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Asia has always been a hotbed of poker action, with the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) long being the premier tour. The APPT is currently in the Philippines, Manila to be exact, for an action-packed festival running from July 27 through August 6.

PokerStars Live at Okada Manila is the venue for APPT Manila, an iconic integrated resort situated on a picturesque seafront. Hopefully, you will not get to see much of the stunning views because you will be too busy bulldozing your way through vast fields and helping yourself to more than your fair share of Philippines Pesos!

2023 PokerStars APPT Manila Key Events

  • APPT Kickoff – July 27-29 – PHP 20,000 buy-in – PHP 3,000,000 guarantee
  • APPT National – July 29-August 1 – PHP 35,000 buy-in – PHP 5,000,000 guarantee
  • APPT Manila Super High Roller – August 1-2 – PHP 500,000 buy-in
  • APPT Manila Main Event – August 3-6 – PHP 65,000 buy-in – PHP 20,000,000 guarantee
  • APPT Superstack – August 5-6 – PHP 40,000 buy-in – PHP 2,000,000 guarantee
  • APPT High Roller – August 5-6 – PHP 250,000 buy-in

The 2023 APPT Manila schedule has something for everyone, with buy-ins ranging from ₱10,000 ($180) right up to ₱500,000 ($9,090). Players heading to PokerStars Live at Okada Manila can battle in freezeout and re-entries, knockout and mystery bounty, No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha, and Short Deck events, and across turbos and hyper turbos.

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2023 PokerStars APPT Manila Schedule

Thu 27 Jul3:00 p.m.APPT Kickoff Day 1a₱20,000
 6:00 p.m.Hyper Turbo Re-Entry₱10,000
Fri 28 Jul1:00 p.m.APPT Kickoff Day 1b₱20,000
 3:00 p.m.₱40,000 NLHE Freezeout₱40,000
 7:00 p.m.APPT Kickoff Day 1c₱20,000
 11:00 p.m.Super Hyper Turbo Re-Entry₱12,000
Sat 29 Jul1:00 p.m.APPT National Day 1a₱35,000
 1:00 p.m.APPT Kickoff Final Day 
 3:00 p.m.₱15,000 NLHE Re-Entry₱15,000
 8:00 p.m.Knockout Turbo₱20,000
Sun 30 Jul1:00 p.m.APPT National Day 1b₱35,000
 3:00 p.m.PLO Knockout₱15,000
 8:00 p.m.APPT National Day 1c₱35,000
Mon 31 Jul12:00 p.m.₱10,000 NLHE Re-Entry₱10,000
 1:00 p.m.Megastack Freezeout₱35,000
 1:00 p.m.APPT National Day 2 
 3:00 p.m.Mini High Roller Re-Entry Day 1₱100,000
 7:00 p.m.Turbo Re-Entry₱15,000
Tue 1 Aug12:00 p.m.Deepstack Freezeout₱12,000
 1:00 p.m.APPT National Final Day 
 3:00 p.m.APPT Super High Roller Day 1₱500,000
 3:00 p.m.Super Deep Re-Entry₱35,000
 3:00 p.m.Mini High Roller Final Day 
 7:00 p.m.Short Deck Re-Entry₱15,000
Wed 2 Aug12:00 p.m.Deepstack Re-Entry₱15,000
 1:00 p.m.Super Deep Final Day 
 3:00 p.m.Single Day High Roller Single Re-Entry₱200,000
 3:00 p.m.APPT Super High Roller Final Day 
 8:00 p.m.Hyper Turbo Freezeout₱20,000
Thu 3 Aug12:00 p.m.₱15,000 NLHE Freezeout₱15,000
 1:00 p.m.APPT Main Event Day 1a₱65,000
 3:00 p.m.High Roller Knockout Re-Entry₱150,000
 8:00 p.m.Knockout Hyper Turbo Re-Entry₱20,000
Fri 4 Aug1:00 p.m.APPT Main Event Day 1b₱65,000
 3:00 p.m.Knockout Turbo Freezeout₱25,000
 8:00 p.m.APPT Main Event Day 1c₱65,000
Sat 5 Aug12:00 p.m.Mystery Bounty Re-Entry₱15,000
 1:00 p.m.APPT Main Event Day 2 
 4:00 p.m.Super Stack Freezeout Day 1₱40,000
 6:00 p.m.APPT High Roller NLHE Day 1₱250,000
 9:00 p.m.Super Knockout Hyper Turbo Re-Entry₱25,000
Sun 6 Aug12:00 p.m.Mini Main Event Single Re-Entry₱15,000
 1:00 p.m.APPT High Roller NLHE Final Day 
 1:00 p.m.Super Stack Freezeout Final Day 
 1:00 p.m.APPT Main Event Final Day 
 3:00 p.m.Miced PLO/NLHE Re-Entry₱50,000
 5:00 p.m.6-Handed High Roller Turbo Re-Entry₱100,000
 6:00 p.m.Last Chance Super Hyper Turbo Re-Entry₱10,000

Approx. exchange rate is 55 Philippine Pesos to $1

It is the APPT Manila Main Event that every player heading to the Philippines wants to take down. Costing ₱65,000 ($1,180) to enter and guaranteeing ₱20,000,000 ($363,000), the Main Event is the juiciest tournament on the schedule. This will be the ninth APPT Manila Main Event on record, and PokerNews' Live Reporting team is on hand, bringing you all of the action from start to finish.

Singapore's Xin Hua Lai is the APPT Manila Main Event's reigning champion. Lai outlasted 800 opponents in August 2022, turning their ₱65,000 into ₱5,973,000 ($107,281) plus a seat at the 2023 PokerStars Players Showdown (PSPC). Hua struck a three-handed deal with Netherlands' Thijs Hilberts (₱6,071,000 - $109,041) and fellow Singaporean Dhanesh Chainani (₱5,409,000 - $97,151)

Last year's APPT Manila Main Event also had a 20,000,000 guarantee on its prize pool, but the event paid out ₱45,452,745, more than double what was advertised. PokerNews expects a similar scenario this time around, especially when you see how live poker is booming right now.

Past PokerStars APPT Manila Main Event Champions

DateBuy-inEntrantsPrize Pool (PHP)Prize Pool (USD)ChampionPrize (PHP)Prize (USD)
Aug 2022₱65,000801₱45,452,745$816,378Xin Hua Lai₱5,973,000$107,281
Aug 2019₱65,0001,135₱64,405,575$1,266,724Florencio Campomanes₱11,092,500$218,166
Aug 2018₱55,0001,364₱65,492,460$1,236,204Wilson Lim₱12,970,000$244,815
Aug 2016₱55,000577₱25,186,050$534,475Linh Tran₱6,135,000$130,191
Aug 2015₱55,000585₱25,535,250$559,326Aaron Lim₱60,16,250$131,780
Mar 2010$2,700430 $1,042,750Binh Nguyen $260,700
Nov 2008₱100,000285₱26,789,818$547,929Van Marcus₱8,037,000$164,379
Aug 2007$2,500255 $599,250Brett Parise $179,775

Keep your browser locked to PokerNews throughout the 2023 APPT Manila Main Event (August 3-6) to discover the latest champion of this prestigious tournament.

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