APPT Manila Main Event

Event Info

Players 285
Players Left 285

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000

Bring Out the Smelling Salts

People in the gallery are having trouble keeping their eyes open. It's very late here in Manila -- almost 3:30am -- and we've been at this since 2pm in the afternoon. Van Marcus and Tae Jun Noh seem no closer to deciding who will be the champion of this tournament. Both look exhausted.

Um... Wow

Another limped pot between Tae Jun Noh and Van Marcus produced a head scratcher for the gallery that have managed to stay awake this deep into the night. On a flop of {5-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} {3-Hearts}, Marcus checked to Noh, who opened the betting for 100,000. Marcus check-raised that bet to 500,000, bringing a squeak of frustration from Noh. He tanked for about thirty seconds before mucking {2-?} {3-?} face up! Marcus showed one card, the {4-Spades}.

See-Saw Battle

Van Marcus has the upper hand once again this heads-up battle. he raised Tae Jun Noh from 100,000 to 230,000 preflop. Noh called but opted to come no further when Marcus bet 270,000 on the {8-Spades} {5-Spades} {6-Diamonds} flop.

Noh's Interesting Line Gets The Pot

Van Marcus limped the button and Tae Jun Noh checked his option in the big blind.

They took a flop of {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{8-Spades} where Noh check-called a 50,000 chip bet from Marcus.

Noh checked in the dark, as the {9-Spades} fell on the turn. Marcus checked behind.

The river was the {K-Diamonds} and Noh led with a sizable bet of 200,000. Marcus gave the decision a little thought before letting his hand go.

We're Back to Check-Check Poker

Another raised pot between Tae Jun Noh and Van Marcus produced another hand that was checked all the way to the river. The board ran out {A-Diamonds} {10-Spades} {6-Diamonds} {J-Hearts} {4-Spades}. Noh never took a stab at the pot despite floping middle pair {Q-Hearts} {10-Diamonds}, which was the winning hand.

Big Pot For Small Pair

Tae Jun Noh raised to 100,000 from the button before Van Marcus announced a reraise to 230,000. Noh clarified the amount before making a pretty quick call.

With nearly half a million in the pot already, the flop was spread {3-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and both players checked. The turn was the {Q-Diamonds} and both checked again. It seemed that no one wanted this pot as the {2-Spades} on the river was checked again.

Marcus tabled {K-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} for just a baby pair but remarkably it was good to take the huge pot!

No Big Pots Yet

Small pots are ruling the day in heads-up play. Tae Jun Noh and Van Marcus took an unraised flop of {2-Hearts} {Q-Spades} {K-Diamonds}. They checked it through to the {10-Clubs} turn and the {2-Diamonds} river. Marcus checked a third time on the river, bringing a bet of 50,000 from Noh. Marcus called but wasn't able to bring the pot home; Noh showed {10-Diamonds} {9-Spades} for a pair of tens and the winner.

We're All Square

The players are very even in chips right now, with both players holding roughly 1.375 million chips. Neither player is giving an inch as this contest is extremely close and could go either way.

Noh Surrender

Van Marcus limped from the button, before Tae Jun Noh bumped it up another 100,000. Marcus made the call.

The flop was {J-Clubs}{8-Spades}{4-Hearts} and both players checked. The turn brought the {Q-Diamonds} and Noh fired out 200,000 which did the job as Marcus folded his hand.

Marcus Chips Up

Van Marcus raised to 100,000 from the button and Tae Jun Noh made the call.

The flop was spread {2-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Spades} and Marcus made a continuation bet of 130,000 to take it down.