Congratulations to Christian Aaron Lee, who won the Metro Card Club’s Independence Day Weekend Special to take home a total of Php 636,000 in winnings!
The Filipino-Chinese player bested a tough final table that featured several familiar names from the Philippine poker scene to take home the grand prize.
Lee started the last day second in chips with 648,000 but would need to stay alert as the final table was occupied by the likes of Jojo Tech, Sunshine Samson, and D’amor Nario – three of the country’s well-known tournament players.
He did just that as he steadily built his stack and went into heads-up play against Bernard Chua with a 3,398,000-to-865,000 chip advantage. Less than twenty hands in, both players got their money all-in after a flop of .
Chua was in the lead and looking to double up as he held compared to Lee’s . However, Lee would climb back on top as the landed on the turn to give him trips. The river bricked out, eliminating Chua in second place and giving Lee the title.
For the win, Lee received Php 625,000 in cash, a seat to the next Filipino Poker Tour (FPT) event worth Php 11,000, and a big trophy. Chua, meanwhile, won Php 320,000 in cash and an FPT seat.
A total of 426 players showed up for the four-day tournament, which was held by the Metro Card Club to commemorate the country’s Independence Day weekend. The tournament guaranteed a Php 2,000,000 prize pool for a buy-in of Php 3,000.
The Metro Card Club is located at the Metrowalk complex in Pasig City, Philippines. For more information, visit their website by clicking here.
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