Yesterday, Poker Portal Asia exclusively released the announcement from Asian Poker Tour (APT) and Resorts World Manila on the Manila Millions – the biggest buy-in poker tournament in Asia’s history – which is set to go down at 3pm local time on April 20 during APT Philippines 2012. The one-day super high roller event will feature a HKD $1 million buy-in (USD $129,000) and be played at Resorts World Manila’s Genting Club.
The announcement came with some big name players already attached to it. Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan need no introduction and regularly sit down on high-stakes cash games, most recently at StarWorld Hotel’s Poker King Club in Macau, and both are confirmed as playing the Manila Millions.
Our source in Macau also has the inside scoop that other big name players who have frequented the nosebleed stakes will “most likely” join the Manila Millions as well. These include Johnny Chan, Andrew Robl and John Juanda. Meanwhile, the APT has confirmed their newest ambassador Joe Hachem will be playing the event and UK pro Sam Trickett is rumoured to be attending. Although not confirmed, Trickett gave it some credence by stating in his most recent blog post that Manila is one of the stops next on his itinerary after Macau.
One notable absence at this stage will be Hong Kong resident David Steicke who told us his schedule would only allow him to make Manila by Sunday, April 22 and he would therefore miss the Manila Millions on Friday, April 20. Much of Steicke’s big cashes have come in super high roller events, including the 2009 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge title for a AUD $1.2 million payday, so it looks like he won’t be repeating this success in Asia just yet.
A number of other notable players will be hitting the Main Event tables at APT Philippines 2012 but it’s not known whether they will be willing to drop so much of their bankroll on the one tourney. Just a few of the ones we know about include APT ambassadors JC Tran and Nam Le, DafaPoker ambassador Rich Zhu and Aussie Millions 2012 champion Oliver Speidel.
For those that do decide to pony up the HKD $1 million buy-in, the Manila Millions format will see each player sit down with a 100,000 starting stack. Blinds will begin at 500/500 and go up every 30 minutes. Around 25-30 players are expected to play and the turbo format will ensure someone takes down the multimillion dollar first prize for just a day’s work on the felt.
With so much at stake and the world’s best players at the table, the only sure bet is that Poker Portal Asia will be there at Resorts World Manila to catch every moment – and we couldn’t be more excited about the prospect.
Head to www.TheAsianPokerTour.com for the full APT Philippines 2012 schedule.
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