₱65,000 APPT Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in 65,000 PHP
Prize Pool 64,405,575 PHP
Players 1,135

Level Info

Level 35
Blinds 200,000 / 400,000
Ante 400,000
₱65,000 APPT Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Florencio Campomanes Wins Asia Pacific Poker Tour Manila Main Event for ₱11,092,500 ($214,700)

will_shill • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
2019 APPT Manila Main Event Champion Florencio Campomanes
2019 APPT Manila Main Event Champion Florencio Campomanes

Almost 43 years since Ali knocked out Frazier, it looks like Manila is still capable of another 'Thrilla' as hometown hero Florencio Campomanes became the first Philippine champion on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour after a scintillating final table performance.

Coming into the final table as chip leader, he defeated Thijs Hilberts heads-up to take down the APPT Manila Main Event and win ₱11,092,500 ($214,700) in prize money after a heads-up deal.

The 1,135-player Main Event which was the culmination of a 10-day, 25-event festival that saw a total 5,740 players compete for a massive ₱210,185,984 (~$4,068,895) in prize money.

Runner-up Hilberts came into the final day as chip leader and takes home ₱10,000,000 ($193,555) for his second-place finish, adding to the eighth-place finish he recorded in the APPT Manila National one week ago.

Mike Takayama finished in third place, matching his result in the APPT Manila Super High Roller. He took home ₱4,830,500 ($93,561) and closed the gap to third-place John Tech on the Philippine all-time money list.

Final Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (PHP)Prize (USD)
1Florencio CampomanesPhilippines₱11,092,500*$214,700
2Thijs HilbertsNetherlands₱10,000,000*$193,555
3Mike TakayamaPhilippines₱4,830,500$93,561
4Xinyu WangChina₱3,523,000$68,236
5Duc Trung VuVietnam₱2,383,000$46,156
6Kei ShinagawaJapan₱1,739,000$33,682
7Yaanning WuChina₱1,481,500$28,695
8Sahil ChuttaniIndia₱1,288,000$24,947
9Jingzhi WangChina₱1,097,075£21,249

Currency conversion via XE.com at the time of publication
*denotes heads-up deal

Campomanes "All about winning the thing"

The 31-year old Manila native has been playing poker profesionally for 13 years, but retired from the game recently to move into real estate with his partner.

"It's a relief!" said an exhausted-looking Campomanes immediately after taking down his first major title. “It’s taken me 13 years, this is my biggest result ever. Before this, it was third in Macau [APPT 9 Macau 2015] with less players but a bigger buy-in. I had no chance to win that one, I was basically short from 22 players and I managed to ladder till third by running like God and other people not knowing what to do and I just kept jumping, jumping, so…”

He paused to catch his breath. He said that in contrast today, the payouts were pretty flat and that his celebration was more about the trophy. In fact, he admitted he didn't mind give up some equity in the eventual heads-up deal.

"If I gave up a little edge, I really didn’t care, it was all about winning the thing. I was trying for the win.

So how does Campomanes feel about becoming the first-ever Filipino APPT Main Event Champion?

“I can sleep well tonight! Gil [Alim Poker Operations Manager Manila] and Lorie [Lagrosas PokerStars LIVE Manila Senior Operations Manager] were teasing me before the event saying 'When are you going to win in Manila?
[laughs] so it feels great!"

Final Day Recap

A field of 36 players returned for the final day, with Hilberts leading the way, but it wasn't long before Kei Shinagawa took the lead after winning a three-way all-in with pocket tens, cracking kings and queens in the process.

Campomanes wasn't far behind, but it was Takayama who lead the final three tables after he eliminated Yap Sen Wong. Takayama held aces, with Wong picking the wrong moment to shove into him on the river with just ace-high on a queen-high board.

Duc Trung Vu soon moved up the counts, brutally eliminating Yong Hui Tan. Both held ace-queen, but Vu rivered a flush, before eliminating Hirotaka Nakanishi with queens against sixes to move over four million. Vu had eliminated two in succession, and Kei Shinagawa soon did the same, sending both Xixiang Luo and Daji Chen to the rail to lead the final two tables.

Two Tables

Thijs Hilberts
Thijs Hilberts

Vu wasn't far behind, however, and he was followed by Takayama and Indian Sahil Chuttani. After Mansour Khorramshahi was eliminated in 18th, there followed a string of double-ups - five in total - before Yota Mitsui, Yu Nozaki and Bin Zhao joined the Iranian on the rail.

Campomanes was responsible for two of these eliminations, moving up to around six million in chips, and after Daniel Lawrence was eliminated in 14th, Campomanes added the scalp of Tianhong Su to move to seven million in chips. Hilberts sent Kelvin Yu to the rail before Takayama did the same to Hao Chen as the field rapidly approached the final table.

The last elimination was Raymond Caabay, missing with a flush draw against Chuttani's top pair to bubble the final table.

Final Table

APPT Manila Main Event Final Table
APPT Manila Main Event Final Table

That last elimination moved Chuttani up to second in chips behind Campomanes, and perhaps spurred the Philippine into action, promptly making a straight flush on the first hand of the final table.

However, it was Chuttani who took over the chip lead after the elimination of Jingzhi Wang. Chuttani held pocket kings and was ahead of the pocket sixes of Wang. He was further ahead - Wang was drawing dead in fact - after the Indian flopped quads.

The action was relentless during the first level, as no sooner had Chuttani moved into the lead he handed over half his stack to Hilberts as the Dutchman rivered a flush against Chuttani's turned straight. This was the beginning of the end for Chuttani who fell against Takayama, his opponent eventually turning a pair after getting it in behind with ace-five against ace-ten.

"I was lucky to run good towards the beginning," said Campomanes. "There was this wild Indian guy [Sahil Chuttani] but, when he didn’t manage to get that many chips and busted it was a basic final table; people trying to ladder up, which I tried to take advantage of. It worked out well.”

Campomanes had quietly chipped up to almost ten million, with Hilberts and the rest of the final table clinging to his coattails. However, Hilberts sent Yaanning Wu to the rail in seventh to close the gap, and was second in chips as the players headed on a short dinner break.

Florenciano Campomanes
Florenciano Campomanes

Campomanes Dominating

When play resumed once more, the chips headed in one direction. Campomanes sent Shinagawa to the rail, winning a flip with ace-king against pocket tens, and Duc Trung Vu shortly thereafter, cracking queens with king-nine, to move within touching distance of half the chips in play.

Campomanes then made it three eliminations in a row, sending Xinyu Wang to the rail after flopping two pair against Wang's to pair. Hilberts did his best to battle back against the Philippine, and achieved some success, reducing the deficit to less than two million.

But as Takayama's stack dwindled, Campomanes was on hand to send him to the rail, taking almost a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up.

Mike Takayama
Mike Takayama

Heads-Up Play

The pair agreed to a deal and played on for the trophy and the title of APPT Manila Main Event champion.

PlayerPrize (PHP)Prize (USD)
Florencio Campomanes₱11,092,500$214,700
Thijs Hilberts₱10,000,000$193,555
APPT Manila Main Event Heads-Up
APPT Manila Main Event Heads-Up

Any notion that this would be a nervous, cagey heads-up match was soon thrown out the window as Campomanes extended his chip lead, outkicking his opponent and then winning with king-high to leave Hilberts short.

"I’ve played with him before, but he didn’t play as well as he did today," Campomanes said. "He got me messed up raising 4x pre-flop from the button so I was kind of confused on what range to use versus him.

However, with his back to the ropes, Hilberts managed to not only double up and stay alive but level the stacks. And suddenly, just like that, a flurry of pots found their way to Hilberts; a turned straight followed by a rivered flush like a left jab follows a right cross. You felt that the momentum and was with the Dutchman and that victory was perhaps within his grasp.

"I was winning played pots but tried to gamble the once when I could afford it but it didn’t work out. Then he was gaining momentum, and as most players know, especially us old school ones, like heads-up is really a momentum game so I was trying to take that away from him, trying to remain calm. Maybe it was just about time.”

Campomanes did remain calm, and quickly managed to double back, dodging flush outs to regain the chip lead. And suddenly it was the Philippine dealing the knockout blow, his rail in raptures as he turned a king to secure the victory.

Thanks for following the PokerNews live updates from APPT Manila. We look forward to welcoming you back to another festival soon!

Tags: Bin ZhaoDaji ChenDaniel LawrenceDuc Trung VuFlorenciano CampomanesHao ChenHirotaka NakanishiJingzhi WangKei ShinagawaKelvin YuMansour KhorramshahiMike TakayamaRaymond CaabaySahil ChuttaniThijs HilbertsTianhong SuXinyu WangXixiang LuoYaanning WuYap Sen WongYong Hui TanYota MitsuiYu Nozaki

Thijs Hilberts Eliminated in 2nd Place (₱10,000,000; $193,555)

will_shill • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante
Thijs Hilberts
Thijs Hilberts

Florencio Campomanes moved all in and Thijs Hilberts called and was all in.

Campomanes' rail was shouting as he turned over {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, behind his opponent's {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}

The flop {2-Clubs}{4-Spades}{5-Clubs} changed nothing and as the Philippine rail screamed for a ten, the {k-Diamonds} turn came on the turn to give Campomanes the lead.

His rail exploded as the {4-Clubs} hit river, confirming Campomanes as the champion and eliminating Hilberts in second place.

Florencio Campomanes ph
Florencio Campomanes
ph 34,050,000 10,050,000
Thijs Hilberts nl
Thijs Hilberts
nl Busted

Tags: Florencio CampomanesThijs Hilberts

Campomanes Doubles Up

will_shill • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Thijs Hilberts shoved from the button and Florencio Campomanes called in the big blind.

Thijs Hilberts: {a-Spades}{2-Spades}
Florencio Campomanes: {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}

Campomanes was all in for 12 million and was ahead. However, there was a sweat as Hilberts flopped a flush draw on the {9-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop. He added counterfeit outs on the {j-Clubs} turn, needing an ace, nine or spade to win the tournament.

The river was the {5-Clubs} and Campomanes doubled up.

Florencio Campomanes ph
Florencio Campomanes
ph 24,000,000 12,000,000
Thijs Hilberts nl
Thijs Hilberts
nl 10,000,000 -11,000,000

Hilberts into the Lead

will_shill • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 400,000 ante

Thijs Hilberts opened to 800,000 and Florencio Campomanes defended his big blind.

Campomanes check-called 1,300,000 on a {5-Spades}{2-Clubs}{3-Clubs} flop and the turn was the {4-Spades}. Both players checked.

Campomanes checked the {5-Hearts} river and Hilberts bet 4,000,000. Campomanes called.

Hilberts showed {a-Spades}{4-Clubs} and his opponent nodded before mucking his cards.

Thijs Hilberts nl
Thijs Hilberts
nl 21,000,000 4,200,000
Florencio Campomanes ph
Florencio Campomanes
ph 13,000,000 -4,200,000

Tags: Florencio CampomanesThijs Hilberts


Hilberts Levels Up Stacks

Ernestok • Level 34: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Thijs Hilberts raised preflop to 1.2 million and Florencio Campomanes called.

The flop came {j-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Spades}, and both players checked.

The {4-Hearts} came on the river and this time Campomanes bet 1.8 million, with Hilberts raising to 5 million, to earn a fold from his opponent and pick up the pot.

Florencio Campomanes ph
Florencio Campomanes
ph 17,200,000 -3,300,000
Thijs Hilberts nl
Thijs Hilberts
nl 16,800,000 3,300,000

Tags: Florencio CampomanesThijs Hilberts

"King-High Like a Boss"

Ernestok • Level 34: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Florencio Campomanes has a clear advantage in chips against Thijs Hilberts, after a great call he did on the river with just king high.

Campomanes raised to 700,000 and Hilberts called, to see the flop coming {7-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}. Campomanes bet 650,000, and Hilberts called after his check.

The {6-Spades} came on the turn, and both players checked.

The {7-Clubs} was the final community card on the board, and this time Hilberts led for 2,500,000 chips, which Campomanes almost snap-called. Hilberts mucked directly his cards, while Campomanes showed {k-Spades}{j-Clubs} for just king-high, which was enough to scoop the pot.

"King-high like a boss", yelled a friend of Campomanes' on the rail.

Florencio Campomanes ph
Florencio Campomanes
ph 28,500,000 20,000,000
Thijs Hilberts nl
Thijs Hilberts
nl 5,500,000 -20,500,000