On Thursday, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila Millions with a massive HK$1,000,000 buy-in (about $129,000) kicked off at Resorts World Manila. 18 players (Joseph Hachem, Sam Trickett and a few other big names) signed up for the tournament and 4 of them even made a rebuy. After several hours of play, the first day came to an end with 7 men still "standing".
Joseph Cheong, an American poker pro with over $6 million in live tournament winnings, will bring the largest pile of chips to play today (738,000) and he will be joined by the likes of Thomas McDonald (695,000), Peter Chan (688,000), Richard Yong (416,000), Paul Phua (350,000), David Benefield (253,000) and Tore Lukashangen (180,000)
Four of the remaining seven players will receive a piece of the HK$24,000,000 prize pool (22x1m + 2m added by the Genting Club and Resorts World Manila) and the winner will take home a whopping HK$10,428,000 (approx.$1,340,000).