That will do it for Day 1a of the 2009 Asian Poker Tour Philippines Main Event. Seventy five players turned up today to try to parlay their $2,700 entry fee into a six figure payday and poker glory and immortality. By the end of the day a mere nineteen remained. Norihito Suzuki jumped out to the early chip lead and held onto it for most of the day, but lost a big pot to local Neil Arce in the last half hour of play. Arce is the apparent overnight chip leader with 85,800 chips.
Two WSOP bracelet winners were in the field to start the day, but neither one made it to the bag-and-tag at the end of the night. 1990 WSOP Main Event winner Mansour Matloubi went out early in the day; Seven-Card Stud champion Toto Leonidas held on for most of the day, succubing in the last ten minutes of play.
Tomorrow's field promises to be much larger than today, and will be stocked with talent well-known to the international poker circuit. PokerNews will have all of the action live from the tournament floor at noon local time. Until then, good night!