The latest champion of the World Poker Tour has been crowned with Bulgaria’s Dimitar Blazhev winning the WPT Philippines Main Event.
Blazhev defeated a field of 344 in the PHP 75,000 (~US$1,500) WPT Philippines Main Event for his first major poker victory and PHP 4,812,000 (~US$95,200) in prize money.
There were concerns over the success of the WPT Philippines event after tournament organisers were forced to reduce the advertised prizepool guarantee prior to the start of the tournament, after the Filipino Government placed restrictions on foreigners entering the country for fear of spreading the Coronavirus. However the local poker players turned out in force for the event, and the original guarantee of PHP 20,000,000 was still reached in the end.
Australia’s Christos Vlahos entered the final table as chip leader, before bowing out in sixth place, to leave Blazhev to take on Korea’s Kunwoo Kim for the title. The heads-up battle would last for over two hours before Blazhev three-bet all in with ace-nine. Kim made the call with king-jack and when the board fell queen-high, Blazhev was declared the WPT Philippines champion.
WPT Philippines Final Table Results
1st Dimitar Blazhev (Bulgaria) – PHP 4,812,000 (~US$95,200)
2nd Kunwoo Kim (Korea) – PHP 3,372,000 (~US$66,700)
3rd Mark Dela Cruz (Philippines) – PHP 2,168,000 (~US$42,900)
4th David Erquiaga (Philippines) – PHP 1,397,000 (~US$27,600)
5th Rogel Del Rosario (Philippines) – PHP 1,077,000 (~US$21,300)
6th Christos Vlahos (Australia) – PHP 891,000 (~US$17,600)
7th Ryo Naito (Japan) – PHP 784,000 (~US$15,500)
8th Vikaash Shah (India) – PHP 613,000 (~US$12,100)
9th Jongjun Park (Korea) – PHP 481,000 (~US$9,500)
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