Main Event

Catching Up

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.