After two events held outside of Manila, the Asian Poker Tour is back with the APT Philippines 2017 kicking off today at the Winford Hotel & Casino. This five-star rated facility is the newest establishment located in the Greater Chinatown area of Metro Manila. And for the next nine days, from July 19th-27th, the APT will be taking over, bringing you all of those nonstop APT poker thrills featuring the PHP110,000 buy-in Main Event and 17 signature APT side events.
Opening Event PHP1.5M Guaranteed
Getting all the action started today is the Opening Event PHP1.5 million Guaranteed. This is one of the most highly attended side events with players looking to ship in that early payout and of course own that first victory of the festival. It is also the only tournament that offers a guarantee because the way we see it, everyone loves a tournament with a guarantee.
To accommodate both the daytime and evening players, there are two starting flights offered on the same day. Here are the details:
Flight A: 1pm
Flight B: 5pm
Starting stack: 15,000
Opening blinds: 25-50
Blinds duration: increases every 30 minutes
*This is a scheduled two-day event
Sit N Gos on Demand
Sit N Gos are some of the most enjoyable games as it is fast paced and can get started as soon as the table is full. To fill your poker appetite, the APT Philippines 2017 will have Sit N Gos on Demand with games ranging from PHP5,500-PHP55,000. Sit N Gos will be available daily throughout the festival.
APT Main Event
The APT Main Event is the featured tournament of the series. It is a No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament with a deep stack and slow-paced blinds. This is the most prestigious event at any APT festival, and it is the only event where you can win one of those solid silver APT Championship Rings. Six of these exclusive bands have already been awarded this year with two-time champion Filipino pro Mike Takayama winning his very own at the APT Championships Philippines Main Event back in April.
The APT Main Event gets underway on the weekend, which gives everyone plenty of time to hit the side events before the big one. This also gives all those weekend warriors the chance to hop on over and join the action. The APT Main Event has two starting days and is scheduled to run for five days. Here are the details:
APT Main Event
Day 1A: Saturday July 22nd, at 1pm
Day 1B: Sunday July 23rd, at 1pm
Day 2: Monday July 24th, at 1pm
Day 3: Tuesday July 25th, at 1pm
Final 8: Wednesday July 26th, at 130pm
Starting stack: 50,000
Opening blinds: 100-200
Blinds duration: increases every 60 minutes
We have a lot of poker events lined up these nine days so make sure to check out the full schedule of events including tournament structures in the APT Philippines 2017 event page.
The Winford Hotel & Casino
Since this is the first time the APT will be hosting an event at the Winford Hotel & Casino, we are aware that not many players outside of Manila are familiar with the establishment.
The Winford is a new venue in the Greater Chinatown area of Manila with top-notch top quality facilities. It is highly exquisite and elegant, meticulously designed to exude nothing but excellence. The casino area offers a wide variety of table games, and also has betting areas for sports betting, off-track-betting, and cock fighting.
As a hotel guest, you can avail of the many amenities offered which include the use of the heated swimming pool, fitness gym, spa, among other things. In regards to distance to and from the airport, it is approximately 15 kilometers from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport – Terminal 2 & 3, roughly 40 mins – 1 hour by car or taxi depending on the traffic.
The Winford is located on MJC drive corner Consuelo street, San Lazaro Tourism and Business Park, Sta. Cruz, Manila.
See you at the tables!