APPT Manila: Sabat says that's that for Steicke

The table of death: it’s one of those annoying poker expressions but there’s an element of truth to that cliché in the list of players that took the short walk from the main tournament area to the TV studio at the start of play on day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Manila main event.

The line-up included David Steicke (one of only two players to have cashed in three APPT events), Eddy Sabat (the reigning APPT Macau main event champion), Yoshihiro Tasaka (the reigning APPT Seoul main event champion), Japanese poker identity Yasuhiro Waki and mild-mannered Aussie teenager by the name of James Obst, also known online as AndyMcLEOD.

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A star-studded line-up should make for good viewing when the APPT Manila main events hits local TV.

The 18-year-old from Adelaide, South Australia has amassed one of the most daunting records in online tournament poker. He won the $215 Pot Limit Omaha (w/ one rebuy and one add-on) event in the recent PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Triumphing over a field of 1223 players, he won USD $98,280. He cashed in four other WCOOP events.

Obst’s first taste of big-time live poker came at the 2008 WSOP Europe and PokerNews Cup, and this is his first foray to Asia – the youngster said he’s enjoying his debut APPT experience, especially with his tablemates tearing each other limb from limb.

After Bryan Huang was denied his chance to become the first player to cash in four APPT events yesterday, David Steicke’s hopes of achieving the same goal have ended early on day 1B.

In a hand with Sabat, the American raised to 250 and Steicke called before they saw a flop of 2-2-5. Steicke bet 250, Sabat raised to 550 and Steicke called. A third deuce fell on the turn, Steicke bet 1000 and Sabat called.

The river was a 4, Steicke pushed all-in and after some careful deliberation, Sabat called and showed A-J, good enough to take down Steicke’s Q-10.

Another well-known APPT personality, Carter Gill, was one of the first players to hit the rail today. He made trip sevens on a board of 7-4-2-7-Q, but so did his opponent. Incredibly, his opponent’s kicker (7-6) played against Gill’s 7-5, and the likeable young American was headed for the cash games.

Players are enjoying their first break of the day, and when they return, the blinds will be at level 3 (100/200). We should have details of the final number of players and prize pool in the next hour.