The first ever Asia Pacific 안전놀이터Tour kicked off on the 24th of August in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The total prize pool of $500,000 is to be shared among the more or less 200 players coming from 30 different countries. The event is being held at the Hyatt Hotel and is set to end today, August 27.
According to Same Lightman, organizer of the event, “”There has been a massive explosion in poker over the last 10 years. Poker used to be associated with shady men in smoke filled rooms but that’s not the case any more. Televised poker and the Internet has changed all that. Poker is a skills based sport based on mathematics and psychology.”
The region can thank PokerStars for bringing this tour to Asia. PokerStars is an online poker site (which I am sure you know) with millions of players around the world.
Just one thing I noticed, though, it seems the locals were not really part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour. I have some friends in Manila who are avid poker players. Actually, they play home games every weekend. It didn’t seem that they were too excited about this big event, though. In fact, none in their group joined nor even watched the events. Does the $2500 buy in have anything to do with it? I don’t know. It is just a bit sad that people who are really passionate about poker cannot relate all that much to a big tournament like this one.
Pictures from the Final Table
When I took these pictures the mood in the tournament room was lively. People cheering, chanting, Matusow losing $7500 in the stands playing Chinese Poker. Other pros seen playing from their leather chairs were Juanda, and Phil Hellmuth. Phil Gordon …
With nothing to do on Saturday night during my 12 day monthly sojourn to Sydney, I girded my loins and made for Sky City for a night of Online Casino Malaysia.
I arrived about 9:30pm to find the usual waiting list for a table, 40 or so deep for the 1/2 table and 12 deep for the 5/5 game. My plan was to go for the $200 fixed buy in the 5/5 game. Knowing there would be an inevitable wait, I bought a card for the electronic tables, which Star City now have cranked down to $50 buy in and $1/1 blinds.
The idea to offer lower stakes games I think is a good one. It encourages more walk-by punters to get into the game, and for me, if I copped a few bad beats, it meant I wasn’t going to damage my bankroll too much waiting for the live dealer game.
Unfortunately my $50 buy in lasted about ten minutes. Six hands into the table I have A J in the big blind. There is one or two callers, then a raise from mid position to $6. All fold to me, and I decide I have a good enough hand to defend the blind aggressively and make it $15 to go. The raise from mid position did not look strong to me, and I figure it likely I can take down the pot here.
One of the limpers from early position calls – a bit of a surprise, maybe he was slow playing Kings or Aces? The original raiser folds, as thought he might, and two of us see the flop.
The flop is 6 J 4.
I have top pair, top kicker, but I do suspect a slow played monster from my opponent. To find out …
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