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Hope sprang anew for federal online poker legislation following a recent Congressional subcommittee hearing that centered around doping in horse racing. Texas Rep. Joe Barton, who has pushed for online poker regulation in the past, has taken up the cause again, much to the delight of poker players.
Asian Teams flying high in $1,000 Tag Team Event as Nikita Luther and Giuseppe Panteleo take home the gold
The Tag Team event is one of the more unusual events seen at the WSOP each year, with players forming partnerships or groups, and sharing playing duties between them throughout the tournament. This year’s event had a $1,000 buy in, and saw 1,032 teams take part, creating a prize pool of $928,800.
Nikita Luther & Giuseppe Panteleo – Photo WSOPMany star players chose to take part, but as play got down to the final table, many of the bigger names had fallen. Interestingly though, there was still a strong Asian contingent vying for the title, with many Asian teams having already cashed up to that point.
In the top 100 finishers were several Asian teams including Sheng Xie/Li Zhou, Mike Chau/Hung Le, Pete Chen/Victor Chong/Christopher Soyza/Phachara Wongwichit, Yosuke Sekiya/Hiroshi Tamagawa/Yuri Ishida/Eiji Matsumura, Yueqi Zhu/Yue Du and Philip Chiu/Vincent Li/Sparrow Cheung.
A Japanese team consisting of Sho Mori, Hiroki Iwata and Kazuki Ikeuchi remained in contention, along with the duo of Giuseppe Panteleo and Nikita Luther.
The latter will be will know to many of our readers, as a professional Indian player who is an ambassador for Adda52. Her deep run in this event was not her first of the series either, having also taken 17th place in the $3,000 Big Blind Ante event.
As the number of survivors dwindled, it looked increasingly likely that one of these two teams would win the title, and they eventually reached heads up play. After a twenty-eight hand tussle, the chips eventually went in on a flip, with Luther’s team rivering a two outer to claim the bracelet in dramatic fashion.
This is Nikita Luther’s largest ever cash, splitting $175,805 with her teammate Giuseppe Panteleo. This is the first ever bracelet for the two players, who have continued a tradition of Asian players faring well in this event, with Indian duo Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java having won this event last year.
The final payouts are as follows:
1st – Nikita Luther/Giuseppe Panteleo – $175,805
2nd – Hiroki Iwata/Kazuki Ikeuchi/Sho Mori – $108,608
3rd – Manig Loeser/Joelle Parenteau/Daniel Weinand – $76,797
4th – Alex Rocha/Megan Milburn/Joanne Milburn – $55,016
5th – Gabriel Neto/Carlos Caputo – $39,936
6th – Adam Lamphere/Ao Chen/Yijie Zhang – $29,380
7th – Salah Levy/Frank Mariani/Cord Garcia – $21,910
8th – Bon Koo/Bienvenido Caballero – $16,565
9th – Loni Harwood/Haixa Zhang/Kelly Minkin – $12,700
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After 49 years, the World Series of Poker finally crowned its first Filipino champion with Mike Takayama winning the $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty. Takayama overcame the 2,065 field to capture the highly coveted WSOP gold bracelet and his largest career win of $198,568.
Mike Takayama – Phot WSOPIn a brief interview with the WSOP media, Takayama expressed,
“Very happy with how I played and it is everyone’s dream to win a bracelet.” “I will most definitely be playing the WSOP Main Event this year!”
This was truly a fantastic result for Takayama who is currently on his debut visit to the WSOP. With low buy-in No Limit Hold’em events ranging from $565 to $1500 notorious for drawing in very large fields, navigating to the top is a mighty feat for any player and most especially for a first-timer at the grand arena.
Prior to taking down this tournament, Takayama also had an impressive run at the $1K NLH Double Stack event, finishing 32nd out of 5700 entries for $17,814. As one of the Philippines highest ranking live tournament players, Takayama now has over $850K in earnings.
Takayama’s recent achievements
Mike Takayama & Team Philippines – Photo WSOPWell known in Asia, Takayama is an icon for every poker player in the Philippines. Since his emergence into the live tournament scene on 2010, he has produced numerous victories that it was only a matter of time before he’d make it to the WSOP.
Last year was a good year for Takayama, capturing his second APT Main Event title for his first six-digit payout of $105,530. He also had a solid deep run at the PokerStars Festival Main Event finishing 4th for $37,686. These and other cashes earned him the 2017 GPI Philippines POY title.
This year, Takayama kicked off with a runner-up finish at the Macau Poker Cup Baby Dragon event, just missing a grab at the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) Platinum Pass worth $30,000. Two weeks later, that moment was clearly behind him, winning the Manila Super Series Main Event to score that coveted PSPC pass.
Recap of the $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty
Mike Takayama – Photo WSOPBriefly recapping Event #59 $1K NLH Super Turbo Bounty, the 2,065 entries brought on a prize pool worth $1,858,500 with 310 players taking a cut. Among the players in the field were notable pros Phil Hellmuth, Greg Raymer, and triple bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (ranked 2nd in the WSOP POY race).
Entering the final two tables with 18 remaining, Takayama was packed with the second largest stack flanked by bracelet winners Steve Jelinek at the helm and Jack Duong in third rank. He took full captainship at the final table claiming the bounty reward of Kavish Shabbir (6th), Elizabeth Montizanti (7th), Jack Duong (8th). Oliver Rusing (9th), and Jens Thomsen (10th).
Continuing his domination, Takayama denied Jelinek a second bracelet, sending him out in 4th place followed by Matthew Smith in 3rd to enter heads up against Lorenc Puka up 8:1. Puka’s fight was a short one, unable to penetrate the steamrolling Filipino to fall in 2nd.
Among the Asians in the money were Edward Gildar (84th), Madhav Gupta (191st), Jeffrey Hakim (235th), Yasuyuki Tsuji (245th), Raiden Kan Yew Fatt (257th), and Edward Yam (278th).
Final table payouts1st Mike Takayama – Philippines – $198,5682nd Lorenc Puka – Italy – $122,6273rd Matthew Smith – USA – $88,9384th Steve Jelinek – UK – $65,1455th Spencer Baker – USA – $48,1966th Kavish Shabbir – USA – $36,0197th Elizabeth Montizanti – USA – $27,1938th Jack Duong – USA – $20,7439th Oliver Rusing – Germany – $15,988
Article by Tricia David
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With a large contingent of Asian players pursuing their WSOP dreams, albeit winning a bracelet or just being part of the experience, many have already already tested the waters and have come up on the black in some events.
Asians at WSOP for the first time
Mike Takayama – Photo WSOP / PokerNewsTake Mike Takayama, one of the few representatives of the Philippines, he finished 32nd out of 5700 entries at the $1K NLH Double Stack event. Ranked third in his country, this was Takayama’s first trip to the WSOP, a trip he never imagined would ever happen.
Running better than Takayama at the same event was Hong Kong’s Jacky Wong finishing 4th for a huge score of nearly $220K. This was also Wong’s virgin visit to the big leagues.
Another player is Alan King Lun Lau, two-time winner of the Asia Player of the Year, he too is at the grand stage for the first time. Lau cashed in two events with a very deep 12th place run out of 1,712 entries at the $1K NLH 30-minute levels event.
Chris Chong scores largest-ever for Singapore in the Monster Stack
Chris Chong – Photo WSOPThen there are returning players seeking the dream once again, such as Chris Chong from Singapore. Chong tasted his first series cash in 2016. Two nights ago, Chong improved on his past run, landing his largest career cash of $354,903 at the $1500 NLH Monster Stack event. In fact, it was the largest-ever cash for anyone from Singapore. Chong finished 4th out of a massive 6,260 entries. USA’s Tommy Nguyen won the event and pocketed $1,037,451, his first seven-digit payday.
Other Asian players cashing at the Monster Stack event were Dean Zohar (24th), Aditya Agarwal (27th), Hang Li (42nd), Vivian Im (205th), Chia Hsu (213th), Vincent Li (246th), Yuki Toyoshima (302nd), Vivek Rughani (436th), Ho Bao Qiang (448th), Avi Cohen (542nd), Hui Chen-Kuo “Kitty” (595th), and Ke Chen (710th).
Returning Asian players taking it deep
Pete Chen – Photo Drew Amato , Courtesy of WSOPAt the $1500 Bounty with 1,983 entries, Pete Chen ran the deepest among the Asians with a 53rd finish. At the WPT Tournament of Champions, Chen told Somuchpoker that he would be mixing it up at the WSOP, participating in other events besides Hold’em. One of his cashes was an 18th place finish at the $1500 Seven Card Stud.
India’s Paawan Bansal earned his 4th cash at this event finishing in 73rd place. Bansal kicked off his series run with a very deep 13th place at the Colossus event that drew in a humongous 13,070 entries.
Other Asian players in the money were Kazuki Ikeuchi (170th), Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (177th), Danny Tang (187th), Park Yu Cheung “Sparrow” (188th), and Edward Yam (246th), and Hon Cheong Lee (268th).
We will have more news for you on the progress of the Asian players as the WSOP approaches the $10,000 NLH Main Event – World Championship.
Article by Tricia David
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With the 2018 World Series of Poker just about to get underway, the WSOP Main Event qualifiers are really heating up at 888 Poker. If you have not yet bagged your seat on a plane to Vegas, the site is offering plenty more opportunities to win a WSOP Main Event package, with qualifying routes starting at just $0.01.
A recent survey of Spanish online poker players indicates that Winamax will be warmly welcomed when it joins the pan-European joint liquidity market. The French operator has responded by publishing a web page promising events and promotions likely to result in a challenge to PokerStars´ current dominance.
Party Poker is running its second KO tournament series of the year from Sunday and packing 226 events into eight days of action. However, many of the events have lower guarantees than before and, in order to maintain a $10 million series guarantee, the site has added sixty-two more tournaments to the schedule.
Cards are in the air in the Final Table of the Asia Poker League Vietnam Main Event at Pro Poker Club (Live commentary in Vietnamese).
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It’s that time of the year again with the biggest poker festival upon us, the World Series of Poker. On May 29 – July 17, 2018, players from all over the globe will descend upon the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the 49th edition of this annual celebration. Up for grabs are 78 official gold bracelets, the most coveted piece of hardware awarded only to event champions.
Last year, the world witnessed India capture their first bracelet(s) with Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant winning the Tag Team event. Unfortunately, those were the only Asians who reached that milestone.
Team India – Photo WSOP Drew AmatoWhile many Asians aspire to attain the same glory, looking down at the actual figures show that through the years only 9 Asian countries are represented with all of them below double digits.
The countries are Israel, Indonesia, China, India, Japan, Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, and Thailand. As for New Zealand, they have one bracelet. Australia stands apart with 24.
Why there are few Asian WSOP winners
With poker booming in Asia for several years, and certainly no lack of events in the region, one does wonder why there aren’t more bracelet winners coming from this faction. One of the likeliest reasons is perhaps the number of Asians in attendance. For a majority of the players, Las Vegas is not just far but it also takes a toll on the pocket.
Even for regulars of the Asian circuit, one would need a sizable bankroll to cover the costs which include travel, accommodations, meals, and most especially, entry fees to the tournaments. This greatly decreases the number of players willing to take on the world stage.
For those that do make their way to the WSOP, most of them specialize in Texas Hold’em. Being the most popular game at the series, players will then have the difficult task of navigating their way to the top of very large fields. To have a better chance at the gold, players will need to expand their repertoire to include Mixed Game formats or even higher buy-in events.
Currently, only a small number of Asian Players have shown such versatility. In 2012, Japan’s Naoya Kihara won a bracelet at the 5K Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed event. Since then, he has cashed in 2-7 Lowball, H.O.R.S.E., Razz, Seven Card Stud, and 8-10 game mix. Recently, WPT Asia-Pacific Player of the Year, Pete Chen, announced he would be playing mixed games at the WSOP. Last year, Chen placed 2nd at one of the 5K NLH events.
Bracelet winners from Asia-Pacific nations
Taking a look at the Asian nations on the WSOP bracelet board, Israel has the highest straps with 8 titles won. Indonesia comes in second to the leader with 5 titles all won by USA-based Indonesian pro John Juanda.
China and India
China and India are tied with 3 bracelets each. Jiang Chen put China on the board for his win back in 2005; Yue Du added another in 2016; then last year, Yunpeng Zhou won the WSOP China Main Event held in Sanya. Last year, China ranked 11th in the highest number of entries at the WSOP with 52. Chinese pros spotted at the WSOP were Xixiang Luo, Yang Zhang, and Guo Dong to mention a few.
For India, 2017 was their breakthrough year. USA-based Indian pro Nipun Java won two WSOP bracelets with one of the titles in a tag team event partnered with Aditya Sushant. Every year the series sees an increase of Indian players with last year at 30 entries. One player in hot pursuit of a gold is the country’s 3rd ranked Aditya Agarwal. His first WSOP cash was back in 2007 and since piled on the deep runs. Last year he cashed 11 times at the series. Another player is Kunal Patni.
Japan and Afghanistan
Naoya Kihara – Photo WSOPJapan and Afghanistan are next on the ladder with two bracelets each. Naoya Kihara was first to plant the Japanese flag in 2012 followed by Takahiro Nakai in 2015. Japan followed right behind China in the number of entries last year at 50. One of this year’s attendees will be Iori Yogo. The pro placed 3rd at one of the events in 2014 and will try and take it to the summit this time around.
Though we haven’t touched upon much news on Afghanistan, as part of the region, the two bracelet holders are Qushqar Morad for a Stud event in 2002, and six years later, Sherkhan Farnood for a bracelet at the 2008 WSOP Europe in a H.O.R.S.E event.
The next ones in the list are Iran, Thailand, and Malaysia all with one title apiece. Well-known pro Amir Vahedi strapped it for Iran, Nat Koe for Thailand, and Junzhong Loo for his victory at the WSOP APAC in 2013. In Asia-Pacific, Simon Watt brought one in for New Zealand back in 2010.
Australia ranked 5th overall
Then we have Australia. They rank 5th overall in bracelets with 24. Jeff Lisandro is a monster at the series with 6 on his wrist. Mel Judah is next with 2 bracelets. Out of the 16 players with one each are famous pros Joe Hachem, James Obst, Aaron Lim, and Martin Kozlov to mention a few.
Asian countries with no bracelets
Asian countries yet to bring home the gold are Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Cambodia, Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. Each year, some of these nations are represented at the series although the numbers are very low. Despite this, some players do get far such as Taiwan’s Pete Chen who nearly landed a bracelet finishing 2nd at one of the events last year.
Viet Kieu successes at the WSOP
Out of all the Asian countries still hunting down that first bracelet, one country in an peculiar position is Vietnam. No player flying the Vietnam flag has won a WSOP event but the Viet Kieu have been very successful. Famous pros Scotty Nguyen, Men “the Master” Nguyen, and David Pham bring in a total of 15 bracelets combined. If only these 3 players were listed under their ancestral homeland Vietnam then the country would be ranked 8th overall.
Article by Tricia David
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888 Poker has fine-tuned its daily Fish ´N´ Chips tournament schedule by replacing some of the existing menu with new BIG Fish tournaments. The six new tournaments have buy-ins starting at $5.50, guaranteed prize pools totalling $100,000, and are being supported by a very generous satellite schedule.
At the APT Macau Championships 2018 ongoing at Macau Billionaire Poker, Taiwanese pro Hung Sheng Lin dominated the Final 8 of the Main Event to capture the exclusive APT Championship Ring and the HK$ 587,000 (~US$74,700) first prize.
This has now become Lin’s single largest live tournament career score and his first major victory since 2011.
Hung Sheng Lin 377 entries in the Main Event
The Main Event ran a course of five days, from April 28 – May 2, with 377 total entries. This welcoming turnout broke the brand’s previous Macau record attendance of 326 set back in 2009. With the buy-in at HK$11,000, the prize pool surged as well to HK$3,619,200, exceeding the 2M advertised guarantee.
At the start of the festivities, numerous powerhouse players were spotted in the field. Among them were Iori Yogo – the recent APT Championships Event title-holder, Dong Guo – another decorated APT champion, current GPI Asia leader Daniel Tang, Macau Millions 2018 champion Michael Soyza, Kosei Ichinose, Victor Chong, Wenling Gao, Ben Lai, Florencio Campomanes, and Eugene Co. All of them missed the mark though, unable to reach the 63 player ITM cut.
Among those who did cash in before the Final 8 were Raiden Kan (54th), En Ching Wu (49th), Park Yu Sparrow Cheung (39th), Lim Min Soon (34th), Zhang Chenxu (32nd), Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (27th), Yoichi Uesugi (13th), Phachara Wongwichit (10th), and Piet Pape (9th).
The Final 8 was heavy with newcomers. The only APT regular in the lineup was eventual winner Hung Sheng Lin. Among Lin’s impressive stats, he was also decorated with an APT Regional Player of the Year title and has appeared in two APT Main Event final tables. Last year, he finished 7th at APT Daegu and 8th at the Championships Event in Macau last December.
Entering the Final 8, Lin was a smidgen below average stack. After railing two players, Hiroshi Matsumoto (7th) and Hele Liu (5th), he took over the leader’s status amassing over half of the chips in play. During the hand against Liu, Lin won with flush over Liu’s straight on a board with the shoves seen on fourth street. From there, he proceeded to eliminate Sai Ho Philip Chiu in 3rd place to face Russia’s Evgeny Kurilenko for the title.
Prior to the Final 8, the past qualifying days witnessed Kurilenko prove himself to be one of the strongest contenders always bagging up an above average stack. He entered the Final 8 as the massive chip leader and held on to his big stack to vie for the title against Lin.
Heads up roundKicking off the heads up round, Lin was ahead in the count. He continued his momentum, dominating the competition. He claimed a majority of the pots both big and small to slowly dry out Kurilenko. The final hand saw Lin defeat Kurilenko with run a better spread than on a board .
Final 8 payouts1st Hung Sheng Lin – Taiwan – HKD 587,000 2nd Evgeny Kurilenko – Russia – HKD 391,200 3rd Sai Ho Philip Chiu – Hong Kong – HKD 271,100 4th Wang Jun – China – HKD 195,800 5th Hele Liu – China – HKD 146,900 6th Toshimitsu Kamei – Japan – HKD 115,100 7th Hiroshi Matsumoto – Japan – HKD 93,700 8th Wang Meng – China – HKD 79,300
Article by Tricia David
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Everest Poker has launched a new progressive jackpot Twister game with a difference. Unlike some progressive jackpot Sit & Go games in which the top prize increases with each game, players will be chosen at random to play an animated “Age of the Gods” game guaranteeing one of four progressive jackpot prizes.
If you find your computer is running slower than it used to, or that security scans are taking much longer, it could be attributable to the volume of cached files and logs PokerStars saves to your hard drive. You can easily save a considerable amount of space by uninstalling and reinstalling the PokerStars client.
Party Poker´s Monster Series got underway yesterday to a bit of a mixed start. Although the first three events were very popular, only three of the remaining twelve tournaments managed to meet their guarantees – resulting in first day overlays of nearly $50,000.
Whether you’re from Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam or even Australia, chances are your heard of PPPoker. The online club-only poker room has been taking off since its release in 2015 and now services over 100 countries worldwide!
The online room has often been reported as a more profitable option for the players due to its non-traditional style: players must join a private poker club before they can play for real money!
The online games are more like home games, with each club in charge of cash-ins and cashouts. Players commonly access clubs via agents to these clubs via agents (Like us!)
What you should know about PPPOKER
How can I register to PPPoker?
The application is available on PC, IOS, and Android. Just go to PPPoker.net to download.
How do I join a club?
Contact Somuchpoker by Skype or email to receive the best rakeback deals and access to several clubs.
How do I deposit and withdraw on PPPoker?
All deposits/withdrawals go through agents of the poker clubs. Somuchpoker can ensure all transactions via Skrill / Neteller / Crypto / Paypal / PokerStars/ Partypoker safely, reliably and quickly.
What kinds of games are running?
Each club offers a wide array of different games and limits. Normally the rooms run games from NL40 to NL1000 and PLO40 to PLO2000. OFC and MTT are also commonly run, depending on the club.
It’s a very exciting time for poker players in Vietnam since government officials loosened up on tournament poker; several poker clubs have opened.
The APT held its first ever opening event outside of the Philippines earlier this year in January with overwhelming success at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. The APL intends to continue this trend with its APL Road Series Vol. 2 Vietnam. Hosting the event will, once again, be the Pro Poker Club.
APL Road SeriesThe APL Road Series Vol.2 will take place from May 25th to June 4th. The big tournament, players from all over the world are looking forward to the most, is the Main Event, with a staggering guaranteed prize pool of 5 Billion VND ( Approx. USD 218,500.00 !). The festival will also feature several side events including VND 25M High Roller.
More: APL Road Series Vol.2 Vietnam Schedule
An event hosted at the Pro Poker Club
Pro Poker Club – Ho Chi Minh CityThe highly anticipated event will take place at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. The venue opened its doors on January 19th with only 20 tables and has continually filled its seats. It saw its first major success hosting the APT and has since grown bigger, adding a second floor and 15 extra tables to accommodate its constant expansion.
Earlier this year they held the APT Kickoff Vietnam with a guaranteed prize pool of only 3 billion VND; they surpassed that with a staggering 664 entries and the largest tournament prize pool in Vietnamese history – 9.6 Billion VND.
A new frontier for the Asia Poker League
The APL has its sights set high in Vietnam, following the APT’s accomplishments. Formerly, the APL has only hosted events in China, but in February 2018 they broadened their horizons by having their first successful event in the Philippines. Unlike previous poker events in the Philippines, the APL decided to have their APL Road Series Vol. 1 in Pampanga rather than the commonly chosen city of Manila. They were handsomely rewarded as players from all over the world flew in for the event, and covered the 5 million Peso guarantee with over 275 entrees.
Vietnam’s borders are widening as poker players have a new location to hone their skills and make money. With the government’s recent leniency towards tournament poker and clubs opening all over the country, the future looks profitable.
More: APL Road Series Vol.2 Vietnam Schedule
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The Crown Poker Championship will be held from April 18th to the 30th 2018 at the Crown Melbourne, Australia.
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CPC Main Event Step 1 Satellite (Shot Clock – 1 in 5 win)
APT Philippines Championships: Iori Yogo seizes the Championships Event title; Lester Edoc wins the APT Player of the Series
The APT Philippines Championships 2018 witnessed what could possibly be the most engaging conclusion to the festival with Japanese pro Iori Yogo denying Filipino pro Lester Edoc the victory at the Championships Event. Both players had fantastic runs throughout the twelve-day event to earn them the top two places in the APT Player of the Series race. The festival ran from March 21 to April 2 at Resorts World Manila.
Iori Yogo seizes the Championships Event title
Iori Yogo – Photo APTThe Championships Event was highlighted on the last five days of the series. This was the festival’s second featured tournament with a PHP110,000 entry fee. While only 100 signed up, among them were a large majority of pros from the region. By the time the Final 8 was reached, it was no surprise to see a very strong lineup. Adding to the awe was the man at the helm, Lester Edoc, the recently crowned APT Main Event champion.
More: APT Philippines Championships: Lester Edoc wins the Main Event
For those keeping track of the action in the Philippines, Edoc has been an absolute beast this year, dominating the local circuit with back-to-back-to-back Main Event titles with a possible fourth consecutive on the way.
APT Main Event champions Iori Yogo and Henrik Tollefsen were the next two down the chip rung with the latter hunting his third title. As for Kosei Ichinose and the rest of the Final 8 contenders, Teng Wei Yang, Fu Bang Huang, Ichiyo Niwa, and Chua Shan Hui, they were all gunning for their first APT major title. They would all miss the mark though with Ichinose finishing in 5th place.
While there was plenty of wild action leading up to three-handed, it was in this round where the game saw some high caliber play. All three champions, Tollefsen, Edoc, and Yogo claimed ownership of the chip lead numerous times until Tollefsen eventually fell in 3rd place. This brought about the heads up round with Edoc ahead of Yogo 2.5:1 in chips.
The heads up round had fans on both sides of the rail glued to the action as well as on the live stream. Edoc displayed dominance over Yogo, winning a majority of the pots and successfully grinding him down. But Yogo bounced back, given renewed life with a double up. This happened three times. Edoc would grind down Yogo, Yogo would shove, win it, double up, then repeat. Yogo doubled up on all three shoves.
Heads Up Play – Photo APTOn the 84th hand of the heads up match with Yogo slightly ahead in chips, he did what Edoc couldn’t do, he was able to close it out. Edoc had two pair at the flop, Yogo had top pair and flush draw. The turn and river awarded Yogo a runner-runner higher two pair to take the title.
In addition to his big victory, Yogo had three other deep finishes. He won the NLH Two Day Event, placed 14th at the Main Event, and 6th at the MSW sponsored Deep Stack Turbo. This secured him a solid 2nd place in the APT Player of the Series race. Yogo earned over Php3.3 Million (~US$65,000) at the series and is well into the seven digit range of live tournament career.
Final 8 payoutPrize pool: Php9,700,000 – 17 places paid
1st Iori Yogo – Japan – Php2,402,500
2nd Lester Edoc – Philippines – Php1,602,400
3rd Henrik Tollefsen – Norway – Php1,111,600
4th Fu Bang Huang – Taiwan – Php802,200
5th Kosei Ichinose – Japan – Php602,400
6th Teng Wei Yang – Taiwan – Php471,400
7th Chua Shan Hui – Singapore – Php383,200
8th Ichiyo Niwa – Japan – Php324,000
Year of the Edoc: APT Player of the Series 1st place
Lester Edoc – Photo APTAlthough Lester Edoc came up one spot shy of the Championships Event title, it was still a slam-dunk for the APT Player of the Series title. Edoc’s astounding achievements at the festival was a continuation of his already incredible run this year…. and to top it off, we are just entering the fourth month. Edoc won the APT Main Event, besting 325 entries, he finished 2nd at the Championships Event, and 9th at the MSW Sponsored event. In total, he shipped over US$82,000 in cash plus another US$800 for winning the POS race.
As mentioned above, Yogo took 2nd in the APT POS race. Taking 3rd was a new face to the APT, Filipino player Richard Nakila. Nakila played the smaller events, and though he didn’t win any, he cashed in 5 of them. His impressive performance awarded him the last APT POS spot and a trophy to go with it. Both Yogo and Nakila were also awarded US$100.
Article by Triccia David
The Winning Poker Network has announced its flagship Million Dollar Sunday events are to become a regular feature on the tournament schedule despite recent massive overlays. The Network has also extended the satellites feeding into the events, giving more players the opportunity to qualify “for pennies on the dollar”.
PokerStars has announced the site is to re-run its $10 million guaranteed Sunday Million Twelfth Anniversary Edition and has also launched a new variant of NL Texas Hold´em called Split Hold´em – which bears more than a passing resemblance to the existing Run It Twice feature on cash game tables.
Last month, BetOnline changed the distribution of its Bad Beat Jackpot so that every player actively playing at a Jackpot table shares in the prize money when a bad beat occurs. Consequently, players at BetOnline have enjoyed two Jackpot windfalls within a week just for being at the right place at the right time.
Party Poker is offering players a free $22 satellite ticket that can be used to enter qualifiers for the site´s live events. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, players must have an existing Party Poker account and create a free “My Party Poker LIVE” account by Saturday 31st March.
April 17th will see PokerStars create a new segregated player pool to accommodate the influx of Indian poker players into its poker room. Indian players will no longer have access to the PokerStars.com client after this date and will be moved across to PokerStars.IN. This new domain will be operated by Sachiko Gaming Private Limited, which is already established in India as a licensed gaming and lottery company.
PokerStars.in – Screen capturePokerStars has long been hoping to reach deeper into the Indian market, with poker having been growing in popularity there during recent years. This crucial step has perhaps taken longer than initially hoped but it could generate plenty of money for the company once everything is up and running.
In a statement to investors, Stars Group CEO Rafi Ashkenazi said:
“In India, we have entered into an arrangement with a well-established domestic licensed lottery and gaming operator, which will give our brand access to this highly populated market and ability to build awareness for both our PokerStars brand and the game itself”.
PokerStars is a global giant in the online poker world, but the transition into the Indian market will not entirely be without competition. There are already online poker rooms operating in the country, including Adda52.com, Spartan Poker, Khelo365, PokerBaazi, PokaBunga and MPN India. The creation of this new domain will involve a partnership between Stars Group Inc and lottery providers Sugal & Damani Group who are already established and licensed to operate in India.
While it is true that PokerStars should quickly acquire a boost in customers in the country, those who have already been playing tournaments on the PokerStars.com platform will likely be disappointed by the sudden shrinking of the player pool, and the prizes on offer. Despite this fact, there are 1.3 billion people in India, and if poker continues to grow there, PokerStars’ decision to expand into India could prove to be one of its most lucrative yet.
Article by Craig Bradshaw
APT Philippines Championships: Lester Edoc wins the Main Event; Linh Tran, Iori Yogo, and Ha Duong win events
The APT Philippines Championships 2018 has been rocking the poker room at Resorts World Manila for the past week and last night, the first featured tournament, the Php55,000 buy-in Main Event, closed with Lester Edoc claiming the title. This was another incredible victory for Edoc who has now captured three major titles this year alone. In addition, there were other pros taking down side events. We have that for you below.
Lester Edoc captures first-ever APT championship title
Lester Edoc – Photo APTDeja vu! It seems like just yesterday we had typed these same two words, “Lester wins…”. Well it is true and it has happened again. The incredible Lester Edoc finally captured himself an APT Main Event trophy. After 7 years in the APT circuit that has seen him win an abundance of side events, he finally landed the big one, the Main Event title. This comes right after winning the APL Road Series Main Event and the Manila Super Series Main Event. Yes folks, it is a hat trick!
With the new APT late registration changes made at the start of the year, the Main Event turned up a big field of 325 entries. For the price of Php55,000 (~US$1,050) per entry, the 8M advertised guarantee was blown to bits, settling at Php15,762,500 (~US$301,300). There were of course plenty of past APT championship title-holders in attendance with many going deep, though not as deep as the Final 8. Ha Duong finished 13th, Iori Yogo 14th, defending champion Mike Takayama 15th, Soojo Kim 17th, and several more down the pay scale. Other notable players also cashing in near the top were Victor Chong 12th and Lim Yohwan 10th.
Final table action
Final 8 – Photo APTHowever despite many pros filling up the seats, the Final 8 would only see a few in the lineup with Edoc considerably the most decorated, at least in the live tournament arena. Entering with the largest stack was Lebanese player Hanna Khalife. Khalife’s riches would quickly drop, ending him in 8th place, clear opposite from where he started.
As the game progressed and two more players fell, Dylan Ming Teck Kii (7th) and Patrick Liang (6th), the five-handed bout saw the rise of Florencio Campomanes, another pro from the Philippines. Campomanes amassed an enormous stack that even after the departure of Yun Bong (5th) and Frederick Hernandez (4th), he still held court at the top. However, it all changed in one big hand against Japan’s Hiroyuki Yoshimura with pocket tens losing to Yoshimura’s pocket jacks. A few hands later, Campomanes exited in 3rd place.
Down to just Edoc and Yoshimura, the heads up round witnessed both players take ownership of the chip lead at one time. With Yoshimura a proven tough contender throughout the entire event, he had Edoc on the ropes once that could have turned the ending the other way. But the pro triumphed. He proceeded to shave down his opponent and close it out.
Final table payouts
1st Lester Edoc – Philippines – Php2,674,900 (~US$51,000) 2nd Hiroyuki Yoshimura – Japan – Php1,782,700 3rd Florencio Campomanes – Philippines – Php1,237,400 4th Frederick Hernandez – Philippines – Php893,700 5th Yun Bong – Korea – Php671,500 6th Patrick Liang – Brazil – Php523,300 7th Dylan Ming Teck Kii – Australia – Php425,600 8th Hanna Khalife – Lebanon – Php361,000
Linh Tran wins the High Roller
Linh Tran – Photo APTAlso claiming his own hat trick was Vietnam’s Linh Tran. Tran overcame the 75 entries of the High Rollers event to earn a third APT High Rollers career title. His two days of work at the felt also brought him a sweet Php1,959,800 (~US$37,400). This victory sends Tran into the seven-digit live tournament earnings to roughly around US$1.02M.
To grab the title, Tran defeated a fast rising Japanese tournament player, Jun Obara. Obara has been running deep at numerous festivals since last year. He also finished 19th at the Main Event. With the High Rollers buy-in at Php10,500, this amassed a prize pool of Php7,275,000 with 13 players paid. Several notables in the money list were Markus Garberg, Henrik Tollefsen, and Czardy Rivera.
Iori Yogo and Ha Duong win titles
Ha Duong and Iori Yogo – Photo APTOnce again, Japanese pro Iori Yogo is in the APT headlines. Yogo won the NLH Two Day Event besting a field of 46 players. He won Php727,500 and another APT event trophy that he can add to this shelf.
PayoutsPrize pool: Php2,231,000 – Buyin: Php55,000
1st Iori Yogo – Japan – Php727,500 (~US$14,000) 2nd Torii Ayumu – Japan – Php469,200 3rd Lim Chee Kuan – Malaysia – Php317,000 4th Masaharu Oyama – Japan – Php224,200 5th Yasuyuki Asakura – Japan – Php166,500 6th Huu Dung Nguyen – Vietnam – Php129,600 7th Marius Zalyps – Lithuania – Php106,000 8th Yasuo Tanoda – Japan – Php91,000
Also picking up a trophy is Vietnamese pro Thanh Ha Duong. Duong overcame the 92 entries of the Head Hunter event. Interestingly, the last time Duong won an event was in October 2016 at the APT Macau Head Hunter event. Seems like this is his territory, denying players his bounty reward. Duong earned Php334,900 (~US$6,400).
Final Table payoutsPrize pool: Php1,324,000 – 16 paid – Buyin Php22,000
1st Thanh Ha Duong – Vietnam – Php334,900 2nd Markus Garberg – Norway – Php223,200 3rd Kolos Balla – Russia – Php154,700 4th Anthony Hope – Australia – Php111.700 5th Wilson Tolon – Philippines – Php84,000 6th Taki Iwasaki – Japan – Php65,600 7th Taijin Kin – Korea – Php53,400 8th Joven Huerto – Philippines – Php45,200
Article by Triccia David
Only a few months of 2018 have elapsed so far, and already we have televised heroics at the tables. If you have forgotten to turn on your TV screen in the last few months, you may have missed these three televised gems.
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Hero-calls are always sweet, but when they are the final act that ends a tournament and are made by one of the biggest names in the game, they also carry a little extra sweetness. The following video gives us all a timely reminder of the immense talents that Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom has brought to the table since he exploded onto the online scene almost ten years ago.
Incredibly Unbelievable Fold on the World Poker Tour
We all make mistakes when playing online poker, and some of them will be expensive mistakes. However, few will be as expensive as the mistake made by a player at BetOnline Poker last Saturday evening, who sat out from his cash game just before the Bad Beat Jackpot was won. Their bad timing cost them nearly $20,000.
Party Poker has announced a $2.7 million guaranteed Monster Series from Sunday April 29th until Sunday May 6th. The series is considerably different from when it was first played last October, with the majority of the buy-ins being reduced to give more players more opportunities to win a monster prize.