After a year-long gap, the Asia Poker Championship series is back bigger than ever with a much boosted guaranteed prize pool of Php 20,000,000 (~US$ 382,000). Metro Card Club’s largest event so far this year is set to run this coming June 6-12, 2022 with the exciting Main Event as the sole highlight of the series. Buy-in for the multi-day tournament has been doubled from that of its inaugural celebration, posting a price tag of Php 40,000 + 4,000 (~US$ 840) for this season’s events. Five qualifying days complete the schedule with six accompanying side events for a whirlwind of action throughout the week.
Buy-in: Php 44,000 (~US$ 840)
Starting stack: 40,000
Level duration: 40 minute blinds
Format: Big blind ante (switches to regular ante at the final table)
Day 1A: Monday, June 6
Day 1B: Tuesday, June 7
Day 1C: Wednesday, June 8
Day 1D: Thursday, June 9
Day 1E (Turbo): Friday, June 10
Day 2: Friday, June 10
Day 3: Saturday, June 11
Final Day: Sunday, June 12
Final Table: 8 players, 60 minute blinds
2020’s Main Event winner Noel Araniel pocketed a seven-figure score amounting to Php 1,525,877 (~US$ 30,000) following a four-way ICM deal in the final table. The top payout however, went to runner-up Martin Gonzales who took home Php 2,238,066 (~US$ 42,000) from the Php 10,495,400 (~US$ 200,000) generated prize pool. Over 500 entries were recorded in the previous edition, rising way above its Php 5 million (~US$ 95,000) guarantee.
Aside from the Main Event, the scheduled side events have also seen a boost in its overall entry fees with buy-ins ranging from Php 11,000 (~US$ 210) to as high as Php 110,000 (~US$ 2,100) for the High Roller event.
K.O. Bounty: Monday, June 6 @ 4pm – Buy-in: Php 11,000
No Limit Hold’em Turbo: Tuesday, June 7 @ 4pm – Buy-in: Php 11,000
No Limit Hold’em Turbo: Wednesday, June 8 @ 4pm – Buy-in: Php 11,000
Power Button: Thursday, June 9 @ 4pm – Buy-in: Php 16,500
High Roller: Saturday, June 11 @ 3pm – Buy-in: Php 110,000
Monster Stack: Sunday, June 12 @ 11am – Buy-in: Php 22,000
This year’s series is already causing a bigger buzz across the local poker community with the prize pool being largely quadrupled. With two weeks left on the calendar, international runners are likewise invited to jump in and compete against Metro’s home Team Pro in the country’s biggest card room where the week-long festivities will surely make the visit worthwhile.