APPT Cebu: Level 20 updates (final table)
Live updates from the final table, level 20 (blinds 8000-16,000, ante 2000) 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.
3pm: Alexander Tikholiz eliminated in 9th
Russian Federation PokerStars Qualifier Alexander Tikholiz managed to steal a few blinds and antes in the early stages but has finally succumbed to Korea's Dong-bin Han to be eliminated in ninth place. The action folded around to Tikholiz who open-shoved for 279,000; Phillip Willcocks folded on the small blind and Han made the call, tabling A♦ [10s] and ahead of Tikholiz's A♠ 8♥.
The Russian found no help when the board was spread 7♦ K♠ A♥ but found a few more chances to chop with the 5♠. The dealer peeled off the A♣ on the river, giving both players trips but Han had him beat with the higher kicker, sending Tikholiz to the cashier to collect his PHP 525,000 (approximately USD $11,326.86).
2.45pm: Hilton takes points in first round
We've just watched another big flurry of bodyshots between the top two stacks of Korea's Sim Somyung and American PokerStars Qualifier David Hilton. Action folded around to Somyung who raised to 50,000 from the button. Hilton called from the small blind, Terry Fan got out of the way from the big blind and it was heads-up to a flop of 5♥ A♠ 6♠.
Hilton checked to Somyung who opened for 75,000. Hilton called, then check-called Somyung's bet of 185,000 on the turn J♥ before both players checked the river Q♣. Hilton rolled up A♥ [10h] and his top pair was good enough to take down the pot.
2.30pm: Pronk goes plonk
The first major blow has been landed by Dutch PokerStars Qualifier Nick Pronk, who won a pre-flop raising war against Terry Fan to take down a nice pot. Short stack Kevin Clark is looking for a spot to commit his chips and also been active in the early going.
Many of the spectators who were in The Marquee to watch the boxing have now moved to the final table, and there's a nice rail following the action, especially the fortunes of local man Mark Pagsuyuin.
2.15pm: The prez says ...
The PokerStars.tv crew caught up with APPT president Jeffrey Haas and chatted about the success of this event and the growth of poker in Asia:
Watch APPT Cebu 09: Jeffrey Haas on PokerStars.tv
2pm: Pacman powers to victory, now for our Main Event!
The locals are beaming after Manny Pacquiao's 12th round TKO win over Miguel Cotto. Warning: the local Cebu girls who are dealing the cards here at The Marquee are big fight fans and were out of their seats cheering on the champ at every opportunity.
As the clock ticks up to 2pm local time, the final table participants have just taken a short trip down to the beach for some photos before returning to contest day four of the PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event. Cards should be in the air in the next 10 minutes. Blinds have been wound back one level to 8000/16,000 with a 2000 ante (level 20).