APPT Manila Main Event

Tan Doubles Through Obst

Ivan Tan has just doubled through James Obst, with all the chips in the middle preflop. Obst held {A-?}{K-?} but Tan held {K-Hearts}{K-Spades} for the lead.

The flop came {Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{9-Clubs} to give Obst additional outs to the straight, but the {2-Hearts} and {5-Spades} missed his hand and Tan doubles to 40,000, leaving Obst with only around 12,000.

Three-Way All In is Golden for Drivsholm

Jeppe Drivsholm
Jeppe Drivsholm
It's rare to see three players all in on a single hand, but it's happened a few times during the course of this tournament, including a recent hand on Table 10. After an early position short stack open-raised all in for 10,800, APPT Macau fifth-place finisher Jeppe Drivsholm reraised all in for 24,900. Melvin Matibag peeked at his cards and asked the dealer for a count. Once he got it. Matibag himself reraised all in for a total of 59,000. That cleared everyone else out of the hand.

Early Position: {A-Clubs} {K-Diamonds}
Drivsholm: {Q-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds}
Matibag: {A-Diamonds} {Q-Hearts}

Drivsholm was in great shape to almost triple up, with many of his opponents' outs already dead. He did just that after the board ran out {5-Diamonds} {2-Clubs} {4-Clubs} {7-Spades} {7-Clubs}. The early position player was knocked out, and Matibag was knocked back to about 35,000 chips. Meanwhile Drivsholm now sits near the top of the leaderboard, with roughly 65,000 chips.

Things Going Wong

Derwin Wong has just taken a hit and not without some emotional damage also. Wong wasn't feeling great when he found his {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} up against a short-stacked Rob Parise holding {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}, however things looked a lot brighter when the flop fell {4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{10-Spades} giving him the two-outer for the lead.

As Parise had one foot out the door, Wong cringed as the {A-Spades} landed on the turn for another two-outer! With only one out Wong couldn't find quads as the {7-Clubs} fell to drop Wong back to 28,000. Parise doubles up to back over 20,000.

Drivsholm Exacts Revenge

It's been an interesting few hands for Jeppe Drivsholm. He first lost a chunk of his stack to an all-in short stack who overtook Drivsholm's top pair by making a runner-runner straight. A few hands later, the same two players were at it again. This time it was Drivsholm who overtook the short stack, rivering a higher pair against the short stack's flopped top pair and knocking him out in the process.

Drivsholm now has about 22,000 chips.

Obst Struggling

James "Andy McLEOD" Obst
James "Andy McLEOD" Obst
James Obst is an 18-year-old online phenom, who has caused many sensations in the online poker world over the past few years under the alias "Andy McLEOD". His first steps into the live poker scene have yet to produce a result, but he has been hanging tough today as he looks to make it through to Day 2.

However, he recently took a hit after calling the all-in from a short-stacked player in late position. Obst held an innocent looking {A-Clubs}{8-Spades} but it was the best hand as the short stack was making a move at the blinds with {K-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}.

The flop was not what Obst wanted to see when it was spread {8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}, giving his opponent a flush draw. The turn was even worse for Obst when the {K-Spades} peeled off to pair his opponent's king. The river bricked the {Q-Spades} and Obst doubles up his opponent and falls back to about 14,000.

Color Up Completed

We're back. One and a half levels remain before play concludes. There will not be any further breaks tonight.

Nelson Escapes Big Hand?

Derwin Wong opened with a raise to 1,600 before Lee Nelson re-popped it to 4,000 in position. The blinds folded and Wong made the call.

The flop came down {J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and both players checked. The turn was the {10-Spades} and again the action checked through after some deliberation from Nelson. The river landed the {5-Spades} and Wong fired out a 5,000 bet. Nelson quickly folded as Wong threw his head back in the air in disgust as if Nelson had escaped a big hand. Wong is up to 39,000 with Nelson still comfortable with about 20,000.

Marcus Not Done Yet

Van Marcus
Van Marcus
Just minutes after his last victory, Van Marcus was involved in the biggest hand of the day so far. Tasha Ellis opened the preflop betting with a raise to 1,700 that Marcus reraised to 5,000 from the small blind. Ellis called, and the two players took a flop of {3-Hearts} {Q-Spades} {6-Diamonds}. Marcus, as first to act, made it 7,000 to go. Ellis called.

Both players checked the turn {9-Diamonds}. The river {9-Clubs} paired the board and brought an all-in bet from Marcus of 24,100. Ellis went deep into the tank, staring at the board without any indication of what to do. She was in the tank for at least three or four minutes, long enough for every player at the table except Marcus and Ellis to get up and stretch their legs. Ellis finally made the call, with Marcus triumphantly turning over {A-Clubs} {A-Diamonds}. Ellis nodded and mucked.

That pot was worth approximately 74,000 chips for Marcus.