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APT Asian Series Lights up Manila

The ladies of APT provide a warm welcome for playersThe ladies of APT provide a warm welcome for players

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) has once again hit Resorts World Manila but, for the first time, it has brought its popular APT Asian Series tournament to the premier venue. Following the success of the inaugural APT Asian Series Cebu at the start of the year, the second installment of the series has started today, reaching new heights for poker in the region with the largest ever heads up field seen in an Asian tournament.

The opening PHP 11,000 buy-in Heads Up event attracted 110 players to create a total prize pool of PHP 1,067,000, with a first place purse of PHP 341,440. Many of the region’s finest players were there for the event including Andrew Scott, Ben Abrahams, Czardy Rivera, Neil Arce, Yu Kurita, Don Carmona, Kent Del Rosario, Norbert Koh, Jay Tolon and more.

Andrew Scott was a casualty in round two of the event. He was short stacked against his opponent but for a moment there it looked like he was capable of an upset. Twice he was dominated all-in preflop and twice he got out of jail. The first saw his A 5 against A 10, which ended in a split pot with two pair on the board, and the next saw him take it down with Q 9 versus K Q.

Scott was upset when cards were turned over, saying, “Every time he has me dominated!” The board rolls out Q J 6 and when the K hits the turn his opponent cries “Yes, two pair!” but it was a case of premature celebrations when the 10 lands on the river. However, it wasn’t to be for Scott, who later pushed all in into his opponent’s Jacks up and exited the tournament on his single pair.

The last APT Philippines Heads Up champion, Philip Padron, also faltered before the final 16. He was felted by Tan Peng who moves into tomorrow’s round to take on Neil Arce. It was tough going for Arce who came back from quite a chip deficit in today’s final round to make his way into the money.

Other notable players to make it to Day 2 of the event to make up the final 16 players included Kent Del Rosario, Jay Tolon, Jojo Allado and Lestor Edoc. They are all guaranteed at least PHP 21,389 in prize money.

Also highlighting the day’s events was the Poker Portal Asia Lucky Draw promotion, which gave away three seats into the APT Asian Series side events. Entry was open to any players registering through ‘Liking’ Poker Portal Asia’s Facebook page and then being present at the APT Asian Series tournament area for the draw. The lucky recipients (pictured above) of the prizes were Marianito Arceo (PHP 5,500 Deep Stack Turbo NLH 1, left), Victor Chong (PHP 8,800, Head Hunter, center) and Joseph Sia (Greed, PHP 8,800, right).

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