The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is to return to the Philippines in 2016 with an APT Philippines tournament to be held from April 13 to 21 at Resorts World Manila, according to a press release on Tuesday.
Jeff Mann, chief executive of the APT, said he was pleased that APT Philippines would be staged at Resorts World Manila for the seventh consecutive year.
“In fact this will APT’s 14th major international poker event to be held at Resorts World Manila which in total has involved thousands of players from over 40 countries; hundreds of individual tournaments and a combined prize pool from all these events exceeding well over US$10 milion – every APT event staged at Resorts World Manila is extremely popular,” Mr Mann said in a statement.
Resorts World Manila is hosting this week the APT Asian Poker Series Manila 2015. The winner is expected to be announced late on Wednesday, the final day of the event. Of the 341 contenders that played in the first three days of the event, eight have a chance to win the title and a cash prize of PHP3.76 million (US$81,365), according to a separate press announcement by the APT.
The APT was founded in 2008 and held its first event in Manila in the Philippines in May that year. To date, the APT has staged more than 40 major events and numerous smaller tournaments mainly in the Asia-Pacific region. The tour has visited Macau, South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Australia, the United Kingdom and Mauritius.
Resorts World Manila is operated by Travellers International Hotel Group Inc, a venture between Philippine-based Alliance Global Group Inc and Genting Hong Kong Ltd. The property is currently undergoing expansion, with the second phase due to launch by the first quarter of 2016.
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