Main Event
Main Event
Day 1b completed

Day 1B Ends

Day 1B chip leader Gordon Huntly
Day 1B chip leader Gordon Huntly
After seven levels of play here at the ballroom of the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino, we are now finished with Day 1B. Out of the 109 players that started the day, 64 will still be in the running for the US $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Gordon Huntly, who shot up the chip leaderboard midway through the day, maintains the top spot with 118,000.

Also in contention with a big stack is local player Marc Rivera, who has 102,300 chips to his name.

Aside from the two, many big names are still in contention. Players like Celina Lin, Neil Arce, Jojo Tech, Jun Amito, and Alfredo Tan will all be moving on to Day 2.

As always, though, there will be big names that get dropped out of contention. Today's casualties included Team PokerStars Asia pro Bryan Huang as well as previous PAGCOR Cup champions Lloyd Fontillas and Kent del Rosario.

Tomorrow's field is expected to be even bigger as pros such as Tony Hachem, David "Chino" Rheem, Nam Le, Tommy Le, Tae Jun Noh, and Wally Sombero.

See you all tomorrow at 1:00 pm!

Tonypet Survives

Tonypet Albano
Tonypet Albano
FPT Champion, Tonypet Albano survives to double up after pushing his short stack all in before the flop with one caller.

Tonypet: {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Opponent: {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}

The flop {q-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{3-Clubs} gave Tonypet the top pair and it stayed that way through the turn {3-Diamonds} and river {j-Clubs}.

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Why So Long?

Benjie Lim
Benjie Lim
Benjie Lim has been eliminated by Jun Amito.

Jun led out with a raise of 3,000 from the button. Benjie then re-raised all in for 21,375. Jun tanked before he made the call.

Jun: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Benjie: {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}

The flop {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}, turn {a-Diamonds} and river {7-Hearts} could not save Benjie from elimination.

When asked why it took him so long to make the call, Jun just replied, "Maybe he had aces."

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Andrew Chua Doubles Up

Andrew Chua
Andrew Chua
With just six hands to play in the day, Andrew Chua has given his stack a much-needed boost heading into Day 2.

Andrew got his chips all-in pre-flop and was called by the player to his right.

Andrew: {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Opponent: {a-Spades}{10-Spades}

The flop came {7-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} to give Andrew's opponent some outs but the turn and river blanked out to Andrew's delight.

He has more than 36,000 in chips now.

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Eric Cheung Takes One Out

Eric Cheung
Eric Cheung
Eric Cheung, a past FPT champion, has just eliminated another player with the day almost over.

On a flop of {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, Eric put 4,500 into the pot and got raised all-in by Danilo De Jesus.

Eric made the call and the cards were tabled.

Eric: {q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
Danilo: {j-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

With the two-pair, Eric has clearly ahead. However, he needed to avoid a diamond as his opponent was on a flush draw.

The turn was the {3-Hearts} and the river sent another queen, {q-Spades}, to give Eric the full house and push the chips his way.

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Koh Survives the Race

Chris Parker's pocket 7's not holding up
Chris Parker's pocket 7's not holding up
Norbert Koh from UTG pushed all in for 13,000. The other players moved out the way until it came to Chris Parker on the button who decided to call and commented, "I'll play with you".

Chris Parker: {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}
Norbert Koh: {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

The board wasn't kind for Chris giving Norbert plenty of outs when it fell {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{a-Spades}.The turn came the {k-Spades}, giving Norbert the lead in the hand. A rag {4-Hearts} dropped on the river to seal it for the Singaporean.

Norbert Koh now has 30,000 in chips and Chris Parker 47,000.

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Huge Bluff by Joey Garcia

Joey Garcia
Joey Garcia
Joey Garcia has just pulled one of the biggest bluffs we've seen in this tournament.

Pre-flop, a player raised to 2,000 and got three callers.

Flop: {8-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{q-Spades}

The player bet out for 2,500 and got two callers in Joey and Chris Parker.

Turn: {2-Clubs}

The player bet 2,500 again and got raised to 11,000 by Joey. Chris folded and the player, after thinking for a while, called.

River: {q-Clubs}

When the river card landed, Joey declared all-in after a check by his opponent. The other player folded and Joey showed {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for the stone-cold bluff.

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