Amidst a busy summer of poker events around the world, the main island of the Philippines was having their own festival with the Asian Poker Tour hosting its sixth major event of the year, the APT Philippines 2017. The poker festival offered nine-days of poker from July 19th – July 27th, and was held – for the first time – at the Winford Hotel & Casino located in the heart of Manila. Here are some of the top results of the series.
Back-to-back Main Event title for Malaysia’s Sam Nee Aik Chuan
After a two-year break, Aik Chuan aka Sam Nee is back! And not only is he back, he is also the first-ever APT back-to-back Main Event champion. Earlier this month, Chuan returned to the live tournament scene and ripped up the APT Southeast Asia Main Event in Cambodia to win his first live victory since 2015.
A few weeks later, he zoomed his way to Manila, and amongst a small turnout of players, facing past APT champions Iori Yogo and Soo Jo Kim at the final table, he achieved what no one at the APT circuit has ever done, win a back-to-back APT Main Event title. Chuan earned PHP 1,001,000 (US$19,700 approx).
Since his return to the live felt in early July, he has now posted five total cashes, two of which were victories. This is certainly a very impressive performance for his first month back.
Main Event payouts
|1||Sam Nee Aik Chuan||Malaysia||1,001,000.00|
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa and SJ Kim win side events
Out of the 17 side events offered at the festival, poker professionals Tetsuya Tsuchikawa and Soo Jo Kim each claimed one for themselves. Tsuchikawa topped the Ante Up for Charity event and also earned some extra pay and points for his 7th place berth at the Opening Event. This helped sustain his lead in the APT Player of the Year 2017 leaderboard.
As for the Korean pro Kim, he ran deep in the Main Event Warm-Up then days later he claimed his own trophy, defeating Aik Chuan at final heads up round of the No Limit Hold’em event.
Emmanuel Segismundo wins the Opening Event
There were several local players that made headlines throughout the week however none were as pronounced as the festival opener champion Emmanuel Segismundo. Segismundo overcame a field of 136 entries to earn the second largest payout of the series amounting to PHP 330,000 (US$6,500 approx).
Impressively, this is his third cash and third live tournament victory for the month of July. He triumphed two events at the PokerStars Live Manila Super Series event, one of which was the PHP10K Main Event.
Opening event payouts
|2||Mark Jerick Almusajin||Philippines||259,300.00|
|5||Gerardo Lubas Iii||Philippines||90,900.00|
|9||Philip Rohm||United States||44,400.00|
|10||Jae Chul Chang||Korea||37,800.00|
|13||Mary Jane Daypuyart||Philippines||30,600.00|
|15||Jeon Seung Soo||Korea||30,600.00|
|16||John Jay Magadan||Philippines||26,900.00|
|17||Changjo Im||South Korea||26,900.00|
Article by Triccia David