Li You Nan, who won the FHM MSW Head Hunter side event last night, just tripled his stack after waking up with kings.
Pre-flop, big stack Vic de Guzman raised and got a flat call from Li. A short stack then shoved all-in with his remaining chips and action went back to Vic, who made the call. To everybody's surprise, Li declared he was all-in as well! Vic thought about it for a while before declaring "call", and we were in for a three-way:
Li was way ahead with pocket kings and the board blanked out for all three players to give him a virtual triple-up and eliminating the short stack.
On a board of , a player bet out 1,800 and action was folded over to Alan Escano, who splashed in a raise to a total of 4,000. The initial bettor tanked for a while and made the call.
Alan counted out his chips before finally stacking everything and putting his last 4,500 or so in the middle. This time, the player did not need to tank as it took just a few seconds for him to muck his hand and give the pot up to Alan.
We are now up to a total of 94 registrants as many late players continue to file in.
Internationally known players we've spotted so far: Isaac Galazan, PokerStars Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang, APPT Cebu champion Dong-bin Han, Macau Poker Cup champ Kenichi Takarabe, Asian Poker King champ Elton Tsang, and Charles "Mr. Macau" Chua.
The current player count for the day is 83 so far. There are many recognizable players in the field today, including defending champion Neil Arce.
Aside from Arce, the local poker community is well represented as Filipinos we've seen so far include Wally Sombero, Tonypet Albano, Ramil Tandoc, Vic de Guzman, Don Carmona, Mark Amparo, Richard Marquez, Vic Catalan, FPT's Alan Escano, Ed Marcelo, Erik Mana, Alex Pagulayan, and Rinah Garcia.