APL Manila: Philippines’ Vince Nachor tops Main Event final nine; Champion to bring home PHP 4.1M (~USD 75K) in winnings

The Ace Poker League festivities at 2Ace Poker Manila, Philippines is coming down to an end with the headlining Main Event set to crown a champion today, December 3rd. Four days of thrilling action and juicy prizes captivated players day and night with the field eventually drawing down to its final nine. Considering the event’s PHP 4.1 Million (~USD 75K) top prize on the line, this Sunday’s final table action is sure to keep everyone on their toes, teeming with excitement as the brand’s biggest event in the country plays down.

Main Event gameplay will resume at 12 noon on Level 23: 10,000 – 25,000 ante 25,000, running 60 minute blind levels all the way through. Scheduled alongside the Final Day are two side events: Event #11: Mini High Roller at 2:00 p.m. and Event #12: Hyper Turbo 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Main Event Day 2 Recap

Yesterday’s Day 2 rounds welcomed 58 players back to the tables with only nine having advanced through to the final round. Eliminations left and right were seen early in the games beginning with Conrad Pumicpic’s exit as the day’s first casualty. Pumicpic suffered a terrible bad beat with pocket kings and bowed out within the first five minutes. The field saw some of its strongest local contenders such as APL Main Event 2018 champion Lester Edoc, bracelet winner Mike Takayama, and Philippines’ #1 tournament earner Marc Rivera, similarly head for the rails an hour in. 

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By early evening, the final table began taking shape as the field dwindled down to its last few tables. Pressure of the increasing blinds led to many stacks being shipped back and forth, making it a preflop game for the most part. Day 2 chip leader John Gallagher still remained in the mix but was left drawing short after going head on with Singapore’s Jingxiang Ong. The Irish runner maintained his stack throughout the day yet lost his lead after he five bet jammed Ac3c right into his opponent’s AdAs. Gallagher busted two levels later in 16th place and banked PHP 224,000 (~USD 4,050) in winnings for his incredible run. 

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Vince Nachor

Final nine chip leader Vince Nachor sat atop the ranks by the last three tables and was relentless in taking down pots postflop. Nachor took a boost even more so after he eliminated John Clyde Tan in 14th place finish in a blind vs blind battle. By the end of the day, the Filipino runner bagged the biggest stack moving forward with 2.6 Million in chips (106 BB) to battle with.

Following in close second is Taiwan’s Liao Po Hsun who knocked out Norbert Koh, Jacky Ho, and Choi Yun Su, in 10th, 11th and 12th place respectively. Liao served the double elimination after he ran a straight against two sets to seal the win. The Taiwanese runner then proceeded to bust Koh with two pair vs two pair and close the day.

Joining the two in the final nine are also notable local pros Euryd Rivera, Moses Saquing, and Edgar Asehan. All remaining players are guaranteed a minimum payout of PHP 395,000 (~USD 7,140) and a fighting chance to claim the hefty first prize listed up top!

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Chip Counts

Player Chip Count Big Blinds
Vince Nachor 2,660,000 106
Liao Po Hsun 2,435,000 97
Moses Saquing 2,010,000 80
Sung Jin Han 1,360,000 54
Euryd Rivera 1,300,000 52
Ong Jingxiang 530,000 21
Edgar Asehan 490,000 20
Rick Jason Ambata 400,000 16
Michael Concepcion 340,000 14

Remaining Payouts

Rank Prize (PHP) Prize (~USD)
1st ₱4,193,790 $75,860
2nd ₱2,648,000 $47,900
3rd ₱1,899,000 $34,350
4th ₱1,509,000 $27,300
5th ₱1,183,000 $21,400
6th ₱927,000 $16,770
7th ₱697,000 $12,600
8th ₱495,000 $8,950
9th ₱395,000 $7,140

APL Manila Main Event Live Updates

APL Main Event Review

Date/s: November 29 – December 3, 2023
Buy-in: PHP 30,000 (~USD 540)/
PHP 60,000 (~USD 1,080)/
PHP 100,000 (~USD 1,800)
Guarantee: PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 361,280)
Prize pool: PHP 21,249,790 (~USD 384,400)
Entries: 366
ITM: 58 players

Pre-Event 1: 21 entries, 2 qualified
Pre-Event 2: 13 entries, 1 qualified

Day 1A – 57 entries, 9 qualified
Day 1B – 126 entries, 19 qualified
Day 1C – 53 entries, 13 qualified
Day 1D Turbo – 96 entries, 14 qualified

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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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