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Mark Pagsuyuin Wins the TPC: Plugged In Tournament

  • Christian ChuaChristian Chua
Mark Pagsuyuin

Mark Pagsuyuin outlasted a field of 173 players to win Plugged In, the first-ever tournament of The Poker Circuit (TPC).

One of the most recognizable players on the Philippine poker scene, Pagsuyuin outlasted a tough field at the Big Ace Liberty Club in Mandaluyong City to take down the win.

He had to rise through the ranks to do it as he came into the final table with 241,000 in chips – giving him the second-smallest stack on the table. It did not matter to him as he kept building up his chips through some timely moves and lucky draws until he found himself heads-up with Bong Gloria.

The two players battled for a few hands before the money finally all went-in pre-flop with Gloria holding the bigger stack. Pagsuyuin was slightly ahead with {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} against Gloria’s {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}.

The flop came {j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{5-Hearts} to keep Pagsuyuin ahead. He paired one of his cards as a {10-Diamonds} came on the turn. However, that card gave Gloria outs to a straight. The river blanked with a {2-Clubs}, though, giving Pagsuyuin with the massive double-up and crippling Gloria’s stack at about 470,000.

A few hands later, the money went all-in again. This time, it was Gloria slightly ahead pre-flop as he held {4-Spades}{4-Hearts} to Pagsuyuin’s {10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. However, the board ran out {q-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} to counterfeit his cards by giving Pagsuyuin the top two-pair with the higher kicker.

For the victory, Pagsuyuin won Php 200,000 in cash, a PAGCOR Chairman's Cup seat worth Php 125,000, and a seat to the Asian Poker King Tournament in April worth HKD $8,000. Gloria, meanwhile, won Php 105,000 and a PAGCOR Chairman's Cup seat for finishing second.

The TPC: Plugged In tournament was held at the Big Ace Liberty Club in Mandaluyong City, Philippines, from March 13-17, 2010. It guaranteed a prize pool of Php 1,000,000 and was an Asian Poker Tour (APT) accredited event.

The prize pool included three seats to the upcoming US $1,000,000 guaranteed 1st PAGCOR Chairman Efraim C. Genuino International Poker Tournament – more popularly known as the PAGCOR Chairman’s Cup.

In addition, the winner received a bonus seat worth HK $8,000 to the Asian Poker King Tournament this April 22-26 at the StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Macau. That tournament, which is also APT-accredited, features a HK $1,000,000 prize pool.

Here are the complete results from the final table:

1 Mark Pagsuyuin - Php 383,000 total
2 Bong Gloria - Php 230,000 total
3 Norbert Koh - Php 175,000 total
4 Ron Regis - Php 42,000
5 George Lim - Php 36,000
6 Ants Garcia - Php 30,000
7 Leslie Tan - Php 24,000
8 Mark Benasa - Php 18,000
9 Marvin Tavora - Php 14,000

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