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Richest Ace Poker tilt back in Phl

A CROWD of poker enthusiasts jam the 2Ace Poker room in Pasay City the last time the Ace Poker League, one of the established poker brands in Asia, held its live tournament in the country. | Photograph COURTESY OF POKERNEWS

Ace Poker League (formerly Asia Poker League), renowned as the biggest poker brand in South Korea, is headed back to the Philippines.

The last time APL roused up the Southeast Asian nation was in 2018 when local pro Lester Edoc took down the Main Event. The brand’s return is great news for the country that has seen a notable decline in international poker events this year.

APL is set to deliver its richest offering in the country featuring 12 trophies and a substantial ₱25 million (~$447,350) in guarantees. The exciting week-long festival takes place from 27 November to 3 December at 2Ace Poker Manila in Pasay City.

Highlighting the series is the Main Event which comes loaded with a ₱20 million (~$357,880) guarantee, the largest by the brand in the Philippines. Buy in is ₱57,000 (~$1,020).

Other events certain to generate hefty prize pools are the APL Tip-Off and Mini Main Event. The games open with the APL Tip Off ₱2 million (~$35,790) guarantee and to close it out is the Mini Main Event ₱3 million (~$53,680) guarantee.

For those just hearing of APL, it is one of the most well-established brands in Asia. During the pandemic, the brand focused all of its attention on South Korea, playing a pivotal role in the significant local boom.

To display this in numbers, the Main Event prize pool escalated from KR₩ 380,000,000 (~$320K) at the start of the pandemic to a jaw-dropping KR₩ 2,181,600,000 (~$1.6M) at their most recent event in Seoul.


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