Big winners at the APT Philippines III 2016

From September 14th-22nd, the APT Philippines III 2016 took over the poker room of Resorts World Manila in Newport City, Pasay, with many well-known pros, APT regulars, and Asian circuit players flooding the tables for nine consecutive days. There was lots of action with big names and new faces winning trophies at various events.

Korea’s In Chul Sin wins the Main Event

In Chul Sin (Photo APT)
In Chul Sin (Photo APT)

Korean player In Chul Sin, an APT regular in search of his first big win, overcame a field of 186 players to be crowned the newest APT Main Event champion. Sin won the largest prize of the series, US$67,660.

More: Korea’s In Chul Sin wins the APT Philippines III 2016 Main Event

Vietnam’s Linh Tran wins the Monster Stack event

Linh Tran (Photo APT)

Vietnam’s Linh Tran continues to rake in the trophies. He won an APT title at the previous APT High Roller event in August and returned to the felt ensuring he would take home another. Tran won the highly popular Monster Stack event defeating a field of 110 players. Tran won the $13,610 first place purse.

Filipino Mike Takayama cashes in five events


Filipino pro Mike Takayama profited quite a bit at the series. He cashed out in a total of five events and won the last event offered.

Opening Event – 5th
High Rollers event – 4th place finish
Pot Limit Omaha – 2nd place finish
Head Hunter – 8th place finish
Deep Stack Hyper Turbo – 1st place

Filipino JC Sayo wins two side events

JC Sayo (Photo APT)

Filipino young gun JC Sayo can finally say he has won a trophy, well, not just one but two! Sayo won the No Limit Hold’em 1 Day event and the crowd favorite Head Hunter event. Sayo has also had consistent deep runs at various APT Main Events starting December 2015, and he did so again at this series, finishing up in 14th place.

More: The Young Guns of the Philippines

UK’s Samad Razavi inching closer in the APT POY 2016 race

Sam Razavi
Sam Razavi (Photo APT)

The four-time APT POY champion 2012-2015, UK’s Samad Razavi, did not walk away dry from the series, actually, quite the opposite. He cashed out in four events to inch closer to the current leader, Japan’s Iori Yogo, in the APT POY 2016 race.

Super Deep Stack Turbo – 1st place
Pot Limit Omaha – 4th place
Open Face Chinese Pineapple – 4th place
Ante Up for Charity – 5th place

Slovenia’s pro Casey Kastle wins the Pot Limit Omaha event

Casey Kastle (Photo APT)

Slovenia’s highest ranked poker player, Casey Kastle, is a rare sight at the APT events, choosing to play bigger festivals in Europe. Kastle’s time at the APT series was a fruitful one, winning the Pot Limit Omaha event for a decent payout of US$5,430.

Chinese Taipei’s Pete Chen wins an APT side event

Pete Chen (Photo APT)

Chinese Taipei’s Pete Chen, the 2014 PokerStars Asia Player of the Year, usually skips out on the APT, playing mostly in the Macau scene. Chen cashed in several events at the Macau Poker Cup 25 early in the month but winning a trophy happened at the APT series. He won the Deep Stack Turbo for a US$4,800 payout.

More: APT Philippines III – Results

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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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