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Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009 Blog

Titan Poker sent 13 skilled poker players from all over the world to compete in Asia's most prestigious poker event = the APT Manila 2009. This is their story.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

The Asian Poker Tour took place in the capital of the Philippines at the end of January 2009.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Hotel Dusit Thani

Titan Poker's players qualified for the tournament at online satellites, each winning a $6,000 APT Package that included flights and six nights' accommodation at the luxurious Dusit Thani Hotel in Manila.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Arrival in Manila

Titan Poker players arrived in Manila, checked into the Hotel Dusit Thani, and registered to participate in the APT Manila poker tournament. Tournament Director Matt Savage announced that the $2500 + $200 Main Event has 262 runners with a total prize pool of USD $635,500. First place will take home USD $185,000 with 27 places being paid. Titan Poker's players are hopeful they will finish in the money.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Zuni Restaurant and Bar

Before the poker action begins, Titan Poker players are treated by their VIP Hosts to dinner at the Zuni Restaurant, where they have a chance to meet each other and share their expectations for the event.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Players meet each other

Titan Poker VIP Hosts Aura Macabugao and Eric Fraioli pose in the Zuni Restaurant with French players including Christophe Petitclerc

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Enjoy the meal!

Titan Poker's players, and their guests, enjoyed the full VIP treatment, including the tasty meal at the Zuni Restaurant with their VIP hosts.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Spanish player Julio Diaz

Julio Diaz, from Spain, arrived in Manila with his wife. Julio Diaz had previously represented Titan Poker at the APT Macau event in August 2008, when he finished in 5th place and won $514,600 HKD (46,000 Euros). Julio vowed to come back to Asia for another tournament and lived up to this promise by qualifying again at Titan Poker.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Players and hosts

Orjan Sundqvist (Sweden) and Peter Berger (Germany) with the Titan Poker VIP Team. The team encouraged the players and wished them well in the tournament.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Before Poker, let's relax

Wait, before the poker tournament begins, there is still chance to relax and ease away the stress. A visit to the spa is exactly what the players need!

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Relaxing day at the Spa

Guest Terlad Kappus; players Dominik Leitner (Austria), Yaroslav Kondratiev (Russia), Mathias Nergin (Germany), Allan Vasconcelos (Italy).

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

All smiles before the massage

Players Mathis Nehring, Dominik Leitner, Yaroslav Kondratiev, and Allan Vasconcelos. Players get two types of massage: Twin Massage (two therapists working in synchronized movements to achieve mental and spiritual bliss) and the Shiatsu Massage (a Japanese-style pressure point technique based on the concept of acupuncture).

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Deluxe service at the Spa

Orjan Sundqvist (Sweden), Julio Diaz (Spain) and his wife Ana Rosa, Titan Poker Host Eric Fraioli, Peter Berger (Germany), Peter Goransson (Sweden) and his guest Jonas Löfgren.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Start of the tournament

Good food and massages aside, we've come to play poker. Players take your seats. Dealers, get ready to shuffle up and deal!

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

The APT Trophy

In addition to a cash prize, the winner of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009 tournament will win this beautiful tropy, a homage to the 7,000 islands of the Philippines.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Opening Ceremony

Protocol is protocol, and before the action begins there is a bit of ceremony and the singing of the Philippines national anthem.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Shuffle up and deal!

The APT Manila 2009 tournament took place in the Main Ballroom of the Dusit Thani Hotel

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Christophe Petitclerc

Christophe Petitclerc (France) in the opening hours of action, just before he won a huge pot.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Julio is out of the Tournament

Julio Diaz's hopes of again winning a cash prize at the Asian Poker Tour ended when he was eliminated on the first day of the event.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Allan Vasconcelos is All-In

Allan Vasconcelos (Italy) had a lucky charm - his girlfriend stayed nearby all the time as he played.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Allan Vasconcelos celebrates!

Yes! Allan wins the hand and remains in the action on Day 1A.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Dominik Leitner

Dominik Leitner (Austria) admits that he prefers cash tables to tournaments, and he is eventually eliminated from the APT Manila event.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Michiyuki Kondo

Japanese player Michiyuki Kondo was unable to join his fellow teammates at the restaurant or at the spa, but he is still quite pleased to be playing poker in Manila on behalf of Titan Poker.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Orjan Sundqvist

Orjan Sundqvist (Sweden) is keen for action after a relaxing day at the spa. The APT Manila 2009 was his second live poker tournament.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Simone Peri

With 32,000 chips, Simone Peri (Italy) is doing well at this stage of the tournament.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Christophe Petitclerc and Mathis Nehring

Christophe Petitclerc (France) advanced to Day 2 with 34,000 chips, but Mathis Nehring (Germany) was eliminated at Level 4 on the first day.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Peter Berger

Peter Berger (Germany) kept a consistent poker face, but he was eliminated in Level 5.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Peter Goransson

Peter Goransson (Sweden) qualified to represent Titan Poker at the APT Manila while he was at a party with friends. He qualified with only two weeks of online poker experience.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

French Poker Player

A very intense French poker player.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Simone Peri

Simone Peri (Italy) seems to be enjoying the action.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Yaroslav Kondratiev

Yaroslav Kondratiev (Russia) in action on the first day of the tournament.

Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2009

Titan Poker camaraderie

None of Titan Poker's players won cash at the APT Manila 2009 tournament, but they all had a good time. Pictured are Peter Goransson, Boris Routier (won a seat last year), Titan Poker VIP Host Eric Fraioli, Dominik Leitner, Laura Carnelos (Allan Vasconcelos's girlfriend), Yaroslav Kondratiev and Jonas Löfgren. Titan Poker wishes a fast recovery to Guillaume Bordas from Belgium who had a car accident just before tournament and was unable to join the team in Manila.

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