Speidel Leads APT Philippines Day 1A

Fresh from a final table appearance at the ANZPT Sydney and hot on the heels his 2012 Aussie Millions victory, Oliver Speidel continues his run of form at the APT Philippines. Speidel dominated much of the Day 1A action to conclude play with a stack of 94,325, which puts him in pole position here in Manila.

A late surge saw Speidel river two pair to eliminate the unfortunate Benjie Lim as play drew to a close, edging the Australian just in front of South Africa’s Conrad Coetzer who finished the day in second place with an impressive 92,750 in chips.

Day 1A Chip Leader: Oliver Speidel

Other notable players to finish the day include back-to-back APT Heads-up champion Philip Padon (62,150), US pro Mclean Karr (54,150), Norway’s Kai Paulsen (46,350), 2012 Aussie Millions final tablist Ken Wong (39,175) and APT Asian Series Goa Main Event champion Sangeeth Mohan (32,200).

APT ambassador Joe Hachem was one of the big names to fall by the wayside during the day’s play, as was 2009 APT Philippines champion Neil Arce, 2009 APT Macau High Roller champion David Steicke and the Nam Le. However, Le’s two brothers Tommy and Allan will be returning on Day 2 with Allan looking to add to his impressive HKD $13,080,000 (USD $1.7 million) in the Super High Roller Manila Millions Event.

From the 120 players in Day 1A, 59 of those have made it through. Day 1B of the USD $2,700 APT Philippines Main Event starts on Sunday, 22 April at 1pm local time.

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