Victorious day at the races for Filipino player Nicolo Valenton who captured his first ever live tournament title and trophy at the Mystery Bounty Single Day High Rollers. This was the most expensive buy in event of the inaugural APT Mystery Bounty Weekend, attracting 24 entries for a prize pool of PHP 689,400. After a three way ICM deal where Valenton was guaranteed the largest cut of PHP 165,800, he proceeded to rail EJ Guevarra (3rd) and Magnus Karlsson (2nd) to sweep all three mystery bounty rewards amounting to a whopping PHP 239,600. In total, Valenton locked up a combined PHP 405,400, which was his largest live tournament score to date.
Date: Friday, March 4
Buy in: PHP 30,200
Main prize pool: PHP 458,800
Bounty pool: PHP 239,600
ITM: 3 places
1st Nicolo Valenton – Philippines – PHP 165,800*
2nd Magnus Karlsson – Sweden – PHP 154,099*
3rd EJ Guevarra – Philippines – PHP 138,500*
The event got underway at 4pm at the Grand Wing of host venue Resorts World Manila. Five hours in, the field trimmed from 24 entries down to the final 8. Among the contenders were notable heavyweights Mike Takayama (seat 1), Florencio Campomanes (seat 8), and Mystery Bounty Introduction Event champion Richard Marquez (seat 5) who was on a back to back final table. Bringing in the biggest stack was EJ Guevarra (seat 2) who would go on to reach the final three ITM round. Joining him were Magnus Karlsson (seat 4) and Nicolo Valenton (seat 7).
After several hands, the final three players agreed on an ICM deal. Chip leader Valenton claimed the biggest cut followed by Karlsson then Guevarra. Play resumed for the hefty bounty rewards and the APT trophy. Valenton denied Guevarra in 3rd place with A♦ K♦ dominating K♣ 10♦. This earned Valenton the first mystery bounty ticket of the night which he turned into a sizable PHP 64,200.
Heads up kicked off with Valenton up 37 bb to Karlsson’s 11 bb. Karlsson caught a break when the board spread 10♦ J♦ Q♦ 9♣ 8♣ for his A♥ 2♣ to survive against Valenton’s A♠ 8♦. On the next showdown, Karlsson landed a double up to cut the gap to 2:1, however, on the third shove, it was Valenton’s turn to claim it and score the whole shebang. The final hand was Valenton Q♥ J♦, Karlsson Q♠ 7♣, the board ran a crazy A♠ A♦ 7♦ Q♦ 8♦ for a victorious flush.
For his win, Valenton scooped up the two remaining bounties, one worth PHP 141,000 and the other PHP 34,400. In total, Valenton pocket a handsome PHP 405,400. Congratulations to the champion!!
Side event: Mystery Bounty Deep Stack Turbo
The next side action is the Mystery Bounty Deep Stack Turbo with buy in at PHP 6,600 (PHP 2K goes to the bounty pool). Cards start flying at 6pm on Saturday, March 5.