The Asian Poker Tour is currently hosting the APT Cebu 2016, a nine-day poker festival in partnership with the All In Poker Club held at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Lahug, Cebu, Philippines. The past two days saw a combined total of 144 entries – 64 for day 1a and 80 for day 1b – each ponying up the P55,000 entry fee (1,200).
72 players qualified to day 2
After the qualifying flights ended, only 72 remained with a high number of APT regulars in full force such as APT's two-time Man Event champion Henrik Tollefsen from Norway, Singaporean poker pro Bryan Huang, Japan pros Kosei Ichinose, Tetsuya Tsuchikawa, Korea's Soo Jo Kim and Sim Jae Kyung to mention a few. Other players who will play the Day 2 are quadruple APT Player of the Year winner 2012-2015 Samad Razavi, previous APT Main Event champions Feng Zhao, Mike Takayama, and Lim Yah Loon, Filipino pro Lester Edoc, Norway's Kai Paulsen, and Japanese players Iori Yogo and Azusa Maeda.
Although all those notables qualified into day 2, it was a new face in the APT circuit who bagged up the largest stack, Korea's Kwon Ohjung with 135,200 . Landing as the second highest with 113,550 chips was Filipino player John Sayo who did very well at the past two APT Main Events, 6th place at the APT Finale in December and 10th place at the APT Kickoff last month. Ranked third in the chip rung was Palau's Ralph Kanai with 100,800 chips.
Among those who went in the opposite direction and hit the rail were Canada's Linh Tran, Germany's Sebastian Benz, and Filipino Richard Marquez. The APT Cebu 2016 Main Event will resume for day 2 at 1pm today. We will have a recap on that as soon as it is completed