Main Event

Dinner Time


Players are now on a fifty minute dinner break. In the meantime, here is a chip count update.

Somyung Sim 158,000 26,000
Neil Arce ph 120,000 4,000
Mike Puno 120,000
Mike Takayama ph 118,000 68,000
Li You Nan 98,000 39,850
Michael Cua 86,000 31,000
Bryan Huang sg 83,000 45,000
Nam Le us 60,000 -15,000
Alex Pagulayan 55,000 4,900
Tao Jin 48,000 28,000
Kai Paulsen 15,000 -21,000

Dinnertime Chip-up for Bryan Huang

Bryan Huang
Bryan Huang

Bryan Huang has taken out a shorter stacked player from his table.

On a flop of {5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{q-Hearts}, the player bet out 8,800. Bryan then declared all-in, sending the other player into a tanking session.

After a while, the player decided that Bryan was on a flush draw and called with his second pair, showing {10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}.

He was right, Bryan did have a flush draw. Unfortunately for him, Bryan also had second pair but a higher kicker, showing {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}.

The turn came the {6-Hearts} to complete Bryan's flush and the player made his exit just as the meaningless {k-Clubs} was dealt on the river.

We are now on a dinner break.

Tags: Bryan Huang

Mike Puno Takes it to the Champion

Mike Puno
Mike Puno

Neil Arce's stack has taken a dip after losing a big hand against Mike Puno.

Pre-flop, Neil raised to 3,000 and Mike re-raised him to 10,000. Neil made the call.

Flop: {2-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

When the flop came, Mike led out for 12,000 and Neil made the call once again.

It was a different story on the turn as both checked down the {7-Diamonds}.

When the {10-Clubs} landed on the river, Mike bet out 19,000. Neil thought about it for a while and finally made the call.

He would end up instantly mucking his hand, though, as Mike flipped over {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts} for the full house!

Tags: Mike PunoNeil Arce

Local Player Update

Ed Marcelo
Ed Marcelo

There are 70 players left in the field and out of that number, we still have 19 local players in contention. Leading the way is defending APT Philippines 2010 champion Neil Arce, who is the current chip leader.

Other local players who have pretty good stacks include the FPT's Alan Escano, Metro Anniversary champion Tony Albano, Wally Sombero, Brian Sombero, Mike Takayama, Michael Cua, Ed Marcelo, Mark Amparo, and Alex Pagulayan.

The Champ is Here!

Neil Arce, left, takes out seatmate Jun Te
Neil Arce, left, takes out seatmate Jun Te

We now have a new chip leader, and it's none other than defending APT Philippines 2010 champion Neil Arce.

Pre-flop, Neil raised to 3,500 from the cut-off. Fellow Filipino pro Jun Te then re-raised to 10,500. The blinds got out of the way and action went back to Neil, who made the call.

Flop: {k-Spades}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

Neil led out for 14,000, only to have Jun Te respond by re-raising to 34,000. Sparks went flying as Neil declared all-in, and Jun instantly called!

Neil: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
Jun: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}

A horrified Jun was looking to hit an ace now after thinking that he had the best hand on the flop. The turn {3-Hearts} and river {6-Diamonds} did not help him, sending the once big-stacked Jun to the rail and giving Neil a whopping 160,000 in chips!

Tags: Jun TeNeil Arce

Sae Jin Lee Eliminates a Lady

Sae Jin Lee
Sae Jin Lee

After Aura Asilo hit the rail almost an hour ago, another female player has busted out, this time courtesy of Sae Jin Lee.

On a flop of {9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds}, the lady went all-in for her last 17,900. The player next to her folded but when it got to Sae Jin, he instantly splashed in the necessary chips into the pot.

Sae Jin: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}
Opponent: {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}

The lady, who probably thought she was ahead, was in for some bad news after seeing Sae Jin's bigger overpair.

The turn {k-Clubs} and river {a-Spades} did not bring another jack, sending her to the rail.

Tags: Sae Jin Lee


Not Afraid

J.C. Tran
J.C. Tran

Facing two big-name pros, Matthew Chan was unfazed and ended up taking a sizable pot.

Pre-flop, J.C. Tran made a raise to 2,100 from the hi-jack and action folded over to fellow pro Nam Le, who made a re-raise to 8,900. Matthew, who was in the big blind, calmly made the call while J.C. mucked his hand.

Flop: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}

After a check from Nam, Matthew bet out 11,000. Nam went deep into the tank, counting the necessary chips to call, before finally deciding to just fold his hand.

Tags: J.C. TranMatthew Chan

Straight on the Flop!

Neil Arce
Neil Arce

After the flop of {a-Spades}{2-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and {7-Clubs} on the turn were laid on the board, Mark Amparo spread 2,000 of his chips for the bet.

Neil Arce quickly bet 21,000 after {8-Spades} was revealed on the river and Mark decided to make the call.

However, he would end up just mucking his hand after Neil received {3-}{5-} -- a flopped straight!

Tags: Mark AmparoNeil Arce