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Kai Paulsen
Kai Paulsen

Kai Paulsen's stack had dipped dangerously low after getting hit on some earlier hands but he's back to about 15,000 again after winning hitting big on a recent hand.

We caught up to the table on a board of {7-Spades}{k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{j-Spades}{10-Hearts} with Kai's full house with {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} beating out his opponent's {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}. Apparently, both had gotten their stacks in on the turn, and it was definitely an easy call for Kai with a full house already on hand.

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Jojo Shows Gordon the Door

Gordon Huntly
Gordon Huntly

Gordon Huntly, who is a regular fixture at big poker tournaments all over Asia, has just busted out of Day 1B.

Pre-flop, he raised to 600 and got callers in two Filipinos, Brian Sombero and Jojo Tech.

All three then proceeded to check the flop of {7-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}.

When the turn brought an {a-}, Gordon bet out 1,100. Brian got out of the way but Jojo decided to stay in the hand and called.

Another {a-} landed on the river and Gordon declared he was all-in for his last 2,200. Jojo thought for a while and finally called, showing {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. It turned out to be good as Gordon had not hit anything with his {k-}{q-}, giving Jojo the chips and sending Gordon to the rail.

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Pre-Flop Power Plays

Kim Wooka
Kim Wooka

At the big blind, Kim Wooka raised to 100 only to be answered by the middle position player with a re-raise of 500. Marc Rivera and the small blind grudgingly made the call.

Kim however, wanted more action as he re-raised to 2000. Lo and behold the middle position player did even better as he went over the top with 7000. Rivera folds, small blind folds and Kim folds--- which means a big pre-flop win for the middle position player.

We haven't gotten the name of the middle position player but we are quite sure he did not want anyone to see the flop on that hand.

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Tommy's Aggression Already in Overdrive

Tommy (right) shows his poker face.
Tommy (right) shows his poker face.

Tommy Le is looking good so far today after claiming the stack of another player early on in an interesting sequence.

We didn't see what happened, but Tommy told us that he and another player had gotten into a pre-flop raising war and ended up seeing a flop of {6-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{a-Clubs}.

The player declared he was all-in and Tommy snap-called, showing {9-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for the club flush against the other player's {3-}{5-}.

The turn and river did not do anything to change Tommy's lead, booting the player out of the tournament and giving Tommy a stack of about 30,000.

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Lester Hits on the RIver

Lester Edoc
Lester Edoc

Pre-flop, Lester Edoc made a raise to 300 and got callers in Jean Kari Painiaye and Jojo Tech.

Flop: {10-Spades}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts}

When the first three cards came out, Jojo wasted no time and put out a bet of 600 into the pot. The two other players made quick calls and the three proceeded to see the turn of {7-Clubs}. They all checked it down and the river was dealt:

River: {10-Hearts}

Jean Kari fired out 1,500 as soon as the river hit, getting an instant fold from Jojo. Lester replayed the hand in his head for a while before announcing a raise to 4,000. Action went back to Jean Kari, who thought for a few seconds and made the call.

He would end up mucking his hand, though, after Lester flipped over {q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} for the rivered queen-high flush to take down the pot.

Tags: Jean Kari PainiayeLester Edoc

Takayama Towers Over Table

Mike Takayama
Mike Takayama

UTG Mike Takayama raised 500 pre-flop and found callers from the middle and button position.

Flop: {7-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}

Takayama fired another 650. Callers got out of the kitchen fast as they can't handle the Takayama heat!

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Betting Steady

Steve Yea
Steve Yea

On a flop of {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, Jean Kari Painiaye bet out 2,000 and got a call from Steve Yea, who was the runner-up at both APT Macau 2008 and APT Philippines 2009.

On the turn {j-Clubs}, Jean Kari made another bet of 2,000, and Steve quickly called.

It was the exact same thing on the river, as Jean Kari bet out 2,000. Clearly puzzled by the bet sizing, Steve thought for a while before putting in the necessary 2,000.

Jean Kari flipped over {a-Spades}{a-Clubs} and Steve could only muck his hand.

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Dire Straights

Somyong Sim
Somyong Sim

At table number 9, we caught up with the action with the entire community on the board:


Just in time, we saw Somyong Sim show his hand {A-Spades}{2-Clubs} as his opponent almost fell off his seat and lose more than 7000.

Seems like Sim has opened the gates for the river rats.

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