Two days ago, the Resorts World Manila poker room was buzzing once again with the Asian Poker Tour’s highly popular Asian Poker Series Manila 2015. And it certainly was a big opening day. This nine-day poker festival opened with a booming side event, the APT-RWM 2M Guarantee, which held both of its day one flights on the same day but at different time slots. By the end of registration, a total of 281 entrants ponied up the P10k buy-in, bringing the total prize pool up to P2.725m, for a fantastic start to this series.
Yogo and Razavi Lead APT-RWM 2M Day 1
With only a few months left until the end of the year, this event marked the start of the final quarter of APT events. This means, players need to rack in as many points as possible if they want to catch up to triple crown APT Player of the Year champion, Samad Razavi, who once again, leads the current rankings. Impressively, the amazing Brit achieved his APT POY titles without having yet won an APT Main Event. At the end of the first day one flight of the APT-RWM 2M Gtd, Razavi showed why he is the current top dog. Razavi ended his heat as the chip leader. Close behind Razavi in the APT POY 2015 leader board is Japan’s Iori Yogo. Back in late-May we interviewed Yogo as we noticed his stats steadily rising. Throughout the year Yogo has certainly been a force to contend with in the APT circuit. As it stands, Yogo ranks second in the leaderboard, slightly over 700 points behind Razavi. If anyone is to give Razavi a run for the crown this year, it most definitely will be Yogo. Including Razavi and Yogo, a total of 65 hopefuls made it into day 2 of the APT-RWM 2M Gtd event. With each one looking to capture the first big cash prize and trophy of the series, it was no surprise that the event would be long and grueling.
Yogo claims the APT-RWM 2M Title
After nearly 12 hours of poker action, it was Yogo who rose to victory to claim all the laurels of first place, PHP673,200, plus 420 points towards his APT POY 2015 tally. Although Razavi also earned himself 42 points by placing 19th, Yogo already brought himself that much closer to the Brit in just the first event of the series. Another interesting tidbit we noticed at the APT-RWM 2M Gtd, Adrian Brion (Philippines) and Kai Paulsen (Norway) also went deep, both earning themselves enough points to raise their tally in the APT PPOY 2015 leader board. Both players moved up from 6th and 7th in the rankings to the 4th and 5th slots behind Razavi, Yogo, and Lester Edoc.
APT-RWM 2M GTD Champion, Iori Yogo (Photo APT)
With lots of poker festivities still on deck, we should be seeing a lot of activity happening in the APT POY 2015. In addition to day 2 of the APT-RWM 2M Gtd, several other side events were running simultaneously.
The Ante-Up for Charity, an event held by APT at every series to raise funds for selected programs aimed at helping the local community, saw 42 players participate with Christopher Mateo from the Philippines claiming first place and PHP84,000. The event pooled in a generous PHP105,000 for charity.
The High Rollers tournament (Event 3) and the NLH Multi Re-buy +1 Add-On (Event 4) were also underway but were capped before completion. A total of 45 players registered in the High Rollers event bringing the prize pool to over P4.3M. By the end of tournament play, ten players remained with Markus Garberg from Norway leading the pack followed closely by Filipino player Florencio Campomanes. At event 4, only eight remained out of 94 registered players. Cuong Nguyen (USA) held the chip lead with Azusa Maeda from Japan a close second. Both of these events will return today and crown their respective champions.
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