Aussie Van Marcus Triumphs At APPT Manila

Aussie Van Marcus Triumphs At APPT Manila

Monday, 17 November 2008

Young Australian online pro Van Marcus has wonthe latest leg on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour in Manila after a gruelling 16 hours of final table play – the longest final table in APPT history. He won USD $162,856.98.

The 25-year-old from Melbourne has an impressive track record when it comes to the APPT. This was his third APPT Final Table appearance in the last 15 months, including previously placing fifth in the 2007 APPT Manila, and ninth in the 2008 APPT Macau High Rollers Event. This year he returned to Manila determined to become a Champion and that became a reality after three days of solid play at the Hyatt Hotel when he made a straight on a turn to send runner-up Noh Tae Jun of Korea to the rail.

In a final table field that included three local Filipinos, three Koreans, a Kiwi and Hong Kong resident, Aussie Van warmed up after the first few hours and steamrolled the field. He outplayed 284 other competitors from 31 countries, including 65 players who qualified online at PokerStars. The Australian was ecstatic to take out his first APPT title.

“I guess it is third time lucky on this tour. I have now made three final tables on the APPT – it feels great to finally hold a title. And even better I get a ticket to the Sydney Grand Final. Hopefully I can replicate this week’s performance in front of a home crowd,” commented Van directly following his win.

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