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APT 2022 Philippines: Paul Kiem Wins Championships Event; Mike Takayama Named Player of the Series on the Back of 4 Titles & 8 ITM Finishes

APT 2022 Philippines - Paul Kiem - Mike Takayama
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  • Namita Ghosh November 28, 2022
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The Asian Poker Tour (APT) 2022 Philippines ran a packed schedule of 42 tournaments at the Grand Wing Casino, Newport World Resorts, from November 15 to 27, dishing out massive cash prizes.

The showstopper of the series, Event #24: ₱50K Main Event, crowned a winner on November 22. With 480 entries coming in via three starting flights and late registrations on Day 2, the Main Event comfortably crushed the advertised ₱15 Million guarantee, generating a ₱23.28 Million prize pool. Coming into the final table as the chip leader, Filipino-American Moses Saquing lost his edge thrice on the last day before regaining momentum to win the prestigious trophy for ₱4,915,100 (~$85,728). Saquing went up against the formidable Christopher Mateo heads-up. The latter, a four-time APT title holder and the 2019 APT Philippines Main Event champion, collected ₱3,276,900 (~$57,159) in second place.

Moses Saquing
Moses Saquing

 

Final Table Results (PHP)

  1. Moses Saquing – ₱4,915,000
  2. Christopher Mateo ₱3,276,900
  3. Jonald Garcia – ₱278,100
  4. Kim Hyo Gyum – ₱1,645,400
  5. Kyung Sim Jae – ₱1,230,500
  6. Moon Kyoungin – ₱949,700
  7. Jeremy Giam (SGP) – ₱754,100
  8. Jerson Quiras – ₱ 614,400

 

The other featured event at the festival, Championship Event, recorded 236 entries across two starting flights and late registrations on Day 2, clocking ₱17,169,000 in the prize pool. American player Paul Kiem came out on top to win the marquee tournament for ₱4,196,300 (~$74,004). Paul’s final showdown for the title was against Malaysia’s William Teoh. The duo played only one hand, and Kiem defeated Teoh, clinching his first live tournament title in style!

Teoh, who had narrowly missed winning the APT Philippines II Championships Event in September, had to concede to a second-place finish in the APT headliner again, pocketing ₱2,797,700 (~$49,342).

Paul Kiem wins APT 2022 Philippines Championships Event
Paul Kiem

 

Final Table Results (PHP)

  1. Paul Kiem – ₱ 4,196,300
  2. William Teoh – ₱2,797,700
  3. James Mendoza – ₱1,944,900
  4. William Fasano – ₱1,404,800
  5. Renniel Galvez – ₱1,050,000
  6. Bell Perez – ₱810,800
  7. Li Lok Ching – ₱ 643,800
  8. Jose Drilon – ₱524,600

 

From India, Chirag Shah was present at the series. An Asian circuit regular, Shah had last scored in the Road to PSPC Manila in September. He had a decent outing with four deep runs and ₱214,600 in total winnings. His ITM finishes include:

> 9th in Event #4: ₱20K Head Hunter for ₱37,100

> 7th in Event #17: ₱20K NLHE for ₱70,800

> 9th in Event #21: ₱15,000 NLH Single Day for ₱39,200

> 14th in Event 37 ₱25,000 Monster Stack for ₱67,500

A slew of tournaments crowned champions on the closing weekend, and standing out in the list of winners was decorated Filipino pro Mike Takayama. The WSOP bracelet winner shipped Event 36: ₱150K 2-Day High Rollers for ₱1,708,000 – his fourth title of the series. He fired up an impressive eight other deep runs, collecting 1,572.27 points to win the APT Player of the Series (POS) title for an amazing third time. Along with the POS Trophy, Takayama bagged the POS Ring of Honor and a free seat to the APT 2022 Vietnam Main Event, scheduled in Danang in December.

Mike Takayama declared APT 2022 Philippines Player of the Year
Mike Takayama

 

Mike Takayama`s title wins include:

>1st in Event #8: ₱60K Single-Day High Rollers for ₱366,700

>1st in Event #16: ₱60K Hyper Single-Day High Roller for ₱671,300

>1st in Event #30: ₱150K 2-Day High Rollers for ₱287,500

> Event 36: ₱150K 2-Day High Rollers for ₱1,708,000

Japan’s Katsuhiro Kawai (1,103.03 points) and Christopher Mateo (903.63 points) rounded out the top three places on the APT POS leaderboard.

Complete List of APT 2022 Philippines Winners

PlayerEventPrize Amount (PHP)
Kurakami DaisukeEvent 23 Php 40,000 High Rollers 6 Max Hyper TurboPHP 379,600
Holley MatthewEvent 24 Php 20,000 No Limit Hold'emPHP 431,900
Jayden ZalacEvent 25 Php 70,000 High Rollers Single DayPHP 631,000
Lester EdocEvent 26 Php 40,000 High Rollers 6 Max Hyper TurboPHP 398,600
Okuda AkitoshiEvent 27 Php 15,000 No Limit Hold'em Single DayPHP 314,500
Richard NakilaEvent 28 Php 8,000 Hyper Deep Stack TurboPHP 133,200
Tanaka MasatoshiEvent 29 Php 15,000 Super Deep Stack TurboPHP 195,600
Mike TakayamaEvent 30 Php 40,000 High Rollers 6 Max Hyper TurboPHP 287,500
Sho SakuiEvent 31 Php 8,000 Hyper Deep Stack TurboPHP 104,000
Tim FrazinEvent 32 Php 20,000 Pot Limit OmahaPHP 265,700
Kosei FujiwaraEvent 33 Php 40,000 High Rollers 6 Max Hyper TurboPHP 309,600
Sanehira YosukeEvent 34 Php 9,000 Deep Stack TurboPHP 179,100
Fukagawa TakayukiEvent 35 Php 8,000 Hyper Deep Stack TurboPHP 112,100
Mike TakayamaEvent 36 Php 150,000 High RollersPHP 1,708,000
Czar Ian MarcosEvent 37 Php 25,000 Monster StackPHP 932,700
Sanehira YosukeEvent 38 Php 9,000 Deep Stack TurboPHP 102,900
Suya LeeEvent 39 Php 8,000 Hyper Deep Stack TurboPHP 91,600
Michl JorisEvent 40 Php 8,000 Hyper Deep Stack TurboPHP 112,100
Kim DonghyunEvent 41 Php 80,000 High Rollers Single DayPHP 465,600

Content & Images Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour

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