Joe Hachem to Make APT Debut as Ambassador in Philippines

Joe HachemJoe Hachem is to make his Asian Poker Tour (APT) debut as a tour ambassador in the Philippines next month when the series pulls into Pasay City’s Resorts World Manila venue for seven days of action.

The former Team PokerStars Pro will line up alongside hundreds of other hopefuls for the $2,700 buy-in main event that kicks off on April 21 for a five-day tournament that will include two Day 1 streams.

However, the APT series of events in the south-east Asian nation actually runs from April 19 to 25, with the $550 buy-in Heads-Up Asian Championship starting proceedings at 13:00 local time on day one.

The presence of Lebanon-born Australian Hachem – the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event champion – should attract even bigger numbers than the 231 players who signed up for last year’s APT Philippines main event that was won by Filipino Enrique del Prado for $179,260 after he defeated Elton Tsang in their heads-up clash.

2005 WSOP Main Event Champ ‘Perfect’ for Tour

Certainly, as one of the world’s best known pros, Hachem – who was announced as an official ambassador for the biggest and most celebrated independent Asian poker tour in January after he entered into a deal with tour owners and online casino operator AsianLogic Group – “is the perfect player to represent the APT”, according to the tour’s tournament manager Jason Morris.

The 46-year-old Melbourne pro is Australia’s most successful player with more than $11.5 million pocketed from live tournament earnings – and Morris added that the APT are looking “forward to having him join the action at APT Philippines”.

Morris continued by suggesting that “the players themselves will also be glad” to have the opportunity to “test themselves against an opponent who already has well over $11 million in tournament earnings”, while event organisers will definitely hope to see entry numbers increase due to the added attraction of having Hachem begin the latest stage of his career in the Philippines.

Thereafter, there is the APT Asian Series Goa event in India, which will be held in Casino Royale from May 21 to 27, while the final leg arrives with the APT Macau from July 25 to 31 at the StarWorld Hotel & Casino.

APT Philippines 2012 Full Schedule of Events

(all buy-ins in US dollars)

Thursday, April 19

13:00, Event 1a, $500+$50 buy-in Heads-Up Asian Championship flight A (maximum 64 entries, 32-player cap for flight A)

15:00, Event 1b, $500+$50 buy-in Heads-Up Asian Championship flight B (allows re-entry for flight A eliminated players)

15:00, $130+$20 buy-in Main Event Super Satellite with Re-Buys and Add-On

17:00, Event 2, $200 buy-in Add-On for Charity

18:00, $280+$20 buy-in Main Event Mega Satellite with Re-Entry

Friday, April 20

13:00, Event 3, $4,700+$300 buy-in High Rollers

14:00, Event 4, $250+$20 buy-in Mix Game (No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha Hi)

15:00, $130+$20 buy-in Main Event Super Satellite with Re-Buys and Add-On

18:00, $280+$20 buy-in Main Event Mega Satellite with Re-Entry

Saturday, April 21

13:00, $2,500+£200 buy-in APT Philippines Main Event Day 1a

15:00, Event 5, $130+$20 buy-in Ladies of Poker

17:00, $130+$20 buy-in Main Event Super Satellite with Re-Buys and Add-On

19:00, $280+$20 buy-in Last Chance Main Event Mega Satellite with Re-Entry

Sunday, April 22

13:00, $2,500+£200 buy-in APT Philippines Main Event Day 1b

15:00, Event 6, $320+$30 buy-in Freezeout

18:00, Event 7, $150+$20 buy-in Deep Stack Turbo 1

Monday, April 23

13:00, $2,500+£200 buy-in APT Philippines Main Event Day 2

15:00, Event 8, $320+$30 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi

18:00, Event 9, $150+$20 buy-in Deep Stack Turbo 2

Tuesday, April 24

13:00, $2,500+£200 buy-in APT Philippines Main Event Day 3

15:00, Event 10, $250+$20 buy-in Head Hunter

18:00, Event 11, $150+$20 buy-in Deep Stack Turbo 3

Wednesday, April 25

13:00, Event 12, $250+$20 buy-in Six-Handed

15:00, $2,500+£200 buy-in APT Philippines Main Event final table