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Top Asian pros to do battle in APT Manila
The Asian Poker Tour's Philippines leg will get under way May 27, with over 400 hopefuls looking to take home the first-place prize on June 1.
The three favorites to win the top prize from a $1 million guaranteed prize pool are three top poker professionals with Asian heritage. Korean-born Steve Sung, Vietnam native Quinn Do and Vietnamese-American Nam Le are all serious threats to the other runners in the event.
Steve Sung, having played professionally in live tournaments for several years now, has not been able to clinch himself a first-place finish in a major. He has made it deep into the money of several WPT and WSOP events, with his best finish being second place at the 2008 Bay 101 Shooting Star WPT championships. To date, Sung's poker winnings total over $1.4 million.
Quinn Do started playing poker full time in 2004 after receiving his degree from the University of Washington. Since his move to professional poker, Quinn Do has become a regular at major live poker events. In 2005 Quinn won himself a WSOP Gold Bracelet, winning a Limit Hold'em event. His other notable finishes include second place in the 2005 Bellagio Challenge Cup Championship, and second place at the 2008 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Championship, the latter of which was worth $909,400.
Quinn Do's total poker winnings to date are close to $2 million.
Nam Le is only 25 years old, but he has proven himself in the live-tournament forum, racking up multiple deep-money finishes over the last few years including first place at the 2006 Bay 101 Shooting Star WPT Championships and the 2006 Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge II, and fourth place in the 2008 WPT L.A. Poker Classic.
Nam Le's total poker winnings to date exceed $4.3 million.
The event is expected to bring out the best Filipino players looking to use their home court advantage. Organizers predict one-third of all entries will be Filipino players.
Poker players joining the APT Manila leg can register online at www.asianpt.com or at the venue until May 28 before the start of the day's games.