APPT Cebu: Han is the man to catch

Yep, sunny and warm again here today in the countdown to day three of the PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in the southern Philippines.

There are more than a few sore heads this morning after last night's Metro Card Club APPT Cebu Party at the Voodoo Lounge in downtown Cebu, but it's back to business in The Marquee today for the remaining 40 players, who are all assured a minimum payout of PHP 150,000.

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The Marquee at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, venue for APPT Cebu

However, all eyes are on the first prize of PHP 7,410,000 (approximately USD $158,000), which is the lion's share of the PHP 29,086,420 (approximately USD $622,000) prize pool.

The current chip leader is Dong-bin Han from Korea with 478,500, followed by PokerStars Qualifier Phillip Willcocks from New Zealand with 435,000. In third place is PokerStars Online Qualifier Beng Hong Ker from Singapore with 408,000.

Other notables still in the hunt for the title include 2008 APPT Macau High Roller champion Nam Le and his brother Tommy, 2009 APPT Macau Main Event runner-up Mike Kim and fifth-place finisher Pontus Kers and a pair of players who final-tabled the first APPT Manila Main Event - Thailand's Ira Blumenthal and Kazuhiro Sato.

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Space is not a problem under the big top at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa

Five of the 40 players that remain are representing the host nation while 13 PokerStars Online Qualifiers and three PokerStars Cebu Satellite winners will also be in action today. Filipino Anna Cu Unjieng is assured the title of the highest placed female, while we'll also be keeping a close eye on the last of the 10 Mongolian players in the field, Batsuren Tserendorj.

Top 10 chip count at the start of day 3

Dong-bin Han (Korea) 478,500
Phillip Willcocks (New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier 435,000
Beng Hong Ker (Singapore) PokerStars Qualifier 408,000
Terry Fan (Taipei) PokerStars Player 303,500
Allih (Yoyong) Bansuan (Philippines) 299,500
Kevin Clark (New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier 263,000
Dustin Dorrance-Bowman (USA) PokerStars Player 260,000
Mike Gaertner (Cambodia) PokerStars Player 257,000
Jerry Delisle (USA) PokerStars Qualifier 248,000
Brian Bumpas (USA) 224,500

Players have started arriving for the opening hand, which will be dealt in about 45 minutes. The structure available for today's play:

Level 15: 2500/5000 (ante 500)
Level 16: 3000/6000 (ante 500)
Level 17: 4000/8000 (ante 500)
Level 18: 5000/10,000 (ante 1000)
Level 19: 6000/12,000 (ante 1000)
Level 20: 8000/16,000 (ante 2000)
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (ante 2000)
Level 22: 12,000/24,000 (ante 3000)
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (ante 3000)
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 (ante 4000)
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 (ante 5000)
Level 26: 30,000/60,000 (ante 5000)
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (ante 5000)
Level 28: 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)
Level 29: 60,000/120,000 (ante 10,000)
Level 30: 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)