Main Event

Unlucky 13: So Close Yet So Far


There were 13 players eliminated before the dinner break. Action actually included a two hour hand-to-hand round before a slew of other players gut busted half an hour before the ceasefire.

Busted out from the tournament so far were: Lee Mung Chan, Daniel Chuman, Quinn Do, Alan Escano, Dong-bin Han, Nam Le, Tommy Le, Chan Ho Man, Joni Salo, Brian Sombero, Wally Sombero, J.C. Tran and Andrey Vasilyev.

The bad news is that their out. The good news is that they can attend the players' party tonight at the Republiq here at the Resorts World Manila.

Dinner Break


We are now on a one hour dinner break. When players get back, we'll get started with Level 17.

Climbing Back

Somyung Sim
Somyung Sim

Somyung Sim, who saw his big stack drop throughout the last three hours, picked up a sizable pot after a confrontation with Linh Tran.

Pre-flop, Somyung raised to 8,000 and Linh made the call.

When the flop came {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{3-Hearts}, Sim bet out 11,500 only to have Linh raise him to 21,500. It didn't matter as Sim made the quick call.

Turn: {j-Diamonds}

The big action then came on the turn. After a bet of 35,000 by Linh, Sim responded by moving all-in. Linh thought for a long while before finally making the laydown.

Somyung is at around 200,000 again.

Tags: Linh TranSomyung Sim

Taking it on the River

Jay Tolon
Jay Tolon

Jay Tolon has just picked up some chips after a big move on the river against Bryan Huang and Ren Le.

Pre-flop, Bryan made a small raise and got two callers in Ren and Jay.

On the flop of {2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, Jay bet out 14,000 and his two opponents made the call.

The three then proceeded to check the turn of {6-Hearts}.

When the river brought the {7-Hearts}, Jay went all-in, prompting quick folds from both Bryan and Ren.

He showed a ten, for the straight, before giving his hand to the dealer.

Tags: Bryan HuangJay TolonRen Le

Quinn Do and Tommy Le Hit the Exit

Quinn Do
Quinn Do

All the members of The Poker Pack who played in the main event are now out of the field.

A few hands ago, Quinn Do got his stack all-in with {j-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and got a caller in Somyung Sim, who showed {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}.

Both players hit two-pairs as the board ran out {10-Spades}{6-Spades}{a-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} but Somyung's bigger two-pair helped send Quinn to the rail.

A while later, Tommy Le got his stack all-in with {a-}{9-} and got a caller in Sae Jin Lee, who showed {4-}{4-}.

Tommy hit immediately as the flop came {2-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{9-Spades}. The turn was a meaningless {8-Clubs} but the river {4-Hearts} gave Sae Jin the set to knock Tommy out of the event.

Tags: Quinn DoTommy Le

Pocket Sevens Down Daniel Chuman

Daniel Chuman
Daniel Chuman

Pre-flop, Tao Jin made a raise to 7,500 from under the gun and Daniel Chuman moved all-in with his short stack from the small blind.

Everybody folded back to Tao, who made the call:

Daniel: {a-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
Tao: {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}

Daniel would need to catch an ace to survive but nothing came for him as the board ran out {2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, eliminating him in 27th place for US $5,500 in prize money.

Tags: Daniel ChumanTao Jin

Dinner Break Near


With hand-for-hand play over, we'll be playing out the last 26 minutes of Level 16 before going on a dinner break.

The Bubble Has Been Burst!

Bubble boy Alan Escano
Bubble boy Alan Escano

Pre-flop, after a raise by the Filipino Poker Tour's Alan Escano from under the gun, Michael Cua went all-in for his last 37,500 and Alan made the call with a slightly smaller stack.

Alan: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Michael: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}

Alan was in big trouble against aces and the board of {q-Hearts}{9-Spades}{8-Spades}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} would not give him any help.

After more than two and a half hours playing hand-for-hand, the bubble has finally been burst!

Tags: Alan EscanoMichael Cua

One Big Chip Count Update


We've experienced a very long slowdown in play as nobody still wants to budge here in hand-for-hand play. We've been waiting for the bubble to burst for almost two and a half hours but so far nothing has happened.

In the meantime, here is a big chip count update of most of the players in the field:

Mike Puno 450,000 45,000
Lee Changhun 230,000 196,300
Dawson Ip 215,000 50,000
Kai Paulsen 210,000 -5,000
Benjie Lim 200,000
Stephen Lim 185,000 39,000
Bryan Huang sg 182,000 44,000
Kim Min Soo 175,000 63,900
Ramil Tandoc 160,000 30,000
Linh Tran ca 155,000 26,400
Ren Le 150,000 7,700
Mike Takayama ph 135,000 -51,000
Tonypet Albano 126,000 78,000
Ben Meredith 110,000 48,400
Somyung Sim 95,000 -125,000
Tao Jin 77,000 -28,000
Jay Tolon 70,000 -7,200
Li You Nan 65,000 -26,000
Georges Chehade lb 58,000 -41,500
Alan Escano 50,000 -25,000
Daniel Chuman 49,000 -6,000
Michael Cua 41,000 -44,900
Tracy Hugh 34,000 -32,600
Quinn Do us 30,000 -60,000
Tommy Le us 30,000 -75,000

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