fifth place. Jeremias jammed preflop with ace-queen offsuit but got looked up by Tang, who woke up with pocket kings.
Shortly after that, Feng dispatched John Tech in fourth place in another preflop all-in showdown where his ace-nine suited came up short against Feng’s ace-queen offsuit.
Three-handed play was an intense affair, with Tang and Zhao Feng jostling for the chip lead. Both players were neck-to-neck at the start, but Tang cruised ahead while Conrad Lumaban eliminated Feng in third place.
Coming into the heads-up finale, Tang held a dominating 3:1 chip lead over Conrad Lumaban and took down the event in just 20 minutes. On the last hand of the tournament, Lumaban shoved with ace-nine offsuit, and Tang called off with king-seven offsuit. Even though behind initially, Tang flopped top two-pair, which Lumaban could not outmatch on the runout. Lumaban was eliminated as the runner-up, and Tang posed for the winner’s photographs as his rail cheered him on!
Final Table Results (PHP)
Event #10: ₱35,000 APPT National – Day 1A
The first of the two starting flights of the much-awaited APPT National drew 134 players (including 106 unique entries), each ponying up ₱35,000 to enter.
After the stipulated 13 40-minute levels, China’s Lanling Yang (498,000) accumulated the most chips among the 29 players left standing. Singapore’s Yun Xiang Lee (328,500) and India`s Sameer Agarwal (268,500) round out the top three stacks of the day.
A total of 12 Indians entered Day 1A, and apart from Agarwal, another five of them: Dhanesh Chainani (180,000), Jasven Saigal (100,000), Dhaval Mudgal (99,000), Deepstack champion Gaurav Sood (89,500), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (74,500) advanced to Day 2.
The other six Indians, Shardul Aramudhan, Deepak Bothra, Ashish Munot, Akshay Nasa, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, and Siddharth Singhvi, failed to advance further.
The second and last starting flight, Day 1B, got underway at 5 PM (local time) on Monday, August 1. All qualifying stacks from the two starting flights will converge for Day 2 on Tuesday, August 2 at 3 PM (local time).
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A
Philippines’ Reynaldo Osete Wins Event #7: ₱15K Knockout For ₱194,800, India`s Siddarth Singhvi Finishes Fourth ₱70,100 (~₹1 Lakh)
The Philippines’ Reynaldo Osete topped a 94-player field (including 17 re-entries) in Event #7: ₱15,000 Knockout to win ₱194,800 (~$3,520). Osete`s compatriot Jose Cheung pocketed a runner-up payday of ₱135,400 (~$2,442).
Chasing his second live title in Manila, India`s Siddarth Singhvi managed to sneak into the final table and finished fourth for ₱70,100 (~₹1 Lakh). Singhvi is no stranger to tournament success in the Philippines, having won the ₱16,500 No Limit Hold’em – Bubble event at the PokerStars Festival Manila in 2017.
Another three Indian players, Dhanesh Chainani, Animesh Jain, and Chirag Shah, were in the fray, but they all busted short of the money.
The event generated a ₱1,203,576 prize pool (₱470,000 awarded in bounties) and paid out 13 places.
Final Table Results (PHP)
Germany’s Daniel Smiljkovic Wins Event #8: ₱100K Shot Clock – Single Re-Entry For ₱535,500
A total of 12 players (including nine unique entries) signed up for the ₱100K buy-in Event #8: Shot Clock – Single Re-entry, making for a ₱1,070,880 prize pool (~$19,340). The event was initially planned as a two-day affair, but the low turnout saw proceedings wrap up within a few hours on the opening day itself.
Germany’s Daniel Smiljkovic was the last player standing and bested well-known local pro Lester Edoc heads-up to win his career-first PokerStars LIVE title and the ₱535,500 (~$9,657) cash prize that accompanied it.
Edoc, a seven-time PokerStars LIVE title winner, took home a runner-up payday of ₱321,300 (~$5,794).
Final Results (PHP)
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