The action at the Asian Poker Tour Manila leg is sure to be sizzling hot with several international poker champs now confirmed. Layne Flack, Huck Seed, Roy Winston, Mansour Matloubi and Evelyn Ng are determined to take home the largest share in the $1,000,000 prize pool at the upcoming Asian Poker Tour Manila Event to be held at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel this coming May 27 to June 1.
From being a dealer, Layne “Back to Back” Flack learned the key points of the game from Johnny Chan and has done well in the major tournament circuit. Flack won back to back WSOP bracelets in 2002 and 2003 along with another bracelet won prior to those years, thus the nickname “Back to Back”. He has a total of 5 WSOP bracelets and has more than $3,300,000 tournament winnings and is looking to add more to this roster of success with an Asian Poker Tour Title to his name.
After winning the 1996 WSOP Main Event and grabbing a whopping $1,000,000, not to mention owning 4 WSOP bracelets, Huck Seed has had much success in the poker world. He is a threat to the other poker pros aiming to seize the Asian Poker Tour victory. A gambler at heart, Seed is taking a gamble on attending the APT to win the title and add to his more than $3,700,000 total winnings.
A medical doctor from California with his eyes set on the Asian Poker Tour title, Roy Winston has been in the major tournament circuit for two years and already has found great success. He placed 26th in 2007 WSOP Main Event, and also a 2007 WPT Borgata Poker Open Champion. This medical doctor-poker pro has his live tournament winnings at around $2,500,000 to date.
Mansour Matloubi made history by becoming the first non-American to win the WSOP Main Event. By winning this event in 1990, the Iranian-Welsh professional poker player has accomplished what all poker players dream about. He took home $835,000 along with the title of the Main Event and the most coveted Main Event GOLD Bracelet. His tournament winnings are more than $1,900,000 and he is now preparing to take the title of the APT.
The only rose among the thorns in this roster of champs is the model-like Evelyn Ng. A known figure in the poker world, Ng is a common sight in the tournament circuit. She is currently on Team Bodog, which is made up of some of poker’s biggest stars. Her most notable finish is the 2003 World Poker Tour Ladies Night where she finished 2nd place. Ng is ready to boost her tournament winnings which exceed $300,000 by grabbing the APT’s top prize. Aside from the tournament circuits, Ng is also frequently on poker TV shows: King of Vegas on Spike TV and in the X-box poker video game “Stacked”.
Flack, Seed, Winston, Matloubi and Ng are some of the finest poker players from around the globe who will set the six days of the Asian Poker Tour ablaze. Their eager involvement in the APT bears out that it is indeed a grand poker event — the biggest in Asia to date. These poker stars, along with more than 400 other players will be battling out with their skills and expertise for the prestige and a share of $1,000,000 prize pool.
The buy-in to this event is $2,500, but on-line satellite tournaments can win you a seat in this event including an all-expense paid trip. The Manila leg of the APT is also sanctioned by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). The same goes for the other three legs where huge prize pools are up for grabs as well as incredible tournament packages for on-line satellite winners.
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