Day 4 completed
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Day 4 completed
After five long days of poker action here at Resorts World Manila, Michael Cua is the champion of the APT Philippines 2010 main event!
The local player, who won his seat through one of the satellite tournaments held at RWM, survived a tough field of 227 of the best players from Asia and around the world to take home the title and first prize of US $172,200 with an additional APT Macau seat worth US $4,500.
It was an action-packed run for Michael, who was one of the shortest stacks late last night in Day 3. With less than 14,000 in chips remaining, Michael got his chips all-in on many occasions and came out as the winner every time.
That amazing run carried over to the final table, where he was a short stack for most of the day before tripling up and then taking the chip lead by eliminating Bryan Huang in a span of thirty minutes.
Matched up against Mike Puno, who was the dominant chip leader for most of the final table, Michael did not back down, using plenty of aggression to grind away at Mike's stack until that final all-in moment.
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After both players had checked down the flop of , it looked to be the same story on the turn as Mike Puno, who was first to act, checked.
Michael Cua then decided to take a stab at the pot, betting out 50,000. The crowd then got on its feet as Mike retaliated by going all-in, and Michael made the call!
Michael had made the call with second pair but was ahead against Mike's . With one card to go, Mike was looking for another club or a jack, and the final card was dealt:
The entire crowd of onlookers around the table erupted, as the nine on the river gave Michael two-pair, cementing his win and making him champion of APT Philippines 2010!
For his runner-up finish, Mike received US $89,100 and a seat to APT Macau worth US $4,500.
Michael Cua may have gotten most of his chips through his many timely all-in moments, but he has shown a whole new dimension in his game here in heads-up play.
Pre-flop, Mike Puno raised to 75,000 and Michael made the call.
Both players then proceeded to check down the flop of , and the turn was dealt:
When an ace landed on the turn, Michael checked and Mike took the opportunity to bet 250,000. After thinking for a while, Michael made the call.
Michael, who was first to act, checked over to Mike, who bet 250,000. After some consideration, Michael made the call.
When the cards were turned over, everybody was caught by surprise. Michael had only called with for third pair, but it was good enough to beat out Mike's bluff with !
Michael has now taken a commanding chip lead with 2,905,000 compared to Mike's 500,000.
Not much big action so far but Michael Cua has been the more aggressive player of the two, making big bets and taking the majority of the pots so far without a single showdown.
Play has resumed here between the two remaining players of the APT Philippines 2010 main event.
It is a tale of absolute contrasts. On one side of the table is Mike Puno, who has been the dominating chip leader throughout the final table, losing his lead only in the last half- hour.
On the other side of the spectrum is Michael Cua, who was down to less than 14,000 in chips late in Day 3. An incredible run of luck enabled Michael to win all-in moment after all-in moment, with all of that culminating in the last two big hands we reported.
Both are playing for a shot at almost US $180,000 in prize money, so the pressure is definitely on. Let's see what these two are made of.
As we wait for the introduction and presentation of the heads-up players, here are the chip counts of the two remaining players:
A sudden turn of events has left the players and onlookers here absolutely stunned.
Pre-flop, Bryan Huang, who was down to his last 400,000 or so, shoved all-in and the crowd stood up as he got a quick call from Michael Cua.
Bryan turned over , but he was dominated as Michael showed .
The board blanked as it ran out , sending Bryan out of the tournament in third place with US $39,500 and an APT Macau seat worth US $4,500 (convertible to cash).
We are still in shock after Michael Cua, who was one of the shortest stacks late in Day 3 and throughout the final table, is now the chip leader with almost two million in chips.
It's time for heads-up play!
Michael Cua's incredible streak of winning his all-in moments is still alive.
Pre-flop, Bryan Huang raised to 80,000 and Michael Cua shoved all-in for 420,000 more. Mike Puno agonized for a while before finally making the call. Action then went over to Bryan, who went over to take a look at the payout structure before going back to the table and declaring a call!
Bryan and Mike then proceeded to check down the board of , and everybody was stunned as Michael turned over two kings for the flopped set!
The other two players could only muck their hands as Michael raked in the huge pot to triple up his stack to about 1.4 million in chips.