APPT Manila: 'All-in' sounds the same in any language

Most APPT events are played over three days, and we’ve noticed a strange phenomenon as players make the transition from days one to two. Short stacks will hang on for grim death late on day 1, just for that moment in the spotlight to say “I made it”. They then return for day 2, and it’s carnage from the get-go.

The all-in button is flying around ballroom here at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino like a Mexican wrestler off the top rope, with the list of early victims including PokerStars Sponsored player Sunshine Samson, Brett Parise’s brother Rob, PokerStars qualifier David Salgado and Singapore’s Fam Yat, who finished fifth in the APPT Seoul main event two months ago.


The sun sets on Sunshine Samson's APPT Manila dreams.

All of those chips have to go somewhere, and a fair slab of them have fallen into the hands of two very dangerous players – Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson and James Obst.


Lee Nelson quietly contemplates the pot he's about to take down.

Nelson pushed all-in over the top of Chris Roh pre-flop. The Korean called, but was agonised to see Nelson show Ad-Kd, which had Roh’s Kh-Jh dominated. The board fell Ac-Qh-8h-9s, giving Roh a stack of outs, but Nelson instructed the dealer for the 3s on the river, which she duly delivered.

Nearby, James Andy McLEOD Obst has just doubled through Kwang Soo Lee after the flop of 9d-8d-6d fit perfectly with Obst’s Kd-10d. Lee’s As-Qs improved when the Ah fell on the turn, but he was already mortally wounded and Obst was up to just under 60,000.

For those who are wondering, Obst’s obtuse online name honours an Australian footballer by the name. Andrew McLeod is recognised as one of the greatest indigenous AFL players of all-time with more than 300 games over a 15-year career with the team that Obst supports, the Adelaide Crows. James – you’re doing Andy proud.

With the clock about to tick into level 10, already 17 players have been sent to the rail and we’re down to just 60 players.