A hugely successful tournament has reached a conclusion with an unbelievably intense final table that stretched well over 14 hours. Players didn't give an inch here today, with every chip valued like a prized possession.
In the end, it was Australian Van Marcus who overcame the field of 285 players to collect the trophy. Van rode his luck throughout the tournament, with some breaks going his way on Day 2, followed up with some major fortune on this final table. It was somewhat fitting that his victory was delivered on the wave of another straight draw that connected. While Van had some luck, it must be remembered that he has been a hugely successful online player for many years and this major poker title simply confirms his status as one of Australia's, Asia's, and the world's best all around poker players.
Van collects the trophy and $162,856 for his efforts here at the 2008 PokerStars.net APPT Manila Main Event. Congratulations to Van and Tae Jun Noh for an epic heads-up contest, and to all of our cash winners.
That wraps up our coverage from the Hyatt Hotel & Casino here in Manila, Philippines. With this victory, the poker community will be buzzing back in Australia as the newest APPT champ will be looking to go back-to-back on home soil at the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final from Sydney, which kicks off on December 2nd. We hope you will join us there once again as Season 2 of the APPT reaches an exciting conclusion!
Finally, mercifully, the tournament has ended. And since the story of the tournament was how Van Marcus ran like God, it was only fitting that he should draw out on Tae Jun Noh to end things.
The two men took a raised flop of . Noh acted first after the flop and bet 200,000. Marcus moved all in, and an exhausted Noh must have figured that this was as good a time as any. He called, giving us our first all-in confrontation in three hours of heads-up play. Noh was the all-in player but tabled the better hand.
Noh showed top pair, but Marcus had an up-and-down straight draw along with an overcard. He promptly hit the straight draw when the fell on the turn.
Marcus fell to his knees and raised his arms in weary triumph. Noh was crestfallen as the came down on the river to officially eliminate him from the tournament. He earned a cool six-figure payday, cashing out for $103,142.
In a little variation to the typical hand we've seen for the last three hours of heads-up play, Tae Jun Noh bet 100,000 on the flop after neither player raised preflop. Van Marcus called, then bet 130,000 after Noh checked the turn. Noh quickly surrendered.
Yet another limped pot between Van Marcus and Tae Jun Noh ended without completing the tournament. On an all-spade flop, , Marcus opened for 70,000. Jun raised him to 270,000, then showed a total airball, , after Marcus mucked.
Van Marcus raised it 120,000 and Tae Jun Noh made the call. The flop landed and both players checked. The turn was the and Noh checked to Marcus, who fired out 135,000. Noh folded and another exciting heads-up pot goes to the Australian.