Meanwhile the High Rollers Event has kicked off on a nearby table. With a buy-in of PHP250,000 (approx US$5,000) it looks like play will initially start with only one table, although a second table is setup in preparation for any late arrivals.
Some of the starters include David Steicke, Wally Sombero, Bryan Huang and Yasuhiro Waki. We'll be focusing on the Main Event but will try to bring you updates of the High Rollers throughout the evening.
Lou Pacia was disappointed to have his all in with pocket fours called by Chi Kan Tang and his pocket queens. That disappointment turned to elation on a flop of . Pacia was still elated on the turn, and let out a cheer when the river came -- not realizing that the board had four-flushed to give Tang a club flush and the winning hand. Once he realized it, he reported to the payout table to collect his winnings for finishing in 24th place.
After a satisfying buffet dinner, cards are back in the air.
On the last hand before the dinner break, Michael Shell, playing at the feature table in the adjacent ballroom, was knocked out of the tournament. As a result 24 players are returning from dinner to continue play. We will keep playing tonight until only nine remain.
Van Marcus continues to punish his table. Sitting in the big blind, he called a button-raise and took a heads up flop of . Marcus checked to his opponent, who bet 9,000. Marcus then check-raised to 23,000 and was called.
On the turn , Marcus bet 35,000, inducing a quick fold. His chip count is now approaching 300,000.
Victor Torres has reached his personal finish line in this tournament. He open-raised all in from late position with and was called by Chang Yong Suk out of the small blind. Suk tabled , which proved decisive on a board of all babies, . Torres was therefore eliminated in 29th place.
A crazy hand has just seen two players eliminated and Van Marcus collect a monsterous pot.
James Broom opened with a raise from under the gun to 6,000 and found callers in Rudy Lim and June Caberoy, before action was with the short-stacked Takashi Ogura who moved all in from the small blind for 16,000.
Van Marcus was in the big blind and announced yet another raise, this time to 100,000! James Broom quickly moved his entire stack into the middle as Lim and Caberoy stepped aside.
Marcus tabled , Ogura but both trailed Broom's .
An ace was in the window to give Ogura hope, but when it fell Marcus had hit a set to leave Ogura in trouble. Meanwhile Broom was shouting for a diamond to give him the flush to double up. The turn and river bricked , and Marcus scooped the pot to send two to the rail! He's now up to over 220,000 chips as Broom and Ogura collect $3,257 for their efforts.