Van Sang Nguyen on top of Main Event Day 1A; Martin Ryberg wins NLH One Day event

The APT Philippines 2017 held the first of two starting days of the PHP110,000 Main Event at the Winford Hotel & Casino. Coming out on top was Vietnam’s Van Sang Nguyen with 150,100 in chips.

Main Event Day 1A Chip Leader, Van Sang Nguyen

Day 1B kicks off at 1pm on Sunday, July 23, 2017. This is the last entry day to the Main Event so make sure to get in the action. This is the only event where you can win the exclusive APT Championship Ring.

Martin Ryberg wins NLH One Day event

The NLH One Day event drew in 39 players to the APT felt for a meaty prize pool of PHP 567,400. Rising to the top and seizing the victory was Denmark’s Martin Ryberg who defeated Thailand’s Peerapong Jitwiwat at the final heads up round.

NLH One Day Event Champion, Martin Ryberg

Ryberg’s journey to the title had its challenges along the way. He entered the Final 8 in the bottom half of the rung, and with only five paid, he hung on patiently, randomly choosing spots to earn chips and avoid the blinds from gobbling up his short stack. When three short stacks were unable to hold on, he found himself in the money round but still at the bottom of the totem pole.

However, in poker, one hand can be your open road to the top. And that one hand was granted to Ryberg. He was all in with 10 10 and faced near elimination against Sung Ho Kim with J J. When the board ran 5 7 2 10 9, that lucky turn card saved Ryberg and he was awarded a double up. From there, he jumped to second rank right behind Peerapong Jitwiwat who he faced at the heads up round after the fall of Stephen Nathan, Kim, and Koji Takagi.

The final duel had Ryberg behind in chips to Jitwiwat but not long after he overtook him and the winning hand was soon delivered. Ryberg held pocket aces and defeated Jitwiwat with pocket eights. The Dane won the PHP 226,900 first place purse and ran away with the event trophy.

1st Martin Ryberg – Denmark – PHP 226,900
2nd Peerapong Jitwiwat – Thailand – PHP 141,900
3rd Koji Takagi – Japan – PHP 85,100
4th Sung Ho Kim – Korea – PHP 62,400
5th Stephen Nathan – UK – PHP 51,100

Upcoming Side Events

While the APT Main Event burns up the felt for Day 1B, we will have two side events also adding fire to the tables. Here are the details:

NLH One Day 2
Buy-in: PHP 16,500
Starting time: 2pm
Starting Stack: 10,000
Opening blinds: 25-50
Blinds duration: increases every 20 minutes

Ante Only Turbo
Buy-in: PHP 7,700
Starting time: 6pm
Starting stack: 10,000
Opening ante: 25
Blinds duration: increases every 20 minutes

You can watch all the side event final table action in the APT Twitch channel

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