Kukreja, Dvornikov Join Winner’s Circle As Third Day of APT Philippines 2015 Continues Thursday

Two more players– Haresh Kukreja of India and Svyatoslav Dvornikov of Russia–  joined the early winners in this stop of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) early Thursday in the APT Philippines 2015 at the Resorts World Manila (RWM) in Pasay City, Philippines.

The nine-day poker festival continues play today with two more side events on tap plus the usual satellite tourneys to the main event, which begins play on Friday (April 18th).

Kukreja beat a field of 264 runners in the $50K GTD Opening Event to bring home the trophy and first place prize of $11,980, after a three-way deal, while Dvornikov won the NLH RB+AO event for $6,330.

50K GTD Opening Event Champion, Haresh Kukreja

NLH Re-Buy Champion, Svyatoslav Dvornikov

They joined Manuel Blaschke of Austria and Regie Ann De Los Reyes in the winners circle after the pair bagged the titles in the High Rollers and Ante Up for Charity events, respectively, earlier in the week.

27 players placed ITM while 10 players made the money in the side events yesterday plus the three winners in the High Rollers event. Here are the top finishers for the side events played on Wednesday:

 $50K GTD Opening Event:
Champion: Haresh Kukreja (India) – $11,980
2nd place: Jeremiah Cruz (USA) – $10,000
3rd place: Flavio Ulman (Switzerland) – $9,570
4th place: Ian Brion (Philippines) – $4,480
5th place: Benz Sebastian (Germany) – $3,650

High Rollers Event:
Champion: Manuel Blaschke (Austria) – $31,000
2nd place: Jeonghan Lee (Korea) – $18,600
3rd place: Linh Tran (Canada) – $12,480

NLH RB+AO Event:
Champion: Svyatoslav Dvornikov (Russia) – $6,330
2nd place: Lester Edoc (Philippines) – $3,870
3rd place: Kenji Kurashina (Japan) – $2,800
4th place: Julius Aldave (Hawaii) – $2,150
5th place: Jae Chang (Korea) – $3,650

Monique De Jesus, Events & Promotions Manager of APT awards the big check to Claire Ericta, Marketing & Partnerships Head of Gawad Kalinga

Meanwhile, the four side event champions plus the ITM finishers weren’t the only big winners to come out after two days of play. Claire Ericta, Marketing & Partnerships Head of Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation was awarded the $3,367 donation from the APT on Wednesday to help build a house for a Typhoon Haiyan devastated family.

Poker action continues at RWM on Thursday with two popular side events on schedule. The Head Hunter event is set at 1:00 PM and the Ladies of Poker tournament is at 1:30 PM. Check Event Schedule page for complete details.