Neil Arce to Defend Title at APT Philippines 2010

APT Philippines 2009 champ Neil Arce

The Asian Poker Tour is proud to announce that APT Philippines defending champion Neil Arce will be back to defend his title at this year’s event in Manila.

Arce will be looking to become the first back-to-back APT champion as he confirmed his attendance at this year’s APT Philippines 2010 main event.

Considered one of the best poker players in the Philippines, Arce defeated a field of 262 of the top players from the country and around the world to win the APT Philippines 2009 main event.

His skill helped him build his stack throughout the tournament and good fortune would help him finish off runner-up Steve Yea. After a raise and re-raise, Arce got his money all-in with king-queen but was in trouble as Yea tabled ace-king.  Fate would be on Arce’s side, though, as he spiked a queen on the turn to win the US $185,000 first prize and the title of APT Philippines champion.

The victory was a big boost to poker in the country as Arce became the first local player to win an international poker tournament on Philippine soil.

An accomplished player in both the tournament and cash game arena, the PokerStars-sponsored Arce is also a former Filipino Poker Tour (FPT) champion and placed third in the high-rollers event at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau in 2009.

APT Philippines 2010 will be held from August 23 to 29 at the Resorts World Manila complex in Manila, Philippines. Buy-in is set at approximately US $2,500 + US $200.

Aside from the main event, there will be eight exciting side events at APT Philippines 2010, including a high-rollers tournament, a Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, and the APT’s very own Greed tournament.

For more information about the event, click here.