ASIA: APT Philippines title decided as APPT Cebu kicks-off

The regional poker focus remains firmly on the Philippines after yesterday’s finale to the APT Philippines Main Event in Manila and the opening flight of the APPT Cebu Main Event.

First to Resorts World Manila, when South African duo Divan Le Roux (pictured left) and Conrad Coetzer finished one-two after a fierce heads-up duel in which the lead changed hands on several occasions.

Melbourne’s Oliver Speidel had dominated the tournament over the opening three days and looked set to steamroll his way through the final table after claiming the first three scalps – fellow Aussies David Steicke and Adam Monaghan then Portugal’s Antonio Martins.

However, Speidel’s hopes of victory ended when his A-J lost a race to the pocket sixes of Coetzer, before he added the name of Aussie Ryan Hong to set-up the all-African finale.

APT Philippines Main Event payouts

1 Divan Le Roux (South Africa) $197,000
2 Conrad Coetzer (South Africa) $104,000
3 Ryan Hong (China) $49,000
4 Oliver Speidel (Australia) $37,000
5 Han Wook Kim (Korea) $30,800
6 Nicandro Filart (Philippines) $24,600
7 Franklin Acfalle (Guam) $18,500
8 Antonio Martins (Portugal) $12,300
9 David Steicke (Hong Kong) $11,700
10 Adam Monaghan (Australia) $10,450
11 Binh Nguyen (USA) $9900
12 Toto Leonidas (Philippines) $9900
13 Mike Kim (USA) $8000
14 Yu Kurita (Japan) $8000
15 McLean Karr (USA) $8000
16 Anthony Wright (Ireland) $6800
17 Mustafa Fawaz (Lebanon) $6800
18 Michael Cua (Philippines) $6800
19 Martin Elliott (UK) $6200
20 Kenneth Leong (Hong Kong) $6200
21 Grigoryev Roman (Russia) $6200
22 William Te (Philippines) $6200
23 Steve Yea (Korea) $6200
24 Norihisa Okada (Japan) $6200
25 Jefferson Macazo (Philippines) $6200
26 Sekiya Yosuke (Japan) $6200
27 SJ Kim (Korea) $6200

• Aussies were also well represented in the APPT Cebu Main Event at the Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino where 51 players took to the felt for day 1A. After winning the Sunday Warm-up earlier this week, Mishel Anunu continued his dream run to finish as the leading Australian, fifth overall.

Past ANZPT champions Octavian Voegele and Michael Kanaan, Jacky Wang, Stewart Ballard, Mike Marvanek, Jesse McKenzie, James Bills and Daniel Laidlaw will also be back for day two while Grant Levy and Aaron Benton were both eliminated. Singapore’s Han Ruo Goh ended the day with the chip lead.

APPT Cebu Main Event day 1A chip counts

Han Ruo Goh (Singapore) 84,300
Jacky Wang (Australia) 77,900
Hung Hui Lai (Taiwan) 74,800
Kimmo Puusa (Finland) 72,000
Mishel Anunu (Australia) 64,300
Sam Lor (Cambodia) 64,200
Octavian Voegele (Australia) 56,300
Daniel Palau Vicente (Spain) 50,100
Michael Kanaan (Australia) 47,500
Carter Gill Thailand (41,600)
Mikko Turtiainen (Finland) 37,700
Careme Joseph Sita (Germany) 33,600
Stewart Ballard (Australia) 32,400
Andrej Nagy (Slovenia) 31,700
Hyung Kook Shin (Korea) 29,800
Song Wang (China) 26,500
Raymond Wu (Taiwan) 24,100
Mike Marvanek (Australia) 22,400
Ping Yuan Wang (Taiwan) 21,700
Ljubisa Nedimovic (Slovenia) 20,500
Jung Wei Huang (Taiwan) 20,400
Antonio Metaxiotis (Sweden) 20,200
Jesse McKenzie (Australia) 19,400
James Bills (Australia) 18,000
Steven Smith (New Zealand) 17,900
Shang-te Ma (Taiwan) 12,100
Daniel Laidlaw (Australia) 6300

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