Finally, we witnessed the Asian Poker Tour Philippines PHP 10 Million GTD Main Event. The final eight contenders returned to the tournament arena at the Resorts World Manila and in just few hours, the event crowned a champion. Christopher Mateo struck an ICM deal with Singapore’s Lu Zhenghao with PHP 100,000. Eventually, Mateo defeated Zhenghao heads-up and with PHP 5,085,400 (₹68.13 Lakhs) cash prize, he added a third APT trophy to his repertoire of accomplishments.
Mateo is a regular on the Asian Circuit and won his first APT title in 2015 where he took the PHP 7,500 NLHE Ante Up for charity at APT Manila for PHP 4,818. He began 2019 on a winning note by taking down the PokerStars LIVE Manila Super Series 10 PHP 8,000 NLHE Freezeout Turbo for PHP 78,000 in January this year.
Yasheel Doddanavar got a great headstart on Day 1A and was one of the top stacks with 85,300 in chips coming into Day 2. He did well to make Day 3 with 115,000. On Day 3 he kept an upward drive, but suffered significant setbacks towards the tail end of the day’s play. Eventually, he fell short of the final table ending his run in 15th place for PHP 306,600 (₹4.11 Lakhs).
the APT Philippines Main Event, two starting flights brought in 429 runners and late registrations on Day 2 added more numbers creating a field of 503 players – making this the biggest APT tournament to be ever hosted in the Philippines. Only 70 of them returned on Day 3 and the money bubble burst in level 19 with Sze Chi Fu becoming the last player to hit the rail empty-handed.
The top 51 finishers made it in the money with a min-cash worth PHP 102,700. Some notables who crossed the money line were Sebastian Wong (14th for PHP 306,600), Victor Chen (16th for PHP 255,000), Joseph Sia (20th for PHP 212,900), Fu Bang Huang (33rd for PHP 147,900), David Erquiaga (46th for PHP 102,700), Tobias Peters (47th for PHP 102,700), Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (49th for PHP 102,700) and Samad Razavi (51st for PHP 102,700).