Elmer Kalaquian

Last Updated on April 16, 2024

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Elmer Kalaquian‘s journey into the Philippine poker world began in 2011 at Asian Poker Tour Manila. Over the next five years, he honed his skills, participating in numerous APT Manila and APT Cebu tournaments. 

His dedication and perseverance paid off when he clinched his first championship title in the P3,000 + 300 No-Limit Hold’em event at the APT Manila Weekend Series. This victory, accompanied by a prize pot of PHP 123,800 (USD 2,664), marked a significant milestone in his career.

While he didn’t place first, Kalaquian enjoyed his biggest win in the Kick-Off event at APPT Manila three years later, cashing in PHP 495,000 (USD 9,709). 

By 2021, Kalaquian was earning GPI points and made his second-largest win in the 2022 Main Event at the PokerStars LIVE Manila Special (PHP 376,000 or USD 7,190). 

Kalaquian made his first international poker appearance in October 2022 in Hoi An. He placed fifth in the Mystery Bounty at Poker Dream Vietnam 2022, earning VND 75,700,000 (USD 3,103). 

The prolific player has since continued to win big across several events in the Philippines, such as the RVS Cup, Manila Megastack, and Ace Poker League, garnering USD 78,309 in total live earnings.

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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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