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APPT8 Manila: Thanh Ha Duong comes from behind to secure title!

A major turnaround has happened here in Manila today proving once again that it doesn't matter how big a deficit you face, there's always a chance that the cards will fall yours and not your opponent's way.Thanh Ha Duong came into this heads up battle with just 800,000 in chips compared to PokerStar...more

by Chris Hall on July 7, 2014 5:27 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 3: It's Guzzardi vs Duong for the title

Unfortunately for Bernie Angeles and his fan club, the dream is over but it sure was fun while it lasted. After his exit, we feared that a good portion of the crowd, who have contributed so much to the atmosphere today, would leave but luckily the vast majority have hung around.It had started off so...more

by Chris Hall on July 7, 2014 1:51 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 3: Believing in Bernie

The tournament has suddenly exploded, - figuratively I mean. From starting five-handed at the beginning of this level, it's taken less than 30 minutes for two more players to be eliminated. Not only that, the crowd are still happy because their beloved Bernie Angeles is still in with a shout.<for...more

by Chris Hall on July 7, 2014 12:42 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 3: The home hopes fall

I've covered a lot of final tables but I have to say the rail supporting the three players from the Philippines is one of the most impressive I've seen in a while. The support is about three rows deep, passionately partisan yet entirely good-natured.We lost our first player of the day. Ranjeev Kanja...more

by Chris Hall on July 7, 2014 11:53 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 3: Final table profiles

Here's a full list of our runners and riders for the APPT8 Manila final table:<strong>Seat 1: Daniel Giang, 23 - Melbourne, Australia (382,000)</strong>Giang is a student who learned to play poker from friends four years ago.  He says that this APPT Manila main event is his best res...more

by Chris Hall on July 7, 2014 10:15 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 3: Lina recovering well, final table set

If the story of the first two hours of the final table has been about anything, it was about Maria Bernadette Lina surviving and Michael Guzzardi's continued domination. The only lady left in the tournament, Lina started as the shortest stack and managed two significant double ups through Thanh Ha D...more

by Chris Hall on July 7, 2014 9:37 AM

APPT8 Manila Day 3: Time to go from eleven to one

There's just 11 players coming back for the final day of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour event here in Manila. Just two players will need to be eliminated and the final table will be set and we can begin the speculation of who will become the next champion of the APPT.At the moment, it's Michael Guzzard...more

by Chris Hall on July 7, 2014 7:21 AM

APPT8 Day 2: Guzzardi has huge lead going into the final day

The penultimate day of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour event here in Manila saw 95 players out of the initial 260 runners return to play into the money and toward the final table. Although the tournament really slowed down when approaching the bubble, the reverse occurred once the players had made the m...more

by Chris Hall on July 6, 2014 5:38 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 2: Bubble, toil and trouble

As far as I'm concerned, there's no better moment in poker than the bubble. Sure, everyone loves to win a tournament but the person finishing second is usually getting amply compensated. On the bubble the line between glorious success and catastrophic failure is thinner than a Jason Mercier value-be...more

by Chris Hall on July 6, 2014 1:33 PM

APPT8 Manila Day 2: Celina Lin is biding her time

As everyone knows poker is a game with a great deal of variance. There are highs, lows and lots of "middling" bits in between, adapting to the ever-changing dynamic is important. With Raymond Wu and Bryan Huang not here and Vivian Im having been eliminated on both start days, Team PokerStars Pro Cel...more

by Chris Hall on July 6, 2014 10:53 AM

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
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