In a great tussle of poker tactics today at Resort World Manila, Huy Pham won the 2014 Asia Poker Tour (APT) Finale Main Event for a massive 1st place prize of PHP 3,185,000. Tetsuya Tsuchikawa of Japan took home PHP 1,818,000 for his runner-up finish on the final table.
The final table game kicked off today afternoon which saw 8 live players coming in from Day 3 to grab the coveted trophy and over PHP 3 million of top-prize. Azusa Maeda, the shortest stack was first to bust out against the Japanese compatriot Tetsuya Tsuchikawa taking home PHP 348,000. Eric Sia failed to take advantage of his 2nd position in chip count and fell against pocket aces of Jojo Tech in 27th level. Sia left the final table in 6th place bagging PHP 554,000. The Australian pro, Michael Mariakis soon joined him in the rails falling in 5th place for PHP 696,000.
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa was on an aggressive run today eliminating the opponents and the next to feel this heat was Linh Tran. Tran busted miserably against the high card hand of Tsuchikawa in the 4th place taking home PHP 864,000. Meanwhile, the champion Pham continued his strategic gameplay against rivals on the final table watching them falling one-by-one. The masterstroke of Pham came in 31st level when his River Flush ousted John Tech who held a set of 8. John took home PHP 1,225,000 for his 3rd place finish.
Now, the heads up battle was between Pham and Tsuchikawa with Pham having about a 3:1 chip lead against him. Although Tsuchikawa pulled a fairly big chunk of Pham’s chips but in the last hand it was Pham who went all-in, thus pressurizing him to decide his fate in the Main Event. Pham shoved his Q♥ 7♥ for two pairs with 5♠ 2♦ Q♠7♦5♣on the board to seize the 2014 Asia Poker Tour trophy in his name.
With the main event finishing off in style, this season of Asia Poker Tour bid goodbye from Manila and will return for the next outing in Prague from 16th December.
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