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Criminal charges against Paul Phua Dropped

Two weeks ago Paul Phua went to trial in Macau and has now been “found innocent of all charges in a criminal case file against him years ago in Macau.” The news was distributed this week via a press release.
Paul PhuaJust as it was the case in the U.S. trial, things basically fell apart and charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. In the U.S. it was, because evidence had been obtained illegally and was so dismissed, in Macau “experts testified that his phone and computer records conclusively showed that he had not participated in taking any bets and had not cooperated with any betting ring.”
The press release also states: “In fact, the defense witnesses showed, Paul had arrived in Macau only just before the police raid and was there for an important meeting on a potential business project. The prosecution was unable to identify any evidence that he had engaged in any illegal activity.”
The charges on both sides of the big pond
In both cases, Phua was charged with allegations to have run and masterminded multi-million dollar, if not multi-billion dollar, illegal betting rings around the World Cup in 2014. In Macau, he was accused to run his betting operations from multiple Wynn casino hotel rooms and in Las Vegas it was a suite at Caesar’s Palace.
When he got charged in Macau, he was still allowed to travel the world while awaiting trial. After the arrest in Las Vegas, he and his son were bailed out by none other than high stakes poker pros Phil Ivey, Andrew Roble and Daniel “Jungleman” Cates for around $4.5 million total.
Phua was considered the head of the operations by government officials, but in both cases, others had also been arrested and everybody pleaded not guilty, at least in the Macau case.
Now that Phua is able to breathe freedom again, he can finally focus back on his business, the high stakes poker games and his own poker school site,
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Bryn Kenney wins the Aussie Millions Main Event for AU$ 1,272,598

Like we said, despite Bryn Kenney entering the final day at the bottom of the rung, he was undoubtedly the biggest threat at the Aussie Millions Main Event. He was the most decorated and experienced player with over US$25 Million in live earnings, and he displayed it. After a grueling three-handed battle running over four hours, a deal was struck with Michael Del Vecchio and Andrew Hinrichsen to end the game abruptly. Kenney was granted the victory and now adds Australia to his impressive list of accomplishments.
Final 7 payouts
1st Bryn Kenney – USA – AU$ 1,272,598 (deal)
2nd Michael Del Vecchio – USA – AU$ 1,272,162 (deal)
3rd Andrew Hinrichsen – Australia – AU$ 1,097,739 (deal)
4th Clinton Taylor – Australia – AU$ 483,000
5th Matthew Wakeman – Australia – AU$ 380,300
6th Gyeong Byeong Lee- Korea – AU$ 309,000
7th Hamish Crawshaw – New Zealand – AU$ 242,000
Record-breaking field
The record-breaking Main Event drew 822 players. The final day round saw back-to-back final tableist Michael Del Vecchio leading in the pack however it was Andrew Hinrichsen who outshined early. He eliminated, Hamish Crawshaw (7th) and Gyeong Byeong Lee (6th). Then after the fall of Matthew Wakeman (5th), Hinrichsen claimed his third victim with Clinton Taylor falling to him in 4th place.
Entering three-handed, Hinrichsen was in charge with nearly 70 percent of the chips in play at his disposal. An hour in, that lead was history with Del Vecchio doubling up to reclaim the command he once held. Another two hours in, it switched hands again with Kenney finding his way to the top. The game ended on a deal, and though Kenney was slightly behind in chips, he was still granted the title and the higher payout. As for both Del Vecchio and Hinrichsen, they pocketed the largest cash of their live tournament career.
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Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event: Meet the Final 7 players

From a record-breaking 822 entries, the Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event has reached the final table rounded by the last remaining seven players. While each one is a force to reckon with, only one player will earn the title and the AU$1,850,000 (US$1.34M) top prize.
Here’s a brief review on each of the players:
Michael Del Vecchio – USA – 5,465,000
Mike Del Vecchio – Photo Crown Poker / PokerNewsLast year Michael Del Vecchio finished 5th at this same event. Impressively, he is back in familiar territory and with the largest stack of the final crew. Del Vecchio has been picking up momentum since his first-ever live tournament career victory at the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event in March 2017. He then capped that year with a massive six-figure payday at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – US$10,400 Main Event earning US$ 752,196 for 3rd place. To kick off 2018, he took 5th at the Aussie Millions.
Andrew Hinrichsen – Australia – 5,300,000
Andrew Hinrichsen has been racking up stats for a decade and has amassed over US$1.3M in live tournament earnings. He has shown success in various festivals around the globe such as the ANZPT, APPT Sydney, Macau Poker Cup Championship, WSOP Europe (Cannes), and APPT- Asia Championship of Poker. He also ran very deep at the 2011 WSOP Main Event finishing 23rd for his largest payday of US$ 302,005. Throughout the years, he has accumulated numerous cashes at the Aussie Millions. Prior to this one, his deepest Main Event finish was 32nd place.
Matthew Wakeman – Australia – 4,010,000
Matthew Wakeman has a highly commendable list of deep runs piled up since 2010. While plenty of five figure payouts are scattered throughout, last year was a big one earning a couple of first-ever six figure cashes. His first one was in August at the 2018 Sydney Championships AU$20K No Limit Hold’em High Roller event. He placed 2nd for AU$ 159,600 (~US$118,500). Then in December, he won the WSOP International Circuit Sydney AU$5K Challenge for an even bigger AU$256,496 (~US$188,800). Although this is his largest career payout, it is likely he will surpass it with his current stack at the Main Event.
Clinton Taylor – Australia – 3,845,000
Not much is known of Clinton Taylor however he did eliminate Michael Egan (13th) to form the final two tables. It was a grind from there, successfully defending some of his forced blinds. If this is indeed to be marked as his first live tournament cash then he is one to watch for with no prior history to size him up.
Hamish Crawshaw – New Zealand – 3,640,000
Hamish Crawshaw is the last player holding up the flag for New Zealand. His fans would be very proud in that Crawshaw is already booked for his first six-figure score, possibly seven if he takes it all the way. Among his latest achievements, last year he won a small Main Event in Auckland for around US$ 38,000. He is running well at the Aussie Millions with two cashes already pocketed.
Gyeong Byeong Lee – Korea – 1,540,000
Gyeong Byeong Lee may not have the extensive list of achievements to boast of but getting this far is already an honorable accomplishment. Playing mostly in Asia, his first major victory was at the Asian Poker Tour Manila Series back in May 2016. The following year he trekked to America for the WSOP and earned his largest live cash of US$ 61,929 at the Main Event for 91st place. Lee is already guaranteed to surpass that previous score no matter where he places. In fact, he will more than double his total live tournament earnings.
Bryn Kenney – USA – 920,000
Bryn Kenney is undoubtedly the most decorated player in the lineup. Kenney boasts of over US$25 Million in live tournament earnings and is the only player that has scored a seven-figure payout. In fact, he has four scores in the million range and an incredibly long list of six-figures cashes. Kenney is a WSOP bracelet winner, and has also won events all around the world: Prague, Barcelona, Amsterdam, England, Monte Carlo, Bahamas, plus High Roller events in Las Vegas. Although he has the shortest stack coming in, he is certainly a threat. No matter where he falls, this will be largest win in Australia with only one prior cash in the country.
Remaining payouts
1st AU$ 1,850,000
2nd AU$ 1,130,000
3rd AU$ 662,500
4th AU$ 483,000
5th AU$ 380,300
6th AU$ 309,000
7th AU$ 242,000
Notable players in the money
Plenty of notable players found their way to the money round. 88 places were paid. Among the receivers were: Robert Glasspool (8th), Michael Addamo (17th), Jack Salter (18th), Quan Zhou (28th), Jesse Sylvia (45th), Michael Soyza (57th), Do Hoang (60th), Yosuke Sekiya (69th), and Aditya Sushant (87th).
The Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event resumes on Sunday, February 3. Somuchpoker will have the results as soon as it concludes.
Article by Tricia David
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PokerStars announces APPT 2019 date

Hot off the press, PokerStars has just announced two dates to one of their most popular tours, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). The last time this event took place was in August 2018 in the Philippines with a record-breaking 1,364 entries for the Main Event. The tour will come back back to Manila once again but first, they head to Incheon, Korea.

According to the announcement,
APPT Korea will take place from April 5 to 14 at Paradise City in the Incheon complex, The KRW 1,800,000 buy-in Main Event, starting April 11 will feature a KRW 300,000,000 guarantee, with other event highlights including:
APPT Korea Kick Off – April 5-6, 2019 – Buy-in KRW 350,000 (KRW 50 million GTD)APPT Korea National – April 7-8, 2019 – Buy-in KRW 700,000 (KRW 80 million GTD)APPT Korea High Roller – April 13-14, 2019 – Buy-in KRW 5,000,000
Following that leg, the tour heads to Manila from July 26 to August 4. The event will take place at the official hub of PokerStars LIVE Manila in Okada Manila.
Events highlighted are:
APPT Main Event – August 1-4, 2019 – Buy-in PHP 65,000 (PHP 20 million GTD)APPT Manila Kick Off – July 26-27, 2019 – Buy-in PHP 16,000 (PHP 3 million GTD)APPT Manila National- July 28-29, 2019 – Buy-in PHP 33,000 (PHP 5 million GTD)
PokerStars future in Asia
OkadaEver since the International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) headed by Stanley Choi was granted the rights to handle all PokerStars LIVE events in Asia – with the exception of the Philippines hub – the hype seems to have fallen flat. So far, only one festival has been produced in Korea last year, and this year, only Korea again has been announced.
This is unlike the recently relocated PokerStars LIVE Manila room in Okada Manila with its busy schedule. The year already kicked off with the Manila Super Series 10 and will be followed by the Okada Millions.
Several questions loom. Will the APPT 2019 season surpass its 2018 edition of four events?
Also will they be able to draw the same big numbers as last year without the PSPC Platinum Pass powerful marketing tool? At this time, no incentive of such kind has been offered. Another pressing question is Macau. PokerStars drew players from all over the world to Macau for their events.
Will there be a return to Macau? If so, when? Currently the only festival organized is handled by the Poker King group.
Article by Tricia David
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Record-breaking 822 players at the Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event; 169 remain; numerous Asian players in contention

The ground was shaking down under with a record-breaking 822 players turning up for the AU$10,600 buy-in Aussie Millions 2019 Main Event. Year after year, this annual event never fails to draw players from all around the world that it has now become one of the most sought after titles next to the WSOP Main Event.
As expected, the list of highly decorated players in the field was extensive. Since this was a freezeout tournament, everyone gunned to survive the first stage. By the completion of all the starting days, only half the field advanced to Day 2 – 405 players (to be exact) – which was further cut to 169 at the end of the day.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:
Day 1A – 165 – 79 advanced
Day 1B – 268 – 135 advanced
Day 1C – 364 – 191 advanced
Day 2 – 25 late registration
Total entries – 822
Prize pool of AU$8,220,000 (~US$5.9 Million)
ITM: 88 places

With an addional 25 entries this today, the 2019 #AussieMillions Main Event has been officially locked out at 822 players – the largest field in its 20+ year history!!!
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Top 10 achievements by Asia-Pacific players in the live scene of 2018

2018 has come to a close and what an incredible year it was for players from the Asia-Pacific region. While there are many to acknowledge, here’s our list of top 10 player achievements for the year:
Michael Soyza tops Asia GPI ranking
Michael Soyza – Photo PokerStarsMalaysian pro Michael Soyza turned up the notch this year accumulating over $2.65M in live tournament earnings and rising to top rank of the Asia GPI standings with 3,112,36 points. This also placed him 13th in the overall GPI ranking.
Among Soyza’s numerous deep cashes and victories were six payouts in the six-figure range. His first one was $148,629 for his triumph in April at the APPT Korea Main Event. Two months later, this was easily usurped by his victory at the DeepStack Championship Poker Series in Las Vegas for a massive take of $588,249. With half the year passed, he was not only cashing in big but was also raking in the GPI points.
In August, Soyza padded up another fat chunk of points for his wins at the APPT Manila High Roller BB Ante event and at the EPT Barcelona €10,300 NLH event. This also added another $400K combined to his live earnings.
At the end of October, Soyza placed 3rd at the largest buy-in event we’ve seen him cash in, the €100,000 NLH Leon’s High Roller event at the WSOPE in Rozvadov. Though the GPI points he earned for this event didn’t make the tally, he still shipped $592,594 for his largest live career payout. Just before closing out the year, Soyza collected a combined $500K in two high roller events at the Jeju Red Dragon Series.
More: GPI Asia #1 Michael Soyza talks success, career and more
Michael Addamo wins bracelets at the WSOP and WSOPE
Michael Addamo – Photo King’s CasinoFor the past two years, Australian pro Michael Addamo has come very close to clasping one of those coveted WSOP gold bracelets. That all changed in 2018. Not only did Addamo win a bracelet, he won one at the WSOP in Las Vegas and another at the WSOPE in Rozvadov.
After piling in deep runs in Australia and Hong Kong, Addamo took to the 2018 WSOP in June and bested a field of 1,637 at the $2,620 NLH – The Marathon event. He claimed $653,581 and the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career. Four months later, he was in Rozvadov, Czech Republic for the 2018 WSOPE. He won the €25,500 NLH High Roller event for his second WSOP bracelet. He overcame a field of 133 and earned his largest live career payout of €848,702 which is roughly around $980K.
Alexander Lynskey WSOP Main Event Final 9 + WSOP Sydney Main Event Champion
Alex Lynskey – Photo Star Poker / PokerNewsIn July, Australian pro Alexander Lynskey navigated through a crowd of 7,874 players to reach the WSOP Main Event final table of nine. He went on to finish in 7th place and scored a deserving payout of $1,500,000. This was his first seven-figure win.
In December, the WSOP was hosting its International Circuit in Sydney, Australia. The Main Event attracted a large field of 1,191 players. Lynskey won the event for A$422,796 to claim his first WSOP ring.
Ivan Leow’s Super High Roller run
Ivan Leow and Team MalaysiaSeng Yee Leow “Ivan” took the felt by storm this year going from just $123K in live tournament earnings to amassing over $5.8M. The bulk of his winnings came from Super High Roller events starting in May at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Montenegro. Though he didn’t champion any events there, he scooped up a combined $450K for his two 6th place finishes.
The month of July was when it all broke open for Leow. He cashed in three events at the Triton Poker series in Jeju, one of which was a victory at the HK$500K NLH – Short Deck Only event. This awarded him over HK$8,470,000 which was just over US$1M. That leg earned him a combined US$1.53M.
Immediately after, he set off for Sochi, Russia for the Triton Super High Roller event at the partypoker MILLIONS. He powered over the 29 entrants for his second SHR career victory and second seven-figure payday of approximately US$1,133,555. The streak continued in September at WPT Korea in Incheon where he won a Super High Roller event for approximately US$118K and placed 2nd at another SHR event for US$156K.
In October, Leow championed the €100,000 NLH Leon’s High Roller at the WSOPE in Rozvadov, adding around US$1.4M to his insane list of SHR winnings. His last score was at the end of November. He finished 4th at the Jeju Red Dragon Series SHR event for over US$250K.
Mike Takayama brings home the first WSOP bracelet for the Philippines
Mike Takayama & Team PhilippinesFilipino pro Mike Takayama is a very well-known figure in the Philippines poker circuit with a long list of achievements earned in his home country since 2014. This year however was a particularly big one. Takayama took on the world stage for the first time, trekking to Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual WSOP.
For his debut visit, he impressed his fans with a victory at the US$1K NLH Super Bounty event. He became the first Filipino to win a WSOP bracelet. He also earned $198,568 which is his largest live score to-date. At the series, Takayama also placed 32nd at the Double Stack Event for $17,814 and 421st at the Main Event for $29,625.
More: Interview with Mike Takayama, the first Filipino WSOP bracelet winner
Iori Yogo wins three APT major titles
Iori Yogo – Photo APTAPT Player of the Year 2016 champion Iori Yogo had another strong year in the APT circuit. Among his numerous deep runs were victories in major events. In March, he won the P110,000 APT Championships Event after overcoming several close calls against runner-up Lester Edoc. He won roughly $45,800. In August, he won the APT Main Event in Korea, Incheon for around $36,100; then in December, he won a second APT Championships Event, this one with a much higher buy-in of P165,000. He became the first player to win two APT Championships Event titles. Yogo pocketed roughly $54,700. This year saw the Japanese pro cash 17 times at the APT.
Wei Guo Liang wins the Little One for One Drop
Wei Guo Liang – Photo WSOPOne of the most popular events in the WSOP lineup is the $1,111 NLH – Little One for One Drop. This year saw another big field of 4,732 entries for a prize pool of $4,258,800. Several Asian players ran very deep here but none as deep as Chinese pro Wei Guo Liang. Wei championed the event to capture his first WSOP bracelet and $559,332. He became the fourth Chinese national to win a WSOP gold.
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa adds an APT Main Event title to his portfolio
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa – Photo APTOne of the Asian Poker Tour’s biggest supporters / promoters is Japanese pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa. Through the years, the number of Japanese players attending the APT circuit has grown due to his efforts. Tsuchikawa is a highly accomplished poker player with stats dating back to 2011. He has won a WPT Main Event, a PokerStars Manila Main Event, and after two near APT Main Event victories – one in 2012 and another in 2014 – finishing runner-up in both, Tsuchikawa finally secured a win at the APT Main Event in Vietnam this past October.
Lester Edoc collects 1st places in his home country
Lester EdocUp until this year, Filipino pro Lester Edoc only had one major title under his belt which he won at the International Poker Open Main Event in Manila back in 2015. As of today, he now has another four, all of them won on home turf.
In February, Edoc won the Asia Poker League Road Series Philippines Main Event besting a field of 276 entries. This was immediately followed up with a win at the PokerStars Manila Super Series Main Event in March topping a field of 1,118 entries.
Later that same month, Edoc won the APT Philippines – Main Event and nearly captured the APT Championships Event of the same series. He fell in runner-up to Iori Yogo. In September, Edoc attended the APT Philippines II and took down the Main Event once again for back-to-back series victories. These major wins plus the 2nd place against Yogo earned him nearly $190K combined.
Philip King Chun Wang most cashes in 2018
Taiwanese player Philip King Chun Wang overtook Chinese player Xing Biao Zhu in the final stretch of the Hendon Mob 2018 Number of Cashes. He closed the year with 64 cashes, earning most of them in his home country and in the Philippines. His largest score though was at APPT Macau in January. He finished 2nd at the HK$55K NLH Megastack for HK$250,000 ($31,971).
As for Xing, he too had a commendable run. He led the race back in April and closed with 61 cashes. Interestingly, from January to April, Xing was very active in the scene. He cashed numerous times on each of those months to put him at the top of the list.
Then from May to September, it was zero activity. Xing did not post a single cash. When October rolled in, Xing was back on attack raking in the ITMs once again. At the AJPC Asian Circuit in Korea, he earned in 10 events, five of which were wins. To close out the year, he scored at another AJPC Korea event in December cashing in 9 events.
Article by Tricia David
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Spotlight on the Metro Card Club: The year in review

2018 shined brightly on many destinations in Asia and for this article, we put our spotlight on the Metro Card Club aka Metro – one of the pioneers of poker in the Philippines.
For those unfamiliar with this incredibly popular poker joint, it is the largest brick and mortar poker room in the country, and for many years, it was the largest in Asia. Many of today’s top Filipino pros started at the Metro including Mike Takayama, the first homegrown Filipino 2018 WSOP bracelet winner.
This year was a very busy one at the Metro with festivals nearly every month. Since they cater to the wallets of the locals, as always buy-ins stay relatively low from P2,200 – P10,000 with guaranteed prize pools ranging from P750,000 to P5,000,000. Although they haven’t hosted an international event in quite some time, these home brewed festivals also attract foreign players residing and/or visiting the country.
Here’s a summary of the year’s biggest events and the champions:
February 7 to 12: P2 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P2,043,790
Entries – 602Winner – Rommel Angeles
April 11 to 16: Summer Event P3 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P3,294,500 ~US$62,000)
Entries – 599Winner – Joseph Sia
June 27 to July 2: Walk to a Million – P1 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P1,664,520 (~US$31,400)
Entries – 858Winner – Marvin Cerbito
August 22 to 27: P2 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P2,400,265 (~US$45,300)
Entries – 707Winner – Euryd Rivera
The P2 Million Guaranteed Main Event concluded with a highly thrilling final table. The last five players were all well-known figures in the local poker scene: John Tech, Mike Takayama, Lester Edoc, Marc Rivera, and Euryd Rivera. Euryd Rivera went on to defeat Marc Rivera at heads up and captured the trophy.
Euryd Rivera – Photo MetroOne month later, to introduce the Big Blind Ante system to their patrons, the Metro held a P1.5 Million Big Blind Ante festival. The format they chose was ante first, a similar structure used by the World Series of Poker. Since then, they’ve adapted this format for most of their tournaments.
September 26 to October 1: Big Blind Ante P1.5 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P1,455,000 (~US$27,400)
Entries – 472
Winner – Jharome Pena
When November rolled in, it was the time of year for the Metro’s biggest annual event, the RVS CUP Philippine Poker Championship. This event comes with a P5 Million guarantee. For the first time, the event was extended from 6 days to 11 days with pre-events added. Another addition was a Player of the Series title.
November 14 to 19: RVS CUP P5 Million Guaranteed
Prize pool – P5,665,770 (~US$107,000)
Entries – 649Winner – Marco AlmerezPlayer of the Series – Joven Huerto
Marco Almerez – Photo MetroThe Main Event witnessed the rise of Davao southern province favorite, Marco Almerez. Almerez overcame the likes of Mike Takayama and Lester Edoc at the final table. After this victory, Almerez went on to score another win at the Asian Poker Tour Finale festival. He won the APT-RWM Opening Day event defeating Takayama at heads up.
Metro creates Metro Team Pros
Team Pros – MetroIn July, several Filipino pros attended the 2018 World Series of Poker. This was the first time a strong contingent from the country entered the world stage in numbers. They did justice to their flag, cashing in numerous events, including the Main Event. Mike Takayama captured a bracelet after nearly giving up and packing for home. Hence the moniker “Batang Metro” sprung, translated as “Bred from Metro”, used to describe any player representing the room.
Upon their return, the Metro honored them for their achievements. Since then, a Metro Team Pro was formed. They comprise of Takayama. Lester Edoc, Marc Rivera, John Tech, Martin Gonzales, Ronald Singson, Mark Amparo, Joven Huerto, Czardy Rivera, Euryd Rivera, Alexis Lim, Terry Gonzaga, William Ysmael, and Nicandro Filart.
Article by Tricia David
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Schedule Preview for 50th WSOP Released

Back in the days when the WSOP was half a dozen men sat around a table playing what was basically a sit & go, few could have foreseen what the series would grow to be fifty years later. The WSOP is now the most recognisable and prestigious series on earth, and its 50th anniversary this summer will be marked by yet another packed schedule. Some of the details of that schedule were released into the public domain just a few days ago, and we now have a partial idea of what to expect in the summer. Here’s what we know so far.

Big 50
To mark the half-century point in the WSOP’s history, a new event has been added to the schedule. The Big 50 will command a $500 buy in, have 50-minute levels and a $5 million guaranteed prize pool. Players will begin with 50,000 chips and $1 million is guaranteed for the winner of the event. There is also an extra twist to the event, as the first entry of all players will be completely rake-free. This event will be one of the opening events of the series, beginning on May 30th and will permit players to re-enter on a subsequent starting day flight if they lose all their chips.
Other special June events
June 7th will see another event award $1 million to the player who lifts the bracelet. The Millionaire Maker has become a regular fixture on the WSOP schedule, with a $1,500 buy in fee and 60-minute levels. Expect a large field for this one, with each player starting off with 25,000 chips. The Monster Stack event will begin on June 21st and also costs $1,500 to enter. 50,000 chips and 60-minute levels should see a large field battling away for several days to determine a winner. The 28th of June sees another smaller buy in tournament with $888,888 guaranteed to the winner. The event is, of course the Crazy Eight’s event which has a buy in of $888.
Main Event
As ever, those looking to play the WSOP Main Event will have to stump up $10,000. The grandest tournament in the world will begin on July 3rd, consist of 2-hour blind levels and all players involved will start off with 60,000 chips. The guarantee for this event is yet to be set, but with a large field of 7,874 assembling at the Rio for the Main Event last year, this summer should see another healthy turnout.
May 30
Big 50
No-Limit Hold’em
50 minutes
$1m winner
May 31

50 minutes

June 1

50 minutes

June 2

50 minutes

June 7
Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em
60 minutes
$1 million to winner
June 8

60 minutes

June 13
Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (50+)
60 minutes
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APT Finale Philippines 2018: Mikiya Kudo wins the Main Event; Marco Almerez, Bobby Zhang, Kosei Ichinose among the early winners

The end of the year is a busy one for poker players in the region. One of the ongoing festival’s attracting players is the Asian Poker Tour’s last event of the season taking place in the Philippines. 
The APT Finale 2018 is currently underway at Resorts World Manila. The festival runs from November 27 to December 6. Half of the games have already concluded including 3 of the 5 guaranteed events. The first featured tournament, the Main Event P10M guaranteed was won last night with Japan’s Mikiya Kudo defeating Korean pro Lim Yohwan at heads up.
Here’s a look at the festival’s early results:
Mikiya Kudo wins the Main Event
The Main Event ran from November 28 to December 2. 307 runners signed up, each one paying the PHP 55,000 buy-in to easily surpass the P10M guarantee. The prize pool settled at PHP 14,889,500 (US$284,500) of which 52 players earned a piece. The largest share of PHP 2,844,500 (US$54,300) went to Japan’s Mikiya Kudo after his impressive performance at heads up against the more seasoned live tournament pro Lim Yohwan.
Mikiya KudoKudo became the 9th APT Main Event champion of the year. His rise began late in Day 3 when he knocked out Sam Welbourne with a full house over a bluff. He also eliminated Che Li Lin to enter the Final 8 round as chip leader with Yohwan trailing in second rank.
The Final 8 was decorated with pros: Kosei Ichinose, Victor Chong, Le Ngoc Khanh, and of course Yohwan.  Other than Yohwan who won the APT Philippines II 2018 Championships Event in late-September, everyone else was on the hunt for their first APT major.
Early final table action was dominated largely by Yohwan to steal the lead from Kudo. But where it mattered, at heads up, the momentum reversed. Yohwan was ahead in the count but quickly lost it after Kudo claimed pot after pot. Yohwan could not stop the chips from flowing out and he fell in second place. Kudo claimed his first live tournament career victory and his largest-ever live tournament payout.
Final 8 payouts1st Mikiya Kudo – Japan – PHP 2,844,2002nd Lim Yohwan – Korea – PHP 1,896,1003rd Koji Asaka – Japan – PHP 1,323,8004th Le Ngoc Khanh – Vietnam – PHP 963,6005th Victor Chong – Malaysia – 728,2006th Kosei Ichinose – Japan – PHP 569,0007th Stephen Nathan – UK – PHP 458,0008th Jiego Erquiaga – Philippines – PHP 379,200
Other players reaching the money were: Bobby Zhang (24th), Linh Tran (26th), En Ching Wu (38th), Fu Bang Huang (47th), and Alexis Lim (51st).
Phachara Wongwichit denies Lester Edoc the Super High Roller title
The PHP 500K buying Super High Rollers event saw only three players, Phachara Wongwichit, Soobum Kim, and Lester Edoc. This generated a winner-take-all pot of PHP 1,453,000. Edoc was hot on the hunt for a second APT SHR title, amassing a wide lead over his opponents within the first two levels. After Kim dropped out, Edoc was up 5:1 at heads up however the winds quickly shifted. Wongwichit staged an incredible comeback to overtake Edoc, exposing bluffs and missed draws. A deal was then reached. Wongwichit went on to win it for his first-ever APT title.
Phachara WongwichitPayouts1st Phachara Wongwichit – Australia – PHP 953,0002nd Lester Edoc – Philippines – PHP 500,000
Marco Almerez opens with a win
Kicking off the festival with a big win was local player Marco Almerez. Almerez defeated WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama at heads up of the APT-RWM Opening Event. This was outstanding for Almerez who won the largest local tournament just days prior, the RVS Cup 5 Million Guaranteed Main Event held at the Metro Card Club.
Marco Almerez defeats Mike TakayamaThe opening event attracted 220 runners. With each entry at PHP 11,000, it doubled up the P1M guarantee to PHP 2,134,000 (US$40,700). 37 players got paid with Almerez earning the largest cut of PHP 350,600 (US$6,700).
Final 8 payouts1st Marco Almerez – Philippines – PHP 350,600 (deal)2nd Mike Takayama – Philippines – PHP 300,000 (deal)3rd Czar Ian Marcos – Philippines – PHP 300,000 (deal)4th John Carlo Sayo – Philippines – PHP 151,1005th Chi Hung Ho – Taiwan – PHP 114,2006th Tomohiro Tanaka – Japan -PHP 89,2007th Si Yang Phua – Singapore – PHP 71,9008th Rio Kitaoji – Australia – PHP 59,500
Bobby Zhang and Kosei Ichinose win High Roller titles
After Bobby Zhang cashed at the Main Event in Day 3, he proceeded to win the PHP 107,500 buy-in High Rollers event. The two-day tournament saw 58 entries for a prize pool of PHP 5,626,000 (US$107,500). Many notable pros heated up seats but only 10 players reached the money.
Bobby ZhangPayouts1st Bobby Zhang – Australia – PHP 1,382,800 (deal)2nd Ying Lin Chua – Malaysia – PHP 1,350,000 (deal)3rd Cao Ngoc Anh – VIetnam – PHP 763,2004th Henrik Tollefsen – Norway – PHP 555,5005th Hideo Kudo – Japan – PHP 419,9006th Eunho Kwon – Korea – PHP 328,2007th Mike Takayama – Philippines – PHP 264,3008th Tetsuya Enoki – Japan – PHP 218,6009th Andreas Rauh – Germany – PHP 185,20010th Aso Seitaro – Japan – PHP 158,300
Kosei Ichinose wins the Short Deck High Rollers
Alike Zhang, Kosei Ichinose wasted no time jumping in another event after falling out of the Main Event in 6th place. Ichinose overcame the 16 runners of the Short Deck High Rollers. The event also had a PHP 107,500 buy-in. The prize pool amounted to PHP 1,552,000 (US$29,600).
Kosei IchinosePayouts1st Kosei Ichinose – Japan – PHP 789,200 (deal)2nd Seungsoo Kong – Korea – PHP 530,000 (deal)3rd Julian Hasse – Germany – PHP 232,800
James Auld wins the MSW Deepstack Turbo 1M
Another guaranteed event completed with the MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo just reaching the 1M guarantee. With the buy-in at a very affordable PHP 5,500, it drew 208 entries for a prize pool of PHP 1,008,800 (~US$19,200). Out of that pot, 35 players were paid with Canada’s James Auld earning the grand share of PHP 213,700. Mike Takayama also cashed in this event in 3rd place.
Final 10 payouts1st: James Auld – Canada – PHP 213,7002nd Katsuhiro Mori – Japan – PHP 142,6003rd Mike Takayama – PHP 99,6004th Guilherme Matsunaga – PHP 72,5005th Mark Leonardo – PHP 72,5006th Ricardo Torres – PHP 42,8007th Luis Bernardo – PHP – 34,5008th Mikio Komatsu – PHP 28,5009th Mark Ilin – PHP 24,20010t Yusutake Oka – PHP 20,600
APT Finale Philippines 2018 continues with the second featured tournament setting sail today. The event has a PHP 165,000 (US$3,150) buy-in and a guaranteed pot of PHP 10 Million (US$191,000). There is only one starting day offered which runs today. Players can sign up until the end of the first hour in Day 2. The event runs from December 3 to 6.
Other trophy events are also scheduled including the PHP 2 Million guaranteed Monster Stack event taking place on December 5 to 6. We will have the results for you as soon as it concludes.
Article by Tricia David
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Michael Soyza officially joins Natural 8’s “Team Hot”

Michael Soyza has enjoyed a close relationship with Natural 8 in recent years and has been seen wearing their logo on several occasions when lifting trophies and playing at the tables. While his affiliation was not official back then, it certainly is now. Natural 8 have announced that Michael Soyza is now part of their group of Team Hot ambassadors for the online brand Natural 8.
Michael Soyza – Photo APTTeam Natural 8
As the newest recruit, Soyza will not look at all out of place among the talented stars already assembled by Natural 8. He is the Malaysia and Asia GPI number 1 ranked player with over US$3,000,000 in live cashes and ranks 14th in the world in the GPI standings. He joins a roster of Natural 8 players which includes Kitty Kuo, Bryan Paris, Dong Kim and Henry Buhler.
Team HotAn exceptional live talent
While speaking to Somuchpoker two months ago, Michael Soyza explained that he had only been pursuing poker full-time for two years. This very short span of time underlines just how steep his trajectory towards the pinnacle of the game has been. His recent tournament results have made him a very well-known player, but Soyza also has plenty of experience in cash games too, having started at $0.03/0.06 and worked his way up the ladder before he turned to poker as a full-time career.
More: GPI Asia #1 Michael Soyza talks success, career and more
First online results
Since the announcement, he has been busy playing in the ongoing GG Series which has US$3.5 million guaranteed. So far, he has registered 129 entries, had 15 finishes in the money and cashed for a total of US$23,921.
Here are some of the highlights of Michael Soyza’s results:
3rd in N8GGS#7 for US$19,916.
Footage of that final table can be found here:

He also chopped the daily US$88 with  Natural 8 pro Bryan Paris for US$4,996.
Soyza’s most recent big live result came a few hours ago in the Red Dragon Jeju ₩60M Super High Roller where he took 3rd for ₩376,200,000 (US$335,760).
A full report of the event will be published on Somuchpoker.
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Exclusive Freeroll on 888Poker: $150 for Grab – No Deposit Needed!

We have teamed up with 888poker! The poker room is offering exclusive $150 freerolls to Somuchpoker followers every Sunday!
The field size is expected to be small, you have a great chance to get your hands on some easy money. You do not have to make any sort of deposit to play the freeroll, just open an account and follow the instructions to receive the password.

Next Freeroll: December 2, 2018 on 888poker – 1PM GMT
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PPPOKER World Championship Announced at Resort World Manila

The social poker application PPPoker has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Initially launched in Asia, PPPoker is now widely used across the World.
While the application is better known by players as a platform on which to organise games between friends, its Global Tournaments series also allows players to compete for prizes. On top of that, PPPoker has recently entered the live poker scene too.
Having grown stronger from these successes the company is preparing itself for a bigger challenge – the PPPoker World Championship (PPWC).
PPWC is a professional global poker tournament series created by PPPoker with a massive guaranteed prize pool of 30,000,000 PHP (Approx. USD$574,665). PPWC will be held between February 15th and 21st 2019, at Resorts World Manila.

PPWC Main Event
The 7-day festival features a PHP 20,000,000 (Approx. USD$383,110) guaranteed Main Event tournament, alongside 15 various other events. The buy in is set at PHP 55,000 (Approx. USD $1,000).
Feb 16: Main Event Day 1AFeb 17: Main Event Day 1BFeb 18: Main Event Day 1CFeb 19: Main Event Day 2Feb 20: Main Event Day 3Feb 21: Main Event Final Day
Additionally, in what promises be one of the highlights of the series, players representing dozens of different countries will compete in the Teams Event for the honour of crowning their nation the PPPoker World Champion. Teams from all around the world are expected to attend this event. The buy in for a team of nine into the event is set at PHP550,000 (approx. USD $10,000)
Feb 15 Team Event Day 1
Feb 16: Team Event Day2
Feb 17: Team Event Day 3
Side Events
More than ten additional side events are scheduled during the festival. More details on those will be announced in the coming weeks
Online Qualifiers
In the meantime, PPPoker users will have the opportunity to win PPWC Main Event tickets through their in-app Global Tournaments leading up to the series. Register now to join the action at PPWC!
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Jack Sinclair wins WSOPE Main Event Title

Jack Sinclair banished the memory of an 8th place finish at the 2017 WSOP in the best way possible last night, winning the WSOPE Main Event for 1,122,239 Euros ($1,279,352). He outlasted a field of 534 players to claim his first career bracelet, besting a final table that included former WSOP Main Event winner, Ryan Riess.
Jack Sinclair – Photo King’s CasinoA star-studded field
The event was a lengthy affair, with 6 days of play leading up to the final table. 7, if you count the two, day 1 starting flights. Many illustrious names descended on King’s Casino in Rozvadov, in the Czech Republic. By the end of the third day, many had fallen by the wayside, but one name really stood out. 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess led the chip counts, with over 4.2 million chips compared to his nearest challenger’s 2.4 million. Igor Kurganov and Sylvain Loosli, both familiar names on the WSOP circuit were also flying high, with two-time bracelet winner Norbert Szesci and Sergio Aido a little further down the order.
Ryan Riess – Photo King’s CasinoAs the next two days passed by, so did the opportunity of victory for all those names, bar one. Ryan Riess seemed to be cruising along serenely, persistently gathering chips and was ever-present around the top of the chip counts.
Sinclair conquers final table
Final Table – Photo King’s CasinoJack Sinclair remained comparatively new to major live events coming into this one. His trip to last year’s WSOP in Las Vegas was his first, and his entry into the Main Event was the first time he had ever bought into an event for $10,000. He proceeded to enjoy an extremely deep run in that tournament, making the final table and finishing 8th place. He once again gave a great display in this WSOPE Main Event, flying somewhat under the radar with Ryan Riess looming large at the final table. While Riess was sliding backwards during the final table, Sinclair was marching onwards. Having entered the final table 4th in the chips he took an early big pot to become one of the main contenders, while Riess eventually faded, falling in 4th place.
Bulgaria’s Krasimir Yankov was soon sent to the rail in 3rd, leaving Sinclair and Hungary’s Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas to fight for the top prize. In the end, it was a one-sided contest, with Bujtas seemingly struggling to find any cards and Sinclair playing excellent poker from the start. Before long, the final chapter of this event had closed. Bujtas was left rueing what might have been, while Sinclair was fastening his first career WSOP bracelet around his wrist.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Jack Sinclair – 1,122,239 Euros ($1,279,352)
2nd – Laszlo Bujtas – 693,573 Euros ($790,673)
3rd – Krasimir Yankov – 480,028 Euros ($547,232)
4th – Ryan Riess – 337,778 Euros ($385,067)
5th – Milos Skrbic – 241,718 Euros ($275,559)
6th – Ihor Yerofieiev – 175,965 Euros ($200,600)
Article by Craig Bradshaw
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Asian Poker Tour season finale at Resorts World Manila with PHP 24 Million in Guarantees

Excitement is building up at the Asian Poker Tour as they get ready for their last event of the season. The APT Finale Philippines 2018 takes place from November 27 to December 6 at Resorts World Manila with PHP 24 Million (~US$451,000) in guaranteed prizes. 19 trophy events are up for grabs with the Main Event and the Championships Event highlighting the series.

Main Event – PHP 10 Million GuaranteeChampionships Event – PHP 10 Million GuaranteeMonster Stack – PHP 2 Million GuaranteeAPT-RWM Opening Event – PHP 1 Million GuaranteeMegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo – PHP 1 Million Guarantee
Main Event – PHP 10 Million Guaranteed
Getting a look at the first featured tournament, the Main Event comes with a PHP 10 Million (~US$188,500) guarantee. It runs a course of five days from November 28 to December 2. With its highly crafted deep structure, this is revered as one of the top events to play in Asia. Last September in the Philippines, the series saw 306 entries for a prize pool of PHP 14.8 Million.
For a buy-in to of PHP 55,000 (~US$1,040), players start off with a very healthy stack of 500x the opening big blind; levels increase every sixty minutes. Two starting days are offered with late registration closing at the start of Level 10 in Day 2.
Day 1A – Wednesday, November 28Day 1B – Thursday, November 29Day 2 – Friday, November 30Day 3 – Saturday, December 1Final 8, Sunday, December 2
The past edition of the series saw local pro Lester Edoc successfully defend his Philippines Main Event title capturing back-to-back series victories.
Championships Event – PHP 10 Million Guaranteed
The second main feature is the Championships Event which also extends a PHP 10 Million (~US$188,500) guarantee. It runs immediately after the Main Event covering a total of four days from December 3 to 6. Unlike previous versions, only one starting day is offered however late registration still closes at the start of level 10 in Day 2.
Alike the main, this is another APT custom designed deep structured tournament with players starting off with 500x the opening big blind; levels also increase every sixty minutes. With the buy-in much higher than the main, PHP 165,000 (~US$3,110), the Championships Event tends to see a field packed with top pros.
Day 1 – Monday, December 3Day 2 – Tuesday, December 4Day 3 – Wednesday, December 5Final 8 – Thursday, December 6
The Main Event and Championships Event are the most prestigious tournaments of the APT and are definitely the events “not to be missed”. For those looking to try to join in at a lower cost, three satellites per featured event are offered. Resorts World Manila is also running guaranteed satellites to the Main Event every Sunday in November. read more


Interview: A conversation with German talent Manig Loeser

With more than $8M in live earnings on the international poker circuit, Manig Loeser is one of the most talented German players. He spent his last few weeks in Rozadov for the WSOPE where our reporter Gaelle Jaudon had the chance to meet him.
Manig Loeser – Photo King’s CasinoSomuchpoker: Your first cash was in 2011, and now you have more than $8 million in live winnings. How have you managed your career? Did you always have a plan in your head?
Manig Loeser: Well, in the beginning I didn’t really have a plan. I just knew that’s what I wanted to do, and I tried really hard to become successful at the game and get better. Also, I got really lucky in the beginning. I had the chance to win something big at one of my first tournament. From there, I just tried to increase my winnings and travel more, and that’s worked out so far! But I never really had a plan in mind.
SMP: What were the most difficult periods of your career?
ML: Oh good question… I think it was a few years ago. I lost quite a lot online before the WSOP, and then during two months at the WSOP, I only got two cashes. I was just busting every day. It was tough to go through that downswing, to try to recover and not lose faith in my abilities.
SMP: But you never thought about quitting the game?
ML: No, not really; that never happened.
SMP: We saw you play on different cash game shows. You had a crazy hand with Dan Shak at the Partypoker Millions and here at the Kings Casino live cash game too. What are the limits you usually play, and how often do you play cash games?
ML: I play very often now. I play quite a bit in Macao, at high stakes limits, and whenever there is a big tournament series with big cash games I try to play them too. It always depends on the situation. I can play low limits too, like 10/25, and up to very high limits.

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