Three Years of Somuchpoker made possible by you

3_years__1490883996_74637In the fascinating world of poker, reporting the latest news on a daily basis is an honour which is always exciting. Despite that fact, we have chosen to look backwards today instead of examining what’s going on right now, as we celebrate 3 years of Somuchpoker.

Our goal has always been to support the growth of poker in the Asia-Pacific region while providing a steady stream of high-quality content which informs and entertains our readers.

The celebration of an anniversary is always a good time to show gratitude to those who made everything possible, and in our case, those people are numerous. We have partners, readers, writers, poker enthusiasts, those who edit and publish the material produced, and a fantastic following of players within the poker world who place their trust in us.

The best way to mark this milestone is to take a closer look at the pivotal moments that shaped Somuchpoker…

March 2014 – The first edition of our website is launched, which is quite basic and only manages to publish a limited amount of content. There is a Vietnamese version of the site, but this is eventually retired.

November 2014 – The second edition of Somuchpoker’s website is launched, with a major overhaul of many aspects of the page. The staff involved continues to expand, as does the coverage of events, both in Asia and other parts of the world. One of the important changes is the addition of a live poker section, which helps our readers find the best live games going on across Asia.

Somuchpoker Version 2

December 2014 – Somuchpoker reports on an event live for the first time in Manila, with Vietnamese national Huy Pham going on to win that APT Poker Finale RWM Main Event.

May 2015Vietnam hosts its first event of international significance. The Grand Ho Tram Strip hosts APT Vietnam during this month, and Somuchpoker reports on the action as David Steicke, Sam Razavi and Bryan Huang all final table the Main Event. The eventual winner is Kwan Kit Kwok.

August 2015 – Somuchpoker is in attendance for APPT Manila, bringing our readers all the latest updates. We also manage to secure interview with the Godfather of Philippine Poker Wally Sombrero.

Wally Sombero

More: Wally “The Dream” Sombero: from Asian poker pioneer to game-changer

December 2015The International Poker Open once again sees Somuchpoker jetting across to get up close to the action in Manila. We add some high-quality photography to our content for this event, and we also secure an interview with the winner of the Main Event – Lester Edoc. This is followed up with a more in-depth interview a few months later.

Lester Edoc

More: Interview: Getting to know poker pro Lester Edoc

January 2016 – We have the honour of covering the Triton Super High Roller Series in its inaugural outing. This event runs alongside the WPT Manila, allowing us the opportunity to provide some excellent poker coverage for the website. Some of the biggest names in the world of poker are in town, with Fedor Holz, taking the top prize of over $3,000,000. This win is the first in a sequence of huge scores for Holz, as he goes on the most incredible live tournament run in poker history.

Fedor Holz

March 2016 – The official Somuchpoker Youtube channel gets underway. We start producing short videos and look at key moments in poker history, accumulating 700,000 views along the way.

One of the first Episode of “One Day of Poker”

May 2016 – Another website overhaul, as Somuchpoker launches the third edition of its website. The aim is to allow easier access for mobile phone users and an increase in the number of pictures and videos used.

June 2016 Poker King Club at the Solaire Casino host the Poker King Cup, and Somuchpoker is there in Manila to bring live coverage, including video content to its readers. Team PKC enjoy an excellent event, as one of their own sponsored players, Jason Lo takes down the Main Event.


June 2016 – Somuchpoker reports live on a historical moment, as 1,403 players buy into the 2M for 2K event at Mike’s Room (new Philippine record).

More: MIKES ROOM’s 2M for 2K sets new Philippine record with 1,403 entries


August 2016 – Somuchpoker is on the move once again, as we travel to Mainland China for the first ever Asia Poker League event in Beijing. We get a first-hand view of how poker is faring in China, and we also further develop the Chinese version of our website.

APL Debut – Judic Kim

More: An In-depth look at the Chinese Poker Scene

November 2016 – Somuchpoker attends the Triton Super High Roller Series once again as it unveils its third festival. Daniel Cates manages to take down the opening event, with Wai Kin Yong capturing the Main Event title. The elusive Tom Dwan also makes an appearance, prompting Somuchpoker to create a video about his return, which gets 170,000 views.

The Day That Saw Tom Dwan Return (Manila 2016) 

January 2017 – The official Somuchpoker Rewards Club begins its quest to reward players with the best deals possible. Somuchpoker currently helps its readers to maximise their value from playing online by offering exclusive deals, rake races and much more, across 90% of networks.

More: Get the best rakeback deals via SMP Rewards Club

February 2017 – The Triton Super High Roller Series once again draws Somuchpoker to Manila for one of the most exciting events in Asian poker. Koray Aldemir wins the Main Event, and Somuchpoker obtains interviews with high rolling stars of the game Sergio Aido, and Erik Seidel.

Sergio Aido

Interview: Getting to know Spain’s high roller Sergio Aido

 Somuchpoker has achieved so many things in the last few years, but we have many plans to set in motion during the coming months and years. Our journey is still in its early stages and exciting times lie ahead.

We’d like to take this moment to offer our deepest thanks to all our readers and viewers, because without your support, our accomplishments wouldn’t exist. Your appreciation of our content, feedback and continued company as we continue our journey is incredibly important to us, and we look forward to seeing you all in the chapters of our story which will follow the ones listed here.

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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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