Final Side Event Round-Up: Takayama wins 4th title, Marcos rules Monster Stack

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The last set of Side Events concluded early in the final day of competition at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) 2022 Philippines as this leg successfully completed 42 events, with the last four capping off an amazing staging at the Grand Wing Casino, Newport World Resorts here.

The biggest headliner went out to Filipino ace Mike Takayama as he took down his unprecedented fourth title here by capturing (Event #36) the PhP150,000 (US$2,645) 2-Day High-Rollers event that also ensured his third Player of the Series (POS) feting, capping off one of the most dominant individual runs in the tour’s recent memory. 

Mike Takayama (PHI) wins his fourth APT title in these proceedings by prevailing in the PhP150k 2-Day High-Rollers

The WSOP Bracelet holder’s victory also had him garnering PhP1,708,000 (US$30,123) to add to his ridiculous haul during these proceedings. His being named POS also enabled him to attain a free seat to the Main Event of the upcoming APT 2022 Vietnam in Danang next month.

Second place went to Korea’s Kim Nam Hyung for PhP916,200 (US$16,159) while Ori Haim Elul of Israel picked up yet another ITM finish for his third place effort and received PhP532,400 (US$9,390).

Filipino pro Czar Ian Marcos won his third APT crown by taking down (Event #37) the Monster Stack tiff and outlasted a field of 168 entries in the process.

Czar Ian Marcos (PHI) claims his third career APT title in the Monster Stack event

Marcos, who had won in 2013 and 2018, was part of an ICM deal involving Indonesia’s Jimmy Johan and fellow Filipino Duroy Gopez and ended up with the trophy and PhP735,600 (US$12,974) while Johan got PhP627,800 (US$11,072) and Gopez collected PhP623,400 (US$10,995)

In (Event #40) the Hyper Deep Stack Turbo (H-DST), Joris Michl from The Netherlands emerged victorious as he bested a field of 46 entries en route to the championship and the PhP112,100 (US$1,977) top prize.

Joris Michl (NED) took down the last of the H-DST events

Second place went to Japan’s Takayuki Fukagawa for PhP74,700 (US$1,317) while third went to Manuel Mascuñana of the Philippines for PhP51,900 (US$915).

The final tilt was (Event #41) the PhP80,000 (US$1,411) Single-Day High-Rollers which was taken down by Kim Dong Hyun of Korea for PhP465,600 (US$8,212).

Kim Dong Hyun (KOR) won the final trophy at stake in the PhP80k Single-Day High-Rollers

The next entry here will recap this record-breaking two-week stint in the Philippines.