David Saab(credit: Asian Poker Tour)
Earlier this week the Asian Poker Tour announced that it will be going back to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, from January 27th – February 1st 2009. The first event, which was won by David Saab and held in May of 2008, will be played at the same venue, the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel. The Australian Saab defeated 315 others en route to the title, winning $280,000 in the process.
Chris Parker, the CEO of the APT, said that “After consultation with players, online partners, and sponsors, a comprehensive schedule is now being planned for 2009 to successfully meet the needs of all concerned. We are looking forward to enhancing poker’s presence in Asia.”
Recently, the APT completed a successful run in Macau, China. 20 year old Russian prodigy Yevgeniy Timoshenko took down that Main Event. Soon after, the tournament series signed Quinn Do, JC Tran and Nam Le to become its official ambassadors. One of Le’s first official acts as an ambassador for the APT was to take down the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau High Roller Event. Do finished third in the same event.
The APT is looking to explode in 2009 just as poker is exploding all across Asia. For more information on the Asian Poker Tour, visit their web site here.
Watch David Saab talk to The Nutz TV at the APT Macau tournament in this YouTube video:
Editor Note: Qualifiers for the Asian Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Auckland tournament are going on at PokerStars now. Click here to go to there ASAP!