After four days of heated competition that included a final day that ran for 13 hours at Okada Manila, semi-retired Filipino player Florencio Campomanes railroaded the latter half of the final table to become the newest APPT Main Event champion. He pocketed his largest live tournament career score of ₱ 11,092,500 (US$ 214,900) and one of the most prestigious titles in Asia.
This major victory was long overdue for Campomanes who has been using the #thebestisyettocome in his facebook posts for some time. And arrive it sure did.
Seven years ago, the idea of a poker tournament with a seven-figure buy in was something new. The $1,000,000 buy in 2012 Big One for One Drop ushered in a new era of high stakes tournament poker and the world watched on, gripped by the excitement of such a staggering amount of money on the line. Not since that day has a tournament created such a buzz – until now.
As the number of entries ticked ever higher for the £1,000,000 Triton London tournament, it soon became we were about to see the biggest 1st place payout in a poker event.
Poker may have existed long before Doyle Brunson was around, but in terms of competitive poker for big money and the WSOP, Brunson was one of the founding fathers of the game. An all-rounder of exceptional ability he amassed ten WSOP bracelets in his career, including back to back Main Event titles in 1976 and 1977. Having now lived the lion’s share of such a long and eventful life, Doyle Brunson’s time has been marked by many interesting stories.
Here is our collection of lesser-known gems from the life of poker’s greatest legend.