3 Indians Score at APL Road Series Vol.1 Philippines
The inaugural edition of the APL Road Series Vol.1 Philippines kicked off on 24th February and concluded on 1st March 2018. After 6 days of Main Event action, a winner was finally crowned at the Royce Hotel & Casino in Pampanga, Philippines - local poker pro Lester Edoc.
Players were thrilled to be a part of this Asia Poker League event and a total of 6 Indians were also a part of the proceedings there. A total of 276 entries were recorded and 3 Indian players managed to make it to the money, with Niwesh Sharma narrowly missing a cash prize.
The final day had begun with just 9 survivors left and by then, all hopes of an Indian title win had been dashed, with Rajesh Goyal (chip leader coming into Day 3) finishing 17th for ?75,600 (~INR 94,900), Jayjit Ray finishing 27th for ?52,200 (~INR 65,500), and Agampal Dhupar finishing 36th for ?45,000 (~INR 56,500).
Edoc managed to maintain a good chip stack and finally went into heads up against Harold McDonald with a massive stack of 6 million, while McDonald had a little less than a million in chips. In what would become the final hand, Edoc held A-4 while McDonald had A-6. The board opened A-4-4-Q-8 and gave Edoc a full house, which secured him the top prize of ?1,478,800 (~18.5 lakhs).
Watch the video of his race to victory here:
Final Table Results (All values in ?):
- Lester Edoc - 1,478,700
- Harold McDonald - 1,037,400
- Guak Do Gyeong - 667,300
- Bell John Perez - 493,900
- Cho Hyung Woon - 370,800
- Mike Takayama - 296,500
- John Tech - 246,300
- Choi Jae Young - 197,400
- Joseph Sia - 147,900
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