Whist a large section of the poker world is gearing up for the 2013 Aussie Millions that begins tomorrow, there are others who are preparing to compete in the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Cebu festival that opens its door in a week’s time.
Held between Jan. 23-30 at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino Lahug, APT Cebu is sure to attract scores of poker players to its tournaments. Its close proximity to the Aussie Millions is not by accident, as the organisers hope many of those who competed at the Aussie Millions will make the trip to the Philippines for this weeklong festival.
APT Cebu will feature no fewer than 14 side events, eight satellites and a PHP 50,000 Main Event (approximately AUD$1,170). Other highlights include a PHP 100,000 (AUD$3,340) High Rollers event; a PHP 5,000 Ladies of Poker event and a PHP 8,000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament.
The last time the Apt dropped anchor in Cebu, the Main Event attracted 251 players. This crowd of poker enthusiasts created a prize pool of PHP 11,321,400 (AUD$264,612), the lion’s share of which being awarded to Tan Tai Zheng, the eventual champion. Zheng walked away with PHP 3,623,000 (AUD$84,650) after defeating Sam Razavi, a popular British pro, heads-up for the title.
Sam Razavi: APT Cebu runner up in 2012 and current APT Player of the Year.
Razavi is expected to compete in this latest edition of APT Cebu, not least because he was given $8,000 worth of APT entries to be used in 2013. This was part of his prize for becoming the 2012 Asian Poker Tour Player of the Year.
Good luck to everyone who will be participating in what should be a fantastic festival of poker.
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