It appears that six of the world’s best-known poker players have signed up to take part in the HKD$1 million ($129,000) buy-in Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila Millions Super High Roller tournament that gets underway on Friday at the Resorts World Manila’s Genting Club.
Poker News Report revealed last week that eight-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Phil Ivey and online high-stakes specialist Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan had confirmed their presence in the Philippines tournament that will possess a prize pool of at least $3 million following the announcement that a total of 25 players will definitely start the biggest buy-in event ever held in Asia.
That American duo have now been joined by Chinese-American 10-time WSOP champion Johnny Chan, Chinese-Indonesian John Juanda – who has five WSOP titles – Las Vegas-based pro Andrew Robl and Titan Poker Pro Sam Trickett.
The 25-year-old Englishman, who has earned more than $5 million from live tournaments, appeared to suggest that he’ll play in this incredible event after writing in his blog that he will be in the Philippines capital city this week – most likely to take on the other big-name pros lined up as well as the many Asian businessmen that will surely take part.
Jonathan Duhamel’s Twitter Query Suggests Participation
The railbirds might also be watching Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel on Friday after the French-Canadian 2010 WSOP main event champ took to microblogging website Twitter to register his interest in the event with the APT, writing: “Given the structure, I would assume it is a 1 day event? Can that be confirmed?”
It remains to be seen if the 24-year-old – who made four final tables in January’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) to earn $1,205,970 – will turn up in Manila, but this event is definitely shaping up to be one cracking tournament.
Hong Kong pro Elton Tsang – who finished second at last year’s APT Philippines $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em main event for $95,230 – is also expected to line up in Manila alongside businessmen from Singapore, Malaysia, China and HK, as should fellow HK-based players Devan Tang and Anson Wong.
Additionally, it is reckoned numerous high-stakes cash players will take part, including AsianLogic chief executive officer Tom Hall, Chinese pro Winfred Yu – who plays regularly at StarWorld Hotel Macau’s Poker King Club venue – and Asian Poker Tour founder and CEO Chris Parker.
APT Philippines Begins Tomorrow
The Manila Millions begins just one day before the APT Philippines $2,500+$200 buy-in main event starts, while tomorrow’s opening day kicks off with the $500+$50 buy-in Heads-Up Asian Championship.
The poker festival comes to a conclusion with the main event final table next Wednesday, before the tour heads off to India for the APT Asian Series Goa from May 21 to 27 at the Casino Royale, while the last leg arrives at Macau’s StarWorld Hotel & Casino from July 25 to 31.