APPT Manila Main Event Day 1A breaches PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 361,366) guarantee, Canada’s Oleg Alex Kaminski tops the charts


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Running through August 6th at Okada, Manila, Philippines, the awaited Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila Main Event has finally arrived on the felt. Being the crown jewel of the series, the tournament posts the largest guarantee on this season’s lineup at an exciting PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 361,366). While the minimum pot is already as thrilling as can be, players can expect another massive Main Event from the PokerStars Live brand with the guarantee already breached only one flight in.

APPT Manila Main Event – Day 1A Results

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Opening day welcomed an exceptionally good turn out after a total of 395 entries were collected for its first qualifying flight on schedule. Only five hours of registration was all it took before the guarantee was breached, listing a generated prize pool of PHP 22,754,745 (~USD 408,365) to cap the day. 

Local pros were in full force as they battled it out on the felt including 2019 APPT Main Event champion Florencio Campomanes, 2023 APPT Super High Roller champion Mike Takayama, William Ysmael, and David Erquiaga, none of which qualified into Day 2. International notables Park Yu Cheung, 2019 APPT Kick Off winner Jinlong Hu, Max Menzel, and William Teoh were also seen in the mix but failed to lock up a spot in Saturday’s games. On the other hand, Hong Kong’s Hon Cheong Lee, and New Zealand’s Fisher Slade can take the day off as they return to the tables on August 5th.

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Oleg Alex Kaminski

After 13 levels of play, the field drew down to 91 runners making it through with Canada’s Oleg Alex Kaminski topping the charts with a healthy 426,000 chip stack. Kaminski has already fared well in this year’s festivities after a 15th place finish in the recently concluded APPT Manila National event. Coming in second is Brazil’s Iargo Sebastian Guimaraes with a stack of 340,500, followed closely by South Korea’s Hyeonho Shin with 324,000.

Top 10 Chip Counts

First Name Last Name Flag Chip Count
1 Oleg Alex Kaminski Canada 426,000
2 Iargo Sebastian Guimaraes Brazil 340,500
3 Hyeonho Shin Korea, South 324,000
4 Li Lok Ching Australia 323,000
5 Jungsup Yun Korea, South 322,000
6 Noel Llamedo Philippines 312,500
7 Kevin Pascal Clemot France 296,000
8 Thomas Ward New Zealand 284,500
9 Koichi Nozaki Japan 277,000
10 Ilia Drobin Russia 276,500

APPT Manila Main Event Day 1A – Live Updates and Chip Counts

Two more flights are set to play through today, August 4th with Day 1B commencing at 13:00 sharp and Day 1C (Turbo) to follow at 20:00. Late registration is open until the end of Level 10.

APPT Manila Main Event

Dates: August 3-6, 2023
Buy in: PHP 65,000 (~USD 1,174)
Guarantee: PHP 20,000,000 (~USD 361,366)

Day 1 Results

Day 1A: 395 entries / 91 advanced

Day 2: August 5, 2023, Saturday
Final Day: August 6, 2023, Sunday

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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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