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APT Philippines II: Jasven Saigal Cashes Event #18; Kunal Patni & Abhinav Iyer Among 23 Players Advancing to Day 3 in Championships Event

APT Philippines II - Jasven Saigal, Kunal Patni and Abhinav Iyer
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  • Namita Ghosh September 17, 2022
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We’re less than 48 hours from bidding adieu to the 2022 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines II that has been running at The Grand Wing Casino – Newport World Resorts in Manila since September 8.

The series has drawn players from all across the world and seen sizable Indian participation. After Columbia’s Hernan Jaybee Villa shipped the ₱15 Million GTD Main Event earlier this week, the attention moved to the ₱10 Million GTD Championships Event, where Day 3 of the event is currently underway with 23 players sounding off the day`s action.

On the side, Event #19: ₱8.8K Deep Stack Turbo played down to a winner on Friday. Singapore’s Jason Wong Kin Hong overcame the 158-player field to collect the top prize of ₱283,000 (~$4,935) and his first tournament title (and cash)!

Event #13: ₱22K NLHE champion Jasven Saigal was among the 27 players who crossed the money line in Event #19. Saigal finished 23rd for ₱11,800 (₹16,398), picking up his second cash of the series.

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal


In the Championships Event, Day 2 had 88 starters – all advancing through one of the two starting flights. Another 55 players late-registered during the first two levels of the day, expanding the field to 242 entries and generating a guarantee-crushing ₱18 Million ($316,100) prize pool. The play was halted with three tables running, and 23 players made the onward journey to Day 3.

Two Indians were part of the advancing field, Kunal Patni (490,000) and Abhinav Iyer (266,000)! Both Patni and Iyer had qualified through Day 1A. The Indian qualifier from Day 1B, Jasven Saigal, fell through the day’s proceedings.

Kunal Patni
Kunal Patni


Malaysia’s William Teoh (1,392,000) holds the most massive stack among the 23 players in contention for the Championships Event title. Philippines’ Edilberto E. Gopez Jr (1,387,000) and UK’s Alex Lindop (1,037,000) are the only other players with over a Million in chips.

The APT tweeted an update of the Day 2 proceedings of the Championships Event.

Day 3 began at 1 PM (local time) on September 17.

You can watch the Day 3 Feature Table live stream (on delay) below.


William Teoh Leads 23 Players to Day 3 of Championships Event

The 88 qualifiers from Day 1A and Day 1B of the ₱10 Million GTD Championships Event returned to the felts at 1 PM on September 16.

With late registrations open for the first two levels of play, another 55 players jumped in late, expanding the field to 242 entries. The impressive turnout blew the advertised guarantee out of the water, generating a whopping ₱18 Million (~$316,100) prize pool!

After an entire day’s play, only 23 players were left standing, with Malaysia’s William Teoh (1,392,000) holding the most chips in play. Philippines’ Edilberto E. Gopez Jr (1,387,000) and UK’s Alex Lindop (1,037,000) are the only other players who carried million-plus stacks to Day 3.

William Teoh
William Teoh


Part of the Day 2 field were three Indians – Day 1A qualifiers Abhinav Iyer and Kunal Patni, and Jasven Saigal from Day 1B. Patni and Iyer were both among the top ten starting stacks and succeeded in advancing to Day 3. Saigal came in with a below-average stack but couldn`t spin it up, falling relatively early in the day.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


Kunal Patni (490,000) once again made the top ten chip counts list and is positioned 10th in chips among the 23 contenders. Abhinav Iyer (266,000) has some catching up to do and will resume the event with a below-average stack ranked 16th in chips.

The hand-for-hand during the money bubble round lasted over an hour. The bubble finally burst on Japan’s Yosuke Nazakawa, who shoved into a raised pot with only to be dominated by Alex Lindop’s on the runout . Nazakawa fell out in 26th place, assuring the 25 players a payday.

Even though he bubbled the event, Nazakawa had opted for “bubble protection” and got his buy-in back.

The Feature Table live stream began at 1.30 PM (local time), with YouTube sensation Greg Liow calling the action. Joining Liow was APT President Neil Johnson and guest commentators Florencio Campomanes and Ray Chiu.

You can watch the replay of the Day 2 live stream (on delay) below.

Day 3 got underway at 1 PM (local time) on September 17.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

  1. William Teoh – 1,392,000
  2. Edilberto E. Gopez Jr – 1,387,000
  3. Alex Lindop – 1,037,000
  4. Mike Takayama – 855,000
  5. Yoon Yong Bae – 798,000
  6. Kim Bo Eum – 787,000
  7. Kim Jun Hee – 711,000
  8. Michael Soyza – 650,000
  9. Eugene Co – 588,000
  10. Kunal Patni – 490,000


Singapore’s Jason Wong Kin Hong Wins Event #19: ₱8.8K Deep Stack Turbo For ₱283,000

The side attraction on Friday, Event #19: ₱8.8K Deep Stack Turbo, clocked in 158 entries, making for a prize pool collection of ₱1,226,100 (~$21,381).

Singapore’s Jason Wong Kin Hong ran past the competition to win the title for ₱283,000 (~$4,935). However, what is even more impressive is that this was his first recorded live tournament cash. Japan’s John Matsuda finished runner-up for ₱188,600 (~$3,289).

Event #13: ₱22K NLHE champion Jasven Saigal was the only Indian to finish in the money. With the last 27 players standing assured at least ₱11,800, Saigal placed 23rd for ₱11,800 (₹16,398), posting his second cash of the series.

Jason Wong Kin Hong
Jason Wong Kin Hong


Final Table Results (PHP)

  1. Jason Wong Kin Hong – 283,000
  2. John Matsuda – 188,600
  3. Katsuhito Kawai – 131,100
  4. Jose Cheung – 94,700
  5. Deguit Ethelbert – 70,800
  6. Casper Wong – 54,700
  7. Camilla Samsing – 43,400
  8. Yoo Sunho – 35,400


Content & Images Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour

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