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Monday, August 27, 2007 

The APPT Crowns It's First Champion

My apologies for the abrupt stop with the updates from the frontlines of the APPT. The Wireless internet connection was so bad that we were disconnected about 90% of the time. I decided to leave at around midnight and just update from the comfort of my own home.

I left with 4 players left in the game, and 3 hours later we have a champion. After surviving three all-in hands right before the final table bubble on day two, American student and online qualifier Brett Parise outlasted a tough final table field and probably played the best poker of his life to win over veteran player Ira Blumenthal and take down the $180,000 prize and the championship trophy.

Final Table from MY Point of View

He has 180,000 reasons to celebrate!

All i can say is, what an awesome event. I'm just proud to have been a part of this thing, even if it was just a small role blogging about the tournament. I met a lot of great people, and everybody was just super friendly and helpful and just great. I had the pleasure of working with other bloggers from all over Asia, and i believe i also made 2 or 3 friends out of it too. This whole event did so much for Poker in our region in a span of 3 days, probably accelerating it's growth by several years.

Blogger Brigade

Professional Mahjong Player and Japanese Blogger Jenn Barr

It doesnt get any better than this for our poker community. The APPT has cemented our place in the poker world as a legitimate home for poker in Asia, and we also proved ourselves great poker players by having the most people in the money from any of the forty countries who joined the tournament. 6 of our men out of 24 ITM's just goes to show we know what we've been doing all this time. Good job for everyone in the money!

I'm playing the next one in Manila for sure!


The money winners:

1. Brett Parise (USA) $179,775
2. Ira Blumenthal (Thailand) $113,858
3. Nicholas Bamman (USA) $62,921
4. Van Marcus (Australia) $44,940
5. Maor Feldinger (Isreal) $35,955
6. Roger Spets (Sweden) $26,966
7. Bas van Liere (Netherlands) $20,974
8. Kazuhiro Sato (Japan) $14,981
9. Derrick Hernandez (Philippines) $11,386
10. Steve Junhee Yea (South Korea) $8390
11. Carlo Gosselin (Thailand) $8390
12. D’amor Nario (Philippines) $8390
13. Alexander Fitzgerald (USA) $5993
14. Carlos Lascano (Philippines) $5993
15. Ronald Javier (Philippines) $5993
16. Se Jin Lee (South Korea) $5993
17. Eric Sia (Philippines)$4794
18. Nicolas Chouity (Lebanon) $4794
19. Steven Djingga (Indonesia) $4794
20. Kelly Flynn (USA) $4794
21. Seung Soo Jeon (South Korea) $4794
22. Ronald Singson (Philippines) $4794
23. Jean-Marc Hauducoeur (France) $4794
24. Dan Idema (Canada) $4794

great job with the blog mig!

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  • The best poker I've ever played has always entailed peace. A relaxed comfort. Eyes open, ears open, radar up. Absorbing my opponent's every message. Taking them as they come. Not mixing what those messages are with what I want them to be. It's like an aerial view. A view from above the myriad luck-dependent reactions of those many people who never gain such a peace. And when you gain that view, that peace - when you'd rather have the truth, no matter how disappointing, over a false hope, no matter how desirable - then you're a player. The hand you're on slips into a stream of thousands of other hands, no one of which, because of your lofty view, seems unduly important, no false fearful emotions rise within you. When you gain the peace of lofty perspective, you're a player, and when you're a player, you're free.- from "King of a Small World" by Rick Benett
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