APPT Cebu: Level 19 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 19 (blinds 6000-12,000, ante 100) of the PokerStars.net 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.

5.45pm: No laughing matter for Joe Ker

Finally Beng Hong "Joe" Ker takes the shackles off a tight and tense level 19, and gets smacked around for his trouble! Ker took virtually all of John Tech's chips when his red kings found a set on the flop against Tech's flopped pair of kings, but shipped most of those chips when his K-10 found a 10 on the flop, only to walk straight into the pocket aces of Pontus Kers. Win some, lose some ...

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Beng Hong "Joe" Ker, riding the APPT Cebu roller coaster

5.30pm: Yoyong on the rise

The only hand worth mention in the past 30 minutes featured Allih "Yoyong" Bansuan of the Philippines and Alexandr Tikholiz, the PokerStars Qualifier from Russia. Not surprisingly it was big hand versus big hand - the K♦ K♣ of Yoyong against A♦ K♥ for Tikholiz.

Jojo Tech started the action with a raise to 37,000, Bansuan called, Tikholiz pushed it to 100,000, Tech agonised before folding, Bansuan pushed all-in for 230,000 and Tikholiz instantly called. The board fell Q♦ Q♣ 5♠ 7♣ 4♠, propelling Bansuan to 735,000 while Tikholiz is down to 390,000.

5.15pm: Magellan makes his mark

While things are a bit quiet, thought it worth telling the story of one of the great explorers whose name is indelibly linked with Mactan Island, venue for the APPT Cebu Main Event.

Back in the 16th century, Ferdinand Magellan was tasked by the Spanish government with finding a route to the lucrative Spice islands of south-east Asia (now known as Indonesia) as part of the first attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

As part of this journey, Magellan and his crew became the first Europeans to enter the Pacific from the Strait of Magellan, which he discovered. He landed in the Philippines in early 1521, where he famously planted a cross. It was here that the first Filipino Christians were baptised.

The Augustinian priests built a shrine for the cross between the years 1525 and 1740. The locals started taking off chips from the cross superstitiously believing that it possessed miraculous powers. So, a raised structure was built to protect the cross, which is situated in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. This is one of the famous Catholic shrines in the Philippines.

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Magellan's Cross, one of the holiest sites in the Philippines

Magellan, who was greatly enthused by his success in converting most Cebuanos to Christianity decided to extend his efforts to Mactan Island. He crossed the channel to the island but was killed by the island chieftain Lapulapu and his men even before he could reach the shore.

Unfortunately, Magellan's body could never be recovered in spite of offers of jewellery and spices in exchange for the dead body. The Magellan Marker was erected in 1866 to mark the spot where the great explorer died.

5pm: Slow, slow's the go

We've hit a wall since the last break with no eliminations and not much significant action as the lure of a final table berth starts to impact the players' willingness to make a move without a big hand. The short stacks feeling the pinch belong to John "Jojo" Tech (135,000), Oleg Poluzhnikov (120,000) and Wei Sha (60,000).

4.45pm: Hilton leads, Tikholiz closing

Players are taking their second break of the day, with David dhilton12 Hilton looking down on the rest of the field from his lofty perch of 960,000 in chips. The big mover in the last session was another PokerStars Qualifier, the impressively named Alexandr Petrovich Tikholiz of Russia. He's up to 710,000, most of which were acquired from former chip leader Phillip Willcocks from New Zealand.

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Alexandr Tikholiz has signalled his intentions to take a big stack into tomorrow's final table

The 20 players still in the APPT Cebu Main Event are spread across three tables, with the feature table in use for the first time. This will be the venue for the final table, but will be packed to capacity well before the action starts as The Marquee will be screening the WBO Welterweight world title fight between champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and Manny "The Pacman" Pacquiao, arguably the most popular Filipino on the face of the planet.