Main Event

Martins Takes Duff's Chips

The action was opened to 8,000 by Alistair Duff in the cutoff seat. The play was then on Antonio Martins in the small blind and he three-bet all in for around 50,000. This put Duff to quite the decision as he decided what path he wanted to go down. Eventually he decided to call and the two turned their hands over.

Duff: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Martins: {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

Duff was in front at this point with his jacks, but it wouldn't stay that way for long as the {a-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} flop was spread on the felt. The {k-Clubs} on the turn and the {4-Diamonds} on the river would make sure Martins would take the double up as Duff takes a bit of a hit to his stack late into Day 2.

Alistair Duff 135,000 -47,000
Antonio Martins pt 125,000 60,000

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Marvanek Over and Out

Michael Marvanek, down to about 35,000, went for the squeeze play all in from the small blind after one player opened for 6,500 and the cutoff, Julian Hasse, called. Marvanek's squeeze forced out the original raiser, but Hasse snap-called with pocket queens. That was not a good thing for Marvanek, who was practically drawing dead after a {q-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop gave Hasse a set. There were no miracle runners for Marvanek. He's out.

Michael Marvanek Busted

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Perfect Ten for Nguyen

Andrew Nguyen is now among the chip leaders after catching a brutal two-outer to eliminate an opponent.
With a raise to 6,000 from under the gun, Nguyen popped it to 13,500 next to speak. The table folded back around to the UTG-player who moved all in. Nguyen made the call with pocket tens but he was in trouble against pocket kings.

That is, until the board ran out {5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{4-Clubs} to give Nguyen the perfect ten on the turn to scoop the pot.

Andrew Nguyen us 220,000 30,000

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Counts From Around the Room

Jacky Wang 350,000 80,000
Amit Varma in 345,000 175,000
Hoang Anh Do 220,000 173,100
Hyung Kook Shin 220,000 190,200
Andrew Nguyen us 190,000 190,000
Alistair Duff 182,000
Sammy Huang 170,000 -10,000
Daniel Nordstrom 162,000 100,300
Michael Kanaan au 160,000 -15,000
Chris Edgar 160,000 30,000
Sungsik Bae 150,000 99,700
Nicholas Wong 150,000 10,000
Bobo Chen 150,000 25,000
Julian Hasse 145,000 30,000
Sameer Rattonsey in 135,000 -13,000
Victor de Guzman 110,000 39,200
Antoine Amourette fr 100,000 15,000
David Steicke au 90,000 5,000
Sang Yong Lee 80,000
Andrey Kobov 80,000 80,000
Alvin Cheam 78,000 44,900
Karsten Nielsen 75,000 -21,000
Hung Hui Lai 75,000 200
Steven Tegnelia 70,000 42,600
Antonio Martins pt 65,000 -45,000

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How Do You Say Bubble in Mandarin

Bobo Chen limped from under the gun, but chip leader Jacky Wang didn’t spot it and tossed out a raise to just 4,900. The button called and the action was back on Chen.

“You just raise the usual amount when there’s a limper?” quizzed Carter Gill to Wang.

“I obviously didn’t see the limper,” explained Wang. “It could cost me a lot of money!”

With that, Chen leapt to his feet and splashed all of his chips into the middle in a massive overbet of over 100,000 – a move that Bobo has perfected over the years. Wang and the button player quickly folded.
“How do you say bubble in Mandarin?” posed Gill.

Jacky Wang 270,000 -10,000
Bobo Chen 125,000 5,000

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Sammy keeps Steicke in check

David Steicke opened with a raise to 5,100 before Sammy Huang popped it to 11,700 next to speak. The table folded around and Steicke tossed out a call to see the {6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{J-Hearts} flop fall.

Steicke checked and Huang moved a curiously small bet of 7,900 into the middle. Steicke wasn’t sure what to make of it as he let his hand go.

Sammy Huang 180,000 5,000
David Steicke au 85,000 -20,000

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Thirteen off the Money

• Level 13: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Currently 41 players remain here in the APPT Cebu Main Event. While we are still quite far off the money bubble bursting (top 28 players paid), the play is noticeably slowing up. Just over a level and half though and it will be all over for the day regardless

Kanaan and Steicke

Australia's Michael Kanaan and Hong Kong based Aussie David Steicke have both had plenty of success across Australasia and are both looking to add to their resumes here in Cebu. Right now they sit at the same table and both have fairly healthy stacks.

We recently caught a hand between the two players whereby the action started with Steicke opening it up to 5,600. Kanaan made the call from the big blind and the two players watched as three cards were spread across the felt.

Flop: {7-Hearts}{3-Spades}{k-Spades}

On the flop, Kanaan checked and Steicke threw out 5,600. This is when Kanaan put in the check-raise to 14,000. It was enough to quickly send Steicke's cards into the muck.

Michael Kanaan au 175,000 40,000
David Steicke au 105,000 40,000

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Gill Doubles Before Break

Carter Gill found a very nice double up just prior to the break. He was all in for 26,500 with pocket jacks and found action from a player in the blinds who called with pocket tens. The board ran out {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{5-Spades} to see Gill double up.

Carter Gill 60,000 30,000

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