Asian Poker Tour season finale at Resorts World Manila with PHP 24 Million in Guarantees

Excitement is building up at the Asian Poker Tour as they get ready for their last event of the season. The APT Finale Philippines 2018 takes place from November 27 to December 6 at Resorts World Manila with PHP 24 Million (~US$451,000) in guaranteed prizes. 19 trophy events are up for grabs with the Main Event and the Championships Event highlighting the series.

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Main Event – PHP 10 Million Guarantee
Championships Event – PHP 10 Million Guarantee
Monster Stack – PHP 2 Million Guarantee
APT-RWM Opening Event – PHP 1 Million Guarantee
MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo – PHP 1 Million Guarantee


Main Event – PHP 10 Million Guaranteed

Getting a look at the first featured tournament, the Main Event comes with a PHP 10 Million (~US$188,500) guarantee. It runs a course of five days from November 28 to December 2. With its highly crafted deep structure, this is revered as one of the top events to play in Asia. Last September in the Philippines, the series saw 306 entries for a prize pool of PHP 14.8 Million (US$275,100).

For a buy-in to of PHP 55,000 (~US$1,040), players start off with a very healthy stack of 500x the opening big blind; levels increase every sixty minutes. Two starting days are offered with late registration closing at the start of Level 10 in Day 2.

Day 1A – Wednesday, November 28
Day 1B – Thursday, November 29
Day 2 – Friday, November 30
Day 3 – Saturday, December 1
Final 8 – Sunday, December 2

The past edition of the series saw local pro Lester Edoc successfully defend his Philippines Main Event title capturing back-to-back series victories.

Championships Event – PHP 10 Million Guaranteed

The second main feature is the Championships Event which also extends a PHP 10 Million (~US$188,500) guarantee. It runs immediately after the Main Event covering a total of four days from December 3 to 6. Unlike previous versions, only one starting day is offered however late registration still closes at the start of level 10 in Day 2.

Alike the main, this is another APT custom designed deep structured tournament with players starting off with 500x the opening big blind; levels also increase every sixty minutes. With the buy-in much higher than the main, PHP 165,000 (~US$3,110), the Championships Event tends to see a field packed with top pros.

Day 1 – Monday, December 3
Day 2 – Tuesday, December 4
Day 3 – Wednesday, December 5
Final 8 – Thursday, December 6

The Main Event and Championships Event are the most prestigious tournaments of the APT and are definitely the events “not to be missed”. For those looking to try to join in at a lower cost, three satellites per featured event are offered. Resorts World Manila is also running guaranteed satellites to the Main Event every Sunday in November.

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Monster Stack PHP 2 Million Guaranteed

The Monster Stack event is a highly popular APT event and with PHP 2 Million (~US$37,580) guaranteed, it will likely draw a very big field. This is a two-day tournament running from December 5 to 6. Buy-in is PHP 27,500. (~US$517).

APT-RWM Opening Event PHP 1 Million Guaranteed

Kicking off the series is the APT-RWM Opening Event with a PHP 1 Million (~US$18,790) guaranteed prize pool. Event runs on Tuesday, November 27 to conclude on the following day. Buy-in is PHP 11,000.

MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo PHP 1 Million Guaranteed

One of the most enjoyable events in the lineup is the MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack Turbo. This fast paced game begins in the early evening and wraps up in just several hours The event comes equipped with a PHP 1 Million (~US$18,790) guarantee which players can win a nice chunk of for a buy-in of just PHP 5,500 (~US$103). Event takes place on Saturday, December 1. 

Seats to this event can also be won via Resorts World Manila’s guaranteed satellites running every Sunday in November.


In addition to the guaranteed events, the series comes with a variety of games for every type of interest and bankroll. Buy-ins range from PHP 5,500 to PHP 500,000. Among the low to mid range buy-ins are the Turbo events, NLH events, Short Deck, Shot Clock, and Pot Limit Omaha Hi event. Depending on the event, some can run up to two days.

For heavy wagers, there are several games to keep you busy right from the get-go. Three High Rollers events are lined up and a Super High Rollers.

Super High Rollers – November 27 to 28 – Buy-in: PHP 500,000 (~US$9,400)
High Rollers – December 1 to 2 – Buy-in: PHP 107,500 (~US$2,022)
Short Deck High Rollers Single Day (Shot Clock) – December 2 – Buy-in: PHP 107,500 (~US$2,022)
High Rollers Single Day (Shot Clock) – December 6 – Buy-in: PHP 215,000 (~US$4,042)

More:  APT Finale Philippines 2018 Schedule

*Important note: All APT events utilize the Ante Big Blind format.

Article by Tricia David

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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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