Main Event

Varma Storms to the Lead on Day 2

• Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Day 2 chipleader, Amit Varma

It was the longest and toughest day of poker we have had all week, but finally Day 2 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cebu Main Event is over.

A total of 128 players returned to the felt today to try their hand at making a deep run and late into the last level of the night, we had 29 players remaining and were on the bubble.

Eventually the bubble would burst in a brutal fashion as Mikko Turtiainen took a bad beat to go home empty handed. That left us in the money with 28 players and Day 2 was all over.

The player who put in the best effort toward the business end of the day and will have the best shot at making a run at the PHP5,927,000 first place prize was India’s Amit Varma. Late into the evening it was Jacky Wang who held the chip lead, but nearing the bubble, Varma stormed away with it and left Wang in dust.

Also joining Varma at the top of the counts will be Hoang Anh Do, Nicholas Wong and Xue Bin Pang, while the last lady standing, Kitty Kuo will start the day as the short stack.

Some of the players who started Day 2 with high hopes, but fell extremely short of any glory include Mishel Anunu, Daren Yoon, Kenneth Wong, Sangeeth Mohan and Jesse McKenzie. Also not able to hang on to their tournament lives included all three Team PokerStars Pros Celina Lin, Vivian Im and Raymond Wu.

Better luck next time to the above players and good luck for tomorrow to all the players who have made it through. A full list of chip counts can be seen below, while a Day 3 seating draw will be posted once made available.

That’s all from us here in the Waterfront Hotel and Casino. We’ll be back tomorrow from 12:15 pm and we’ll be playing down to the final nine in the APPT Cebu Main Event. Just because the day is over here in the Philippines, it doesn’t mean all the poker action is over. Be sure to check out the coverage of the EPT Grand Final. It’s currently on the money bubble over in that tournament, so don’t miss all the action.