Getting on the felt today at APT Philippines II 2019 was the second featured tournament – the CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENT – with a guaranteed PHP 10 million (~USD 192,000) prize pool. Alike the Main Event, the eventual champion is certain to win a fat purse, the APT Championships Trophy, and the APT Championship Ring. Day 1A concluded with 95 entries ponying up the PHP 82,500 (~USD 1,600) buy-in. 43 players survived with Korea’s Jeonggyu Cho as chip leader with 339,700.
Cho amassed his stack during one of the final hands of the day. He went head-to-head against Hamish Crawshaw who called to his doom with top two pair K♣ Q♦ way behind Cho’s nut flush A♦ 10♦.
Cho’s table saw plenty of heads chopped. Delivering a couple of those busts was second chip leader, Michael Kim Falcon, who sent Marc Rivera out followed by Akshay Nasa to amass 315,600. Against Rivera, it was pocket aces over ace-king. Rivera immediately re-entered and quickly doubled up. As for Nasa, he was pushed on the river by Falcon then tank-called for his tournament life. Falcon showed a straight 10♠ 8♠ on a board A♥ J♠ K♠ Q♦ 4♣. Cho and Falcon were the only two players to reach over 300k in chips.
Among the survivors were decorated APT major title-holders: Graeme Siow, Go Saito, Soo Jo Kim, Lester Edoc, and In Chul Sin.
Championships Event – Day 1A – Chip counts
|2||Michael Kim Falcon||Denmark||315,600|
|3||Jung Seong Mook||Korea||195,000|
|9||Ji Young Kim||Korea||138,200|
|11||Soo Jo Kim||Korea||134,900|
|12||Benigno Ledina, Jr.||Philippines||133,500|
|15||Hong Jin Ho||Korea||125,600|
|20||Johnson T. Tan||Philippines||101,500|
|24||Je Hun Hong||Korea||94,400|
|25||Alan Anibal Arbos Fernandez||Spain||93,600|
|28||Hu Jin Long||China||92,000|
|30||Kyung Kun Lee||Korea||80,600|
|35||Ying Lin, Chua||Malaysia||60,400|
|37||Aborto Meran||Dominican Republic||47,300|
|40||Charlton Hawes||New Zealand||36,400|
|41||In Chul Sin||Korea||31,300|
Day 1A qualifiers advance to Day 2 taking place on Friday, September 20 at 1pm. Before that, up next is Day 1B which is the last starting day to enter. Buy-in is PHP 82,500. Players that have their chips in play by the first deal of Level 1 of Day 1B will be eligible for Bubble Protection. Registration closes at the start of Level 10 in Day 2.