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Cebu Goes All In!

Tournament organisers grab a photo opportunity with winner Richard TolentinoTournament organisers grab a photo opportunity with winner Richard Tolentino

For the past week the place-to-be for many Philippine poker players was at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu for the much anticipated All In Poker Sports Club Anniversary Series. The tournament featured the implementation of low buy-ins, daily re-entries and accredited Asian Poker Tour (APT) rules and regulations.

Action kicked off with two side events, the Waterfront Heads-Up Challenge and the Monster Radio 3 Man Team, both of which proved successful openers leading up to the PHP 1,000,000 Guaranteed Main Event. The Waterfront Heads-Up Challenge, in fact, had to turn down many eager players as it sold out immediately. The last man standing in the event was Jay-R Mascunana who defeated Jonex Yabez at heads up with trip 6s. Mascunana collected a well deserved PHP 12,460 in winnings.

At the Monster Radio 3 Man Team Tournament, 19 teams entered the arena, but none could take down “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” who captured the win and claimed PHP 28,000 in prize money. The team (below) was comprised of Alquin Macias, Robert Browning, and Joseph Krawczyk. After winning the heads-up match, Macias also took home another PHP 13,800 for the individual first prize.

The hyped Main Event featured a buy-in of PHP 5,500 and a daily re-entry of the same price, which resulted in 199 entries. This included notable players such as 1991 WSOP Main Event Champion Brad Daugherty, APT Philippines 2011 Champion Enrique del Prado Jr. and TPC Champion Mark Pagsuyuin, to name a few.

After several days of play, the final table was established with Damon Shulenberger leading the pack. His lead, however, would not last as he was eliminated in 7th place. When Galileo Roma was eliminated in 3rdplace, the heads-up match was set between Richard Tolentino and Sonny Ugalde. In the end, it would be Tolentino seizing the championship with his Pocket Rockets against Ugalde’s Kojack. Tolentino was awarded a first place trophy and a hefty paycheck of PHP 313,600 in winnings.

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