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Neil Arce Wins Asian Poker Tour (APT)

3/2/2009
If the beautiful game (that’s poker by the way) is to succeed in Asia, it needs a great tournament and that’s just what it got as the Asian Poker Tour (APT) hit the Phillippines capital of Manila.

The $2,700 main event wrapped up at the Dusit Thani hotel and it was local pro Neil Arce who came out on top to secure the $185,000 first prize. A total of 262 players had descended on the city to take part, including the familiar face of Liz Lieu, who made it to final table, only to be knocked out in 7th place.

Arce told APT officials following his major tournament victory: “This is just great. For me, the key to winning the tournament was position.”

Arce emerged as the chip leader on Day 1A and, entering the tournament’s final table, held the third largest stack; he began heads-up play as a 3:2 chip underdog. The final hand pitted Arce’s K-Q against Steven Yea’s A-K all in pre-flop. At first looking doomed, Arce hit a queen on the turn, sealing the win.

Standings
1st: Neil Arce, $185,000
2nd: Steven Yea, $100,000
3rd: Casey Kastle, $70,000
4th: Didier Cicurel, $46,000
5th: Susumu Toge, $36,000
6th: Ron Kluber, $30,000
7th: Liz Lieu, $22,000
8th: Vesa Leikos, $16,000
9th: Kim Tae Hyung, $12,000
10th: Michael Pedley, $8,000
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