The International Poker Open (IPO) Battle of the Nations, which was held at the Resorts World Manila, had participating teams from several Asian countries. Team Philippines, which was playing under the sponsorship of Solaire’s Poker King Club, won the first-place prize of $10,500.

Team Philippines had won all the heads-up matches in the opening round. Team members Lester Edoc, John Tech, and Andrew Gaw won thumping victories against opponents from Japan, China, and Korea.

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The team proceeded to win the second round, featuring a SnG with eight players. Yves Sy and Ian Brion knocked all their opponents from the table while Marc Rivera and Jay Tolon, finished third and first, respectively. Among team members who contributed to its amazing point total were the brothers Euryd and Czardy Rivera and Martin Gonzales.

Ashby Rivera was the coach of Team PKC Philippines while Neil Arce was their non-playing captain. While they won with 88 points, the runner-up Korea collected 73 points. China and Japan finished in the third and fourth place with 64 points and 58 points, respectively.

The success of Team Philippines has delighted their sponsor, Solaire Resort & Casino’s Poker King Club, which is getting ready to host the World Poker Tour (WPT) National Philippines Festival of Poker from Jan 2 to Jan 8. This stop will include the $200k Super High Roller Tournament, the event with the biggest buy-in in the history of the WPT.

Winfred Yu, the CEO and president of Poker King Club, said: “We at Poker King Club always aim to push the boundaries of poker, which led to us being named ‘Home of the World’s Biggest Game.” That aim is now coming to WPT National Philippines with a Super High Roller, and we are happy to add the gravitas of well-known poker players into that mix, such as Aussie Millions champion and businessman, Mr. Richard Yong.”

Agreeing with Winfred Yu, Cyrus Sherafat, the senior vice president (casino marketing) for Solaire Resort and Casino, said that the casino is eager to start the New Year with the WPT National Philippines Festival of Poker. Local as well as international poker players had taken part in the events at Solaire last year and they are sure to take part in the fourteenth season of the WPT too, he said.

Sherafat said: “We also believe poker fans enjoy watching the world-class poker competition here at Solaire, and look forward to welcoming back the great fans and players.”

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