Main Event

Michael Cua Doubles Off Bryan Huang

Michael Cua
Michael Cua

Michael Cua has just survived a confrontation with PokerStars Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang to double up -- the fourteenth of hand-for-hand play.

Pre-flop, the two got it all-in, but the cards could not be revealed because there was action on the other table.

"I gotta tell you guys, I usually end up busting the bubble," said Bryan while we were waiting for the other group to finish up.

Finally, the cards were tabled, with Bryan's {a-Diamonds}{2-Spades} behind Michael's {a-Spades}{j-Spades}.

When the flop came, though, it looked as if Bryan's comment might prove true. The first three cards came {7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, giving Bryan a world of outs with the straight draw and flush draw.

However, the turn and river blanked with running non-diamond kings, giving Michael a double-up.

Everybody in the room could only laugh it off as we are now almost two hours into hand-for-hand play with no bust-out.

Tags: Bryan HuangMichael Cua

Staying Put

Lee Changhun
Lee Changhun

We've had so many double-ups, the other players barely even pay attention anymore when an all-in situation is announced.

This time, it was Lee Changhun getting it all-in pre-flop with {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} against Tommy Le's {q-Clubs}{k-Spades}.

The five cards that subsequently came out kept him alive as the board ran out {8-Hearts}{q-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}, doubling him up to about 76,000.

Tags: Lee ChanghunTommy Le

Yet Another Double-Up

Tony Albano
Tony Albano

The law of averages has been thrown out the door as we've just had the twelfth consecutive double-up here in hand-for-hand play.

Pre-flop, Tony Albano got his remaining 21,000 in chips all-in with {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs} and got a caller in Dawson Ip, who showed {5-}{5-}.

The board ran out {2-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{q-Hearts} to give Tony more than 45,000 in chips and some new life in the tournament.

Tags: Dawson IpTony Albano

No Double Here


Roy Francisco thought he was due for a double-up after he got it all-in with {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} against Somyung Sim's {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

However, the board ran out {3-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, giving them both a straight and keeping Roy short-stacked.

Tags: Roy FranciscoSomyung Sim

One Stubborn Bubble

Sae Jin Lee
Sae Jin Lee

We've been hand-for-hand for an hour, including eight all-in situations, but the bubble still hasn't been broken!

A couple of minutes ago, everybody thought the bubble was on its way to being burst after two tables had all-in confrontations.

On one table, it was Sae Jin Lee going all-in with {a-}{j-} against a bigger stack's {j-}{k-}.

The board ran out {8-}{4-}{7-}{a-}{q-} to keep Sae Jin alive.

Meanwhile, on the other table, it was Benjie Lim all-in for his tournament life holding {a-}{q-} against Tommy Le's {8-}{8-}.

Benjie hit big as the board ran out {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}, doubling him up to about 200,000.

Tags: Benjie LimSae Jin LeeTommy Le

Chip Count Update


Due to technical problems, it's been a while since our last chip count update. Here are the latest numbers from many of the stacks currently still in the field:

Mike Puno 405,000 125,100
Somyung Sim 220,000 -130,800
Kai Paulsen 215,000 26,800
Tommy Le us 202,000 16,200
Dawson Ip 190,000 131,400
Mike Takayama ph 186,000 -50,000
Stephen Lim 146,000 72,000
Bryan Huang sg 138,000 -29,000
Ramil Tandoc 130,000 83,400
Tao Jin 105,000 25,600
Benjie Lim 94,000 -44,900
Li You Nan 91,000 6,800
Quinn Do us 90,000 39,800
Alan Escano 75,000 17,600
Tonypet Albano 45,000 -22,600
Sae Jin Lee 30,000 -20,900

Stephen Lim's Tens Double Him Up

Stephen Lim
Stephen Lim

A large crowd gathered around Table 3 as Stephen Lim was all-in for his last 72,500 pre-flop with {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} against a bigger stack's {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}.

After a lengthy wait for the other tables to finish, the cards were dealt. The first three cards looked good for Stephen as they came {a-Spades}{5-Spades}{q-Spades}, keeping his bigger pair ahead and giving him the better flush draw as well.

The turn and river blanked out with the {3-Diamonds} and {4-Diamonds}, giving him a total of about 146,000 in chips.

Tags: Stephen Lim

Jin Can't Handle the Heat

Kim Min Soo
Kim Min Soo

We caught up with the flop of {8-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{5-Spades} as Kim Min Soo and Tao Jin both checked.

At the turn {Q-Hearts} both players once again checked. The river saw {8-Hearts} as Jin fired a big 23000 to steal the pot. But Soo calmly went over the top with his own 49000.

Jin with a sheepish smile folded and mucked as Soo showed {k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}

Soo now adds more than 30000 of chips to his stack.

Tags: Kim Min SooTao Jin

Catching Up

Nam Le
Nam Le

Some technical difficulties with our server crippled our live reporting earlier but now that it’s back up, here is a Cliff’s Notes version of what happened so far (earliest to latest):

Ramil Tandoc doubled up after getting his {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} all-in against Ren Le’s pocket queens. He let out a shout as the flop came {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} to give him top pair. The turn and river did not change his lead and he doubles up.

Next up is Dong-bin Han, who got his short stack in with {8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} against another player’s pocket queens. An eight on the flop of {8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{6-Hearts} gave him extra outs but the turn and river brought running aces to send him to the rail.

The Godfather of Philippine Poker is no longer in Day 3 as well after getting his stack all-in with pocket tens and getting called by Dawson Ip with pocket aces. The flop of {7-}{8-}{9-} gave him a lot more outs but the turn and river blanked out to bust him out.

Lastly, we had renowned pro J.C. Tran go all-in from the small blind with {k-}{q-} and Ren Le made the call with {a-}{3-}. The flop of {6-}{7-}{4-} kept Ren ahead and the {a-} on the turn pretty much spelled J.C.’s doom. The river was a meaningless {2-} and J.C. is out of the tournament.

We are now down to 30 players.

Simon Chan, who won his seat to APT Philippines 2010 by winning the Asian Poker King tournament in August, is now out of the tournament. Pre-flop, he shoved with {j-}{10-} and got an instant call from Mike Puno, who flipped over pocket aces! The flop of {8-}{7-}{q-} gave Simon new outs but the turn and river blanked out to send him to the rail.

Chip count update: Mike Takayama, 280k; Mike Puno, 256.5k, Dawson Ip, 210k, Somyung SIm, 205k, Tommy Le, 195k

Pre-flop, Kai Paulsen made a raise to 8,000 and Linh Tran made the call from the cut-off. After a flop of {5-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, Kai checked over to Linh, who bet 10,000. Kai made the call and the two saw the turn of {8-Spades}. Both proceeded to check down the fourth card and they saw the river of {2-Spades}. Kai then bet out 11,000 and Linh, after a while, decided to just muck his hand.

Mike Puno is now the Day 3 chip leader after taking a huge pot against Mike Takayama. Pre-flop, Puno made a raise to 3,000 and Takayama responded by re-raising to 9,000. Puno made the call. On a flop of {8-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, it was more action as Takayama bet out 18,000 and Puno re-raised to 40,000. Takayama thought for a while and made the call. On the turn {3-Hearts}, Takayama bet out 50,000 and Puno would not let go, making the call. Both finally decided to put on the brakes on the {5-Hearts} river as they checked it down. Puno showed {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and Takayama silently mucked his hand, giving his opponent the big pot. Puno is now the chip leader with about 400,000 in chips.

Nam Le, who doubled up earlier after getting the nut flush on the river, is now eliminated from the tournament. Pre-flop, Somyung Sim made a raise to 7,500 and Nam responded by going all-in. Somyung made the call and showed {10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, which was behind Nam’s {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}. Nam’s lead would not last long, though, as the flop came {5-Spades}{7-Hearts}{10-Hearts} to give Somyung two-pair. The turn {7-Clubs} gave Nam outs to the bigger two-pair but the river blanked, sending him to the rail.

We caught up to the action on a flop of {5-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{7-Spades}, with Quinn Do, the last of The Poker Pack remaining in the tournament, going all-in for his last 32,000 on a flop of {5-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{7-Spades}. He found one caller in Benjie Lim, who had a big chance to boot him out with his {6-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for the open-ended straight draw. Luckily for Quinn, the turn and river blanked out for both players, giving him the double-up with his two-pair. He is now at about 72,000.

Dawson Ip continues his climb to the top after taking some chips off Somyung Sim. On a flop of {10-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}, Dawson bet 8,000 and Somyung made the call. Both then checked it down after the {10-Hearts} landed on the turn. When the {9-Spades} landed on the river, Dawson bet 26,500, prompting a tanking session from his opponent. Finally, Somyung made the call, but could only muck his hand after Dawson flipped over {a-Spades}{k-Spades}.

We are still hand for hand with 28 players remaining.