Main Event
Main Event
Day 1A completed

Day 1A is Over!


After seven levels of play, we are finished here on Day 1A of APT Philippines 2010!

The chip leader is Charles "Mr. Macau" Chua, who pretty much saw his stack climb steadily higher throughout the day to end at a dominating 98,950. In second place is the Filipino Poker Tour's Alan Escano, who is way behind with 63,525 but still good enough to take second place on the leaderboard for today.

Other players who are still alive include defending champion Neil Arce, billiards pro Alex Pagulayan, last night's Head Hunter champion Li You Nan, and a host of well-known players from the local scene.

Day 1B will start tomorrow at 1:00 pm. Many top players are expected to be in attendance, including Johnny Chan, John Juanda, J.C. Tran, Nam Le, Quinn Do, Steve Sung, Winfred Yu, and many more.

See you all tomorrow!

Charles Chua 98,950 1,950
Alan Escano 63,525 7,525
Li You Nan 58,175 13,175
Neil Arce ph 50,125 -1,875
Alex Pagulayan 50,100
48,250 250
Tonypet Albano 44,250 -3,750
Mark Amparo 41,800 11,800
Aura Asilo 35,050
Ramil Tandoc 26,725 3,725
Michael Cua 24,325 -6,675
Bryan Huang sg 16,750 2,750
Wally Sombero 15,825 2,825

Up and Away

Charles "Mr. Macau" Chua
Charles "Mr. Macau" Chua

Charles "Mr. Macau" Chua looks like the day's clear-cut chip leader after winning a big hand against the player next to him.

We caught up to the hand on the river, with the board showing {k-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{4-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and more than 25,000 in the pot.

Charles had made a big bet of 16,000, prompting his lone opponent to go into the tank for a good few minutes.

Finally, the player called, but he could only muck his hand as he saw that it was no good against Charles' full house with {8-}{8-}.

He is now at about 97,000 in chips.

Tags: Charles Chua

Last Eight for the Day


We are now down to our last eight hands for the day. As soon as play stops and the chips are bagged, we'll have the official counts for you guys.

Another Short Stack Hits the Rail


Pre-flop, it was a battle of the blinds as the short-stack small blind went all-in and Joseph Kim made the quick call from the big blind.

Joseph: {a-Spades}{3-Spades}
SB: {j-}{10-}

Joseph was ahead pre-flop but the other player picked up a straight draw on the flop of {q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}.

The turn {2-Clubs} and river {3-Clubs} did not complete his draw, though, giving the chips to Joseph and knocking out the short stack.

Tags: Joseph Kim

The Last of the Kings

Aura Asilo
Aura Asilo

Aura Asilo has just knocked out July Macau Poker Cup champion Kenichi Takarabe after a wild pre-flop sequence.

It started early as the UTG player raised to 1,400. Action went over to Kenichi, who shoved all-in for his last 6,600 in chips. Stephen Lim, who was next to act, made the call, only to have seatmate Aura go all-in as well for her remaining stack of about 15,000!

The UTG then made the fold, and Stephen agonized over his decision before finally folding {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} face up. With Aura and Kenichi as the only two left in the hand, the cards were tabled:

Aura: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Kenichi: {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

The flop and turn blanked as they came {5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Spades}{8-Clubs} but the table reacted loudly as the river brought the {k-Clubs} to give Aura top pair and knock Kenichi out of the tournament.

As the dealer sent the chips in Aura's direction, the table was abuzz. Apparently, the UTG player had folded {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}, and with Stephen open-folding {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}, that meant that the king on the river was the only one remaining in the deck.

She is now at about 27,000.

Tags: Aura AsiloStephen LimKenichi Takarabe


Final Break of the Day


Players are on a ten minute break, the last of the day. They'll come back for one more level before wrapping it up.

Ivan Knocks One Out Before the Break


Just before the break, Ivan Tan of Singapore knocked another player out of the tournament after the two had gotten their stacks all-in pre-flop.

Ivan had {10-}{10-} but would need to dodge overcards as his opponent held {a-}{j-}.

The board ran out to his liking as it stayed low, running out {4-}{8-}{9-}{7-}{3-Diamonds} to push the chips in Ivan's direction and point the other player to the exit.

Tags: Ivan Tan