On August 24th, 2007, during the initial day of the Asia Pacific Tour stop in Manila, the Philippines saw some of the top poker stars fall in the first round.
Some of the 255 participants who joined the tournament are Daniel Negreanu and Vanessa Rousso from Team PokerStars. Neither player survived the first day of the tournament. Negreanu has been busy with playing golf lately, and he was seen in the tournament practicing his swings next to his seat on the table before busting out. He was defeated by Brett Miller who had pocket Kings against the ace eight of Daniel Negreanu.
On the other hand, Rousso went all in during the pre-flop with her ace-8 but she fell victim into the pocket tens. A ten during the flop was enough for Rousso to bust out of the tournament. Former World Poker champion Joe Hachem did not fair better as he also busted out of the tournament in the first day. Hachem's pocket nines were defeated by Kaspersen's pocket tens.
Australian poker player and Australian Heads-Up champion David Saab was the chip leader after the end of the first day. He was also the first one to surpass the 100,000 chip mark during the first day of the event.
The final table will be known by the end of the second day and by Day three of the tournament, the first Asia Pacific Poker Tour winner will be crowned.
There will be two more poker events after the Manila leg. One in Seoul, South Korea and the other stop will be in Sydney, Australia.
The Seoul leg will be held at the Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel on September 28th, 2007 to September 30th, 2007. The buy-in cost for the event is $2,500 dollars and there is a 250 participants' limit.
The poker stop in Australia will be held at the Star City Casino on December 13th, 2007 to December 16th, 2007 with a $6,000 Australian dollars and a $500 Australian dollars poker event.
09/10/2007 03:32 PM