APL Manila: 23 qualifiers move on to PHP 2M (~USD 36K) GTD Tip Off Final Day; One more flight to go

Another international poker tour has landed on the streets of Manila, Philippines with the country’s strong fan base and easy accessibility making it a prime location for major brands in the scene. This time Ace Poker League is snatching the spotlight with its Manila leg running through Sunday, December 3rd at 2Ace Poker, Pasay city for seven days of whirlwind action. The series sets off to complete a total of twelve events boasting a combined festival guarantee of over PHP 25,000,000 (~USD 451,150).


Today’s events sees APL Tip Off Flight C on top of the list, followed by Event #2: Single Day NLH at 2:00 p.m., and Event #3: Pot Limit Omaha Hi at 6:00 p.m. For those eyeing to jump in the PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 360,920) guaranteed Main Event, Day 1A kicks off tomorrow for a buy-in of PHP 60,000 (~USD 1,080) with three more flights to follow thereafter.

APL Tip Off Update

Having kicked off just yesterday, the opening event APL Tip Off completed two out of three available flights on schedule and welcomed a total of 154 entries vying for the PHP 2,000,000 (~USD 36,090) pot. Local runner Jay Ibarra has since bagged the biggest stack moving forward with a healthy chip count of 349,000 and serves as Flight A’s chip leader. Korea’s Lee Dong Ho comes in close second with a slightly lesser 341,500 after topping Flight B’s 105 entry field.


For a buy-in of PHP 10,500 (~USD 190), players have only today, November 28 as their last chance to secure a spot into the Final Day. The guarantee has since been breached as of Level 3 of the final flight.

APL Tip Off Qualifiers

Flight A
Date: November 27, 2023
Entries: 49
Qualifiers: 7 players

Player Chip Count
Jay Ibarra 349,000
Lee Yong Sung 258,000
Raymundo Gomez 186,000
Jose C 158,000
Alex Taneo 120,000
Min Gi Jo 80,000
Son Ilyoung 74,000

Flight B
Date: November 27, 2023
Entries: 105
Qualifiers: 16 players

Player Chip Count
Lee Dong Ho 341,500
Young Wook Jang 300,000
Bj Perez 295,000
Joo Young Lee 213,000
Sung Dong Choi 204,000
Kim Joon Hee 191,000
Buddy Boy Blue 166,500
Moon Seung Hyun 155,000
Chierro De Leon 128,000
Gerardo Lubas III 125,000
Liao Po Hson 113,000
Kier Canale 107,000
Jeff Calma 79,500
Darren Yu 76,500
Russel Jose 74,000
Seol Song Moon 55,500

APL Manila Pre-Event

As a prelude to the festival, Ace Poker Manila hosted two pre-event flights last weekend for the headlining Main Event. Charging the least expensive buy-in of PHP 30,000 (~USD 540), only three tournament runners survived the field and were able to qualify to Day 2.

Pre-Event 1
Date: November 25, 2023
Entries: 21
Qualifiers: Conrado Pumicpic – 230,000, Gaby Sawma – 85,000

Pre-Event 2
Date: November 26, 2023
Entries: 13
Qualifier: Jaja Leoncio – 195,000

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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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