Opening Event: Falkstedt and Mailhot dominate respective flights

It was a smashing day at the Asian Poker Tour Cebu 2016 poker festival with all the tables filled up for the Opening Event. With a combined total of 236 entries – 128 for flight A and 108 for flight B – the prize pool grew to P1,373,500, literally smashing the guarantee. This also means that the eventual winner will be collecting a nice thick wad of P343,300.

Finland’s Erkki Falkstedt and Canada’s Andre Mailhot

At the end of flight A, there were 29 players remaining with Erkki Falkstedt from Finland dominating with 298,400 chips. With that massive stack, Falkstedt will be returning tomorrow as the overall chip leader with well over double in chips to the closest qualifier in rank.  Other players who survived the day with Falkstedt were Japan’s Jun Saito with 124k chips, Singaporean player Dhanesh Chainani with 73k chips, Sim Jae Kyung “Simba” with 68,200 chips, and Korea’s John Kim “Hans” with 64k chips.

At flight B, there were 30 players who survived the day with Canadian player Andre Mailhot bagging the most with 134,500 chips. American player Nick Blackburn also crossed the six-digit chip mark with 102,700 chips, while UK’s Samad Razavi trailed right behind them with 97,200 chips.

The final day will resume at 1pm tomorrow with a total of 59 players vying for the first trophy of the festival. Only 27 players will be seeing the money which means more than half of the field will be walking away with their tails between their legs instead of cash.

Side Events on Deck

Tomorrow will also see the second event of the festival take the floor at 1pm, the Battle of the Nations. This event has been held in Manila but it will be making its first-ever appearance at APT Cebu. Entry fee for this event is P17,600 per team. This is a freezeout event.

At 7pm is the Ante Up for Charity (Event 3). Proceeds will go to the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children. This is an unlimited re-entry event with a buy-in fee of P7,500.

For those still in need of a Main Event seat, there will be a couple of satellites to help you find your way to the big one. At 3pm, the Main Event Super Satellite w/ Re-Buys + 1 Add-On will be on deck. This has a P2,800 entry fee. For re-buys and add-ons, cost is P300 less. Then at 6pm is another Main Event Mega Satellite with a buy-in of P5,500.

For more information, mechanics, and structures of these events, head to the APT Cebu Schedule page of the website.