Early highlights of the APT Philippines 2016 III

It has been a very busy and exciting year for the Asian Poker Tour. The well-known poker brand has hosted a poker festival every month making the ongoing APT Philippines 2016 III its ninth event of the calendar year. Opening its doors on Wednesday, September 14th, the series runs until Thursday, September 22nd at Resorts World Manila, one of their most popular destinations. The first few days have already seen some intense action with big names and circuit regulars flooding the headlines.

Mark Amparo wins the Opening Event

Mark Amparo (Photo APT)

Filipino poker player Mark Amparo is on fire! Earlier this month, Amparo was on the front-page news after winning the Metro 2M Guaranteed event. Just a few days ago, he was back in the limelight with another victorious moment. Amparo bested a field of 262 players to win the APT-RWM Opening Event 50,000 Guaranteed. He shipped in a healthy first place payout of US$15,160 to add to his growing September tournament winnings.

Impressively, Amparo shared the final table of the opening event with a couple of familiar players, Filipino pro Mike Takayama and poker player BJ Perez, both of whom were at the final table of the Metro event that Amparo recently championed.

Mike Takayama running deep

While Amparo is busy capturing trophies, Mike Takayama is also making his presence felt, especially at the series. Takayama placed 5th in the opening event for a payout of US$3,620, and currently, he is one of the final 8 remaining out of the153 entries of the Head Hunter event. Takayama is guaranteed to bank at least another US$1,560. The event is scheduled to conclude later today.

Tetsuya Tsuchikawa with an early win

Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Photo APT)

Japanese poker pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa will have to expand his altar of trophies to allow room for a newcomer to the bunch. Tsuchikawa won the Ante Up for Charity event and earned himself US$1,520. Although it was a small event with only 38 players, that’s a pretty good warm-up with more events yet to come.

Glorious High Roller moments for Chang Hun Lee

Chang Hun Lee (Photo APT)
Chang Hun Lee (Photo APT)

Korean player Chang Hun Lee first entered the APT arena back in February 2016 and ran so well he even claimed a trophy. At the ongoing APT series, Lee picked up his second-ever APT trophy after winning the PLO High Rollers event for a US$9700 payout. On the next day, Lee maintained his momentum and cashed in at another high buy-in event; he placed second at the High Roller OFC Pineapple Shootout, earning himself US$2,720.

Simba back at the felt

Korea’s Sim Jae Kyung aka Simba is spending his short vacation in Asia doing what he loves, that is, playing poker at the APT. Simba is hoping to steal away with a trophy just before heading back abroad. At yesterday’s events, he got as far as 18th place at the Head Hunter, collecting a small profit.

Read more: Sim Jae Kyung aka Simba: Living a Poker Dream

The Main Event is coming up next so stay tuned for more tidbits and highlights of the ongoing APT series.

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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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