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New APT Ambassador Joe Hachem Confirmed for APT Philippines

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The Asian Poker Tour (APT) has just announced that Joe Hachem will be joining the action at APT Philippines when it hits Resorts World Manila on April 19-25, 2012. The tournament will feature a USD $2700 Main Event and it will be the first time that Hachem makes an event appearance as a newly-appointed APT Ambassador.

The 2005 World Series of Poker champion entered a working relationship with AsianLogic – owners of the Asian Poker Tour – back in January 2012. A short while later Hachem commented on the reasons for this move in an interview with Poker Portal Asia:

“Basically, it is to help secure and grow poker in the region, in Australasia, and help the Asian Poker Tour grow. And, for me, obviously because I have been around for a little bit now, it’s great to be able to work with partners who are exciting and innovative like the APT. The APT prides itself on quality rather than quantity so we’re going to try and expand on that moving forward throughout the year on the agendas that we are planning,” said Hachem.

While Hachem also mentioned in our interview his tentative plans to attend APT Philippines, the official confirmation of his appearance first came via APT CEO Jeff Mann’s Twitter account earlier today:  “Good News: spoke to @JosephHachem he is confirmed for #APT Philippines next month.

APT Tournament Manager, Jason Morris, said in a later issued press release, “Joe Hachem is the perfect player to represent the APT and we look forward to having him join the action at APT Philippines. I’m sure the players themselves will also be glad that they will get a chance to test themselves against an opponent who already has well over USD $11 million in tournament earnings.”

Last year, the APT Philippines Main Event was won by local hero Enrique del Prado. The Filipino took down the title with some unconventional play to defeat Elton Tsang at heads up and net himself USD $179,260 in prize money.

The APT has suggested that 2011’s Main Event field of 231 players is looking like it will be bettered this time around. Other pros that are expected to join the tables in April are 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Oliver Speidel and 2010 Macau Poker Cup Championship winner Julian Hasse. Both Speidel and Hasse have just played the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Seoul event and Poker Portal Asia will be posting an exclusive interview with Speidel very soon. Stay tuned.

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