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.
We are now on a one hour dinner break. When players get back, we'll get started with Level 17.
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 , Sim bet out 11,500 only to have Linh raise him to 21,500. It didn't matter as Sim made the quick call.
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.
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 , Jay bet out 14,000 and his two opponents made the call.
The three then proceeded to check the turn of .
When the river brought the , 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.
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 and got a caller in Somyung Sim, who showed .
Both players hit two-pairs as the board ran out but Somyung's bigger two-pair helped send Quinn to the rail.
A while later, Tommy Le got his stack all-in with and got a caller in Sae Jin Lee, who showed .
Tommy hit immediately as the flop came . The turn was a meaningless but the river gave Sae Jin the set to knock Tommy out of the event.
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 would need to catch an ace to survive but nothing came for him as the board ran out , eliminating him in 27th place for US $5,500 in prize money.
With hand-for-hand play over, we'll be playing out the last 26 minutes of Level 16 before going on a dinner break.
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 was in big trouble against aces and the board of would not give him any help.
After more than two and a half hours playing hand-for-hand, the bubble has finally been burst!
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:
|Kim Min Soo||175,000||63,900|
|Li You Nan||65,000||-26,000|