Smashing start with 319 entries for the Opening Event and 10 runners for the CoinPoker Super High Rollers

Full house at APT Philippines Championships II 2018 with 319 entries flooding the tables of the APT-RWM Opening Event at Resorts World Manila. With every entry at PHP11,000, this easily toppled the advertised 2M guarantee and in its place a much fatter PHP3,094,300 prize pool.

This was an excellent start for the twelve day series with players hailing from all over the world getting an early jump at the races. By the end of the combined flights, the field was cut significantly with only 82 players remaining. Local player Moses Saquing closed as the overall chip leader. Here are the top 5 players:

Moses Saquing – Philippines – 181,000

Sim Kok Wai – Malaysia – 164,700

Park Jung Woong – Hong Kong – 156,600

Stephen Bristow – USA – 156,200

Feng Zhao – Singapore – 142,200

When they return to the felt at 1pm on Friday, September 14, only 54 players will earn a piece of the pie with the eventual champion shipping in the thickest wad of PHP584,600. Action resumes at Level 14 blinds 1K-2K ante 2K. Average stack is 58,354 with 4,785,000 total chips in play.

You can view the chip counts and seat assignments in the APT Facebook page.

CoinPoker Super High Rollers

The CoinPoker Super High Rollers event got underway with 10 entries – 7 players, 3 re-entries – each one ponying up the hefty PHP500K buy-in. This generated a meaty pot of PHP4,845,700 of which two players will eventually earn a cut. Although we won’t see the final results until tomorrow, here are the ultimate payouts: 1st place PHP3,392,000 and 2nd place PHp1,453,700.

The seven high stakes warriors were: APT Main Event defending champion Lester Edoc, Marc Rivera, Andrew Nguyen, Satoshi Ikeda, Kota Nakano, Kirk Steele, and two-time APT Main Event champion / WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama.

CoinPoker Super High Rollers

For Takayama, despite firing two bullets, he still had no success. Same as well for the other two re-entries, Nguyen and Ikeda. On the flip side, Steele rose from a very short stack to the chip lead during the final three rounds. Four players bagged up. 

Kirk Steele, chip leader

End of day chip counts:

Kirk Steele – Canada – 1,303,000
Lester Edoc – Philippines – 1,135,000
Kota Nakano – Japan – 984,000
Marc Rivera – Philippines – 578,000  

Players return on Friday, September 14 at 3pm. They resume the game at Level 13 blinds 12K-24K ante 24K. Average stack is 1,000,000 with 4,000,000 total chips in play. 

Sit N’ Go: Open Face Chinese Pineapple winners

Throughout the 12-day series, players can sign up to SNG No Limit Hold’em and SNG Open Face Chinese Pineapple. This evening, Samad Razavi rallied players to get an SNG OFC Pineapple game going and successfully pulled in 5 sets of heads up matches. Each player bought in for PHP11,000. Here are the winners:

In Chul Sin defeated Samad Razavi

In Chul Sin

Soo Jo Kim defeated Gyeong Byeong Lee

Soo Jo Kim

Hung Sheng Lin defeated Menchu Razavi

Hung Sheng Lin

Samad Razavi defeated Eugene Co

Samad Razavi

Joseph Sia defeated Bernard Chua

Joseph Sia

Side Events: Friday, September 14, 2018

On Friday, September 14, both above-mentioned events will return for its final day while another set of events will join on the floor.

2:00PM: Head Hunter PHP4,000/Bounty – Buy-in: PHP17,600

5:00PM: Ante Up for Charity – Buy-in: PHP7,500

6:00PM: Main Event Satellite – Buy-in: PHP6,000 (one seat awarded per 10 players)

The Head Hunter event is a highly popular tournament. It is usually action-packed from the start with players gunning hard for the bounty reward. For every player you eliminate, you instantly collect a PHP4,000 reward. Ultimately, this could potentially be one very profitable tournament.

A few hours after we have the Ante Up for Charity event. This event is in benefit of the RCMN Feed a Child, Build a Nation Feeding Program. The APT has been donating to this program since 2012. We encourage everyone to join in for this wonderful cause. A third of the prize pool will be donated to help feed the children at the F.Benitez Elementary School in Makati, Philippines.

Full APT Philippines Championships II schedule