APPT Manila Main Event

Event Info

Players 285
Players Left 285

Level Info

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

Noh Playing Small Ball

Tae Jun Noh rasied the minimum to 80,000 from the button and Van Marcus made the call.

The board of {K-Hearts}{10-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} was checked to the river where Noh bet out the minimum 40,000. Marcus gave it up and Noh collecs a small pot.

Noh Closes the Gap

It took only three heads-up hands for a sizable pot to develop. It was a limped pot, with Van Marcus limping the button and Tae Jun Noh checking the big blind. On a flop of {5-Clubs} {3-Clubs} {8-Spades}, Noh acted first and led out for 50,000. Marcus made the call. When the turn fell {2-Spades}, Noh fired the second barrel for 100,000. That was enough to chase away Marcus.

Play Resumes

All of the television bits are done. We're back in action. Van Marcus has the chip lead; Tae Jun Noh starts with the button.

Heads Up Chip Counts

Who will be our 2008 APPT Manila champion?
Who will be our 2008 APPT Manila champion?
After a marathon three-way contest, we finally reached heads up with the updated chip counts as follows:

Van Marcus: 1,674,000
Tae Jun Noh: 1,100,000

There will be a short delay while the TV crew prepare the set and film the final cutaways for the heads up contest.

Hyoung Jin Nam Eliminated in 3rd Place ($54,285)

Hyoung Jin Nam - 3rd Place
Hyoung Jin Nam - 3rd Place
Hyoung Jin Nam moved all in from the small blind for roughly 200,0000 and Tae Jun Noh made a quick call in the big blind.

Noh: {A-Clubs}{6-Hearts}
Nam: {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}

Needing a four or five to survive the board fell {8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} to give Noh the pot and end the run of Nam after a fine tournament in 3rd place for a collect of $54,285.

Still No Elimination

Hyoung Jin Nam was short and got all in with {K-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds}. He was up against Van Marcus, who tabled... {K-Hearts} {6-Clubs}. The flop came two hearts and a diamond, setting the gallery up for a potential sweat if the turn was red. It wasn't; it was a black jack. Chop it up, and keep waiting...

Still Going...

Someone get the Elias Sports Bureau on the phone -- it's been four hours since our last elimination. Surely that must be some sort of record, for which was have Van Marcus and his nine lives to thank.

Nam In Trouble

Hyoung Jin Nam raised to 85,000 from the button before Tae Jun Noh moved all in from the small blind, covering Nam. Van Marcus folded but Nam quickly released his hand. He's now under real pressure as the short stack on the table to overcome the huge blinds.

Marcus Finding His Form?

Limped pots often provide for quite a bit of entertainment and are usually the most dangerous pots for the players involved. What started as a three-way limped pot among Tae Jun Noh, Van Marcus and Hyoung Jin Nam turned quite interesting by the river. All three players checked the {4-Hearts} {6-Hearts} {A-Spades} flop. On the turn {4-Clubs}, Noh bet 40,000. He may have been surprised to be called by both of his opponents.

Noh tried the same bet of 40,000 on the river {3-Clubs}. Marcus raised that bet to 110,000. He elicited a pause for thoughtful reflection by Nam before Nam folded and sent the action back to Noh. Noh tanked for a minute, then showed an ace and folded.

Marcus Maintains Momentum

Van Marcus completed from the small blind and Hyoung Jin Nam checked his option in the big blind.

The flop was {Q-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} and both players checked. The turn was the {Q-Hearts} and Marcus bet out 55,000 with Nam making the call.

The river brought the {6-Diamonds} and both checked it down.

Marcus revealed {4-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for a rivered pair of sixes as Nam threw his head back in disgust and yelled something in Korean as he tabled {5-Clubs}{2-Hearts} for a pair of deuces.