APPT Manila: Marcus brushes Broom aside
Van Marcus and Josh Pang Ang was swapping the chip lead quicker than you can spot a Jeepney on a Manila street. Marcus, who finished fourth in this event last year after taking the chip lead to the final table, has just taken down a massive pot to send fellow Australian James Broom and Japan’s Takaski Ogura to the rail.
The craziness started when Broom raised under-the-gun to 6000, Rudy Lim and June Caberoy called, Ogura shoved all-in for 16,000, Marcus popped to 100,000 from the big blind, Broom pushed all-in, Lim and Caberoy got out of the way and Marcus called.
Marcus showed 10h-10c, Ogura Ac-7h and Broom looked well placed with his Ks-Kd. There was something for everyone in the flop of Ad-10d-4d – top pair for Ogura, set for Marcus and a flush draw for Broom. But the turn (8c) and river (3c) bricked, and Marcus was up to 220,000.
That left Broom as the 30th place finisher and Ogura 31st, while Korea’s Kil Seok Yang (a PokerStars qualifier) was officially listed in 32nd place.
Now on the TV table, Pang Ang quickly countered to take his stack above 300,000. Marcus and Pang Ang share almost 20 per cent of the chips in play.
Some interesting facts about this year’s PokerStars.net APPT Manila event with 27 players remaining – there are still two players in contention for back-to-back final table appearances (Van Marcus and defending champion Brett Parise); 10 Filipinos are assured a cash in this year’s event (up from six last year); Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson and Van Marcus have joined David Steicke and Bryan Huang as the only players to have cashed in three APPT events; and Natasha Ellis becomes the first female player to have cashed in either APPT Manila event.