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APT Philippines Kicks Off Weeklong Schedule

$2,500 Main Event To Begin Wednesday


The Asian Poker Tour is back in the Philippines.The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines event schedule is under way at Resorts World Manila. A total of 11 events are set to run from March 28-April 3. The first event (US$400 Heads Up Championship) began Monday and easily reached its max capacity of 64 entries.

A diverse mix of game formats will be offered in the coming days. There will be tournaments in limit hold’em, no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha, but there will also be special events, such as Battle of Teams, High Rollers, Ladies of Poker, Head Hunter and more. A charity event is set to take place today, with 20% of the prize pool and add ons benefiting the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The most prestigious event on the schedule is the US$2,500 Main Event. Day 1A kicks off Wednesday and the event continues through April 3. Players will begin with 15,000 in chips and blinds will start at 25-50. Levels will last for 60 minutes.

Last year’s APT Philippines Main Event drew in 227 players and created a prize pool of $550,475. Local pro Michael Cua won the grand prize of $176,700.

Here’s a look at the 2011 APT Philippines schedule:

Date Event Buy-in (in US$) Game
Monday, March 28 1 400 + 40 NLHE Heads Up Championship
Tuesday, March 29 2 250 + 20 PKR-FHM Head Hunter
100 Charity Event
Wednesday, March 30 2,500 + 200 Main Event Day 1A
3 9,600 + 400 High Rollers
4 100 + 10 Ladies of Poker
Thursday, March 31 Main Event Day 1B
5 690 + 60 Battle of Teams
6 150 + 20 Deep Stack PLO Turbo
Friday, April 1 7 320 + 30 Greed
8 150 + 20 MegaSportsWorld Deep Stack NLH Turbo
Saturday, April 2 9 320 + 30 Dafa Poker PLO Hi
10 150 + 20 Deep Stack LHE Turbo
Sunday, April 3 11 180 + 20 7 Handed