The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Finale, which began yesterday at Resorts World Manila, Philippines, started on a roaring note, attracting 220 entries in total for the APT-RWM Opening Event. The guaranteed prize pool of PHP 1 million (~INR 13.47 Lakhs) was smashed by over two times the amount, creating a new prize pool of PHP 2,134,000 (~INR 28.76 Lakhs).
The APT-RWM Opening Event had a buy-in of PHP 11,000 (~INR 14,825) and saw the tables quickly getting occupied due to the overwhelming turn-out, considering it was a medium-stakes event. After 7 hours of engaging poker action, the bubble was burst at 38th place. The first to cash out at 37th place was the previous APT Philippines Opening Event Champion, Julius Lagman.
Others to follow Lagman were the WPT Korea Main Event winner Valeriy Pak (36th), William Ysmael (31st), Martin Gonzales (21st), Bobby Zhang (20th), and Micheal De Leon (15th).
The event continued in a similar fashion until the final 8 players were reached, and that concluded the play for the day. Taiwan’s Chi Hung Ho aka ‘Logan’ is the chip leader with 581,000 chips among the 8 who will be competing for the title today. His recent victory was finishing 4th at the AJPC Main Event and taking home $12,160. If he wins this event, he will add a significant amount to his bankroll and with his chip lead it doesn’t seem difficult at all.
The Filipino pro Mike Takayama was the second in chip lead, bagging 425,000 chips. Takayama is a highly accomplished player from Philippines. He is also the first Filipino to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, winning it in June this year at the 2018 WSOP after slicing through a massive field of 2,065 for the $1000 Super Turbo Bounty. His total live earnings are at a laudable $900K+, at present.
The event resumes today, Nov 28, at 1pm local time, with blinds continuing from 4K/8K/8K (big blind ante) and average stack at 275,000. The winner of this event will be decided today, who will take home the 1st place money of PHP 445,800 (~INR 6 Lakhs).
The starting flights for the PHP 55,000 Main Event will also commence today, which has a staggering PHP 10,000,000 GTD, and will probably attract a massive field from all over the Asia-Pacific region. For a complete schedule of the APT Finale 2018, click here.
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