PASAY CITY, Philippines – Yosuke Sanehira of Japan wins his second straight Deep Stack Turbo (DST) title in the Asian Poker Tour (APT) 2022 Philippines while Korea’s Suya Lee captured (Event #39) Hyper Deep Stack Turbo (H-DST) even as the Day 1 sessions of (Event #36) the PhP160,000 (US$2,822) 2-day High-Rollers and (Event #37) the Monster Stacks went down in the penultimate day of competition at the Grand Wing Casino, Newport World Resorts here.
Sanehira blitzed the field of 31 entries in this edition after besting 74 in the previous staging (Event #34). His win netted him PhP102,900 (US$1,815) to add to his PhP179,100 (US$3,159) haul last night for a two-day total of PhP282,000 (US$4,974). He has also moved up to sixth in the Player of the Series (POS) race.
Second place went to China’s Chen Xuexing for PhP63,300 (US$1,116) while reigning POS Dave “Spade” Erquiaga of the Philippines got third for PhP41,100 (US$725).
In the last tiff of the night, Lee denied Maltese pro Mark Berman another title in the H-DST by refusing a chop and eventually prevailing in three hands during the Heads-Up duel for the crown.
Berman, who also finished second last night in the same variant, offered a significant percentage of the cash prize to Lee for the trophy. But being down nearly 2-1 in chips heading into the final showdown hampered his bargaining position and had to settle for second place anew.
Lee also won the top prize of PhP91,600 (US$1,616) while Berman, who vows to try again tomorrow, got PhP56,200 (US$991) for placing second. Filipino pro Richard Nakila, who won this event two days ago, busted in third for PhP36,500 (US$644).
Meanwhile, Erquiaga wasn’t done for the day as he also saw action in the 2-day High-Rollers and came away with the overnight chip-lead with 162,700.
Erquiaga, who failed to defend his Championship Event title by getting eliminated at 29th place, took all his frustrations out on the hapless field of 31 entries and has kept his closest pursuers at bay as Korea’s Kim Nam Hyung is a distant second with 88,500 while fellow Korean Jung Seongmook is third with 69,500.
Registration for this event will still be open until the end of the first level after the resumption tomorrow at 1:00PM (UCT+8).
Lastly, the Monster Stacks event drew 168 entries that more than doubled its original guaranteed prize pool of PhP2M (US$35,273) which is now up to over PhP4.6M (US$81,481).
Leading the way into the finale is Japan’s Nobuaki Ono with 365,500 in chips while Natalie Teh of Malaysia is currently in second with 272,000. Super Deep Stack Turbo (S-DST) titlist Masatoshi Tanaka is at third with an even 200,000.