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    APPT10 Manila: The Guide

    PokerStars LIVE Manila is ready and set for the highly anticipated APPT Manila Season 10 poker festival which takes place at the luxurious City of Dreams Manila from July 28 to August 8!

    Last year, the tour's annual Philippines leg took a giant step in cementing its place as a must-play event on the Asia poker circuit. The poker festival went from 558 total entrants in 2014 to a massive 2,769! In fact, the ₱50,000 Main Event alone surpassed the 2014 figures with 585 runners.

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    With big fields comes big money and last year's prize pools totalled more than ₱52 million (USD $1.1 million). This time promises to be even bigger and better!

    WARMING UP (July 28-31)

    If you're fortunate enough to make the opening weekend of the 12-day schedule then you don't want to miss out on the Warm-up event which comes with a ₱3 million prize pool guarantee.

    Last year, Singapore's Alex Lee took down the opener for a payday of over ₱1 million. The ₱10,000 buy-in tournament drew 570 entrants for a prize pool of nearly ₱5 million!

    HIGH ROLLER (August 3-4)

    Norwegian poker pro Henrik Tollefsen won last season's ₱200,000 High Roller after defeating a 33-player field. However, the 2-day event has now moved to the eve of the Main Event to position itself to grow substantially from its ₱6 million prize pool.

    "The change has received a lot of positive feedback so we're expecting the High Roller to see one of the biggest increases amongst all the events in the poker festival," said poker room manager Gerardo 'Hill' Alim.

    MAIN EVENT (August 4-8)

    ₱50,000 buy-in. 585 players. 41 different countries. ₱25,535,250 prize pool.

    That's the stat line for last year's APPT Manila Main Event making it the Philippines' biggest international poker tournament in history. There's simply no event at USD $1,000+ buy-in in the country that remotely comes close to producing those kind of numbers.

    With another year under its belt, PokerStars LIVE Manila is primed for yet another huge turnout and Season 10 may very well shatter those already-impressive figures.

    The man to watch will surely be Aussie poker pro Aaron Lim who won the Main Event last year - becoming the first, and only, two-time APPT winner. Lim has confirmed his attendance for APPT Manila and he's in good form after recently winning the APPT Seoul High Roller event.

    Live and online satellites to the Main Event are now running.

    Full the complete APPT Manila schedule please visit the APPT website.

    Tournament Structures are available here.

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    * Day 4 will play down to a winner
    * Prize pool: $721,665; 1st place: $138,225
    * 8 players of 553 entries remain

    12:10pm: Play begins
    Level 25 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 4,000)

    The final table has begun! There are about 36 minutes left to go in Level 25. Again, a reminder of where everyone is seated and the stacks to start. --MH

    1Austin PeckUSA1,351,000
    2Anderson Blanco Colombia1,225,000
    3Ruben SuarezVenezuela 1,477,000
    4Paul CukierCosta Rica 1,341,000
    5Alcides Gomez USA562,000
    6Raul PaezSpain2,580,000
    7Andres Carrillo Colombia659,000
    8Aaron MermelsteinUSA1,802,000

    11:30am: Final table player profiles

    From 553 entries just eight players remain with a chance to become the next LAPT Main Event champion. Play gets underway in about half an hour, which gives you plenty of time to get to know the final eight with these quick introductions:

    Seat 1: Austin Peck, USA -- 1,351,000

    Though he won't be turning 21 until this August, Austin Peck has already had plenty of experience at the tournament tables where he's been collecting cashes steadily for the last couple of years playing in places where the playing age is 18 and up. 

    In the USA he's cashes on several different tours, the highlight coming this February when he won a WSOP Circuit ring in an event at West Palm Beach. A couple of weeks after that he finished 20th in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event in Niagara Falls, then last month earned a career-high cash of $24,467 by final-tabling the WPT DeepStacks event in Jacksonville, Florida where he finished fifth. Taking sixth or better today will exceed that total. --MH

    Seat 2: Anderson Blanco, Colombia -- 1,225,000

    One of two Colombians at today's final table, Anderson Blanco carried the chip lead into yesterday's Day 3, fell back to short-stacked status for much of the afternoon, then successfully climbed back to have an almost-average stack to start today's final table. Blanco has already guaranteed himself a career-high score today, wherever he finishes. He also has topped his previous highest finish in an LAPT Main Event, a 19th-place showing at LAPT5 Colombia. --MH

    Seat 3: Ruben Suarez, Venezuela -- 1,477,000

    Ruben Suarez is the 13th Venezuelan player to make an LAPT Main Event final table, and hopes to be the first of that group to break through and claim a title. He has only a couple of cashes on his tournament poker résumé thus far, including a 27th-place finish in the LAPT8 Peru Main Event a year ago. His biggest cash came right here in Panama City back in January when he won a $1,000 Jackies Poker Tour event, topping a 235-entry field to earn $48,000. --MH

    Seat 4: Paul Cukier, Costa Rica -- 1,341,000

    The lone Costa Rican left in the field, Paul Cukier has a handful of previous small cashes collected in the USA, at the PCA in the Bahamas, and in San Jose in his native country. His biggest previous cash was for $4,043 for finishing 156th in a WSOP event back in 2012, so he's already assured himself of a career-high payday here in Panama today. --MH

    Seat 5: Alcides Gomez, USA -- 562,000

    The Miami based pro Alcides Gomez has his fair share of final table results and experience including a podium finish from last month's Seminole Hard Rock Poker Challenge Main Event. He'll return today as the low man on the totem pole, playing just over 560,000 and he'll need to spin up a stack if he's going to notch another podium finish in this LAPT9 Panama Main Event. --WOC

    Seat 6: Raul Paez, Spain -- 2,580,000

    Raul Paez will return to the final table as the chip leader. With over $1,800,000 in career earnings, "El Toro" is the most experienced player remaining and he's hoping that the third time can be the charm at an LAPT final table. The Spaniard finished third at the Main Event final table in Columbia during Season 5, then three years ago bubbled the final table in Panama. --WOC   

    Seat 7: Andres Carrillo, Colombia -- 659,000

    Andres Carrillo returns as one of two players under the million-chip mark, meaning that the Columbian will likely be active early at this LAPT9 Panama final table. Carrillo's past tournament results are relatively few and far between, but with scores from across the globe -- including EPT final table finishes in Barcelona and Malta -- if he is able to find an early double, he'll be a contender. --WOC

    Seat 8: Aaron Mermelstein, USA -- 1,802,000

    As we said yesterday, if chip leader Raul Paez is the creme, Aaron Mermelstein is what settles just under the creme. He'll come back second in chips and the two-time World Poker Tour champion will be looking to make Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino history today. He currently sits third on the all-time Sortis money list and a deep run today could earn him his best career LAPT finish and move him up that leaderboard. --WOC   


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