2015 APT Finale – 3 Events Completed, Paawan Bansal Wins the Battle of the Nations Team Event

2 days of poker action at the APT Poker Room Manila crowned the champions in the 3 events and Paawan Bansal has given Team India a fantastic start by winning the Battle of the Nations Team Event with his partner Yao Hui. Sebastian Benz of Germany took down the Welcome event for the top prize of P412,600. Regie Ann Delos Reyes of Philippines won the Ante Up for Charity event on Thursday.

Welcome Event P1,000,000 Guaranteed

Sebastian BenzThe PHP 1 million GTD event drew 287 entries creating a prize pool of PHP 1,670,300. It was a 2-day event with 2 flights on the Wednesday in which 71 players survived for the final day. India’s Kunal Patni and Dhaval Mudgal played this event but couldn’t make it to the Day 2. The survivors returned on Thrusday to battle out for the first title of 2015 APT Finale and in the end it was Germany’s Sebastian Ben who reigned victorious to claim the top prize.

Benz was up against Korea’s Hyungtaek Jo in the heads-up after eliminating Edilberto Gopez in the 3rd place. Jo had a 3:1 chip lead against Benz but it took one double up for Benz to get the grip over the title race. Benz claimed the trophy when his K 5 landed a straight on the board of J J 10♠ A Q♣ against Jo’s 10♣ 8. Here are the top 10 payouts:

1 Sebastian Benz  Germany  P412,600
2 Hyungtaek Jo  Korea  P235,500
3 Edilberto Gopez  Philippines  P158,700
4 Mary Joy Ocampo  –  P111,900
5 Jamie Avila  USA  P90,200
6 Jae Chul Chang  Korea  P71,800
7 Ronald Dimaano  Philippines  P56,800
8 John Carlo Sayo  Philippines  P45,100
9 Kevin Kettles  Thailand  P36,700
10 Pang Kwong Yuen  Malaysia  P31,200

Battle of the Nations Team Eventteam-event-apt-finale

On Thurday, the teams event was played among 7 teams of 2 players each. Dhaval Mudgal and Kunal Patni tied-up for this team event but couldn’t cash. However, Paawan Bansal teamed up with Yao Hui (China) triumphed this battle of team beating Sam Razavi & Steve Moon of UK to win PHP 70,600. Sam’s team won PHP 38,000 for their runner-up finish.

Ante Up for Charitycharity-event-apt-finale

The Ante Up for Charity for the Association De Damas De Filipinas Orphanage was another side event with 39 entries generously contributing to the cause. A total of P97,500 was raised and a P195,000 pot generated for the players. Taking home the trophy was Regie Ann Delos Reyes from the Philippines, the only female player left in the field. Here are the payouts:

1 Regie Ann Delos Reyes  Philippines  P78,000
2 Richard Marquez  Philippines  P48,700
3 Uesugi Yoichi  Japan  P29,200
4 Shinobu Tanaka  Japan  P21,500
5 Naruyaasu Ota  Japan  P17,600

Today, 3 events are being played at the APT Poker Room:

Event #4 – Head Hunter 4,000/Bounty

Event #5 – Ladies of Poker

Event #6 – High Roller OFC Pineapple Shootout 12 Max

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