APPT Manila 15 on spotlight this July, over PHP 144 Million (~USD 2.6M) in tow

Asia Pacific Poker Tour Manila 15 on spotlight this July, over PHP 144 Million (~USD 2.6M) in guarantees in tow

Shaking the Asian tournament scene this July is another edition of PokerStars LIVE’s highly favored Asia Pacific Poker Tour, slated to kick off the second half of 2024. From July 24 through August 5, hundreds of runners will gather at Cove Manila, the biggest indoor beach club / nightclub located in Okada Manila, Philippines, for a full APPT Manila thirteen day lineup offering over PHP 144,000,000 (~USD 2.6 Million) in festival prizes. 

Thrilling action is geared to run day in and out with a total of 66 trophy events completing the schedule. This season’s festivities features a wide range of games with buy-ins running as low as PHP 7,500 (~USD 120) to a sky-reaching high of PHP 1,000,000 (~USD 17,020). Remaining in the center of everyone’s attention however, is the PHP 55,000,000 (~USD 936,530) guaranteed Main Event which runs beginning August 1st. Read down below for more information on these highlights.

APPT Manila 15 Main Event


Established in 2007, APPT Manila has grown to be a fan favorite across the regional scene, boasting both a strong local and international following year after year. Since 2018, the revered tour has listed a PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 340,550) guarantee for all its Manila Main Event offerings and easily smashed through that prize pool time and time again. This 2024, APPT is pumping up the excitement with a much bigger PHP 55,000,000 (~USD 936,530) guarantee while also commanding a slightly steeper price tag of PHP 80,000 (~USD 1,360). 

Runners in attendance will have three flights to choose from, all of which lead to Sunday’s Day 2 games and eventually a champion crowned by the festival’s concluding day. Additionally, qualifiers are available on the series schedule as early as July 29th for those eager to catch entries for a fraction of the price.

Dates: August 1-5, 2024
Buy in: PHP 80,000 (~USD 1,360)
Guarantee: PHP 55,000,000 (~USD 936,530)

Flight A: Thursday, August 1
Flight B: Friday, August 2
Flight C: Saturday, August 3
Day 2: Sunday, August 4
Final Day: Monday, August 5

Previous APPT Manila Main Event Winners


Last 2023 saw the richest APPT Manila hit the felt with China’s Yuanning Wu emerging victorious over the 1,354 entry field. Wu struck a heads up deal with Filipino pro Christopher Mateo and eventually clinched the win to earn a career best score of PHP 11.5 Million (~USD 207K). Judging from the previous results, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this season top the list with another lucky winner cashing in on an eight figure PHP payday.

APPT Season Champion Prize (PHP) Prize (USD)  Entries Prize pool
2023 Yuanning Wu ₱11,519,730 $207,959 1,354 ₱76,832,730
2022 Lai Hua ₱5,973,000 $107,281 801 ₱45,452,745
2019 Florencio Campomanes ₱11,092,500 $218,166 1,135 ₱64,405,575
2018 Wilson Lim ₱12,970,000 $244,815 1,364 ₱65,492,460
2016 Linh Tran ₱6,135,000 $130,191 577 ₱25,186,050

APPT Manila 15 – Key Events

Aside from the Main Event festivities, players should start padding their bankrolls with a number of great value tournaments filling up the two week long schedule. These include guaranteed multi day events APPT Open, APPT National, and APPT High Roller.

Surprise schedule entry is the PokerStars Red Dragon which makes its return after a three-year absence. From July 27 to 29, the event will feature a substantial guarantee of PHP 25,000,000 (~USD 340,550) and the prestigious Red Dragon Trophy.

PokerStars Red Dragon Trophy
PokerStars Red Dragon Trophy – Photo by PokerStars / Chris Librojo

Established in 2010, the Red Dragon tournament has become one of Asia’s most coveted, with previous stops in Macau, Manila, and Jeju. The 2019 PokerStars Red Dragon in Jeju set a record prize pool exceeding KRW 1.896 billion (~USD 1.63 million), the largest in the event’s history. China’s Zhi Hao Zhang outlasted 868 players to win KRW 345.3 million (~USD 298,000). The following year in Manila, the prize pool reached PHP 64.2 million (~USD 1.25 million), with Filipino Florencio Campomanes emerging as the champion.

Another event to look forward to is APPT One Million Challenge Championship, which makes its debut this season. Its whopping PHP 1,000,000 (~USD 17,020) buy-in sure to attract some of the industry’s fiercest contenders. The jaw-dropping tournament runs just in following of the PHP 500,000 (~USD 8,510) buy-in APPT Super High Roller set forth on July 31st.

Okada Kickoff
Date/s: July 24-25, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 16,500 (~USD 280)
Guarantee: PHP 3,000,000 (~USD 51,080)

Date/s: July 25-28, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 60,000 (~USD 1,020)
Guarantee: PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 340,550)

APPT National
Date/s: July 27-31, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 40,000 (~USD 680)
Guarantee: PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 170,280)

PokerStars Red Dragon
Date/s: July 27-29, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 70,000 (~USD 1,190)
Guarantee: PHP 25,000,000 (~USD 425,700)

APPT Super High Roller
Date/s: July 31 – August 1, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 500,000 (~USD 8,510)

APPT One Million Challenge Championship
Date/s: August 1, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 1,000,000 (~USD 17,020)

APPT Single Day High Roller
Date/s: August 2, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 165,000 (~USD 2,800)

APPT Mystery Bounty
Date/s: August 4-5, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 40,000 (~USD 680)
Guarantee: PHP 5,000,000 (~USD 85,140)

APPT High Roller
Date/s: August 4-5, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 250,000 (~USD 4,250)
Guarantee: PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 170,280)

For the full schedule of events:

APPT Warm Up

APPT Warm Up showcases a PHP 5,000,000 (~USD 85,140) guaranteed Main Event along with 12 APPT packages to be given away.

Just ten days before the APPT Manila festivities, APPT Warm Up is set to give players a sneak peek into the live scene with PHP 10,000,000 (~USD 170,280) in prizes to be won across a 29 event lineup. The eight day series which runs from July 7-14, 2024, showcases a PHP 5,000,000 (~USD 85,140) guaranteed Main Event along with 12 APPT packages to be given away. Those arriving early can take advantage of this pre-event offering and lock up victories to freeroll their way through the upcoming games.

APPT Warm Up

Date/s: July 10-14, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 16,500 (~USD 280)
Guarantee: PHP 5,000,000 (~USD 85,140)

Mega Qualifier APPT Main Event
Date/s: July 13, 2024
Buy-in: PHP 14,000 (~USD 230)
Guarantee: 5 APPT packages

For the full schedule of events: 

First timers to PokerStars LIVE Manila

Okada Manila, Philippines
Okada Manila, Philippines

If you’re new to the scene, PokerStars LIVE Manila stands as one of the metropolis’s most popular poker hubs. Daily tournaments and cash tables are offered. The poker room is conveniently situated within Okada Manila making it easily accessible for guests staying in the premises. Additionally guests can indulge in breathtaking views of Manila Bay and its captivating sunsets from the hotel, adding to the overall experience.

For international travelers, Okada Manila is within 5-10 minutes drive from NAIA Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. For NAIA Terminal 3, the trip to Okada is just 15 minutes. To avoid getting ripped off , the best way to get to the venue is by Grab Car.


Of course the best place to stay while attending the event is at Okada Manila. The resort is rated one of the best and most luxurious. Make sure to contact PokerStars LIVE Manila as special player rates may still be available. For those who would like to explore other options, there are a plethora of places to stay in the area and all are nearby.

Contact PokerStars LIVE Manila: +63-956-736-9676

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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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