Tournaments in Asia in brief: APT Macau waiting for regulatory approval, Hot summer in Manila

APT Macau: Subject to regularity approval

Between July 21st and 29th the APT Macau is still scheduled to take place, but at the time of writing, still requires regulatory approval and schedule is not announced. The event is due to take place in partnership with Poker King Club at the Venetian Macao.

PokerStars Manila: APPT and Php 1 million guarantee

Pokerstars Live Manila has an exciting offering this summer, between July 1st and 5th. At the City of Dreams casino, there will be a Holdem tournament with a PHP1 million ($22k) guarantee. It will be a re entry format, so players don't need to worry about travelling for the tournament only to bust out early. The initial buy in and any re entries will cost PHP5,000 ($110). This large tournament is not the only event scheduled, as there are also smaller guaranteed events at PHP200,000 ($4.4k) and 300,000 ($6.6k).


Hot summer at PokerStars Manila

Pokerstars Live Manila will be even busier by the end of the month  with APPT9 Manila taking place between July 30th and August 9th. This is an 11 day event which features a PHP50,000 main event ($1.1k) with deep starting stacks. There are a couple of side events including a big warm up event and satellites in the days leading up to the main event, with PLO making an appearance, along with a knockout bounty event too.

Full Schedule in our APPT9 Manila Official thread

Metro walk to 1 million

The Metro Walk to a Million is another headline event taking place in Asia this summer. With a PHP1 million guarantee, the potential is there for a huge pay day. This event will allow for one re entry and has a buy in fee of PHP2,200 ($48). Day 1A will take place on July 16th, with days 1B and 1C taking place on the 17th and 18th. The event is scheduled to run until July 21st.


2015 APT player of the Year

The APT Player of the Year race has been a great cause for excitement in recent years, as Sam Razavi has dominated proceedings. In 2015, after falling behind the leader several weeks ago, he has now once again surged into the lead.

1st Sam Razavi 1,661.50

2nd Lester Edoc 1,514.50

3rd Iori Yogo 1,274.40

4th Norbert Koh 1,174.00

5th John Tech 1,102.40

Asia Player of The Year Leaderboard

The Asian Player of the Year is another important title which is still wide open for 2015. The standings for this prestigious title are as follows.

1st Yuguang Li 4,425

2nd Ka Cheong Wong 4,340

3rd Yang Zhang 4,039

4th Yunye Lu 3,840

5th Liang Yu 3,038

Global Poker Index

In recent times, the GPI has become the most extensive and trusted ranking system worldwide. In the category of Asian players, the current standards are as follows, with the GPI following a different format to other annual leaderboards.

1st Raiden Kan 1,847.21

2nd Joanne 'JJ' Liu 1,696.71

3rd Naoya Kihara 1,596.66

4th Hui 'Kitty' Chen Kuo 1,432.94

5th Yu Liang 1,419.71

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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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