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The final stop of the year for the Asian Poker Tour (APT) i.e. the 2018 APT Finale Philippines wrapped up on Thursday. After the Championships Event crowned Japan’s Iori Yogo the champion on Wednesday, four more events played out at the Resorts World Manila (RWM) to bring the series to a thundering close.
Turning the tables on Mike Takayama, who looked well on his way to capture the coveted APT Player of the Series title was Kosei Ichinose who took down the Monster Stack event for PHP 693,400. Snagging a second title at the series got Ichinose those crucial points he needed to top the APT Player of the Series leaderboard.
Indian participation at the series has been encouraging and the last few days were no different. Indian challengers Amanpreet Singh and Aditya Sushant, both stormed their way into the final table at the Monster Stack event. While Singh finished sixth (PHP 138,800 -₹1.86 Lakhs), Sushant scored a seventh place finish (PHP 111,800 -₹1.49 Lakhs).
Meanwhile in the concluding side events, the High Rollers Single Day (Shot Clock) was taken down by Korea’s Jae Wook Shin for PHP 1,493,800, Junnie Pamplona won the Deep Stack Turbo for PHP 71,100 and Sherwin Alda topped the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo for PHP 68,500.
The series featured a total of 19 events and the showstopper PHP 55,000 Main Event was taken down by Japan’s Mikiya Kudo, who collected the PHP 2,844,200 top prize. Kudo outran the 307-strong field in the Main Event to claim the most prestigious title at the series.
With the 2018 rooster of events in the books, APT will be kicking off its 2019 calendar with the 2019 APT Kick-off Vietnam from January 9-20 at Pro Poker Club, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
If the Indian participation at the just-concluded 2018 APT Finale Philippines has to be summed up, two names stand out i.e. Amanpreet Singh and Aditya Sushant.
Singh opened the Indian scorecard at the series with his title win in the NLH Single Day (Shot clock) for PHP 273,300 ₹3.63 Lakhs. In the event, Singh defeated Malaysia’s Ming Ken Thoo to claim his maiden APT title.
Sushant was first seen in action at the Championships Event, where he advanced to Day 2 alongside Madhav Gupta. Though Gupta fell out empty-handed, Sushant went on to reach the final table and finished fourth (PHP 973,300 – ₹13.02 Lakhs).
For Gupta, his lone score in the series came in the NLH Single Day Event where he finished in 18thplace (PHP 24,700 – ₹33,079).
The Indian challengers kept the scorecard ticking till the last day of the series. Both Singh and Sushant entered the Monster Stack and reached the final table where Singh finished sixth (PHP 138,800 -₹1.86 Lakhs), while Sushant took seventh place (PHP 111,800 -₹1.49 Lakhs).
Just two days before the 2018 APT Finale Philippines was to end, Filipino poker icon Mike Takayama looked well on his way to clinch another Player of the Series award. In August, Takayama was declared PokerStars’ 2018 Asia Player of the Year (APOY) for leading the way at various PokerStars LIVE tournament stops this year. Takayama was at the top of the APT POS leaderboard with 928.03 points, followed by Lim Yohwan who held 962.33 points.
The closing day of the series changed the dynamics since Kosei Ichinose took down the Monster Stack for PHP 693,400. With this win, Ichinose who had earlier posted a third place finish in the PLO Hi event, finished sixth in the Main Event and claimed the Short Deck High Rollers,accumulated1,001.85 points in total pippingTakayama to the top.
While, Takayama failed to improve his score after he fell out of the High Rollers Single Day (Shot Clock), Ichinose was awarded the APT Player of the Series Cup. He also took home $800 in cash prize, an APT Player of the Series ring and a watch!
Finishing runner-up in the APT Player of the Series race wasYohwan with 962.33 points, while Takayama finished third with 928.3 points.
The two-day Monster Stack PHP 2 Million GTD event saw 117 entries coming in to build a prize pool of PHP 2,837,200. The story of the day was undoubtedly Kosei Ichinose, who dominated the final table action for the most part and as expected emerged the winner to snag the top prize of PHP 693,400.
2017 WSOP bracelet champion Aditya Sushant and Amanpreet Singh capped off the Indian participation at the series in style. While Singh finished sixth for PHP 138,800 (₹1,86,134), Sushant scored a seventh place finish and banked PHP 111,800 (₹1,49,926).
While 21 players returned with a minimum assured PHP 48,900 added to their bankrolls, father and son duo, David Chargualaf and Joshua Chargualaf were among the eight finalists who made it to the final table.
American pro Lanny Craig Haney (10th for PHP 66,900) and Malaysia’s Ming Ken Thoo (11th for 57,200) fell whiskers short of the final table, while Phachara Wongwichit (16th for PHP 41,800) also picked up another score at the series.
Action on the nine-handed final table saw Rogel Del Rosario and Wei Quan Sebastian Wong fall one after the other, in ninth and eighth place respectively.
Aditya Sushant was the first of the two Indians on the final table to be shown the door and he departed in seventh place. Amanpreet Singh followed Sushant to the rail in sixth place.
Joshua Chargualaf was the next elimination from the final table after he ran out of chips and bowed out in fifth place.
With the field whittling down to the final four players, Ichinose held a massive chip lead. David Chargualaf was relegated to the rail in fourth place and Luen Hei Kwok followed soon, to collect a third place payout.
Ichinose entered heads-up play with Tan Chong with a monstrous ten-to-one chip advantage. However, the David-Goaliath battle didn`t play out one-sided. Chong proved to be a tough competitor and closed the difference to three-to-one in no time. His efforts though valiant could not improve his fate as Ichinose maintained his momentum and caught some luck on the final hand to win the title. On the final hand, Chong moved all in with and Ichinose called holding . The board ran out and Ichinose caught a lucky break with a rivered set to win the title.
1.Kosei Ichinose – PHP 693,400
2. Chong Tan – PHP 462,300
3. Luen Hei Kwok – PHP 322,800
4. David Chargualaf – PHP 234,900
5. Joshua Chargualaf – PHP 177,600
6. Amanpreet Singh – PHP 138,800
7. Aditya Sushant – PHP 111,800
8. Wei Quan Sebastian Wong – PHP 92,500
9. Rogel Del Rosario – PHP 78,300
With a buy-in of PHP 215,000, the High Rollers Single Day (Shot Clock) event saw 11 players signing in to play and end of play, Korea’s Jae Wook Shin won the event for PHP 1,493,800.
Only the top two survivors would earn a payout and the turbo-paced event saw all the big names fall before the money, including Lester Edoc, John Tech and Mike Takayama.
After the elimination of Bobby Zhang, the heads-up match between Japan’s Takeo Hanayama and Shin got underway. Shin relegated Hanayama to the rail to win the APT trophy along with the PHP 1,493,800 top prize.
1.Jae Wook Shin – PHP 1,493,800
2. Takeo Hanayama – PHP 640,200
The Deep Stack Turbo event kicked off with 58 runners converging to the field for a shot at the title. Local player, Junnie Pamplona was the last man standing and banked PHP 71,100 for his efforts.
Pamplona struck a heads-up deal with Jason Yeo that guaranteed both players PHP 65,500 each, while the winner would bank an additional PHP 5,600. With the deal in place, both players resumed play. Yeo kept the field challenging for Pamplona right till the end. However, with a big rail cheering him on, Pamplona rose to victory and claimed his maiden APT title.
The first player to fall out of the final table was Martin Corpuz who bowed out in tenth place. Gia Guison and Kenneth Endraca were eliminated next in ninth and eighth place respectively.
After Mitsunori Tokumi departed in seventh place, Yuta Iwaki couldn’t hold on to his short-stack much longer and was bounced out in sixth place. Jose Albano Lacsamana was eliminated next in fifth place.
Michael Bueza and John Clyde Tan joined the rail in fourth and third place respectively.
After a brief discussion of a deal, Jason Chiasim Yeo and Pamplona locked in the numbers before sitting down to play. Pamplona emerged triumphant and was declared winner, while Yeo took home the runner-up prize.
1.Junnie Pamplona – PHP 71,100*
2. Jason Chiasim Yeo – PHP 65,500*
3. John Clyde Tan – PHP 38,200
4. Michael Bueza – PHP 27,800
5. Jose Albano Lacsamana – PHP 21,000
6. Yuta Iwaki – PHP 16,400
7. Mitsunori Tokumi – PHP 13,200
8. Kenneth Endraca – PHP 10,900
9. GiaGuison – PHP 9,300
10. Martin Corpuz – PHP 7,900
*Denotes heads-up deal
The closing event at the 2018 APT Finale Philippines was the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo event that saw participation from 53 hopefuls. The fast paced event crowned a winner in just five hours with local talent Sherwin Alda defeating Federico Sor from Argentina in the heads-up play to win the PHP68,500 first prize.
The two players struck a heads-up deal, guaranteeing each PHP 60,000 with an additional PHP 8,500 left in play.
Action on the final table saw its first casualty in Lim Yohwan who was eliminated in the ninth place, and these extra points for the APT Player of the Series race got him a second place on the leaderboard.
Philip King-chung Wang from the U.S. and Japan’s Shoichi Horio followed Yohwan to the rail in eighth and seventh place respectively.
Filipino Richard Marquez crashed out next in sixth place with Japan’s Akihiro Kaminagafollowing him out the door in fifth place.
Takashi Kawai was the only Japanese left on the four-handed table and he soon ran out of chips to exit in fourth place.
Down to the three finalists, Nicholas Andrews lost his chance to clinch the APT trophy by bowing out in third place.
In the heads-up play, Federico Sor and Alda halted the game to discuss a deal. When the action resumed, Alda proved dominant and soon eliminated Sor out in second place to win the event.
1.Sherwin Alda – PHP 68,500*
2. Federico Sor – PHP 60,000*
3. Nicholas Andrews – PHP 35,900
4. Takashi Kawai – PHP 26,100
5. Akihiro Kaminaga – PHP 19,700
6. Richard Marquez – PHP 15,400
7. Shoichi Horio – PHP 12,400
8. Philip King-chung Wang – PHP 10,300
9. Yohwan Lim – PHP 8,700
*denotes heads-up deal
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