|Jan 16 - 20, 2019||
No Limit Hold'em - Championships Event
Ho Chi Minh
Philippine player Eugene Co posted his first cash back in 2014 but it wasn’t until the following year was he seen running deep at numerous events around his home country. Since then, he has become a familiar face in the local live scene, earning some of his biggest payouts in 2017. His consistent run continues into 2018 with winnings earned at the start of the year both inside and outside of Philippine soil.
2014 – 2017
In May 2014, Eugene Co took his first walk to the cashier’s booth to collect his 5th place winnings at the Pot Limit Omaha event of the APT Philippines. PLO seemed to be his game finishing 2nd at the APPT Manila – PLO Deepstack event in 2015 and winning P179,100 (~$3,910). This would be his record high payout until late 2017 which saw him capture his first victory and run deep in some of Asia’s biggest events.
His first strong performance happened at the APT Philippines in September 2017; Co overcame a field of 186 entries at the Opening Event and pocketed $8,190. One week later, he upped his winnings further by claiming his first five-digit payout, finishing 5th at the same festival’s Main Event. He earned US$12,000.
Taking on PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 4 next, Co bagged a second career title, winning the Warm Up event by impressively defeating a huge field of 419 entries. He earned P305,200 (~US$6,000). Days later, he nearly won a third title, finishing runner-up at the PLO event.
On fire, Co ventured outside of his homeland in late November and attended the Suncity Cup HK$8 Million Guaranteed – Main Event in Macau. As one of the biggest events of the year in the region, the tournament gathered a massive 928 entries. Co finished 5th, earning a career high HK$421,400 (~US$53,946). This closed his stellar 2017 year.
Quickly getting back on the poker horse on January 2018, Co flew to Ho Chi Minh for the APT Kickoff Vietnam festival. He earned a small profit at the Main Event, finishing 86th out of 664 entries then pocketed a decent amount for 3rd place at the Monster Stack.
The subsequent month saw him return to Macau, this time to attend the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event. Co finished in a respectable 14th place out of 1,122 players and picked up HK$131,300 (~US$16,700).
Back on home turf, Co went straight to the felt and joined the PokerStars Live Manila Super Series 5. He continued his consistent run with two side event victories, NLH-PLO and NLH Turbo, and finished 25th at the Main Event to earn a combined US$4,000 to add to his growing list of winnings.
Featured image – Courtesy of PokerStars Manila