Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a completed

Day 1A Ends

Chip leader Mike Takayama
Chip leader Mike Takayama
After seven levels of play, Day 1A has finally come to a close with 44 runners surviving an intial field of 99.

Several well-known players, including Barry Greenstein, Jade Triste, and Guillame Patry entered the day with high hopes. However, all of them will not be making it to Day 2 as they have all busted out of the event.

Those who will be making it, though, include Don Carmona, Sunshine Samson, Andrew Scott, and Marie Nickica, all of who are among the top chip leaders.

The story of the day, though, has been the remarkable run of Mike Takayama. Mike, who plays at the Metro Card Club in Pasig City virtually all day long, won a series of big hands throughout the last few levels of the day to surge to the chip lead with almost 200,000 in chips.

Play starts tomorrow at 1:00 pm here at the ballroom of the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino.

See you all tomorrow!

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Mike Takayama on Fire!

Mike Takayama
Mike Takayama
Not only is Mike Takayama getting good cards, he's also even calling out the cards before they get dealt, too.

Pre-flop, Mike raised only to have one of the limpers go all-in. Mike called and the cards were tabled:

Mike: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-?}{q-?}

Behind pre-flop, it got worse for Mike as the cards were {7-Clubs}{q-Spades}{4-Spades}.

When the {k-Clubs} came on the turn, however, Mike got extra outs as he was one club away from a flush.

"Jack of clubs!" Mike shouted.

The whole table, as well as the crowd that had gathered, went into a frenzy as the {j-Clubs} indeed landed on the river, giving him the improbable win.

With the runner-runner flush, Mike has eliminated another player and is now up to almost 200,000.

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Barry Greenstein Busts Out

Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein, without doubt the most popular player who participated in Day 1A, has just been busted with the day almost over.

Pre-flop, Mark Kohner and Barry got their money all-in. Mark had {a-Spades}{q-Spades} while Barry was barely ahead with {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}.

It immediately swung in Mark's favour as the flop came {a-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. The turn and river were bricks, sending Barry to the rail.

To commemorate the moment, Barry graciously gave Mark a signed copy of "Ace on the River" complete with the details of the hand.

We are now down to about 47 players.

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Vic de Guzman Eliminated

Vic and Barry
Vic and Barry
Vic de Guzman has just busted out of the tournament after running into a barely higher flush.

After a pre-flop raise by one of the players on Table 2, we had Vic, Barry Greenstein, and the player see a flop of {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{2-Clubs}.

After Vic checked, the player bet 2,300 and got a call from both Barry and Vic.

When the {j-Hearts} came on the river, Barry got out of the way as Vic and the other player raised and re-raised each other all-in.

Vic: {5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}
Opponent: {4-Hearts}{7-Hearts}

The other player had barely made the higher flush. The river did not change anything, sending Vic to the rail late into Day 1A.

Tags: Vic de GuzmanBarry Greenstein

Ed Lopez with the Biggest Boat

Ed Lopez
Ed Lopez
Kevin Shi has just eliminated from the tournament after a heartbreaking hand against Ed Lopez.

Pre-flop, Ed bet 4,000 from the buttoon and got a call from Kevin.

Both players checked the flop, which came {a-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{10-Diamonds}.

On the {7-Clubs} turn, Kevin bet 3,500 and got a call from Ed.

When the {10-Spades} came on the river, Kevin moved all-in and was instantly called by Ed.

Kevin must have thought his hand was good as he tabled {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} for the full house. However, Ed had {a-Hearts}{a-Spades} for the nut full house, sending Kevin to the rail with just half an hour left in the day.

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Lester Edoc Hanging On

Lester Edoc
Lester Edoc
After waiting patiently, Lester Edoc has resurrected his short-stack after striking gold against Ron Regis.

On the first hand, it was Lester all-in pre-flop against Ron. Lester had {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} to dominate Ron's {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{9-Spades} to double Lester's stack of 7,950 to about 17,000.

Tags: Lester EdocRon Regis

Pham Spikes Queen to Take Out Yves Sy

Yves Sy
Yves Sy
After eliminating a player twenty minutes and one table ago, Pham Van Binh is at it again.

Pre-flop, Pham had his money all-in with {k-?}{q-?} against the smaller-stacked Yves Sy, who held {a-?}{j-?}.

The flop came {2-?}{3-?}{3-?} to keep Yves ahead but a {k-?} came on the turn to give Pham top pair.

The river was a meaningless {6-?}, sending Yves to the rail.

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