Cristina Argao wins her 3rd Ladies Event title
In October 2014, Filipino player Maria Cristina Argao was crowned the first lady champion of the WPT National Philippines Ladies event. This would not be the end of it though. She returned a few days ago to defend her title, and once again, she reigned victorious, overcoming a field of 30 fierce playing ladies for $4,376.
This is a great 2016 start for Argao who closed out last year with a win in this same event at the APT Finale in December. Statistically, Filipino player Ferlyn Cabaling may be in the lead with five Ladies Event titles under her belt (Her story here), but Argao is definitely closing in. In October of last year, Argao came in 2nd at the APT Ladies event in October, losing only to Cabaling. With three Ladies Event trophies now in Argao's shelf, and with the year just beginning, it will be exciting to watch the race between these two ladies for domination in this event.
Iori Yogo Wins the PLO Hi Event
Japanese poker pro Iori Yogo also kicked off his year with a great start. He won his first trophy of 2016 by seizing the WPT National Philippines Pot Limit Omaha Hi Event for $11,640. As one of the most respected and highly revered players in the Asian circuit, Yogo spends his professional poker player life going from felt-to-felt, entering a slew of events per month. Last year, Yogo cashed in a total of 40 events and finished the year very strong, landing himself a runner-up position in the Asian Poker Tour Player of the Year 2015 race. This clearly shows both his focus and passion for the game striking a healthy and profitable balance.
Japanese Players Win Side Events
In addition to Yogo, there were a couple of fellow Japanese countrymen who also earned themselves trophies at the WPT National Philippines side events. Daiki Iijima won the Freezeout No Limit Hold 'em event and Hirosaka Keisuke won the No Limit Hold 'em event.