Asian Poker Tour Philippines Festival is in Full Swing
Posted at 09:15 2013-04-18 by Matthew Pitt
The Resorts World Manilla in Pasay City Philippines is the venue for the 2013 edition of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines festival that kicked off on Wednesday.
The first two events played out yesterday, a $270 Mix Max tournament and a $200 charity event. Between now and Wednesday 24 April there are a further 12 APT Philippines events due to take place, including the eagerly anticipated Manila Millions.
The Manila Millions is an exclusive tournament that costs HKD$1,000,000 to enter (AU$125,150) and usually attracts – as one would expect – some of the biggest names in world poker. The 2012 Manila Millions saw 31 players buy in for the astronomical sum of one million Hong Kong dollars, including the living legend Johnny Chan, former World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe Hachem, Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan.
The eventual champion was Allan Le who defeated Devan Tang heads-up to claim the HKD$13,080,000 (AU$1,636,870) first place prize.
The Manila Millions kicks off this afternoon at 14:00 local time with one of the other highlights of the festival taking place at the same time on Friday 19 April. The PokerAce sponsored High Rollers event costs $5,000 to enter and is the perfect warm-up for the APT Philippines Main Event. Alan “Ari” Engel bested a small but talented field of 17 runners in last year’s tournament, bagging himself $38,750 in the process.
Starting at 13:00 on Saturday, the APT Philippines Main Event should be one of the best-attended tournaments of the festival. An impressive 254 players bought into last year’s event, with South Africa’s Divan Le Roux picking up the $197,000 winner’s prize.
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