Players here at the APPT Manila come from more than 40 different countries, with all shapes and sizes represented. We have experienced veterans, and newcomers to the world of high stakes live poker.
One experienced veteran playing here at APPT Manila is Brad Daugherty, the 1991 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, and the first player to win $1 million in a tournament.
Daugherty is excited to be here, and is enjoying Manila. He lives on an island in the Philippines nearby, and tells the story of how he plays online poker while “sitting on a balcony overlooking the beach, waves lapping nearby.” He loves to play online poker from his tropical hideaway paradise, and the APPT gives him a new opportunity to socialise and enjoy the game that he loves in a live setting.
A new player to the APPT is Jürgen Kröder. He is here from Germany at his first big live event, thanks to a fortunate streak in the Steps tournaments at PokerStars.com. He bought in to a $27 step two tournament on October 8, and won that. He then won the Step 3 tournament immediately afterwards, which put him into a Step 4 tournament. His initial attempt at the Step 4 tournament knocked him out in third place, but thanks to the generous nature of the PokerStars Steps structure, he was awarded a “retry” ticket to play in Step 4 again. He won the subsequent Step 4 tournament, cruised through the Step 5, and steadily built up his chip stack to be the chip leader in his Step 6 Tournament.
The final hand of his Step 6 tournament – which qualified him for APPT Manila and the chance to win a life-changing prize, saw his pocket eights hold up against A-Q. Weeks later, Kröder was on a plane to the other side of the world to join other players from across the world for the chance to win APPT Manila.
Kröder has now been assigned to Table 4, Seat 7, a lucky omen for a man born on the fourth day of the seventh month. Hopefully his good fortune will carry him deep into this tournament – a long way from a $27 PokerStars Step tournament.