APT Philippines 2011 Won By Enrique Del PradoApril 5, 2011 10:10 am
Filipino player Enrique Del Prado has won the 2011 Asian Poker Tour Philippines (APT) Main Event, after overcoming a field of 231 players over five days to lift the title, and collect the $179,260 first place prize.
The US$2,500 buy-in event took place at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City and by the time the tournament played down to its final table, six of the ten remaining players were from the Philippines.
Chip leader was Elton Tsang (Hong Kong) with 794k in chips, followed by Jose Drilon with 513k and Daniel Idema (Canada) with 383k. Also competing for a share of the lucrative prize pool was Enrique Del Prado (374k), South Korean Kwon Eun Ho (367k), Charles Milton Victoria (309k), Wally Sombero (242k), Australian Bobby Zhang (188k), Melvin Matibag (186k), and a short-stacked Mike Puno with 110k in chips.
Despite starting the final table in 4th place, Enrique Del Prado was able to soon boost his stack compliments of table leader Elton Tsang. Firstly, Prado was dealt A-10 to Tsang’s J-10 and insta-called his opponent’s bets all the way to the river on a 9-10-9-3-4 board. And then Del Prado made two pair on the flop and once again called Tsang’s bets on all three streets to scoop a further 250k pot.
As the final table progressed, Enrique Del Prado then eliminated Kwon Eun Ho in 4th ($33,610) and Jose Drilon in 3rd ($44,810) to go heads-up against start of the day chip leader Elton Tsang.
As the heads-up battle commenced, Del Prado held a 2.5 to 1 chip lead against Tsang, who then managed a much needed double up on a 6-2-J flop holding pocket queens to Del Prado’s A-J.
Tsang even managed to retake the lead but his stack was decimated once again after getting all his chips in holding A-J on a 2-2-10-A board to Del Prado’s A-K.
The very next hand Tsang was all-in for his remaining chips with 9-8 to his opponent’s J-9 and with no relief from the board Tsang finished the runner-up for a $95,230 pay-day.
In the meantime, Enrique Del Prado was crowned the 2011 APT Philippines Champion and collected an impressive $179,260 for his hard fought efforts.