APPT9 Manila Main Event in Figures

585 entrees: A massive 325 Day 1B entries combined with Day 1A’s participants of 260 to bring the grand total of runners to a collosal 585. This is the biggest field in Philippine history for major events with a buy-in of US$1,000 and above.

PhP 6,016,250: The eventual champion will be pocketing about PhP6M (approx.US$133,000) which includes a Main Event entry to the season-ending Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP)

PhP 25,535,250: Record field goes with record prize pool. Total prize pool has reached over PhP25M (approx. US$556,000)

122 qualifiers – 59 live and 63 online. With this performance Pokerstars is demonstrating the interest of combining its online entity—which is the biggest in the industry—and its live component via the Pokerstars Live room here at the City of Dreams Manila.

41 countries: APPT Events are attracting players from all around the World. 41 countries are represented in the Main Event. In details (entrees): Philippines (92), Japan (82), Korea (58), China (52), USA (38), India (37) Live 59 onbline 63

72 Players in The Money and one bubble boy: Hsein Ching Feng who shoved all in for less than eight big blinds with 99. Chen-an Lin made the call with QQ. The Board ran out without bringing any help for Feng.

4 team PokerStars Pro: Brian Huang, Celina Lin, Aditya Agrawal and Vivian Im took part to the event. Only Vivian Im made the money. She is still seating with a confortable stack.


Vivian Im is the only team PokerStars Pro who made the money



An APPT poker festival is not only about the Main Event:

14 Cash Games tables running: PokerStars Live Manila has seen these last days a record Cash Games action. All 14 cash game tables were running with games with games up to PhP 500/1,000

PhP4,976,100. The 570 entrees of the Warm Up Event generated a prize pool of nearly PhP 5m. That is almost PhP2M over the announced guarantee

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Cover picture  by Kenneth Lim Photography courtesy of APPT

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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