APT POY 2015 Contenders Yogo, Razavi Lead APT-RWM 2M Guaranteed

The APT Asian Poker Series Manila 2015 opened Tuesday drawing 281 entries in the lone side event, the APT-RWM 2M Guaranteed, of the day at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines.

After two flights—126 and 155 runners for Flight A and Flight B, respectively– it was Japan’s Iori Yogo and United Kingdom’s Sam Razavi, who came out on top of the heap for their respective flights and will enter Wednesday’s Day 2 as the chip leaders.

Iori Yogo and Sam Razavi

Yogo finished with 198,800 in chips while Razavi had 185,000 to earn the pole position in the race for the first side event title of this APT stop and the first place prize of PHP 673,200—the lion’s share of the total PHP 2,725,000 prize pool.

Out of the 65 survivors from both flights, only 36 will finish in the money with a minimum payout of PHP 19,100. The APT-RWM 2M Guaranteed Day 2 re-starts play at 1:00 PM.

Aptly, Razavi and Yogo are the top contenders in the APT Player of the Year 2015 standings. Entering the poker festivities this week, Razavi had 2,369.50 POY points while Yogo had 1,664.80 POY points.

APT-RWM 2M Guaranteed – Top 10 in Chips (Day 2):
1. Iori Yogo (Japan) – 198,800
2. Sam Razavi (UK)  – 185,800
3. Jo Hyungtaek (Korea) – 164,100
4. Ivan Lato (Philippines) – 139,300
5. Charles Esteban (Philippines) – 139,000
6. Kunal Patni (India) – 134,400
7. Geoffroy De Boissieu (France) – 132,900
8. Terence Wong (Singapore) – 120,600
9. Marcuss Liow (Malaysia) – 119,900
10. John Riad (Denmark) – 114,300

Other notable pros who advanced to Day 2 were; Joseph Sia (Philippines) with 96,700; Lester Edoc (Philippines) with 70,600; Martin Gonzales (Philippines) with 70,000; Ian Brion (Philippines) with 65,000; SJ Kim (Korea) with 51,200; Kai Paulsen (Norway) with 84,700; and Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) with 22,300, among others.

Aside from Day 2 of the APT-RWM 2M Guaranteed, Wednesday is loaded with other side events; the NLH Multi Re-Buy + 1 Add-On event (PHP 3,300 buy-in) at 1:00 PM; the High Rollers event (PHP 108,000 buy-in) at 2:00 PM; and Ante Up for Charity event (PHP 7,500 buy-in) at 7:00 PM. Satellite tourneys to the main event are also at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Check Events Schedule page for complete details.