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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The Tournament will be in memory of Emma Fryer.
Genting Casino Stoke, will host a poker tournament on Sunday, May 6th in memory of Emma Fryer, a poker player who lost her life in November last year.
Emma, nicknamed the ‘Poker Queen,’ began as a professional poker player at Genting Casino Stoke and tragically lost her life in a car accident when she was attending a poker tournament in the Czech Republic.
The charity poker tournament, which is being held in her memory, will cost £60 to enter and this includes a £10 registration fee and will offer all those taking part a guaranteed prize pool of £4,000.
The £10 registration fee will be donated to the Donna Louise Children’s Cancer Trust, a charity that was selected personally by Emma’s family. The Donna Louise Children’s Cancer Trust is a charity based in Staffordshire that supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
On the day of the tournament, the casino will serve a free buffet to all players at 1pm with the poker tournament itself beginning at 2:15pm.
Joanne Maddick, casino manager at Genting Casino Stoke, said: “Emma began her poker career at the casino a long time ago and we watched her grow into one of the best poker players around. She had such a wonderful personality and she is sadly missed by everyone here at Genting Casino Stoke.
“We wanted to put on an event to remember her and thought a poker tournament was the best way to do this. We know Emma meant so much to people and we hope as many people as possible can join us on the night.”
Tickets for the poker tournament can be purchased from the cash desk before the tournament or on the day of the tournament itself. For more information please visit thewebsite or to purchase tickets call 01782 213499.
The first ever NIGA exhibition and conference to be held in Las Vegas proved to be a huge home town success for Merkur Gaming US and its locally based games development studio, Sunshine Games, thanks to a total booth display presentation of brand new game titles.
Displaying an entirely new range of 10 games ‘made in America, by Americans and for Americans’ (eight from the creative powerhouse that is Sunshine Games, based in La Vegas, and two from legendary game creators High 5 Games of New York) Merkur Gaming US made a truly dynamic presentation that attracted a high level of interest from NIGA visitors.
With four Chinese themed games, Baozang, Immortal Emperor, Immortal Princess, and Striking Fortunes, plus the Egyptian adventure Amulet of the Pharaoh, Sunshine Games demonstrated their creativity in adventure themes. Adding fun to their gaming entertainment mix, Sunshine Games also added Taco Tuesday and its latest evolution, Taco Tuesday Hot Sauce, as well as the Irish leprechaun themed Land of Charms to their growing portfolio. Add to that Wellspring, a game based on the search for immortal youth, and Legends of Troy from High 5 Games and the Merkur Gaming booth was packed with new attractions. Given the enthusiastic responses received from visitors it is clear that NIGA 2018 marked a significant forward step in the development of Merkur Games US as a top level games producer in the US market.
Merkur Gaming US is a proud associate member of NIGA and duly congratulated theassociation’s longstanding Chairman, Ernie Stevens Jr., on the huge success that this year’s show represented. Merkur Gaming US CEO, Charles Hiten, noted: “The figures show thatNIGA in Las Vegas was a major success, in terms of both exhibitors and visitors. For us, the show was a chance to show the high level of products that we are bringing to the US and it was both exciting and gratifying to receive the overall high levels of positive reaction that we received.
Agreement includes VizExplorer’s premium consulting service.
VizExplorer, a leading provider of operational intelligence solutions for casinos, have announced a new agreement with Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority for Paragon Casino Resort, its gaming and entertainment destination in Marksville, La. The casino operator has selected campaignViz, floorViz and techVizOps alongside VizExplorer’s new premium consulting service.
Situated in the heart of the South’s growing entertainment market, Paragon operators realize the importance of optimizing all aspects of the business––from its casino boasting more than 1,000 slot machines to a live entertainment venue and a hotel with golf course and spa. With growing competition serving the same surrounding cities, Paragon assessed a range of solutions, finally settling on VizExplorer for its proven reputation.
campaignViz enables marketing campaign management with advanced segmentation and direct integration with the offer management system. floorViz helps operators gauge their floor’s performance and optimize accordingly, while techVizOps helps to streamline technical operations with automated machine alerts. Additionally, Paragon has chosen VizExplorer’s new consulting service to provide analytical support, expert insights and best practice recommendations to accelerate return on investment.
“Our team is eager to get started with VizExplorer and we feel confident that we’re in good hands with their industry specialists bringing their expertise to our operation,” said Jody Madigan, CFO at Paragon Casino Resort.
“The new consulting program promises to be a true enabler of marketing and operational excellence for casinos,” says Ken Kachnic, VP of Sales – Eastern Region. “We’re excited to prove to Paragon that their investment in VizExplorer was worth it,” he added.
The agreement was handled by VizExplorer reseller Game Changing Technologies, a provider of licensing and consulting services to companies doing business in the casino industry.
Book a product demonstration todaywith VizExplorer in booth 130 at Southern Gaming Summit, held May 3, 2018 at Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Miss.
Technology industry veteran to lead company through expansion phase.
VizExplorer, a leading provider of analytics, data visualization and operational intelligence solutions, have announced that it has appointed technology veteran Ron Frankel as the company’s new CEO. Former CEO Ian Bonner will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the Board, and will partner with Frankel as VizExplorer continues its growth trajectory.
Since its founding, VizExplorer has focused on building its technology platform to serve the needs of the casino gaming industry. Under Bonner’s leadership, VizExplorer emerged as a leader in the real-time analytics and operational intelligence category, experiencing more than 65 percent average revenue growth and a 13-fold increase in annual recurring revenue since 2013.
With Frankel at the helm, VizExplorer will continue to invest in solutions for gaming, while expanding the focus and leveraging its patented technology to provide sophisticated analytics, data visualization and operational intelligence products for operators across industries, including manufacturing, entertainment venues and healthcare.
The announcement follows news of the company’s most recent investment round led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capitaland the formation of its new Board of Directors.
“I’m excited to join VizExplorer at this pivotal point in its transformation, and to lead it into the next phase of maturation,” said Frankel. “I am impressed with what the team has delivered to date, and believe strongly in the application of its technology to solve a range of data needs across many types of businesses,” he added.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Ron to his new role. The VizExplorer Board of Directors and I are confident in his vision and his proven ability to execute, and are eager to support him in this next phase,” said Bonner.
Frankel joins VizExplorer with a wealth of technology industry experience as a public company chief executive, board member, advisor and investor in the software industry.
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!
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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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Recently, Alfastreet installed a very special combination of electronic table games in Solaire, Manila’s leading Casino.
The installation was special due to multiple new features and special betting options, created particularly for the Solaire. All together, Alfastreet installed 72 Wiky terminals with multiple Baccarat tables, Roulette and Sic bo. In addition, Royal Derby was added to the floor, which only reconfirms the quality and the uniqueness of Alfastreet’s product.
”We’ve been working very long and very hard, to prepare for this installation and we made sure we fulfilled all the expectations of such a reputable and successful Casino as Solaire. Multiple baccarat tables, four-game simultaneous betting, side bets, special jackpot system, combined with an enormous LED wall display, make this installation unique in Manila and a definite reference for all the other venues. Solaire is always working out ways to stay the number one casino in Phillippines and that’s why they chose Alfastreet for their supplier, as we’re the one that’s flexible and resourcefull to the point that we can efficiently accommodate the vision that Solaire presented to us,” said Alfastreet Sales Director, Albert Radman.
”We are thankful to the Solaire for extending this challenge to us, and we’re proud to use this installation as one of our top references, worldwide. Recently we have had several major installs around Asia, with several more coming up. It’s safe to say that the major operators recognise the quality and efficiency of our products and that’s the reason why we’re getting such a large momentum here in Asia. We’re creating customised solutions for every single customer and we make sure our product is perfected before it’s placed on the Casino floor,” added Deric Goh, Alfastreet’s Sales Director for Asia.
The Rank Group celebrates raising a record £1.8M for Carers Trust thanks to support of staff and customers
The valuable support of Rank Group staff and customers has been recognised at a special event in Coventry on 14th March, with regional winners across both Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca receiving awards for their contribution.
The evening was an homage to those who have gone above and beyond with their fundraising, making a true difference in the lives of carers across the country and a celebration of the incredible £1.8 million raised throughout this partnership. The event was attended by Rank employees from across the country, including CEO Henry Birch and Retail Director, Alan Morgan, along with Carers Trust representatives.
The partnership between Carers Trust and The Rank Group Plc, which owns Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca, first began four years ago. Since then, employees have worked tirelessly to raise money for this valuable cause through various charity initiatives, investing over 8,500 hours of their time to reach this impressive milestone.
The funds raised have gone towards Rank Cares Grant Funds which were set up to provide financial support to carers aged 16 and above. The aim of these funds is to help remove the barriers placed on a person by their caring role and reduce some of the stress and isolation that can come with caring.
Since 2014, more than 8,500 carers have been helped thanks to the Rank Cares grant programme, with essential equipment, much-needed breaks, the opportunity to learn new skills, and the chance to meet other socially isolated carers.
Rank Group representatives were proud to name Grant Hallworth of Grosvenor Salford as overall charity champion, and Shakara Divers of Grosvenor Sheffield, Catherine Tucker (Grosvenor Broad Street), Dan Eade (Grosvenor Portsmouth) and Vicki Parker (The Vic)as the nation’s best fundraisers.
Rank Group and Carers Trust also announced the continuation of their partnership into 2018, with renewed fundraising efforts aiming to hit the incredible target of £2 million.
Henry Birch, CEO of The Rank Group Plc, commented: “Carers Trust is an organisation that is close to the heart of many of our employees and it gives me a great sense of pride to know that collectively we have been able to make such a strong contribution to the charity.”
“Our teams have worked extremely hard throughout the course of the year to run charity fundraising activities to help us achieve this impressive milestone and without their dedication and the incredible support from the communities nationwide, such an achievement just wouldn’t have been possible.”
“We’re delighted to know that we have contributed in some way to the invaluable help the charity offers, and will continue our fundraising endeavours to ensure Carers Trust can carry on assisting the amazing unpaid carers who desperately need their support.”
Giles Meyer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said: “We are overwhelmed by the fundraising efforts of Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo. They have gone above and beyond once again and we’re delighted to continue our partnership into 2018. The reality is that three in five of us will become carers at some point in our lives, and with seven million carers in the UK already, staff’s fundraising plays a crucial part in providing the support carers desperately need.”
TCSJOHNHUXLEY is pleased to announce that LGS Gaming has been appointed the sole supply partner for its products and services throughout France and French-speaking Switzerland, with immediate effect.
This new agreement underlines TCSJOHNHUXLEY’s strategy to provide excellent local customer support, to ensure the requirements of operators’ can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. LGS Gaming is well established in the region, headed up by Laurent Gaubout who has extensive experience in serving the French market. Established in 2011, LGS Gaming represents several market leading gaming companies in various European countries.
Laurent Gaubout comments, “LGS Gaming is delighted to be representing TCSJOHNHUXLEY. The quality and reputation of the brand will allow strong growth in France and French-speaking Swiss markets and we look forward to introducing their exciting products and services to our customers.”
“We are very pleased to appoint LGS Gaming as an official distributor,” said Tristan Sjöberg, Executive Chairman TCSJOHNHUXLEY. “Laurent Gaubout brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in this region and we look forward to working with such an experienced distributor to further our reach and drive sales.”
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
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