Yohn Paredes crowned APT Philippines Main Event champion
Another stop on the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Asia Swing witnessed the second champion of the year in Philippines at Resorts World Manila’s new Grand Wing. This festival’s highlight tournament, the Main Event came to an end after 5 days of intense grinding.
The record-breaking event saw a massive entry of 515 players from around the world, with buy-in at PHP 55 million. The prize pool managed to crush the PHP 10 million guarantee for an ambitious amount of PHP 24,977,500. The entire field of this record-breaking event was triumphed by Yohn Paredes winning PHP 4,369,000, Main Event trophy, and APT Championship ring.
Paredes embraced the title of Asian Poker Tour’s Main Event entering among the final 8 players. He rose from the bottom, establishing his mark after four previous APT Main Event final table appearances. This became his first major live victory.
The Main Event’s showdown wasn’t easy for the newest champion. He beat Hubert Spiess (8th position on Day 3) who entered with a short-chip stack. As the game progressed saw the eventual fall of Tetsuya Enoki and Paredes was, in turn, the chip lead of the day.
Paredes’s battlefield was tough, this time it was Sim Jae Kyung aka ‘Simba’ at heads-up. Kyung kicked -off with 7,155,500 chips and Paredes had 5,720,000 chips. The players eventually agreed on an ICM deal keeping aside money, trophy and ring. After a while, as the competition started heating-up, with a huge gap of 4:1, the event concluded with the final hand. At the flop, Simba went all-in, but Paredes had better cards with the turn and river, he was assured to win this time.
Final 8 payouts
- Yohn Paredes - PHP 4,369,000 (deal)
- Sim Jae Kyung - PHP 4,270,000 (deal)
- Arvhin Malinab - PHP 2,403,200
- Kosuke Tajima - PHP 1,735,800
- Tetsuya Enoki - PHP 1,298,100
- Hubert Spiess - PHP 1,001,900
- Tou Ta Wei - PHP 795,6000
- Khoo Kah Hock - PHP 648,200
Paredes expressed, “My toughest challenge was to myself. It was maintaining discipline and playing the strategy for my stack with the position. At the final 8, I was playing my stack based on the big blinds. I came in with less than 20 and so it was basically three-bet shove and pick my positions and try to money up. At the end of the day, I got good hands and a couple of lucky runs so boom!”
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