Early winners and deep runs at the APPT 10 Manila

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour 10 Manila kicked off its 12-day poker festival at City of Dreams Manila with a total of 19 events offered from July 28-August 8, 2016. The past four days has already seen big names hit the felt with many going deep in some of the events. Several trophies have already been awarded along with hefty payouts going to the early winners.

Winston Zhi Rong Koh wins the Warm Up Event

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Winston Zhi Rong Koh (Photo PokerStars)

The opening event of the festival, the Warm-Up P3M Guarantee, was a four-day event that attracted a huge turnout of 665 entries throughout its three day one flights. The prize pool swelled to a total of PhP5,676,440 (US$120,850), coming close to doubling the advertised guarantee. Last night saw the conclusion of this massive opener with Singapore’s Winston Zhi Rong Koh overcoming a tough final table to capture the title and PhP983,000. Although Koh won the event, it was runner-up Filipino player Victor Miranda who became the millionaire, earning PhP1,047,000 due to an ICM deal.

Notables who cashed at the Warm- Up event

Among those who joined the winners in getting an early profit was Team PokerStars Pro, Japan’s Kosei Ichinose. Ichinose ran well in the final day, leading the polls at 18-handed, and went on to make it into the final table. Although he was the favorite and the most decorated, he finished in a respectable 6th place.

Another player who went very deep at the Warm-Up event was Filipino player John Sayo. Sayo is still searching for his first-ever title and is certainly on his way to one as he has been very consistent with deep runs since late last year. He missed the mark on this event but he did finish up in 4th place.

Other players who cashed in as well were Filipino pro Jessie Leonarez in 13th place, Korea’s Jeon Seung Soo in 18th place, Soo Jo Kim in 23rd place, Singapore’s Aaron Lam in 25th place, Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa in 35th place, USA’s Gerald Casey in 39th place, and UK’s Samad Razavi in 43rd place.

Chinese Taipei’s Jack En Ching Wu, currently running second in the Asia Player of the Year 2016 leaderboard, picked up the first payout in 63rd place. Out of the top ten players in the APOY rankings, Wu is the only player at this time who has earned points at the APPT 10 Manila.

Event 2:  Deepstack No Limit Hold’em Freezeout

At the second event of the APPT 10 Manila, the Deepstack No Limit Hold’em Freezeout, team PokerStars Pro Chen-an Lin came out as the big winner. He blazed through a field of 56 players and won PhP322,760 (US$6,874). Lin is having a very good year, posting his largest career win three months ago at the EPT 12 France Poker Series 6 Grand Final Highroller #21 in Monte Carlo. With the APPT 10 Manila Highroller coming up this week, along with a possible prize pool that is predicted to surge past PhP6M, we may just see Lin get in the game and put on the heat. Among the other players who cashed in Event 2 were Singapore’s Joachim Chia and Filipino pro Mike Takayama.

Event 3: P2,000 Rebuy

P2000 Rebuy
Franklin Nuguid (Photo PokerStars)

At Event 3, the P2,000 Rebuy, there were 113 players with 175 rebuys and 84 add-ons bringing up the prize pool to a healthy PhP641,470 (US$13,657). Filipino player Franklin Nuguid captured the title and the first place money of PhP170,500 (US$3,630). Impressively, Nuguid had just come off the Warm-Up event finishing up in 46th place for an additional payout of P26,000.

Event 4: Deepstack Pot Limit Omaha

Deepstsatck PLO
Hermann Lee (Photo PokerStars)

The Deepstack Pot Limit Omaha also wrapped up last night with 83 players for a prize pool of PhP1,086,886 (US$23,140). Singapore’s Hermann Lee rose to the throne and won PhP358,885 (US$7,641). Other players who made the money were China’s Yan Li in and Norway’s Kai Paulsen.

We will have more updates on the APPT 10 Manila so stay tuned with us on the coming days.

More: APPT Manila 10 complete results 

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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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