APPT Cebu: Level 15 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 15 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500) of the APPT Cebu Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu, Philippines. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.

1.15pm: Three more down, Willcocks leads

We're down to 34 players after three quick eliminations. Filipino Christian Demers busted in 36th when his A♦ 8♦ failed to improve against the A♠ K♥ of Swedish PokerStars Qualifier Lars Pettersson with the board flowing J♣ 6♦ 4♦ 5♥ 6♥.

Next out was PokerStars Player Danny Steigler when Russia's Alexandr Tikholiz hit the flop hard, his A-K improving to two-pair against the pocket eights of the German. He was followed by the affable American Johnny Hanes, who ran A-J into the A-Q of Phillip Willcocks. Neither hand improved, and the PokerStars Qualifier was off to collect his PHP 150,000 for 34th.


New Zealand's Phillip Willcocks has cruised to more than 500,000 in chips and into the lead

1pm: Blue times for Blumenthal, Kim KOed

Ira Blumenthal's hopes of another APPT final table in the Philippines have been dashed. After some big pre-flop action against Singapore's Beng Hong "Joe" Ker and Seong Kim Ho, it came down to Blumenthal's J♥ J♦ and the A♥ K♦ of Ho (Ker had folded pocket 10s). The flop of 9♠ A♦ 3♥ hit Ho and had Blumenthal gathering his personals. It ran out 3♣ 6♣ to confirm Blumenthal's exit in 38th.


Beng Hong "Joe" Ker has been at the heart of the action on table three

We've become accustomed to watching Mike Kim nurse a short stack through a big field, and you'd think he'd be happy to see pocket aces to provide some breathing space. Wrong - Kim put his aces to work against the pocket eights of Wei Sha, with an eight on the turn crippling the popular Asian poker figure. He was out on the next hand when his 6♣ 7♣ failed to connect against the A♣ js] of Ker.

12.45pm: Take the money and run

Let the mayhem begin ... outright short stack Robert Chow didn't last long after his pocket deuces (and the pocket 10s of John Tech) were overtaken by the J♥ 9♥ of Ira Blumenthal on a board of 7♦ 8♣ 5♠ 6♠ A♦, giving him a straight.

Anna Cu Unjieng's day also didn't last long after she found her 2♦ 3♠ up against the A♥ Q♠ of US PokerStars Qualifier Raleigh Harness. The board fell 6♦ 9♦ A♣ J♣ A♦ and the Filipino was out in 39th.

12.30pm: Family affair

Cards are in the air on day three of the APPT Cebu Main Event. APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has announced that an extra 10 minutes have been added to the opening level to compensate for hand-for-hand play late yesterday.

Two other players of note in action today include the sole remaining Aussie Rody Kaka, the cousin of last year's APPT Manila winner Van Marcus. Kaka is making his first major tournament appearance and has already secured an in-the-money finish. And we're also keeping an eye on Yow Hui "Jack" Ng, who is the father of Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang.