The City of Dreams poker room has been buzzing all week here with APPT Manila Season 10 in full swing, and things are about to get even more electric with the ₱50,000 Main Event kicking off from 5pm August 4.
From humble beginnings APPT Manila has gone from strength to strength. The huge influx of players from the total entrants of 558 in 2014 to the impressive 2,769 last year has seen the series establish itself as one of the most popular stops on the tour.
The festival kicked off on July 28 and now all eyes will be set on the Main Event – and perhaps one player more than others. Australian superstar and the APPT’s only two-time champion Aaron Lim is back in town and will be looking to defend his title this week.
Lim overcame a field of 585 last year to lift the trophy and take home ₱6,016,250. He is also in fine form after shipping the APPT Seoul High Roller only a few weeks ago. And if that wasn’t enough to impress you, he returns today as chip leader of only 25 remaining in this week’s ₱200,000 High Roller event.
Lim will have a tough field to contend with when he gets to the Main Event as a strong PokerStars Team Pro contingent is also out in force. Bryan Huang, Yaxi Zhu, Vivian Im, Kosei Ichinose, Celina Lin, and Chen An Lin are all in Manila this week and are on the hunt for the next APPT title.
The roster has already had a great start to the series with Ichinose final tabling the opening Warm Up Event 1, before Chen An Lin emerged victorious in the Deepstack NLH Freezeout Event 2. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how the Team Pros progress in the Main Event over the next few days.
The Main Event consists of two Day 1 flights and five days overall with the eventual champion crowned on Monday. Time will tell if this iteration will eclipse last year’s numbers as APPT Manila continues to grow. Day 1a is just a few hours away and all that’s left to do now is get the cards in the air.
As always we’ll have everything you need to know direct from the tournament floor. Be sure to stay with us all week here on the PokerStars Blog!