The Asian Poker Tour 2016 returns to the APT Poker Room today for Day 1b of the APT Kickoff 2016 Main Event at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion Casino Filipino. This is the final day one flight of the Main Event. Buy-in is P55,000 and cards will be in the air promptly at 1pm. Unlike previous APT Main Events, this one is truly unique as it is the first time the APT will be awarding an APT Championship Ring! And as announced, it is also the first time the APT has introduced a Main Event Bubble Protection. At yesterday’s Day 1a, over 20 players availed of this valuable incentive.
To avail of the Main Event Bubble Protection, all you need to do is complete these three simple requirements:
- Draw for your seat before starting time
- Have your chips put into play on the first deal of round number 1
For re-entry players, if you have already met the qualifications for Bubble Protection, you will maintain that status only on a same day re-entry. For re-entry players wanting Bubble Protection on a next day re-entry, you will have to repeat the steps above. Once you are protected, if you happen to end up as the bubble, you are entitled to one free entry to the next APT Main Event that you enter.
Another thing to also keep in mind, anyone who has qualified into day 2 from day 1a will be allowed to participate in day 1b. If it so happens that a player qualifies into day 2 with multiple stacks, then he/she must play the largest stack. The smaller stack will be taken out of play.
We will also be posting random Live Updates on the action at Day 1b so head to the Live Reporting section of the website to catch some of those moments. Chip counts can also be found in that section.
Day 1a of the APT Kickoff 2016 Main Event saw 32 out of the 66 entries qualify into day 2. Filipino player John Sayo bagged the most chips, 95,050. Coming in second-in-chips was Japan’s Aso Seitaro with 75,275. In third position was APT Poker Weekend Series Manila 2015 champion, Gerard Bringley with 69,175 chips.
Open Face Chinese Pineapple Shootout 36 Max
Running alongside the Main Event was the OFC Pineapple Shootout (36 max). Buy-in was P17,600. This event had 18 players in the field generating a prize pool of P261,300. John Kim (Korea) rose victorious to claim the first place cash prize of P130,100 and the event trophy.
1st John Kim – Korea – P130,100
2nd Jongwoo Yoon – Korea – P78,600
3rd Stuart Brodie – South Africa – P53,200
Two Side Events On Deck Today:
In addition to Day 1b of the Main Event, there will be two side events taking place. The No Limit Hold ‘em 1 Day Event kicks off at 2pm and is another new event on the APT roster. Buy-in is P16,500. At 6pm, there will be an Ante Only Turbo event with a buy-in of P5,500.