One of the most unique events on the Aussie poker calendar has been run and won with Michael Epsimos (pictured) claiming the National Poker League (NPL) World Tour title at Resorts World Manila in the Philippines.
Each year, scores of NPL players and their friends head abroad for a taste of international poker highlife at the six-star Maxims Towers Hotel while playing for 10s of thousands of dollars in a poker tournament of their own.
One of the highlights of the trip was the Player Party at one of Manila’s hottest nightspots, REPUBLIQ. With drinks comped and Playboy playmates out in force, it’s safe to say the NPLWT tourists had the time of their lives!
The tournament was played out over two days in the Resorts World poker room and once down to six players, a deal was struck for the three NPL500 tickets and $60,100 in cash, leaving just over $5000 on the table for the winner.
That player was Michael Epsimos, who returned to Australia with a first prize of $14,787 plus an NPL500 ticket. Jim Lim placed second for $10,000 and an NPL500 ticket, while Sarah Singleton snared the other ticket to the NPL’s premier event to go with $13,000 in cash despite finishing fourth.
1 Michael Epsimos $14,787 + NPL500 Ticket
2 Jim Lim $10,000 + NPL500 Ticket
3 Colm Galloway $9700
4 Sarah Singleton $13,000 + NPL500 Ticket
5 Alex Mastras $8000
6 Lorna Rock $9700
7 Harold Sheehan $1947.50
8 Joanne Petroulakis $1558
9 Richard O’Neill $1168.50
10 Pavlos Petroulakis $779