The Asian Poker Tour returned to Queenco Hotel and Casino in Sihanoukville, Cambodia for its third consecutive year bringing with them their highly applauded structured events running from June 15-23, 2016. With a total of 19 events offered throughout the nine-day festivities, players have a wide variety of poker games to choose from with entry fees ranging from $110 to $1650, and all this while enjoying a nice and relaxing trip away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
Unlike last year, the Queenco Hotel was undergoing major renovations making it very difficult for players to feel the laid back atmosphere of Cambodia’s premier beach town. Despite the cool rolling waters of the Gulf of Thailand as their backyard, there was much to be distracted about. This year, the venue has stepped it up with all the renovations finally completed. Players can now enjoy a fully operational hotel including a brand new gym and a swimming pool overlooking the sea. In addition, there are discounted rates offered to all APT guests plus a free round-trip van ride provided from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel.
Iori Yogo wins the opening event
The Opening Event of the APT Cambodia 2016 kicked off yesterday with 62 entries for a prize pool of $6,010. This was much higher than last year’s numbers which posted only 40 entries. Outlasting them all was Japan’s Iori Yogo who took the top prize of $1,660. Yogo currently heads the APT Player of the Year 2016 leader board, and with his victory, he surged even higher in the rankings. UK’s Samad Razavi also made his way to Sihanoukville, eager to accrue points early in the festival, however, he was eliminated before the money and remained in second place in the standings. One APT regular who did make it very deep was Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon finishing in 3rd place.
The coming days will likely see more players make their way to APT Cambodia 2016 especially with the $1100 entry fee Main Event kicking off on the weekend, starting on Saturday, June 18th. The APT is looking to surpass last year’s Main Event turnout of 99 entries which saw Canada’s Linh Tran go the distance and win his first APT Main Event championship title.The highest ever Main Event draw was in 2014 with 112 entries for the Main Event which was captured by Denmark’s Michael Lindstrom.
Stay tuned for more APT Cambodia 2016 updates in the days ahead.