APT Philippines early highlights: Christopher Mateo wins the Main Event; Iori Yogo & Narutoshi Otsuka win High Rollers
The Asian Poker Tour is currently running its fourth event of the year with APT Philippines 2019 ongoing at Resorts World Manila. Games began on April 24th and is scheduled to conclude on May 5th. Through the years, this leg has proven to be the most popular. With this year’s festival falling during Japan’s Golden Week, it certainly has reflected on the numbers. The Main Event said it all with a new series record set of 503 entries and a prize pool of P24,395,500 (~US$ 470,700). Owning all the glory was Filipino Christopher Mateo. The festival also wrapped up several side events. Among the biggest winners were Japanese players Iori Yogo and Narutoshi Otsuka. Each one shipped a High Rollers event. Other big winners were Low Zi Cheng and Louis Bilodeau. Christopher Mateo wins the Main Event The Main Event set a new APT Philippines series record of 503 entries and a prize pool of P24,395,500 with buy-in at P55,000 (~US$1,064). This figure more than doubled the advertised P10M guarantee. 51 players earned a cut. Emerging victorious was Filipino player Christopher Mateo to capture his first-ever major career title and his largest score of P4,376,000 (~USD 84,400). Christopher Mateo – Photo APTThe Main Event ran a course of five days from April 26 to 30. Well known players were of course in attendance with a couple of them grabbing headlines. Singaporean pro Alex Lee topped the starting days overall count, Filipino pro Marc Rivera led at the end of Day 2, and Mateo entered the final 8 round in charge. Among the players also looking to ship it was German pro Marvin Rettenmaier. He eventually finished in 7th place. Throughout the final race, Mateo held the chip lead and knocked out four players along the way. At heads up, he struck a deal with Singapore’s Lu Zhenghao. Despite a brief switch in stack leadership, Mateo quickly reclaimed it and went on to win it. Final 8 payouts 1st Christopher Mateo – Philippines – P4,376,000 (deal) 2nd Lu Zhenghao – Singapore – P4,100,000 (deal) 3rd Vamerdino Magsakay – Philippines – P2,357,100 4th Su Tianhong – China – P1,702,500 5th Jung Seungmook – Korea P1,273,200 6th Keichiro Sugimoto – Japan – P982,600 7th Marvin Rettenmaier – Germany – P780,300 8th Jessie Supnet – Philippines – P635,700 Iori Yogo wins the High Rollers #1 The APT announced there would be six high rollers events in the lineup. The first one was the High Rollers #1 with a buy-in of P107,500. It ran for two days attracting 43 runners for a prize pool of P4,171,000 (~US$80,000). Japanese pro Iori Yogo triumphed over John Tech at heads up to pocket a lion’s share P1,308,900 (~US$25,000). Final 8 payouts 1st Iori Yogo – Japan – P1,308,900 2nd John Tech – Philippines – P872,500 3rd Tobias Peters – Netherlands – P606,600 4th Argyle Alejandria – USA – P438,100 5th Kannapong Thanarattrakul – Thailand – P327,600 6th Linh Tran – Vietnam – P252,900 7th Hirasawa Fumimasa – Japan – P200,800 8th Markus Garberg – Norway – P163,600 Narutoshi Otsuka wins the High Rollers Single Day #1 The next High Rollers was a single day event with the shot clock activated to help speed things up. Buy-in was P86,000 (~US$1,700) for a prize pool of P2,871,200 (~US$55,000). Another Japanese player navigated his way to the top. Narutoshi Otsuka overcame the 37 entries to win the P986,800 (~US$19,000) first place purse. This was Otsuka’s first-ever recorded live tournament victory. Narutoshi Otsuka – Photo APTPayouts 1st Narutoshi Otsuka – Japan – P986,800 2nd Koichi Aiba – Japan – P634,100 3rd Kosaku Akashi – Japan – P427,500 4th Lester Edoc – Philippines – P301,200 5th Roger Spets – Switzerland – P221,000 6th Ryo Kotake – Japan – P168,200 7th Tobias Peters – Netherlands – P132,400 Low Zi Cheng wins the Dream Maker opening event Awarded the first trophy of the festival was Singapore’s Low Zi Cheng for his triumph at the Dream Maker opening event. Impressively, Cheng also won last year’s opener at the same series. The draw of the Dream Maker was its payout structure with only 5% of the field earning. With 88 entries at P16,500 each, the prize pool amounted to P1,280,400 (~US$24,500). Only 5 players gained with Cheng defeating Christopher Mateo at heads up to claim P547,000 (~US$10,500). Low Zi Cheng – Photo APTPayouts 1st Low Zi Cheng – Singapore – P547,000 2nd Christopher Mateo – Philippines – P317,100 3rd Samad Razavi – UK – P196,300 4th Netnapit Muksatean – Thailand – P129,400 5th Hiroyuki Yoshimura – Japan – P90,600 Louis Bilodeau wins the No Limit Hold’em #1 The largest side event so far was the No Limit Hold’em #1 pulling in 143 entries for a pot of P2,496,800 (~US$48,000) with buy-in at P19,800 (~US$382). Out of the 24 players paid shipping the largest share of P593,600 (~US$11,500) was Canadian Louis Bilodeau. This was his first-ever APT victory. Louis Bilodeau – Photo APTFinal 8 payouts 1st Louis Bilodeau – Canada – P593,600 2nd Kohei Kawai – Japan – P395,600 3rd Roger Spets – Sweden – P275,000 4th Keisuke Okamura – Japan – P198,600 5th Otake Michitaka – Japan – P148,600 6th Wei Xu – China – P114,700 7th Sato Yoshinori – Japan – P91,00 8th Matt Ericson – Thailand – P74,200 APT Philippines 2019 is now running its second featured event, the Championships Event – P10 Million (~US$193,300) guarantee. Buy-in is P82,500 (~US$1600). Somuchpoker will have that result for you once it concludes along with other big winners of the series. Article by Tricia David The post APT Philippines early highlights: Christopher Mateo wins the Main Event; Iori Yogo & Narutoshi Otsuka win High Rollers appeared first on Somuchpoker.