Main Event

Linh Tran Hits Blanks, Gets Sent to the Rail

Linh Tran
Linh Tran

Pre-flop, Lee Changhun made a raise to 12,000 and Linh Tran decided to go for it all and shoved the last of his stack in. Lee made the call and the cards were tabled:

Lee: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Linh: {k-Hearts}{10-Spades}

Linh would virtually need to catch one of the three kings in the deck while avoiding aces to survive. Unfortunately for him, the board brought complete blanks, sending him out of the tournament in 19th place.

Tags: Linh TranLee Changhun

On Fire!

Tony Albano
Tony Albano

Just a hand or two removed from the one we last reported, Antonio "Tonypet" Albano has just sent out another player to the rail.

Pre-flop, after a raise from Tony in the small blind, Mike Takayama decided to shove his stack in from the big blind. Tony made the snap-call and the cards were tabled:

Tony: {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Mike {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

The crowd of onlookers erupted as the flop came {10-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{4-Spades}, giving Mike the pair of aces but pretty giving Tony a stranglehold with the set of tens!

Only runner-runner would save Mike now but the turn and river blanked out for him, sending him out in 20th place for US $5,500.

Tony is now at about 405,000 in chips.

Tags: Mike TakayamaTony Albano

A Taste of Success

Tao Jin hits the rail.
Tao Jin hits the rail.

Tony Albano, who won the Metro Anniversary Special tournament last December, could be on his way to another great showing here after winning a big pot.

Pre-flop, Tony raised to 8,500 from under the gun and Tao Jin, who was next to act, calmly slid his stack into the middle for an additional 63,000. Everybody folded back to Tony, who tanked for a few minutes before finally making the call.

Tony pumped his fist as he saw that his {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} were ahead of Tao's {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, but he would still need to avoid some cards to finish off what he started.

A loud "ooh" came from the crowd of onlookers as the flop brought {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{a-Spades}, giving Tony a full house but giving his opponent a shot at a bigger full house should a king or ten fall.

That never happened as the turn and river brought the {j-Spades} and {6-Diamonds}, respectively, sending Tao out of the tournament in 21st place.

"Success!" came the loud shout from Tony as he raked in his chips.

He is now at about 290,000 in chips.

Tags: Tao JinTony Albano


Full Aces Gives Albano Giant Pot


We caught up with a board of {4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{10-Spades}{A-Diamonds} where there was already a considerable amount of pot around 90,000.

Tony Albano fired another 30,000 into the pot against Tao Jin, who tanked for a long time... After tanking, and more tanking, he finally called as Albano showed his {A-Spades}{4-Clubs} much to the disappointment of the now short-stacked Jin.

Albano now has over 200,000 chips.

Tags: Tao JinTony Albano

Dawson Gets Rivered Out of the Main Event

Dawson Ip
Dawson Ip

After seeing his huge stack get massacred in the previous hand we reported, Dawson Ip has just busted out in 22nd place.

Pre-flop, Li You Nan made a small raise to about 8,500 from the button and Dawson, who was in the big-blind, made the pot-committed call.

Dawson: {q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Li: {8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

Dawson was relieved to be way ahead of his opponent's cards but Li still had live cards, which meant that Dawson would need to hit something or at least dodge eights and fives.

He managed to do that on the flop of {3-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and turn of {k-Clubs}, but the {8-Spades} landed on the river, causing a loud reaction from his table.

Dawson exits in 22nd for US $5,500.

Tags: Dawson IpLi You Nan

Dawson Slips and Falls

Lee Changhun
Lee Changhun

A new chip leader has emerged after a battle between two of the biggest stacks in the field.

Pre-flop, a raise and re-raise war ended up with Dawson Ip going all-in with {5-Spades}{5-Hearts} and getting snap-called by Lee Changhun with {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}!

The flop came {10-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Spades}, keeping Lee's rockets comfortably ahead. However, he would need to sweat it out after the {k-Spades} landed on the turn, giving Dawson a shot at a spade flush.

Nothing came on the river, though, as the final card was the {7-Diamonds}.

After winning that massive pot between what seemed like the second and third biggest stacks in the field, Lee is now at about 560,000 while Dawson has dropped all the way to about 20,000.

Tags: Dawson IpLee Changhun

Lee's Kings Rule!

Sae Jin Lee
Sae Jin Lee

Both players holding pockets in the hole, Bryan Huang and Sae Jin Lee did not wait for the board for them to decide to go all-in.

Lee was the short-stacked player versus Huang, who was the chip leader in their table. Huang raised around 20,000 early but Lee re-popped with his all-in worth roughly 90,000.

Lee showed {k-Spades}{k-Hearts} which dominated Huang's {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}

The flop {k-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} provided more excitement as Huang had a flush draw. It was all black however at the turn {7-Clubs} and river {9-Spades} as Lee held on to win the healthy pot.

How healthy?

He doubled-up to around 200,000.

Tags: Bryan HuangSae Jin Lee

Roy Francisco Gets Rivered

Roy Francisco
Roy Francisco

Pre-flop, Roy Francisco went all-in for his last 16,000 and got a call from big blind Tao Jin.

Roy: {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Tao: {k-Spades}{2-Spades}

It was looking good for Roy as the first four cards came {9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{4-Spades} but the river would not be so kind, bringing the {k-Clubs} to give him a rude send-off out of Day 3.

After the elimination of another Filipino player, we are down to 22 players.

Tags: Roy FranciscoTao Jin

Ronnie Antonio Eliminated

Ronnie Antonio
Ronnie Antonio

Fresh off the dinner break, we already have a bust-out in Ronnie Antonio.

Pre-flop, Mike Puno raised to 11,000 and Ronnie went all-in for his last 13,000 in chips.

Mike made the call and the cards were tabled, with Ronnie's {k-}{j-} needing help against Mike's {a-}{j-}.

The board completely blanked out for both players, giving Mike the win with his ace-high and booting Ronnie out of the tournament with US $5,500 in winnings.

Tags: Mike PunoRonnie Antonio