PASAY CITY, Philippines – From a modest field consisting of 102 entries, exactly half that number advanced to Day 2 of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) 2022 Philippines PhP15M GTD Main Event led by Georges Georgov of Cyprus even as Korean-American Jung Seungmook took down the second of the three PhP65,000.00 (US$1144.00) Single-Day High-Rollers (Event #7) at the Grand Wing Casino, Newport World Resorts here.
Georgov amassed 105,000 in chips and was followed closely by Great Britain’s William Fasano–who recently cashed by landing in fourth in the PhP215k (US$3,786.00) VIP High-Roller (Event #2)–with an even 100,000 while former APT champion Joseph Sia of the host nation is in third with 94,400.
The Day 1B qualifiers now merge with those who made it through from Day 1A, which now brings the total runners to exactly 100 with Day 1C still to be played.
Meanwhile, today’s Single-Day High-Rollers had its top three players devoid of any local presence as the winner of the first edition in Flo Campomanes got eliminated in fourth place.
In the end, Jung, a Los Angeles resident, grinded out the win against Australian Sam Deering and pocketed the PhP740,100.00 (US$13,030.00) top prize.
Jung has cashed six times previously on the APT–five of which came in this country–and has been campaigning exclusively in his motherland of Korea and in the United States before coming back to the Philippines for the first time since 2019.
He recently had several cashes in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas and its Online version just last month. In all, Jung has cashed in the WSOP fifteen times.
It was the second victory for the Koreans in this leg after Son Jangwon triumphed in the Mystery Bounty.
Deering got PhP475,600.00 (US$8,372.00) while Russia’s Aleksandr Merzhvinskii finished in third for PhP320,600.00 (US$5,644.00).
Campomanes added PhP225,900.00 (US$3,977.00) to his already impressive haul thus far.
Day 5 of the competition ensues later (Saturday, September 10th) with Day 1C of the Main Event (expected to draw a larger set of aspirants) at 1:00PM (UCT+8) plus (Event #8) the PhP16,500.00 (US$291.00) single-day NLH at 2:00PM.