The APT Asian Series Manila is Underway at RWM; First Event Brings in Notable Players

The Asian Poker Tour Asian Series Manila has officially begun at Resorts World Manila. The opening ceremony by CEO Jeff Mann expressed excitement and much enthusiasm at the 8-day poker festivities which will run from today September 10 until Wednesday September 17 with a total of 15 events on the schedule.

APT Asian Series Manila 2014 opens with the traditional ribbon cutting (Photo L-R: Erwin Toribio – RWM Director of Premier Gaming Club, Lloyd Fontillas – APT Tournament Director, Jeff Mann – APT CEO, Hakan Dagtas – RWM Chief Gaming Operations Officer, Arturo Basa – RWM Director of Gaming Operations)

Earlier in the day, Event 1: NLH Re-Buys + 1 Add-On saw 75 runners take to the felt with notable players such as the current APT POY 2014 leader Sam Razavi, APT Philippines 2014 Main Event Champion Feng Zhao, plus many others such as Bryan Huang, Euryd Rivera, Mike Takayama, Tetsuya Tsuchikawa, and Kristian Faering. Total prize pool is P729,400 with 1st place looking to scoop up a sweet P202,000.

Resorts World Manila Poker Room crowd on the APT opening day

Running alongside Event 1 is one of the three newest additions to the APT event schedule, the “One Time” Main Event Satellite. Once 10 players have signed up, the players are dealt one hand all faced up, and the lucky winner qualifies for the final step towards winning a seat to the Main Event for only P550. So far 4 players have qualified and will await the final showdown at 10pm.

The Main Event Super Satellite w/Re-Buys + 1 Add-On is also running with 6 players left out of a field of 33. The top 3 players will win a seat to the Main Event. Michael Falcon is one of the players battling hard to claim one of those coveted seats.

Other side events to look forward to tonight are the Main Event Mega Satellite with a P5500 buyin slated for 6pm as well as Event 2: Ante Up For Charity with a buyin of P7500 at 7pm.

For all the players coming in this weekend, unfortunately Remington Hotel is sold out for the 12th and 13th while Maxims is sold out on the 13th.