Main Event

Tens Give Tony a Rush

Tony Albano
Tony Albano

After some big pre-flop raising, Tony Albano and a lone opponent saw a flop of {5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}.

Sparks then flew as both players got their stacks in with Tony's opponent as the at-risk player with less than 15,000 remaining.

"Aces?" Tony asked his adversary, and that's exactly what he got as the player showed down {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}. "Yes!" he shouted as he tabled his {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}.

The all-in player would need to catch an ace but did not get one as the turn and river blanked out.

"What a rush!" exclaimed Tony as he raked in his newfound chips. He is now the chip leader with about 75,000 in chips.

Tags: Tony Albano

Dong-bin Gets Richer, Boots Out Another Player

Dong-bin Han
Dong-bin Han

Dong-bin Han had the comfort of a stacked chips. So when a short-stacked player shoved all-in after he raised to 800, all he had to do was make the simple call before even before the flop came.

Han: {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}

Flop: {3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

And as simple as that, Han booted out his opponent as the turn {A-Clubs} and river {9-Clubs} was all but semantics.

Tags: Dong-bin Han

Saved on the River

Peter Kleudgen
Peter Kleudgen

Peter Kleudgen is feeling pretty good right now after hitting his three-outer with just one card to go.

On a board of {j-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}, Peter bet out 4,000 and Steve responded by going all-in. Peter, with the smaller stack, made the call for his tournament life and the cards were tabled:

Steve: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Peter: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}

Peter was in big trouble as he had run into a set of tens. Only a king would save him now:

River: {k-Spades}

"Wow!" came the cry from the table as a king magically appeared on the river to give Peter the win and double-up.

Steve could only shake his head as he counted out the necessary chips and gave them to Peter, who is now at about 42,000. Steve, meanwhile, is down to about 12,000 in chips.

Tags: Peter KleudgenSteve Moon


Dinner Break


Main event players are now on a 50 minute dinner break. In the meantime, here are some updated chip counts. We'll be back at 6:00 pm to resume Day 1A.

Tonypet Albano 48,100 1,600
37,000 -3,000
Tao Jin 36,000
Michael Cua 31,000 -8,000
Mark Amparo 30,000
Charles Chua 30,000
Wally Sombero 25,000
Ramil Tandoc 23,000
Alan Escano 20,000
Neil Arce ph 20,000 2,500

Amparo Strikes...

Mark Amparo
Mark Amparo

Minutes before the dinner break, Mark Amparo was hoping to steal the blinds with a 1600 raise but one opponent made the call to make it an interesting hand.

Flop: {7-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}

Amparo was relentless however as he doubled his initial bet and raised once again with 3200 but much to his surprise his nemesis once again called.

The turn showed {3-Clubs} and both players checked but the river {5-Clubs} provided more action as Amparo went all-in and his opponent called!

Amparo: {A-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}
Opponent: {6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}

Amparo doubled up as his opponent's stack was considerably thinned down.

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Threes Not Enough for Mark

Mark Benasa
Mark Benasa

Another member of the Filipino contingent, Mark Benasa, has just busted out of the tournament.

Pre-flop, he got his short-stack of less than 5,000 all-in with {3-Hearts}{3-Spades} and got an instant caller who showed {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}.

Mark was virtually looking for another three but none came on the board ran out {8-Spades}{a-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{j-Clubs} to send him out of Day 1A.

Tags: Mark Benasa

Riding the Roller Coaster

Alex Wu
Alex Wu

After that earlier hand against Alex Wu, Thomas Muehloecker saw his stack go down, then back up again in two straight hands.

Pre-flop, it was Thomas against Alex again, with Alex going all-in for his last 11,650 in chips and Thomas making the call.

Alex: {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Thomas: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

With the better hand, it looked like Thomas was set to finish off Alex's stack. The dealer had other plans, as the flop came {j-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts} to thrust Alex into the lead.

The turn was a blank and the river {a-Diamonds} only improved Alex's hand even more, doubling him up and reducing Thomas' stack to about 47,000.

One hand after, Thomas was at it again as he got it all-in pre-flop with {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts} against a short-stacked player's {q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. The short stack looked prime for a double-up but a nine on the flop gave Thomas the lead.

The turn and river blanked out, sending the short stack out and boosting Thomas' stack back up to about 51,000.

Tags: Alex WuThomas Muehloecker

Aces Hold Up

Thomas Muehloecker
Thomas Muehloecker

Thomas Muehloecker has just taken down a big pot after confrontation with Alex Wu.

Pre-flop, Thomas raised to 800 from early position and seatmate Alex re-raised to 3,000. Thomas made the call and they saw a flop of {10-Clubs}{j-Spades}{j-Hearts}. Thomas bet out 2,700 and Alex made the call.

On the turn of {4-Spades}, Thomas bet out once again, this time for 3,600. Alex responded by re-raising to 8,100 and Thomas made the call.

River: {2-Diamonds}

When the river brought what seemed like a harmless card, Alex shoved all-in for his last 25,000, prompting Thomas to tank for a while.

Finally, he declared "call" and showed {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}, which was way ahead of Alex's {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}.

Thomas is now up to about 60,000 in chips while Alex is down to about 12,000.

Tags: Alex WuThomas Muehloecker