APPT10 Manila: The Guide
PokerStars LIVE Manila is ready and set for the highly anticipated APPT Manila Season 10 poker festival which takes place at the luxurious City of Dreams Manila from July 28 to August 8!
Last year, the tour's annual Philippines leg took a giant step in cementing its place as a must-play event on the Asia poker circuit. The poker festival went from 558 total entrants in 2014 to a massive 2,769! In fact, the ₱50,000 Main Event alone surpassed the 2014 figures with 585 runners.
With big fields comes big money and last year's prize pools totalled more than ₱52 million (USD $1.1 million). This time promises to be even bigger and better!
WARMING UP (July 28-31)
If you're fortunate enough to make the opening weekend of the 12-day schedule then you don't want to miss out on the Warm-up event which comes with a ₱3 million prize pool guarantee.
Last year, Singapore's Alex Lee took down the opener for a payday of over ₱1 million. The ₱10,000 buy-in tournament drew 570 entrants for a prize pool of nearly ₱5 million!
HIGH ROLLER (August 3-4)
Norwegian poker pro Henrik Tollefsen won last season's ₱200,000 High Roller after defeating a 33-player field. However, the 2-day event has now moved to the eve of the Main Event to position itself to grow substantially from its ₱6 million prize pool.
"The change has received a lot of positive feedback so we're expecting the High Roller to see one of the biggest increases amongst all the events in the poker festival," said poker room manager Gerardo 'Hill' Alim.
MAIN EVENT (August 4-8)
₱50,000 buy-in. 585 players. 41 different countries. ₱25,535,250 prize pool.
That's the stat line for last year's APPT Manila Main Event making it the Philippines' biggest international poker tournament in history. There's simply no event at USD $1,000+ buy-in in the country that remotely comes close to producing those kind of numbers.
With another year under its belt, PokerStars LIVE Manila is primed for yet another huge turnout and Season 10 may very well shatter those already-impressive figures.
The man to watch will surely be Aussie poker pro Aaron Lim who won the Main Event last year - becoming the first, and only, two-time APPT winner. Lim has confirmed his attendance for APPT Manila and he's in good form after recently winning the APPT Seoul High Roller event.
Live and online satellites to the Main Event are now running.
Full the complete APPT Manila schedule please visit the APPT website.
Tournament Structures are available here.