Friday Side Event Round-Up: 3 more trophies to Japan, Frazin wins PLO title in unique deal

PASAY CITY, Philippines – What was supposed to be a two-day affair in (Event #32) the Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) tiff turned into a single-day tourney wherein American Tim Frazin gave his opponents in the three-handed portion of the competition an offer they could not refuse even as the Japanese continued to rule the side events in the Asian Poker Tour (APT) 2022 Philippines at the Grand Wing Casino, Newport World Resorts here.

Frazin, a Texas native who has already amassed 14 cashes in the WSOP, was the chip leader when he proposed an ICM Chop that had the remaining prize money divided equally and just play for the championship. Frazin won his second APT title in the process after taking down the Short Deck title during the 2018 APT Ho Chi Minh staging in Vietnam.

Tim Frazin (USA) collects his second APT title and first since 2018

He along with Ayesh Hetti of Australia and Giuseppe Biasella of Italy each received PhP178,300 (US$3,145).

Later on, the Japanese juggernaut struck anew with three trophies hauled beginning with (Event #33) the PhP43,000 (US$758) High-Rollers 6-Max Hyper Turbo where Kosei Fujiwara triumphed and also got the top prize of PhP309,600 (US$5,480)

Kosei Fujiwara (JPN) led the Japanese juggernaut in Friday’s side event domination

Second place went to Hong Kong’s Huen Kayin for PhP152,100 (US$2,683) while another Japanese player in Matotsugu Ando got third for PhP81,500 (US$1,437).

Following that victory, Yosuke Sanehira captured (Event #34) the Deep Stack Turbo (DST) facing off against “Women of Poker” titlist Hazel Timonera of the Philippines. 


Yosuke Sanehira (JPN) outlasted “Women of Poker” champion Hazel Timonera to win the DST

Sanehira pocketed PhP179,100 (US$3,158) while Timonera settled for the PhP119,300 (US$2,104) swecond place prize. Filipino grinder Richard “Hot Sauce” Marquez finished in third for PhP83,000 (US$1,464).

Finally in (Event #35) the nightcap Hyper Deep Stack Turbo (H-DST), Fukagawa Takayuki snared the title against international campaigner Mark Berman of Malta in the Heads-Up duel for the crown.

Fukagawa Takayuki (JPN) closed Japan’s searing run with the victory in the H-DST

Takayuki also collected PhP112,100 (US$1,977) for his victory while Berman–who has yet to win in Asia–got PhP72,000 (US$1,270)

Izumi Yuta, also from Japan, ended up in third for P48,500 (US$855).

Later today (November 26th), Day 3 of the APT Championships Event commences at 1:00PM (UCT+8) while four more side events go down, inckuding the much awaited Day 1 of (Event #37) the Monster Stack, which has a guaranteed prize pool of PhP2M (US$35,267).