APPT Manila Main Event

Only a Miracle Could Save Him

Another Miracle for Melvin
Melvin "the Miracle" Matibag is one of the rising stars of the Filipino Poker Tour, known for playing some creative cards. He open-raised all in from under the gun for almost 30,000. A player in middle position called with pocket kings and was in great shape against Matibag's {8-Diamonds} {9-Diamonds}. But we wouldn't be writing about this hand if the kings just held up on an uninspired board. Matibag flopped an gutshot straight flush draw, {5-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} {5-Spades}. He missed the turn {4-Clubs}, but filled his straight with the river {6-Spades}, crippling his opponent down to just 800 chips.

"Ship it to me!" Matibag exulted. "Miracle! That's how we roll."