Crunch-time, Cash-time: 181 Return for Day 2, Only 36 Makes ITM

From 341 entries, it’s down to 181 runners in Day 2 of the APT Asian Poker Series Manila 2015 Main Event at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines.

Only 36, sometimes lucky most often skilled, players will reach the money round in this event. Four players bring a stack of chips worth over the century mark and will be in pole position in the race for the ITM finish; Linh Tran (Vietnam) leads the pack with 111,300 followed by Simba (Korea) with 109,100; and the Philippines’ Noel Araniel and Jojo Allado with 106,900 and 103,050, respectively.

From the total prize pool of PHP 15,215,400, the lion’s share of PHP 3,758,200 will go to the next APT main event champion with PHP 106,500 going to the worst money finisher— not bad for two day’s work and more than double the buy-in for this event.

Here are the list of players and their stacks who will enter Day 2 as among the chip leaders:

Rank         Player Name Chip counts
1 CanadaLinh Tran 111,300
2 KoreaSimba 109,100
3 PhilippinesNoel Araniel 106,900
4 PhilippinesJojo Allado 103,050
5 KoreaSJ Kim 95,550
6 SingaporeHu Bao Qiang 92,650
7 KoreaJae Chang 92,175
8 PhilippinesI.F. Javalera 90,000
9 AustraliaPiyush Gupta 84,650
10 United StatesRuth Graham 81,225

Other notable pros still in the running for cashing and winning the APT crown are; Kai Paulsen (Norway) with 73,350; Kenneth Khoo (Singapore) with 72,350; Marc Rivera (Philippines) with 66,575; Mark Benasa (Philippines) with 66,000; Andrew Gaw (Philippines) with 57,300; and Mika Takayama (Philippines) with 55,700;, among many others.

Also making it to the next round are Mikal Blomlie (Norway) with 44,950; Azusa Maeda (41,475); John Tech (Philippines) with 40,250; Gerard Bringley (Japan) with 37,850; Iori Yogo (Japan) with 36,200; Thomas Ward (New Zealand) with 32,900; Bryan Huang (Singapore) with 26,800; Feng Zhao (Singapore) with 24,725. For complete chip counts entering Day 2, check the Live Updates page.

Day 2 stops play when ITM is reached or the end of Level 16, whichever comes first.

Meanwhile, three more side event winners were crowned late Sunday/early Monday; Manuel Mascunana (Philippines) beat a huge field of 160 runners to bag the MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo title for PHP 198,100.

In the Pot Limit Omaha event, Joshua Cordova (USA) won the title over 83 other players for PHP 207,300; and in the NLHE1 event, Pavel Plotnikoy bagged the title after a deal made with Fredoy Kwek Jin Wei and they receive PHP 388,300 and 300,000, respectively.

MSW Deep Stack Turbo Champion, Manuel Mascunana

PLO Hi Champion, Joshua Cordova

NLH 1 Champion, Pavel Plotnikoy

Here’s what’s on tap Monday at RWM. For complete details check Event Schedule page.

Monday, 5th Oct
1:00 PM APT Asian Poker Series Manila Main Event Day 2
3:00 PM No Limit Hold’em 2 (Event 11) PhP 18,000 PhP 1,800
7:00 PM WeLoveSport Deep Stack Turbo (Event 12) PhP 5,000 PhP 500

Follow Main Event action with the APT team’s Day 2 Live Updates starting at 1:00 PM.