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APPT8 Manila Day 2: Busted? There are other options...

It's said that the worst thing about poker tournaments is that everyone bar one person goes home unhappy. However, there's always another tournament to play and this week in Manila, it's no different.With the just over a level and a half played, around a third of the remaining players have already b...more

by Chris Hall on July 6, 2014 8:46 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 2: The most important poker tournament going on today

Apparently, there's some sort of big poker event going on Las Vegas today but to the 95 players who have returned for Day 2 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour event here in Manila, it will be of no concern. It's probably the goal of many a player to play in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker, b...more

by Chris Hall on July 6, 2014 6:38 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 1B: Jeon rockets to the front

The second and final start day for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour's stop in Manila has been and gone. After five levels of open registration another 157 players donated 50,000PHP to take their shot at the latest APPT event of Season 8 here at the Metro Card Club in the capital of the Philippines. The v...more

by Chris Hall on July 5, 2014 3:57 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 1B: Time to cash in

"I don't care too much for money 'cos money can't buy me love."Well, "The Beatles", if that isn't just some silly made-up name, then you clearly have not played an Asia Pacific Poker Tour event because money is what this tournament is all about.The prize pool has just been announced as 11,349,000PHP...more

by Chris Hall on July 5, 2014 12:51 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 1B: APPT Manila's new poker venue

As has previously been mentioned, the Metro Card Club is a brand new location for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour here in Manila. The venue, tucked away behind an expansive food court, is also conveniently close to a Starbucks that does not seem to close. Ever. Suffice to say people in the Philippi...more

by Chris Hall on July 5, 2014 10:29 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 1B: A field rich with notable players

Today's Day 1B field is already looking much bigger than yesterday's equivalent with 143 players having taken their seats so far. Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im and 2014 Macau Millions champion Hao Chen are both firing their second bullet in this event, as are the 2011 Macau Poker Cup Championship wi...more

by Chris Hall on July 5, 2014 7:51 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 1B: The old and the new

Throughout the Metro Card Club here in Manila the dealers are anxiously setting up stacks of 20,000 chips for the players who are entering today. Each player has paid 50,000PHP for the privilege of playing in Season 8's Asia Pacific Poker Tour event here in Manila but not everyone here is a new face...more

by Chris Hall on July 5, 2014 6:30 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 1A: PokerStars Player Daniel Belov leads the way

Having favoured Cebu for the last few years, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour <a href="//www.pokerstarsblog.com/tournaments/2014/appt8-manila-day-1a-let-the-games-begin-149332.shtml">returned to Manila</a> for the first time since 2010 and Season 4 where Binh Nguyen won $260,700. With a ...more

by Chris Hall on July 4, 2014 5:05 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 1A: A leveling war

Today we are playing exactly eight and a half levels."But Chris," I hear you cry, "surely that's an unusual amount of time to play in a tournament? In our experience, we generally play full levels or until a set number of players are left which generally the bubble or the final table bubble.""That's...more

by Chris Hall on July 4, 2014 3:09 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 1A: Race for the prize

One thing I've noticed since arriving in Manila is that the race for the 2014 Asia Player of the Year is being taken very seriously by many of the players here. To some of them, it's apparently more important than a +ev move in the tournament itself and I'd hazard that more than a few would turn dow...more

by Chris Hall on July 4, 2014 1:29 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 1A: Celina Lin on early setbacks and crazy tables

It's always said that you cannot win a tournament in the first few levels, but you can certainly lose it. Navigating the treacherous waters early on is important, as is knowing what ranges of hands are going to be good against certain players.So far it's not been smooth sailing for PokerStars Team P...more

by Chris Hall on July 4, 2014 10:49 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 1A: Let the games begin

Adorned by numerous restaurants, cafes and eateries on either side, the Metro Card Club neatly sits in the middle of the Metrowalk Commercial Complex. The narrow corridor leading up to the entrance belies unexpected size of the room which fits in a good 30+ tables. Part of the room has already been ...more

by Chris Hall on July 4, 2014 8:57 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 1A: A return to the Philippines

As a Manila virgin, I was getting fairly worried at around 5pm local time as the 20-minute journey from the airport to the hotel hit the 70-minute mark. Not that it was my driver's fault, the traffic had slowed to a crawl on along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Manila's most popular road, which feat...more

by Chris Hall on July 3, 2014 6:06 PM

APPT8 Macau kicks off to record start

APPT Macau has kicked off their 12-day poker festival to a smashing success thus far.Hosted by 'PokerStars LIVE Macau', the tour's longest running event set personal bests for player numbers in a side event and opening weekend.The new HK $5,000 APPT Macau Warm-up event drew 308 runners while the fir...more

by Brad Willis on May 19, 2014 5:22 PM

APPT8 Macau: History. Glory. Pride.

It's been an amazing year for all of us involved with the 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' poker room. We've smashed several records and while we're extremely pleased with the results so far, everyone is mindful that we're just at the halfway mark of the 2014 season. Next up is the Macau leg ...more

by Brad Willis on May 5, 2014 4:03 PM
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