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The 2018 Asia Poker Tour (APT) Philippines Championships has been a roller-coaster ride. From huge player participation to Typhoon Ompong threatening to cause havoc and several pros gunning to claim the title of the APT Player of Series, the APT Philippines Championships has undoubtedly been a phenomenal success.
The 48 countries that were represented, drew in 674 unique entries, 2,585 total entries, and an overall prize pool totalling â‚±62,145,500 (US$1.14 Million). Over the course of 12 days many players won big prize money as four events overshot their guarantees.
Metro Team Pro Lester Edoc had a fabulous series and it is evident by the fact that he accumulated 1,233.76 points to take an unprecedented lead in the APT Player of the Series (POS) standings. The Filipino champion crushed the Main Event, placed 20th at the MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo event and closed out the series with a win in the Monster Stack event.
He even won the CoinPoker Super High Rollers event, however, it was a non-point-generating event. His tournament winnings accumulated to a total â‚±6.3 Million making him the largest cash earner at the festival. Additionally, he also earned a Main Event seat to the upcoming APT Vietnam 2018 through the CoinPoker Last Man Standing promo.
Finishing in the runner-up spot on the leaderboard was Korea’s Lim Yo Hwan. He started the series on a high note by winning the CoinPoker High Rollers Single Day Shot Clock event and was hanging in seventh position till the final day of the series. After taking down the Championships Event, Hwan’s final tally of points was 1,074.17 and he jumped into the 2nd spot in the APT POS race.
Taking third place in the APT POS race was Alexis Lim who finished just ahead of fellow Filipino Martin Corpuz with 939.60 points. While he did not win any titles, he ran deep in four events which was enough to land him in third spot.
With an advertised â‚±2 Million prize pool, Monster Stack event was the last guaranteed tournament at the series. 125 entrants joined the action, taking the prize pool to â‚±3,031,200. The man of the hour Lester Edoc, yet again emerged as the champion and defeated Soo Jo Kim heads-up for the title and the top prize of â‚±731,600.
Sweden’s Karlsson Petter Magnus shipped the only short-handed event of the series, as he outlasted 56 entrants and pocketed â‚±158,400 for his win.
Another Metro Team Pro William Ysmael topped the field of 58 contenders in the Deep Stack Hyper Turbo event and banked the first-place prize money of â‚±81,900.
Malaysia’s Shyh Chyn Lim, who up until the final day had only posted two scores at the series, was hugely successful at the Sit N’ Gos winning three OFC Pineapple games.