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  • September 26, 2020

APPT9 Manila: Alex Lee wins Warm-up

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(pokernews.com)- his past weekend, Season 9 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) visited PokerStars LIVE Manilafor what was being billed as one of the biggest poker festivals ever held in the Philippines. Opening weekend of the APPT9 Manila did not disappoint as a combined 806 weekend warriors created ₱7,558,116 in prize money over the first four events.
“We expected a strong turnout for APPT Manila but the early results are well above my expectations.” said APPT President Danny McDonagh. “It bodes extremely well for the Main Event on Thursday.”
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The weekend’s premiere event was the ₱10,000 Warm-Up Opener, which attracted 570 entries and created a ₱4,976,100 prize pool. One player at that final table was reigning Asia Player of the Year Pete Chen, who ultimately fell short of his second title this season when he was felled in third place.
Chen made a second final table over the weekend, which saw him move into the No. 3 spot (formally owned by Beijing Cup winner Yang Zhang) on the Asia Player of the Year(APOY)leaderboard. Chen, who hopes to become the first two-time winner of the annual award, is now just 51 points behind current leader Yuguang Li.
Chen’s Warm-Up elimination left Lee holding a more than 2-1 chip leader over Edmil Marcelo in heads-up play.
In what would be the final hand of the tournament, with the blinds at 60,000/120,000/20,000, Lee moved all in and Marcelo, who had the shorter stack, called off.
Other winners over the weekend included Japan’s Hideki Takafuji, who topped a field of 102 entrants to win Event #3: ₱2,000 No-Limit Hold’em Rebuy for ₱155,500; and the Philippines’Charles Esteban, who topped a field of 76 entrants to win Event #4: Deep Stack Pot-Limit Omahafor ₱268,720.
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