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The 2018 APT Philippines Championships concluded with the completion of the four-day long Championships Event which proclaimed a winner in Korean pro Lim Yo Hwan (cover image).
The event attracted a total of 174 entries and generated a prize pool of â‚±12,658,500, Outlasting the gigantic field, Hwan laid claim to his maiden APT title and posted his career-best cash of â‚±2,819,900.
Final Day Recap
While the final table was initially supposed to be eight-handed, but the double elimination of Sun Tan (8th for â‚±318,400) and Bobby Zhang (9th for â‚±318,400) on Day 3 resulted in a seven-handed final table. The seven finalists who returned to the felt were assured to min-cash for at least â‚±454,400.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Lim Yo Hwan – 2,626,000
2. Steffen Endres – 2,265,000
3. Jae Hyun Lim – 1,450,000
4. Joshua Chargualaf – 857,000
5. Si Yang Phua – 782,000
6. Richard Marquez – 557,000
7. Masatoshi Tanaka – 165,000
Final Table Recap
The first to be eliminated from the seven-handed final table was the short-stacked Japanese pro Masatoshi Tanaka. He shoved his remaining stack holding but ran into Jae Hyun Lim’s . With the board not running in Tanaka’s favour, he busted out in seventh place.
Richard Marquez was the only local player left, and had a big rail cheering him on. But his time at the felts did not last for long and he was eliminated by Germany’s Steffen Endres in sixth place. Endres himself however, was unable to stay for much longer and was the next to depart in fifth place.
Jae Hyun Lim finished in fourth place when he moved all-in with pocket fives against fellow countryman Lim Yo Hwan’s . Hwan picked up an ace on the flop ending Lim`s tournament run.
Soon thereafter, Guam’s Joshua Chargualaf jammed with but fell to Phua’s and exited in third place.
Chargualaf’s elimination set up the heads-up match between Lim Yo Hwan (5.7 Million) and Si Yang Phua (3 Million). On the final hand, Hwan raised and Phua 3-bet. Hwan moved all-in and Phua called.
Lim Yo Hwan
Si Yang Phua
The board fanned out . Phua finished in runner-up place, while Hwan claimed his career-first APT title, trophy and the first-place prize money of â‚±2,819,900.
Final Table Results (PHP)
1. Lim Yo Hwan – â‚±2,819,900
2. Si Yang Phua – â‚±1,879,500
3. Joshua Chargualaf – â‚±1,312,200
4. Jae Hyun Lim – â‚±955,200
5. Steffen Endres – â‚±721,900
6. Richard Marquez – â‚±564,200
7. Masatoshi Tanaka – â‚±454,400
Meanwhile, â‚±5,500 Welovesport.com Deep Stack Turbo drew in 81 runners and topping them all was Filipino Valeriano Laurel for â‚±105,200. Laurel bested Japan’s Kai Shuto in the heads-up battle, and the latter pocketed â‚±70,100 for his runner-up finish.