Battle for final table spots intensifies

filed by Sean Callander

More than 90 per cent of the 255 players who started the APPT Manila main event have been eliminated with just 13 players remaining. Roger Spets is the chip leader. The field was redrawn when the field reached 16, with the seating assignments and chip counts comprising:

Table 1

  • Seat 1: Carlo Gosselin (Thailand) 115,000
  • Seat 2: Steve Junhee Yea (South Korea) 230,000
  • Seat 3: Bas Van Liere (Netherlands) 62,000
  • Seat 4: Nicholas Bamman (USA) 282,000
  • Seat 5: Derrick Hernandez (Philippines) 308,000
  • Seat 6: Brett Parise (USA) 73,000
  • Seat 7: Roger Spets (Malaysia) 340,000
  • Seat 8: Juan Carlos Lascano (Philippines) 78,000

Table 2

  • Seat 1: Alex Fitzgerald (USA) 78,000
  • Seat 2: Ira Blumenthal (Thailand) 136,000
  • Seat 3: Maor Feldinger (Israel) 213,000
  • Seat 4: Kazuhiro Sato (Japan) 142,000
  • Seat 5: Ronald Javier (Philippines) 73,000
  • Seat 6: Van Marcus (Australia) 160,000
  • Seat 7: Se Jin Lee (South Korea) 60,000
  • Seat 8: D’amor Nario (Philippines) 185,000

Already, three of the final 16 have fallen by the wayside. South Korean Se Jin Lee (Ad 9d) pushed all-in for 56,000 and was called by Maor Feldinger (Ac Qd). The board of Jh 10d 3h 5d gave Lee a flush draw, but the 8s ended his tournament in 16th.

Ronald Javier followed shortly after in 15th place when his pockets nines were dominated by Kazuhiro Sato’s kings, which held up.

Then on the final hand before the most recent break, local player Carlos Lascano pushed all-in with Ad Jc on a flop of 9c 8s 3s. Roger Spets called in a heartbeat with pocket nines, and his set was never threatened.

Players who’ve finished in the money so far are:

14th Carlos Lascano (Philippines) $5993
15th Ronald Javier (Philippines) $5993
16th Se Jin Lee (South Korea) $5993
17th Eric Sia $4794
18th Nicolas Chouity (Lebanon) $4794
19th Steven Djingga (Indonesia) $4794
20th Kelly Flynn (USA) $4794
21st Seung Soo Jeon (South Korea) $4794
22nd Ronald Singson $4794
23rd Jean-Marc Hauducoeur (France) $4794
24th Dan Idema (Canada) $4794

Brad Willis
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