|June 3, 2008 (London, UK) - Elated with the success of its Manila event, the Asian Poker Tour has upped the ante and announced a US$1,500,000 guaranteed prize pool for its next event in Macau.|
The Asian Poker Tour Macau will be held at the StarWorld Hotel and Casino from the
August 26 – 31, 2008 with the buy-in at US$5,000+$300.
With the boosted prize pool, the APT Macau champion will take home about US$500,000. This is the biggest prize pool ever guaranteed for a poker event in Asia.
The announcement was made in Manila by APT CEO Chris Parker where the APT held its Philippine tour at the Dusit Thani Manila. More than 300 poker players participated in the 6-day poker tournament which featured several of poker’s big names including Huck Seed, Mansour Matloubi, Nam Le, Quinn Do, Chip and wife Karina Jett, Evelyn Ng, and Steve Sung.
David Saab of Australia emerged as the first 2008 champion of the APT, beating Korea’s Chris Roh at the heads-up and taking home US$280,000. Roh won US$150,000 for second place.
Final result of the APT Philippine leg:
Place Name Country Winnings (US$)
1 David Saab Australia $280,000
2 Chris Roh South Korea $150,000
3 Satoru Ishii Japan $100,000
4 Kwang Soo Lee South Korea $73,000
5 Michele Ferrari Italy $55,000
6 Man Jin Yun South Korea $45,000
7 Don Carmona Philippines $35,000
8 Terry Gonzaga Philippines $25,000
9 Gerasimons Deres Sweden $20,000
The APT in Manila has also set a new record in terms of player participation for an international poker tournament in the Philippines. Total number of players participating tally 316, the biggest poker turnout ever recorded so far for the country.
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ABOUT ASIAN POKER TOUR
The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is Asia’s biggest and original poker tour. The Tour was recently acquired by AsianLogic (AIM:ALOG). As part of the new organisation of the APT, four events will be held across Asia in 2008. Next year, the Tour plans to increase this to a total of six events. Each tournament is set to attract live players as well as internet players who will qualify via online satellites. Each main event will offer a guaranteed US$1 million prize pool, with buy-ins of US$2,500.
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AsianLogic is a leading online and land-based gaming company focusing on the Asia-Pacific markets. The Company is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM: ALOG). AsianLogic owns and operates eight online casino brands and two online poker rooms as well as land-based sportsbook operations through its MegaSportsWorld brand. It is a specialist in Asia-specific games such as Mahjong, Cho-Da-Di, Do-Di-Zhu and 13 Card Poker.
The Company also maintains a corporate advisory team specialising in the gaming sector which is an active investor in gaming-related businesses as well as providing consultancy and analytical services. AsianLogic enjoys strong commercial relationships with leading gaming providers including Playtech, ID Games and LVS. Founded as ESL in 2002, AsianLogic employs over 300 employees, the majority of whom are based in the Philippines.