APPT Cebu: Level 25 updates (final table)

Live updates from the final table, level 25 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5000) 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.

8.30pm: A final table to remember

Earlier today, the crew caught up with the nine players who contested the first APPT Cebu final table:

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8.15pm: ... and a hand for the dealers

APPT Tournament Director Danny McDonagh has just enlisted one of the dealers to commentate the final table in Cebuano, the local dialect in this region. The dealers have now taken up their own section in the feature table gallery, watching on and enjoying a well-earned rest after their hard work her in The Marquee. With most of them working around the clock dealing all the tournaments and cash games, they have earned the praise of all who have played here this week.

8pm: Korean on the comeback

Dong-bin Han has managed to take a couple of pots off David Hilton to square it up as the heads-up battle continues under the big top here at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa. It's now almost even in chip counts once again as Hilton now has 3.2 million in chips to Han's 3.0 million.


Dong-bin Han is back in the hunt after a slow start to the heads-up battle

In the first hand Han raised to 100,000 from the button; Hilton called then check-called Han's bed of 90,000 on a flop of 6♠ 2♥ Q♣. Hilton then check-called the bet of 270,000 from Han when the dealer produced the 8♦ on the turn. Both players checked the river K♣; Hilton rolled up Q-9 but the hand was quickly mucked after Han showed A♥ Q♦ for the better kicker.

Another hand passed and the button was back on Han; the Korean limped in and the American PokerStars Qualifier checked to see a flop of J♥ 2♦ 9♦. Both players checked; Hilton then led out for 75,000 on the turn of the 4♦. Han raised to 175,000, Hilton fired out 425,000 but then Han raised again to 725,000. Hilton thought for a moment then released his hand into the muck.

7.45pm: Hilton lands first blow

It only took a few hands but we had a massive pot ensue heads-up between David Hilton and Dong-bin Han. The American PokerStars Qualifier raised from the button to 80,000, Han called and they saw a flop of K♦ 3♣ Q♠. Han check-called Hilton's bet of 80,000 and then fired out 225,000 on the turn of the K♠.


David Hilton takes down a pivotal hand early in his heads-up duel with Dong-bin Han

Hilton raised to 575,000 and Han called, going to the river of the A♥. Han fired out 350,000, Hilton made it an additional 675,000 to go and Han called; Hilton rolled up 3♠ 3♥ for the full house and Han slapped his K♥ 2♥ on the table in frustration. Hilton now has the outright chip lead with 4.4 million to Han's 1.8 million.