APPT Manila National amasses PHP 17M prize pool; 139 out of 558 return for Day 2 led by Lloyd Locsin


The second feature event of Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila ongoing at world class Okada Manila was another hot item with 558 runners pulling up seats across three starting days. Like the opener, it crushed the guarantee, this time ballooning to more than three times for a prize pool of PHP 17,171,930 (~USD 312,705).

Dates: July 29 to August 1, 2023
Buy in: PHP 35,000 (~USD 635)
Guarantee: PHP 5,000,000 (~USD 91,000)
Entries: 558
Prize pool: PHP 17,171,930 (~USD 312,705)
Day 2 qualifiers: 139 players

Day 1 results

Day 1A: 130 entries
Day 1B: 257 entries
Day 1C: 171 entries

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Lloyd Locsin

At the conclusion of all the Day 1 heats, 139 players advanced led by Day 1A flight leader Filipino Lloyd Locsin with a strong 578,000. Locsin brings in a towering 192 bb stack to the next stage. Other flight leaders were China’s Lijun Zhang and Filipino Lester Edoc.

Lijun Zhang

Zhang earned some of her chips by knocking out Ijubasha Fukishima to close out Day 1B. On a turn board 5sQd9sQh Zhang check-raised all in with JcJd, and Fukishima risked it with Ks10c gut shot. The river Jh improved both, Zhang dominating with a full house. She closed the day with 165 bb.

Over at Day 1C, Edoc eliminated a player during the late stages with KcQd outdrawing Ac4d on a board running KhJc9s6cAh. He closed the day with 96 bb.

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Lester Edoc

The 139 survivors head back on Sunday, July 31 where they will race to the money round and further on to a seat at the final table.

Day 2 qualifiers

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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