APT Philippines 2014: Final Table is Set,Feng Zhao in Lead; APT Postpones China Event

aptphil8Singaporean Poker Player Feng Zhao is in pole position at the Resorts World Manila as the final table of the Main Event of the Asian Poker Tour(APT) Philippines 2014 was formed on Day 3. The day’s play started with 35 runners and the money bubble burst and the final 27 finished in the money. The final day will start in a couple of hours from now and will crown a champion. 

Zhao has a big stack of 1,411,000 chips and others final tabling include Jia Jie Liang (China) with 795,000; Iñaki Santos (Spain) with 424,000; Mikal Blomlie (Norway) with 423,000; Mike Fawaz (Lebanon) with 335,000; Michael Marvanek (Australia) with 273,000; Hyeong Wook Choi (Korea) with 266,000; and Huy Pham(Vietnam) with 230,000 chips.

Bryan Huang who won a side event on Day 2 of the APT Philippines was the final table bubble when Zhao eliminated him. Another major Asian tournament reg who exit close to the final 8 was SJ Kim and Zhao was the victor again. Some of the others who finished in the money (ITM) for this main event include Annie Bordallo (Guam) at 15th place ($7,800); Jerry Lai (Malaysia) at 16th place ($7,800); Jojo Tech (Philippines) at 19th place ($5,500); Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) at 23rd ($5,500) and Brian Sombero (Philippines) at 26th ($5,500). 

Indian hope Uday Patil who had made it to Day 3 with a healthy stack finished just short of the money. He had managed to survive and thrive on many occasions during the day but ultimately in Level 18 he went all-in when he had the big slick. Unfortunately for him, the guy at the small blind, Mike Fawaz had the ladies and snap-called. The Flop was 9♣ 10♥ 2♦, turn 5♥ and river J♦ and Patil couldn’t hit his pairs.

Indian poker player Romit Advani finished 10th in the USD 300 Dafabet Head Hunter Event which got 225 entries. He cashed $1020 for his finish. 


On a different note, it was bad news for Asian poker players as APT Postponed its China Event which was to be held next month. In a press release, APT announced the following:

Making the announcement, Jeff Mann, Chief Executive Officer of The Asian Poker Tour said he was disappointed by the decision, but is confident it was the right move given the circumstances.

Our local partners- by far the most successful poker room in Guangzhou – have worked diligently over the last eight months to put everything in place including event venue, hotel, and everything required to stage a 500 plus player entry event; and most importantly, securing local Government and police department approval. However, to ensure the success and longevity of the event in China, APT also required Provincial Government approval, which was set to be received this week. Yesterday APT was notified that written approval was unlikely to be processed within the next three weeks, which clearly does not leave enough time to stage the event to APT standards or give our players sufficient notice,” said Mann.