APPT Manila: Van Marcus crowned 2008 APPT Manila champion

And then, just like that, it was over. Van Marcus is the 2008 APPT Manila main event champion, taking home PHP 8,037,000 or USD $162,856.98.

On the final hand, Marcus completed, and Tah Jun raised to 210,000. Marcus called and they saw a flop of 8s-3c-6s. Tah Jun bet 200,000, and Marcus pushed all-in. Tah Jun called, and revealed Jd-8d, for top pair, while Marcus has 9-7, for an open ended straight draw.

As was the custom at this final table, Marcus was all-in with the worst hand, and needed to hit a 5, 9 or 10 on the turn or river to win the hand and the tournament. Sure enough, Marcus hit the 10d on the turn. The river was Jd, which gave Tah Jun two-pair, but this was not good enough to take down Marcus’ straight. A gallant runner-up, Noh Tae Jun takes home PHP 5,090,100 or USD $103,142.75.