APPT Manila: It's Saturday Night Live at the Hyatt

Super Saturday is certainly living up to the billing with three separate events underway here in the ballroom at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino in Manila.

We’re down to 22 players in the APPT Manila main event, with the latest players to be eliminated Marco Andria (22nd), Nali Kaselias from Australia (23rd), Filipino Aloysius ‘Lou’ Pacia (24th) and former chip leader, PokerStars qualifier Michael Shell (25th).


Michael Shell started day 2 in the chip lead but his APPT Manila experience ended in 25th.

There’s also a seven-handed event underway, with the final table due to start when one more is eliminated. APPT Macau High Roller runner-up Andrew Scott is prominently placed in this tournament.

Meanwhile at table 11, the PHP 250,000 buy-in (approximately USD $5000) APPT Manila High Roller event is underway, with entrants including local pros Wally “The Dream” Sombrero, Neil “Dirty Ice Cream” Arce, Singapore duo Bryan Huang and Nathanael Seet, Japan’s Yasuhiro Waki, Hong Kong-based Aussie David Steicke and Malaysian-based Swede Roger Spets. Entries are still open, so the field of nine may increase over the next hour. We'll keep an eye on proceedings as they unfold.

But back to the major focus of our coverage, the APPT Manila main event, where the field is now down to 21 players.

In a dramatic turnaround over the past hour, PokerStars Sponsored player Van Marcus leads on 295,000 but Singapore’s Josh Pang Ang has lost chips to both Ramil Tandoc (200,000) and Chang Yong Suk (260,000). Canadian PokerStars qualifier Dimitrios Pappis has steadily climbed back into contention (200,000) while Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson is strongly positioned on 195,000.

Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier and Joe Hachem are the only Team PokerStars Pros to make the final table of an APPT event (Macau main event, 2007), but Nelson is poised to add his name to this short list. Blinds are now at level 16 (2500/5000 with a 500 ante) – we could be for a while.