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The action continues to remain nail-biting at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila, and it was the APPT National that dominated the show on Tuesday, with two other side events also occupying space on the tournament floor at Okada Manila.
The big draw of the day was Day 2 of the PHP 33,000 buy-in APPT National that saw 178 survivors from the two starting flights returning to play. Among the returning players were a group of four Indian players and except for the Singapore-based Abraham Ceesvin, the remaining three finished in the money. India`s latest bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer ran the deepest, finishing 32nd for PHP 93,000 (~₹1.25 Lakhs). The other two Indians Jaideep Sajwan (57th for PHP 70,000 – ₹94,820) and Mani Singh (63rd for PHP 70,000~₹94,820) also posted scores.
Iyer’s run in the APPT National may be over, but he has now set his sights on the PHP 500,000 (~₹6.77 Lakhs) buy-in APPT Super High Roller –Re-Entry that kicks off at 3 PM (PHT) today. Iyer was looking to sell 30-40% of his action in the event on Social Media yesterday with fellow bracelet winner Aditya Sushant also putting up a post earlier today making both the bracelet winners likely attendees at the Super High Roller.
Day 2 of the APPT National played down to 16 players and leading the charge is Vietnamese-Canadian pro Linh Tran (4,350,000). Tran is a seasoned pro who can call Manila his working office since six of his nine live tournament titles were all won in the capital city of the Philippines.
The other event of interest was the PHP 25,000 Megastack NLHE Shot Clock Freezeout. The event pulled in 282 hopefuls that this included most of our Indian challengers in Manila – eight in all. Aditya Sushant was the only Indian among the 68 Day 1 survivors and bagged a stack of 200,000 that happens to be the 10th largest stack in the field. China’s Hao He (280,0000) bagged the overnight chip lead.
The only side event winner on Tuesday was the local pro Michael de Leon, who took down the PHP 10,000 NLHE Deepstack to win his fourth PokerStars LIVE title and PHP 337,400 (~₹4.57 Lakhs) in prize money.
It promises to be another busy day at the Okada Manila with both the APPT National and the Megastack NLHE Shot Clock Freezeout scheduled to play down to a champion today. There is also the PHP 15,000 NLHE SuperDeep Freezeout that has started just an hour back. The most awaited event at the stop, the PHP 65,000 APPT Main Event PHP 20 M GTD kicks off at 5 PM (PHT) tomorrow with the first of two starting flights.
APPT National – Day 2
Abhinav Iyer, Jaideep Sajwan & Mani Singh Post ITM Finishes
Day 2 of the APPT National saw 178 survivors from the two starting flights return to the felts. In contention were four Indian challengers, namely, Abhinav Iyer (183,000 – 61 big blinds), Jaideep Sajwan (177,000 – 59 big blinds), Abraham Ceesvin (115,000 – 38 big blinds) and Mani Singh (86,500 – 29 big blinds). While Ceesvin hit the rail empty-handed, all the three remaining players managed to post scores.
The WSOP star Abhinav Iyer ran the deepest among the Indian players. Having entered the day with 183,000, Iyer put up an excellent show to be sitting with 620,000 in chips at Level 19. But like his fellow countryman Sajwan, Iyer’s good run didn’t see him through to Day 3. His stack had dropped to 180,000 by Level 22, and shortly afterward, Iyer was eliminated by Linh Tran at 32nd place for PHP 93,000 (~₹1.25 Lakhs).
The other Indian, Jaideep Sajwan, had come into Day 2 with 177,000 and almost immediately started his upward climb. By Level 16, Sajwan was second in chips with 545,000; however, he was unable to keep the momentum and eventually busted out in 57th place with PHP 70,000 (~₹94,820) in prize money. Sajwan`s elimination hand saw Xiaoyin He opening the action and Sajwan three-bet from the small blind. In response, He four-bet to 108,000 and Sajwan raised it further to 299,000. He tanked for a long time before making the call. “Queens?” asked Sajwan while tabling his . Sajwan was right as He showed and his queens held through the rundown, sending Sajwan to the rail.
Mani Singh was the shortest of all four Indians at the start of play, and he entered Day 2 with a stack of 86,500 (29 big blinds). He got off to an encouraging start and even chipped up to sail past the money bubble before hitting the rail in 63rd place for PHP 70,000 (-₹94,820).
The money bubble was breached midway through the day, and it was Soo Jo Kim who eliminated an opponent on the money bubble in Level 18 to assure the remaining 81 players at worst a min-cash of PHP 156,000 (~₹2.13 Lakhs).
The 674-strong field is now down to the final 16 players, and all of them are guaranteed to take home at least ₱156,000 (~₹2.13 Lakhs) with PHP 4,174,500 (~56.54 Lakhs) set aside for the winner.
The player in charge is Vietnamese-Canadian pro Linh Tran who commands a dominating lead with a stack of 4,350,000 that amounts to over 20% of the chips in play.
Tran took over the lead in a massive three-way pre-flop all-in, where Qi Xu rivered the Broadway straight with ace-jack to win the main pot. Tran won the side pot with his pocket kings eliminating Shintaro Nozawa who was all-in with pocket tens.
Rounding up the top three stacks is Filipino Benigno Jr Ledina (2,570,000) and Israel’s Eran Shaham (2,295,000).
Other notables in contention include the 2017 PokerStars Festival Korea Champion Tae Hoon Han (890,000), Netherland’s Thijs Hilberts (620,000), and Hong Kong’s Ting Shum Kwok (255,000).
Some other prominent names who made it in the money include USA’s Max Curtis (19th for PHP 136,000), Sweden’s Roger Spets (22nd for PHP 117,000), Thailand’s Phanlert Sukonthachartnant (31st for PHP 93,000), South Korea’s Gab Yong Kim (34th for PHP 93,000), and WSOP bracelet winner Mike Takayama (41st for PHP 85,000).
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2
PHP 25,000 Megastack NLHE Shot Clock Freezeout – Day 1
China’s Hao He Leads 68 Survivors to Day 2, Aditya Sushant Placed 10th in Chips
A total of 282 runners ponied up the PHP 25,000 (~₹33,864) buy-in in the two-day PHP 25,000 Megastack NLHE Shot Clock Freezeout generating a prize pool of PHP 6,154,650 (~₹83.36 Lakhs). The top 32 places will get paid with a min-cash worth PHP 43,000 (~₹58,176) while PHP 1,461,700 (~₹19.79 Lakhs) is reserved for the eventual champion.
From the Indian contingent, we saw Aditya Sushant, Sahil Agarwal, Sahil Chuttani, Mani Singh, Abhinav Iyer, Jaideep Sajwan, Kanishka Samant and Chirag Tarunkumar Shah enter the tournament, but only Sushant was able to make it to Day 2. With a stack of 200,000, Sushant is placed 10th in chips among the 68 contenders.
Leading the 68 survivors is China’s Hao He (280,0000). Not far behind in second place is Australia’s Bobby Zhang (270,000), who had won the PHP100K Shot Clock Single Re-Entry for PHP 1.56 Million yesterday. Local player Christopher Mateo (265,000) rounds out the top three stacks.
Some prominents are still in the running including UK’s Sam Razavi (255,000), Hong Kong’s Ivan Lee (164,500), China’s Siyou Cao (141,000), and Hong Kong’s Wayne Heung (28,500).
Top 10 Chip Counts For Day 2
PHP 10,000 NLHE Deepstack – Day 1
Michael de Leon Wins Title & PHP 337,400
The event logged in 155 entries (141 unique players and 14 re-entries), and this included two Indian’s, Amrut Ashok Avhad and Abdulwahab Hadi. Unfortunately, neither of them could make it past the money line
In the end, local pro Michael de Leon defeated Japan’s Yusuke Sato heads-up to claim his fourth PokerStars LIVE title and the top prize of PHP 337,400 (~₹4.57 Lakhs).
The top 18 places were paid with a min-cash worth PHP 16,500 (~₹22,350).
Once again several notable players from Asia featured in the cashes list with names like Taiwan’s Fu Bang Huang (11th for PHP 23,200), China’s Jiabin Wang (12th for PHP 23,200) and Filipino Richard Marquez (15th for PHP 19,800) all finishing in the money.
Final Table Results (PHP)
Content & Images Courtesy: Asia Pacific Poker Tour
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