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APT Philippines II: Poker Diva Sofia Lovgren Fullmer Chip Leads the ₱15 Million GTD Main Event Final Table; India’s Abhinav Iyer (34th) & Laksh Pal Singh (40th) Make ITM Finishes

Sofia Lovgren Fullmer, Abhinav Iyer & Laksh Pal Singh
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis September 13, 2022
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In what marked the first Asian Poker Tour (APT) event under the new leadership, APT Philippines II commenced on September 6 at The Grand Wing Casino – Newport World Resorts in Manila. Comprising 24 tournaments, the series had declared 11 champions by the time ₱15 Million GTD APT Philippines II Main Event reached Day 3.

The ₱55,000 buy-in APT Philippines II Main Event logged in 497 entries, creating a ₱24,104,500 prize pool, comfortably surpassing its ₱15,000,000 guarantee.

Team India has displayed exceptional performances in the South-Asian circuit for the major part of 2022. While the Indian presence at the APT Philippines II is significantly limited, a few familiar faces were still seen in action.

A group of five Indians, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, Kunal Patni, Jasven Saigal, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer, and Chirag Shah, made Day 2 in the Main Event, with Day 1C chip leader Laksh Pal Singh holding the chip lead. By the time play concluded on Day 2, Iyer and Singh were the only Indian players standing among the 57 survivors.

The money bubble was breached on Day 3, and Singh was the first of the Young Gun duo to fall out in 40th place (₱122,300; ₹1.71 Lakhs). Iyer soon joined Singh at the rail in 36th place (₱146,700; ₹2.05 Lakhs).

Sweden’s Sofia Lovgren Fullmer emerged as the dominant chip leader on Day 3, bagging 3,120,000 (104 BBs), nearly 22 big blinds more than Korea’s Jung Ho Young, who held the second-biggest stack of 2,475,000 (82 BBs). Local pro David Erquiaga (1,835,000, 61 BBs) commands the third-biggest stack on the eight-handed final table.

Besides the two ITM finishes in the Main Event, the only other score for Team India was in the series-opener, Event #1: ₱16,500 Mystery Bounty, where PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan finished 29th for ₱21,700 (₹30,261).

 

2022 APT Philippines II Winners

Event NameWinnerPrize Money
Event #1: ₱16,500 Mystery BountySon Jangwon₱746,100
Event #2: ₱215,000 Vip High RollersLester Edoc₱1,992,800
Event #3: ₱22,000 Popl Head HunterRoyly Oracion₱399,000
Event #4: ₱16,500 Pot Limit OmahaAdones Carmona₱236,900
Event #5: ₱65,000 High Rollers Single DayFlorencio Campomanes₱696,300
Event #6: ₱16,500 Super Deep Stack TurboMasayuki Suzuki₱350,000
Event #7: ₱65,000 High Rollers Single DaySeungmook Jung₱740,100
Event #8: ₱16,500 Nlh Single DayArtem Fedula₱359,800
Event #9: ₱65,000 High Rollers Single DayYasuhiro Waki₱740,100
Event #10: ₱22,000 No Limit Hold'emKai Danilo Paulsen₱346,000
Event #12: ₱22,000 Short Deck (20 Entries)Martijn Gerrits₱189,700

 

The Main Event Final Table is underway, and you can watch the live stream (on delay) below.

 

APT Philippines II Main Event – Day 3

The APT Philippines II Main Event registered a guarantee-crushing 497 entries, generating a ₱24,104,500 prize pool. Day 3 opened with 57 players returning to the felts.

From India, bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer (152,500) and PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh (129,500) advanced to Day 3.

With the top 50 places assured payouts, the money bubble burst when Samuel Deering‘s failed to hold against Hernan Villa’s , which flopped a pair of nines on the board.

Laksh Pal Singh had been hunting for his elusive maiden live title for a while. The Young Gun came close to accomplishing the feat in Event 10: APPT National NLH of the 2022 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila last month, finishing fourth for ₱890,000 (₹12.62 Lakhs). Having made it to Day 3 of the Main Event, Singh was the first to fall out in 40th place (₱122,300; ₹1.71 Lakhs)

Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh

 

2019 was a phenomenal year for Abhinav Iyer. The Chennai-based pro kicked off the year by shipping VND 8 Billion GTD Main Event at the 2019 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam. He went on to win Event #84: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2019 WSOP. Iyer was looking to repeat his 2019 APT exploits in this Main Event but managed to last only slightly longer than Singh, bowing out in 36th place (₱146,700; ₹2.05 Lakhs).

On his last hand of the tournament, Iyer shoved from the big blind with against Neo Zhi Han’s . The board blanked out, ending Iyer`s Main Event run.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer

 

Aron Dermer (10th for ₱438,100), David Rodwell (17th for ₱253,500), Vladimir Mefodichev (29th for ₱146,700), and Soongheon Kwon (32nd for ₱146,700) were some notables who finished in the money.

With the elimination of Russia’s Denis Pisarev in ninth place (₱525,700), the eight-player final table was formed, signaling the day`s end.

Former 888poker Ambassador Sofia Lovgren Fullmer, the lone lady left in the field, emerged as the end-of-day chip leader with a massive stack of 3,120,000 and was the only player who bagged over 100 BBs.

Sofia Lovgren Fullmer
Sofia Lovgren Fullmer

 

The eight finalists are all guaranteed at least ₱630,800 ($11,100), but it is the ₱5,046,000 ($88,800) that everyone has their eyes on, along with the APT Champion’s Ring and APT Main Event Trophy!

APT Philippines II Main Event Final Table
APT Philippines II Main Event Final Table

 

You can watch the replay of the Day 3 live stream below.

 

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Sofia Lovgren Fullmer – 3,120,000
  2. Jun Ho Young – 2,475,000
  3. David Erquiaga – 1,835,000
  4. Hwany Lee – 1,680,000
  5. Hernan Villa – 1,130,000
  6. Jacques Le Guennec – 735,000
  7. Bonifacio Mondalo – 555,000
  8. Marc Rivera – 480,000

 

Content & Images Courtesy: Asian Poker Tour

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