Moments to remember at the APPT 10 Manila

The APPT 10 Manila, the biggest poker festival of the Philippines, has come and gone with twelve days of nonstop poker action coming to a close last night at the PokerStars Live Manila hub in City of Dreams Manila. There were many great moments and stories for the books, here were some of our chosen favorites.

Vietnam’s Linh Tran wins the Main Event

Linh Tran APPT

Vietnam’s #1 ranked poker player, Linh Tran was all smiles after defeating a massive 577 entry field to capture the PhP6,135,000 (US$130,774) first place prize, his biggest ever career win, and his first APPT Main Event championship title.

More: Giant victory for Linh Tran at the APPT 10 Manila Main Event

Lots of Pros at the Final Table

Final 9 (Photo Long Guan Courtesy of PokerStars)

The Main Event saw a heavy-weighted highly decorated table of Asian pros for the Final 9. Among them were Vietnam’s Linh Tran, UK’s Samad Razavi, Filipino pros Jessie Leonarez and Mike Takayama, and reigning Asia Player of the Year 2015, Hong Kong’s Alan Lau.

China’s Li Yan returns to win the High Roller

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Li Yan (Long Guan Photo PokerStars)

Two months ago, China’s Li Yan had to settle for a runner-up finish at the APPT 10 Seoul High Roller event. Two months later, at the APPT 10 Manila, she returned to the High Roller arena and this time she seized control of the once elusive title.

Read more: APPT10 Manila: A juicy High Roller event sees Li Yan at the top

Shaky victory for Filipino pro Lester Edoc

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Lester Edoc (Photo Long Guan Courtesy of PokerStars)

Filipino pro Lester Edoc missed an opportunity to win the High Roller event when his massive stack (at three-handed) got chunked down several times to finish in 3rd place. At the Mixed Event (NLH/PLO) it was another one of those familiar shaky moments with Edoc holding a massive 10:1 chip advantage against Wayne Wei Zhang. Zhang managed to catch up and even overtook Edoc, but in the end, Edoc prevailed and joyfully celebrated with a very big sigh of relief.

Numbers to the roof at the Warm Up event

Warm up

The APPT 10 Manila opener, the Warm Up event (P3M guaranteed) exceeded all expectations with 665 entries for an immense total prize pool of PhP5,676,440. Singapore’s Winston Zhi Rong Koh claimed the trophy to become the first champion of the festival.

Read more: Early winners and deep runs at the APPT 10 Manila

Massive turnout for the Saturday Superstack Charity Event

From what we were told, this event was not even supposed to be in the roster. But it’s a good thing it was as the numbers were unexpected with 392 entries and 237 add-ons. That pretty much shattered the P500k guarantee to PhP1,280,885.

Jack En Ching Wu claims top spot in APOY race

Chinese Taipei’s Jack En Ching Wu came into the APPT 10 Manila running second to China’s Wayne Weiyi Zhang in the Asia Player of the Year race. After profiting in four events, one of which was an ITM at the Main Event, he overtook Zhang in points and now sits in the number one spot.

Angeles and Takayama very close in APOY Regional race

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Mike Takayama (Photo Long Guan Courtesy of PokerStars)

In the Asia Player of the Year Regional race, Rommel Angeles held the top spot for the Philippines upon entering the APPT 10 Manila festival while Mike Takayama was running a very close second. While both players reached the money at the Main Event, Takayama cashed in two other events and ran much deeper than Angeles in the main. Takayama may now be leading the polls but the official tally has yet to be released.

Other Asian pros win titles

Justin Jae Wook Shin
Justin Jae Wook Shin (Photo PokerStars)

With a slew of events running throughout the festival, there were quite a number of well-known pros who took home trophies. Korea’s Justin Jae Wook Shin won the 6-Max Freezeout, Malaysia’s Ying Lin Chua won the Megastack Freezeout, and Chen-an Lin won the Deepstack NLH Freezeout.

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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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