Main Event closes at 480 entries, prize pool now up to over PhP23M

PASAY CITY, Philippines – Taking advantage of registration still being open for the first two levels, 77 more entries were tallied before officially closing the count at 480 entries as Day 2 of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) 2022 Philippines Main Event is now at freeze-out mode and the prize pool now finally plateauing at PhP23,280,000 (US$406,943) with action intensifying at the Grand Wing Casino, Newport World Resorts here.

As of this writing, only 153 players remain and the initial goal of those who still remain is to make it among the top 48 and be declared ITM for a minimum cash of PhP99,200 (US$1,734).

The winner, however, will take home PhP4,915,000 (US$85,916) and will join an elite circle that includes the likes of Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Sam RazaviHenrik Tollefsen, and Filipinos Neil Arce, John Tech and reigning titlist Hernan Vila.

Day 2 plays until the end of Level 16 (Blinds at 4,000/8,000 with 8,000 BB Ante) with Day 3 commencing tomorrow (November 21) at 1:00PM (UCT+8).

WSOP veteran Kevin Bortfeld of the United States was the chip-leader heading into today and was followed by Belarus’ Dzmitry Budai while local bet Jeorge Lagatuz entered at third.

There is a Livestream of featured tables happening on the APT YouTube and Twitch channels.

Meanwhile, the Professional Offline Poker League (POPL) is sponsoring yet another tiff this time (Event #16) the PhP65,000 (US$1,136) Single-Day High-Rollers and that is just underway.

Later on, (Event #17) the 2-day Non Limit Hold’Em (NLH) tourney kicks off at 5:00PM while (Event #16) the second installment of the Deep Stack Turbo (DST) tilt happens at 6:00PM.

This competition day will be capped off at 9:00PM with (Event #19) the second High Rollers 6 Max Hyper Turbo with a buy-in of PhP43,000 (US$752)