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 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.
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“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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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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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.
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.
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.
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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
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Juegos Miami features a powerful, strategic learning programme presented alongside a line-up of tier one international exhibitors and sponsors. Attendance is limited to senior decision makers from operating companies as well as government and regulators from the Latin American and Caribbean region(s). The 2018 edition is co-located with GiGse, the platform of choice for US gaming operators, regulators and suppliers to network, learn and drive the industry forward.
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Everi Partners With Leading Independent Game Design Studio, bZillions, for Development of New Game Content
Everi has partnered with independent game design studio bZillions for the development of new gaming content. The new partnership, focused on creating games for Everi’s mForce platform, calls for the bZillions game development team to develop content for at least ten new games for several of the company’s newest gaming cabinets – including the Empire MPX (“E43”) and the Empire 5527 (“E5527”) – over the next 12 months.
bZillions is led by Steve Weiss, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of casino game development and manufacturing experience, including as co-founder and CEO of game design company Colossal Gaming, Inc. which developed a number of player-popular games throughout the years. bZillions’ team of game developers has extensive expertise in developing games for both Class III and Class II markets with its latest success developing a significant large-format gaming device.
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LVS owner Sheldon Adelson continues to create gambling news across the world, this time in Japan as he salivates at the possibility of legalization before the 2020 Olympics.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has changed the poker chips they have been using for years during high stakes tournament after a chip scandal late last year.
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.
888 Poker is hosting a special World Water Day Tournament tomorrow evening (Thursday) and donating all the fees collected as part of the buy-ins to the One Drop organization. The site is also supporting the $5,000 guaranteed event with a free prize draw in which players can win a selection of 888-themed goodies.
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.
APPT Macau: Lin Wu denies Aditya Agarwal at the Main Event; Jian Chen and James Chen win Platinum Passes; Kempe and Ogura win HR events
The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau should have rolled out the red carpet for this recently concluded festival. Stars were born, four players earned a trip to paradise, and huge wads of cash flowed from start to finish. Below are some of the biggest winners of the event.
Lin Wu denies Team PS Pro Aditya Agarwal the Main Event title and Platinum Pass
Lin Wu – Phot Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStarsThe APPT Main Event drew in 356 players each one coughing up the HK$40,000 buy-in to produce a jaw-dropping HK$12,984,032 (~US$1,654,700) prize pool. The event ran for a full week from March 19-25 with the money flowing in Day 3 starting at 41st place. By the end of Day 4, with 13 remaining and the final table near, fans from all over the world had their favorites pegged.
Among the contenders were chip leader Phanlert Sukonthachartnant – the #1 ranked player from Thailand, Indian pro Aditya Agarwal, Taiwan’s Pete Chen, Malaysia’s Victor Chong, Philippine’s Martin Gonzales, Belgium’s David Kitai, Germany’s Maxi Lehmanski, and even world class player, John Juanda, whom many wanted to see take it the distance. With all these players in the lineup, it was going to be an epic race to the top.
However when the final six was formed, several of the pros missed the mark including Juanda. He bubbled to the final day in 7th place. Instead, getting in ample time in the spotlight were underdogs China’s Lin Wu and Taiwan’s Jen Chen Chiu. Both players had stats nowhere near the pros but a seat at the final elliptic was all that really mattered.
The final six battle saw the fall of Lehmanski (6th) and France’s Alexandre Chieng (5th) followed by the tumble of Sukonthachartnant from top dog to 4th place. Rising fast and with determination was Agarwal. He finished off Chiu in 3rd place to accumulate a substantial lead for the heads up round against Wu.
By this time, all eyes were on Agarwal. The Indian pro was on a mission. He was a breath away from seizing the APPT Main Event title and the coveted Platinum Pass. He had the chip lead against Wu and he had the experience. But ultimately, it was not to be. Not even a made straight at the flop could give him the victory. Instead, Wu persevered. Wu won much needed flips and was even miraculously saved by the river to deny Agarawal the title. Wu earned the HK$3,095,000 (~US$394,400) first place purse and the coveted ticket to the Bahamas in 2019.
Additionally, for the top three finishers, this was their largest takedown yet. For runner-up Agarwal, he is at the cusp of breaching US$1M in live earnings.
Final Table payouts
1st Lin Wu – China – HK$3,095,000 2nd Aditya Agarwal – India – HK$1,900,000 3rd Jen Chen Chiu – Taiwan – HK$1,192,000 4th Phanlert Sukonthachartnant – Thailand – HK$933,000 5th Alexandre Chieng – France – HK$675,500 6th Maxi Lehmanski – Belgium – HK$546,532
Jian Chen captures a Platinum Pass at the PokerStars Asia Open
Jian Chen – Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStarsThe PokerStars Asia Open was another sizzling ticket at the APPT especially with its enticing low buy-in of HK$6,000 and PSPC Platinum Pass top prize. The event ran for three days, from March 21-23, drawing in the third largest festival field of 494 entries for a HK$2,587,572 prize pool.
With this big turnout, there certainly was no lack of Asian pros at the felt. Among those that reached the money were Yunsheng Sun (5th), Alex Lee (7th), Wai Kiat Lee (8th), Bobby Zhang (11th), Alan King Lun Lau (13th), Raghav Bansal (28th), Celina Lin (30th), Chen An Lin (36th), Czardy Rivera (42nd), Sparrow Park Yu Cheung (47th), and Dong Guo (53rd). However, ruling them all was a player not nearly as high in status as the pros, China’s Jian Chen.
Chen achieved greatness at the race. He claimed his first-ever APPT title in this event and captured the coveted pass to the Bahamas next year. He also shipped in a career high payout of HK$575,700 (~US$73,400). Before basking in his laurels, Chen shipped in another event, the HK$20,000 Deepstack besting a field of 99 entries. This second title added an extra HK$466,700 (~US$59,400) to his bulging pockets.
A platinum smile for James Chen at the APPT High Roller
James Chen – Photo PokerStarsThe last Platinum Pass went to Taiwanese pro James Chen after he took down the APPT High Roller for HK$4,021,000 (~US$500,000) This event saw 195 players dish out the HK$100K entry fee to bring about a hefty HK$18,154,500 prize pool. Among those that vied for the coveted pass and earned a profit were recent big winners, Justin Bonomo – champion of the Super High Roller Bowl, he finished in 10th place, and APPT National High Roller champion Kristen Bicknell, she finished 4th.
Of course other big names graced the tables as well such as Stephen Chidwick. He finished 3rd and is still on the hunt for his first title in Asia. Then there was Dominik Nitsche (8th), Jan-Eric Schwippert (12th), Sam Greenwood (19th), Michael Addamo (20th), Daniel Dvoress (22nd), and Manig Loeser (26th).
1 James Chen – Taiwan – $4,021,000*
2 Xin Fan – China – $2,714,000
3 Stephen Chidwick – United Kingdom – $1,868,000
4 Kristen Bicknell – Canada – $1,523,000
5 Wenling Gao – China – $1,215,000
6 Albert Paik United States $933,000
7 Javier Gomez Spain $678,500
8 Dominik Nitsche Germany $492,000
Takashi Ogura and Rainer Kempe bag High Roller victories
Rainer Kempe – Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStarsStellar performance for Japanese pro Takashi Ogura at the APPT winning the HK$200K Single Day High Roller event. Ogura bumped elbows with 43 players, many of them high-ranking pros worldwide. Interestingly, at the final six, with everyone secured a profit, Ogura was the only player not yet in the seven-digit live tournament earnings range despite being ranked 4th in Japan. However that all changed after he won this event. Ogura shipped in HK$2,751,000 (~US$350,700) which was nearly double his largest-ever live score.
Ogura also reached the money at the APPT High Roller event finishing 23rd out of 195 entries for a HK$200,000 payout. With these deep finishes, Ogura moved two places up the all time money list for Japan. He bumped off Naoya Kihara out of 2nd position and most importantly, he is now in the millionaire group with over US$1.2M in live earnings.
1st Takashi Ogura – Japan – HK$2,751,000 2nd Isaac Haxton – USA – HK$1,901,000 3rd Luc Greenwood – Canada – HK$1,214,000 4th Bryn Kenney – USA – HK$930,880 5th Wayne Zhang – China – HK$728,000 6th Manig Loeser – Germany – HK$566,000
At the last APPT High Roller, only 38 took to the felt and paid up the HK$100K entry fee. Coming out on top was Germany’s Rainer Kempe who finally bagged a victory after cashing in two earlier events, the APPT National High Roller and the Super High Roller event. He earned the lion’s share cut of HK$1,203,000 out of the HK$3,537,800 prize pool.
1st Rainer Kempe – Germany – HK$1,203,000 2nd Manig Loeser – Germany – HK$831,000 3rd Marius Gierse – Germany – HK$531,000 4th Lander Lijo Bereciartua – Spain – HK$407,000 5th Benjamin Tollerene – USA – HK$318,000 6th Jinghui Ying – China – HK$247,800
Yesterday, the Asian Poker Tour added a new destination to their 2018 calendar season with the APT Vietnam Da Nang Championships announced. The twelve-day event is slated to take place from October 3 – 14 at Cocobay beach resort in the coastal city of Da Nang.
This is in partnership with Win Poker Club and the Bridge & Poker Association. The contract signing and official announcement was made at the ongoing APT Philippines Championships in Resorts World Manila.
At the start of the year, the APT took Vietnam by storm, hosting the first international poker event ever seen in Ho Chi Minh City This was also the first time the APT held their annual kickoff outside of the Philippines.
With the Main Event setting a brand record of 664 entries, the huge success prompted the APT and their Vietnamese partners to immediately secure a second event at the same venue.