Main Event

Getting Back on Track


After losing a big chunk of his stack in that encounter with Alan Escano, Li You Nan has found some luck after being moved to a neighboring table.

On a board of {2-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}, Li went all-in with {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for trip sevens and got a caller from an opponent with {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for the diamond flush draw.

The diamond he was looking never came as the river blanked out, giving the big pot to Li and booting the player out of Day 1A.

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Alan Strikes Back

Alan Escano
Alan Escano

Pre-flop, Li You Nan made a raise to 650 and the Filipino Poker Tour's Alan Escano made the call.

Flop: {a-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{6-Spades}

When the first three cards came out, Alan checked over to Li, who made a bet of about 1,500. Alan made the call.

It was the same story on the turn as the {5-Diamonds} was met with a check-bet-call sequence between the two.

On the river {7-Clubs}, Alan went for it all by shoving his stack in after Li had bet 15,000.

Li then went into an extended tanking session, agonizing over whether to call or not as a large crowd gathered around the table. Finally, he made the fold, sending the huge pot Alan's way.

He is now at about 65,000.

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Min-Raise Avoidance


Pre-flop, Alan Escano made a raise to 3,000 and got a single caller in fellow big stack Li You Nan.

Flop: {j-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}

After the first three cards appeared, Alan splashed 2,600 into the pot only to be re-raised, barely, to 5,200.

Alan tanked for about a minute or so before finally making the fold. "Queens?" he asked Li, but got no reply.

He is now at about 41,000 while Li is at about 48,000.

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Wally Lets It Go

Wally Sombero
Wally Sombero

Pre-flop, the UTG player at Wally Sombero's table made a raise to 2,500 and Wally decided to re-raise to a big 8,000. Action went over to Li You Nan in the small blind, who decided to shove his stack in.

After the initial raiser folded, Wally went into the tank for a long, long time, even getting the clock called on him. Finally, as the seconds ticked down, he made the fold, showing {a-}{j-}.

He is now down to about 16,000.

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Pagulayan Keeps on Rolling... And Folding


As aggressive he is on billiard tables, Alex Pagulayan knows that in this kind of felt, he'd rather stick to form than flash to survive Day 1A.

First, he saw a flop of {4-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, turn {2-Hearts} and river {10-Spades} against Lee Hale. But when the latter went all-in after the final card, Pagulayan chose to fold and muck to survive this one.

And then on the next hand, Pagulayan's 500 pre-flop bet was answered by an opponent's healthy three-bet re-raise. Pagulayan grudgingly called.

Both players checked after the flop {J-Spades}{4-Clubs}{A-Spades} and turn {4-Diamonds} but on the river {3-Clubs} it was his opponent's turn to put the pressure on the pool master. Pagulayan grudgingly folded.

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Alan Wins the Raising War

Alan Escano
Alan Escano

Pre-flop, Alan Escano raised to 525 from early position and the hijack decided to re-raise it to 1,725.

Action was folded all the way back to Alan, who then decided to ante it up to a total of 4,050. That wasn't enough for the other player, as he responded by going all-in! It was a quick call from Alan and the cards were tabled:

Alan: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}
Opponent: {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}

Alan had woken up with pocket rockets and they held up on the board of {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Spades}{q-Spades}{8-Hearts}, giving his stack a big boost to about 45,000 and eliminating another player from Day 1A.

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