Three events rock the floor; Opener resumes with 30 players

Welcome to another perfect day for flipping cards and shuffling chips at the Asian Poker Tour Manila 2016. Today will see three exciting side events rock the floor of the APT Poker Room in the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino in Manila, Philippines. Also returning to the felt are the 30 survivors from yesterday’s Welcome Event back for their final battle to the first bragging rights trophy. Here’s a rundown of what’s in store:

New Event: NLH 50K Challenge

The first event today is a new addition to the APT side event lineup, the NLH 50K Challenge. With a buy-in of P55,000, this event has a structure similar to the High Rollers event however the ante stage begins much earlier. Things to know:

  • Starting stack is 40,000 in chips
  • Blind duration is 40 minutes
  • Cards in the air at 2pm
  • Late registration is available until the end of round 9

Battle of the Nations

The Battle of the Nations event has slowly become one of the most enjoyable events on the roster with two players from the same country joining forces to field a team. Individual players from differing nations may also team up and join the event however they will have to agree on which country to represent. Each nation can field as many teams as desired. Buy-in is P17,600 per tandem, and 20% of the total prize pool will be segregated for the Last Team Standing cash prize. Cards start flying at 3pm.

Ante Up for Charity for the Cancer Warriors Foundation

The Ante Up for Charity event is the last side event offered today. It begins at 7pm with an entry fee of P7,500. This event aims to raise funds for the benefit of the Cancer Warriors Foundation whose mission is “to fight for kids {children/adolescents) with cancer, the survivors and their families. For the past 15 years, Cancer Warriors Foundation has been helping increase awareness about childhood cancer, providing direct medical and treatment assistance to kids with cancer and advocating for changes in the medical and health sector.” With every entry fee, one third will be donated to the foundation. For more information on the CWF, head to website.

Main Event Mega Satellite

For players looking to win a cheap seat to the Main Event, there will be a Main Event Mega Satellite at 6pm. This is the second of five satellites to the Main Event. Buy-in is P5,500 with one seat awarded per ten players.

For more information on the APT Manila 2016, head to the event page.

Welcome Event final day

Opening Event Overall Chip Leader, Pham Bao

The Welcome Event P1,000,000 Guaranteed will resume for its final day at 1pm. There were 30 players who survived yesterday’s qualifying flights, they will be looking at a cush overlay with only 127 total entries. The eventual winner will land the first big score of P247,900 and the first coveted trophy of the festival. Only 18 players will take home a profit. Leading the troops today is overall chip leader Vietnam’s Pham Bao with a massive 223,600 in chips. Joining him today are several notable players, Filipino Nominel Maturan who topped Flight B, Emmanuel Segismundo, UK’s Samad Razavi, USA’s Nick Gorman, and Korea’s SJ Kim.

Hotel Accommodations and Airport Transfer

For players still making their way to the APT Manila 2016, there are Special Player Only Rates available at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel. Prices range from P3,000-P8,000 depending on type of room and availability. Airport transfer to and from the hotel is also available at a cost of P900 each way however early reservations are required as seats are highly subject to first come first serve availability.  For booking and information, head to the APT Poker Room Hotel Booking page.