Main Event

Steve Yea Eliminated in 2nd Place ($100,000); Neil Arce Wins APT Philippines Main Event!

Steve Yea - 2nd Place
Neil Arce had only just recently taken the chip lead from Steve Yea. He showed a willingness over a series of hands to up the preflop aggression. On the final hand, he made what had become a standard open for him of 100,000. Steve Yea reraised to 300,000. Arce moved all in and Yea called in a shot.

Arce: {K-Spades} {Q-Spades}
Yea: {A-Diamonds} {K-Hearts}

Arce was in very bad shape, a 3-to-1 underdog to Yea's hand. There was no help for either player on a flop of {4-Spades} {6-Clubs} {7-Hearts}. A pumped-up Yea was two cards away from a huge double-up. The dealer burned and turned the turn... the {q-Hearts}! The partisan crowd, here to cheer on the local favorite, exploded out of their chairs. A stunned Yea could only shake his head. It was out of his hands; he did all he could do by getting his chips in good.

The small contingent of Koreans were pleading for an ace on the river, but it didn't come. The river blanked out {6-Hearts} to eliminate Yea in second place -- the second APT tournament in a row in which Yea has finished as the runner-up -- and give Arce the victory.