Cheong is the Manila Millions Champion, Cabaling is 3-time Ladies of Poker Winner

In what was by far the busiest day of the 2013 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines week, the third day of poker festivities saw four side events happen at the Resorts World Manila (RWM) highlighted by a huge win by Joseph Cheong in the Manila Millions plus a rare three-peat by Ferlyn Cabaling in the Ladies of Poker event.

L-R: Michael Johansen – EVP Casino Marketing of Genting HK, Hakan Dagtas – RWM Chief Gaming Operations Officer, Joseph Cheong – Manila Millions 2013 Champion, Jason Morris – APT General Manager

Cheong took home the Manila Millions title and the hefty HK$ 10.4M prize for the super high rollers event with a HK$1M buy-in. The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event final tablist outlasted the 18-man field including the likes of high-stakes specialist Sam Trickett, last year’s Manila Millions champion Allan Le, Joe Hachem, Nam Le, Nick Wong, Philipp Gruissem and Tom Hall among other notable players.

Cheong just needed exactly one hand in heads-up play to take all of the chips. With a 2:1 chip advantage, Cheong’s Ace-Ten was up against Richard Yong’s Ace-King in a preflop all-in battle. Cheong grabbed the lead at the flop 9 10 3 and the turn 2 and river 4 did not change anything for Yong who settled for 2nd place and HK$6.5M.

Others who ended up ITM were Richard Peter Chan at 3rd (HK$ 4.1M) and Paul Phua at 4th (HK$3.1M). To recap all the action of the 2013 Manila Millions, visit the live reporting page at

In the other high-stakes side event, the PokerAce High Rollers it was Shaun Deeb who came out on top after beating 22 other players to bag the champion’s purse of $45,100.

APT Philippines 2013 PokerAce High Rollers Champion, Shaun Deeb

Meanwhile in the Ladies of Poker, Cabaling clinched her 3rd title in this same side event for the third time in three years. She already won the ladies’ titles in the 2011 and 2012 APT Asian Series Manila. Curiously, the winning hand for her on this one was the ladies Q Q.

APT Philippines 2013 Ladies of Poker Champion, Ferlyn Cabaling

Finally, Do Hoang Anh from Vietnam won the Head Hunter event earning $5,570 for his efforts.

APT Philippines 2013 Head Hunter Champion, Do Hoang Anh

Poker action at the RWM resumes tomorrow at 1PM when Day 1A of the Main Event opens. The Dafapoker Freezeout side event starts at 3PM with two satellites also happening later in the day. For the full schedule, visit this page.