Main Event

Chip Count Update

Bryan Huang sg 680,000 -10,000
Mike Puno 570,000 125,000
Lee Changhun 375,000 181,000
Tonypet Albano 300,000 -83,000
Kai Paulsen 280,000 -70,000
Michael Cua 230,000 -50,000
Ben Meredith 220,000 90,000
Li You Nan 180,000 20,000
Ramil Tandoc 170,000 -60,000
Somyung Sim 126,000 -64,000
Tracy Hugh 110,000 30,000
Stephen Lim 100,000 -195,000
Jay Tolon 92,000 2,000

Benjie Lim Eliminated in Fourteenth Place (US $7,200)

Benjie Lim
Benjie Lim

If we were to give any advice to the players still in the field, it would be pretty simple: stay out of Bryan Huang's way.

On a recent hand, a raising war between Benjie Lim and Bryan led to the latter going all-in and Benjie making the call:

Bryan: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Benjie: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}

It was looking like a Benjie double-up as Bryan was pretty much left looking to catch one of the three aces in the deck or some sort of miracle to pull out the win.

He didn't have to wait long as the flop came {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, giving him top pair and putting all the pressure on Benjie, who would need to catch the last king in the deck to stay alive.

It didn't happen for him as the turn {9-Diamonds} and river {5-Diamonds} were of no use, knocking him out in 14th place and giving Bryan a huge stack of 670,000.

Tags: Bryan HuangBenjie Lim

Sae Jin Lee Eliminated in Fifteenth Place (US $7,200)

Sae Jin Lee
Sae Jin Lee

Pre-flop, pretty much the whole table limped into the pot and big blind Sae Jin Lee took the opportunity to try and pick up the chips in the middle by moving all-in.

Unfortunately for him, the player sitting next to him, small blind Michael Cua, had been waiting in the wings with pocket kings and made the snap-call when the action was folded to him.

Sae Jin: {7-}{3-}
Michael: {k-}{k-}

Sae Jin's bluff was exposed and he would be sent to the rail as the board ran out {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{q-Spades}.

He picks up US $7,200 in winnings for making it this far.

Tags: Sae Jin LeeMichael Cua


Family Feud

Stephen, left, and Benjie Lim
Stephen, left, and Benjie Lim

One of the interesting storylines here late in Day 3 is the father-son pairing of Benjie and Stephen Lim.

When the tables were reduced to two, everybody was surprised as the two ended up drawing seats next to each other, with Stephen holding the bigger stack between the two.

On a recent hand, a raising war pre-flop ended up with Benjie declaring all-in for around 100,000 in chips. Stephen agonized for a long time, trying to figure out what to do, before eventually laying it down.

After his father laughed and showed {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} to the table, Stephen angrily stomped on the ground in regret as the elder Lim raked in his chips.

Tags: Benjie LimStephen Lim

First One to Blink Loses

Bryan Huang
Bryan Huang

Bryan Huang has just won a big pot without a showdown.

It all started with a pre-flop raise from Lee Changhun, who made a raise to 17,000 from early position. Action folded all the way to Bryan, who then responded by making a re-raise to 43,000.

It didn't stop there, as Lee stepped on the gas, re-raising to a total of 84,000. Bryan tanked for a good few minutes, thinking about what Lee could possibly have, before declaring, "all-in".

Action went back to Lee, who suddenly had a whole boatload of pressure thrown onto his back. He took some time to consider his options, and finally decided to lay it down.

Bryan is now at about 390,000 in chips.

Tags: Bryan HuangLee Changhun

Unfortunate Turn of Events for Ren Le

Ren Le
Ren Le

After some pre-flop raising, Ren Le and Stephen Lim saw a flop of {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{2-Spades}.

The fireworks were instantly put on display as Ren shoved all-in with about 50,000 in chips and Stephen made the call.

Ren: {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Stephen: {10-Spades}{9-Spades}

Both had hit the ten but Ren was way ahead with top kicker. That all changed on the turn, though, as a {9-Diamonds} appeared, leaving Ren with just one chance to catch one of the remaining aces in the deck.

It didn't happen as the river blanked with the {7-Spades}, sending the chips Stephen's way and booting Ren out of the tournament in 16th place.

Tags: Ren LeStephen Lim




We are now on a fifteen minute break as the tournament staff remove the $500 chips.

Meanwhile, here is a chip count update of the remaining 16 players:

Mike Puno 445,000 -55,000
Tonypet Albano 383,000 93,000
Kai Paulsen 350,000 140,000
Bryan Huang sg 305,000 123,000
Lee Changhun 280,000 -280,000
Ramil Tandoc 230,000 70,000
Stephen Lim 230,000 45,000
Somyung Sim 190,000 -15,000
Michael Cua 180,000 88,000
Li You Nan 160,000 78,000
Sae Jin Lee 140,000 78,000
Ben Meredith 130,000 20,000
Benjie Lim 120,000 -80,000
Jay Tolon 90,000 20,000
Tracy Hugh 80,000 46,000
Ren Le 65,000 -85,000

Bryan Huang Misses Golden Opportunity

Bryan Huang
Bryan Huang

Pre-flop, Li You Nan made a standard raise and Bryan Huang made the call. Action went over to Ren Le, who shoved all-in. Li made the call and Bryan, after thinking for a while, made the fold and showed {a-}{q-}.

It was the correct fold as his opponents showed {a-}{k-}. Unfortunately for Bryan, an ace and a queen appeared on the board, which meant that he would have knocked out both players had he called.

Regardless, it was the correct call, and that kind of discipline is one big reason why Bryan is still in contention deep into the tournament.

Tags: Bryan HuangLi You NanRen Le