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JC Tran’s Win for Charity Highlights Big Opening Day<br />After a long wait, the Asian Poker Tour returned to Manila and it was a familiar face who provided one of the biggest highlights of the opening day of APT Philippines 2010.<br />APT ambassador J.C. Tran, one of the most respected and feared poker players in the world, beat out a field of local celebrities and fellow pros to win the celebrity charity challenge.<br />Tran outlasted pros such as John Juanda, Quinn Do, Nam Le, Steve Sung, Neil Arce, and Amnon Filippi, as well as the representatives from the APT, including AsianLogic CEO Tom Hall, APT chairman Chris Parker, and APT CEO Jeff Mann.<br />The local celebrities, meanwhile, included event runner-up Jinno Rufino, Troy Montero, KC Montero, Karen Bordador, Jinno Rufino, Rajo Laurel, Khai Lim, Haji Alejandro, Priscilla Meirelles, and John Estrada.<br />The biggest winner of the night, though, was Tran’s chosen charity — the Kythe Foudation. The Philippine charity received Php 100,000 from the APT as a result of Tran’s win.<br />The charity event highlighted an eventful opening day for this year’s APT Philippines, which is being held at Resorts World Manila. Aside from the opening ceremonies, the APT also held a media event, the PKR Battle of Teams side event, and the TPC Motherboard finals.<br />It will be more poker action on Tuesday as the APT Accredited Performance Leaderboard event will take place in addition to the FHM MSW Head Hunter event and the usual mega and super satellites.<br />The much-awaited US $2,700 main event will start on Wednesday, August 25, and will go all the way until Sunday.<br />