APPT Cebu: Level 8 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 8 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100) 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: Pagulayan snookered

Filipino pool champ-turned-card shark Alex Pagulayan has just been eliminated at the hands of Andrew Scott. The 2008 APPT Macau High Roller runner-up raised all-in under the gun and Pagulayan pushed all-in with his short stack as the other players stepped aside.


Alex Pagulayan reached day two of the Philippines' biggest event for the second year in a row

The 2008 World Pool Masters champion was in great shaped with pocket aces against Scott's 10s and were leading all the way on a flop and turn of 8-9-J-K until the third 10 spiked on the river. Though his day was short lived, we will be hearing more from Pagulayan as he is keen to focus more on poker.

"The pool circuit in the Philippines is not so great right now," he told us at the start of the day. "The prizemoney is so low and there are so many younger guys better than me. If the industry improves then I'll go back to pool but I'm really focused on improving my poker game."

Andrew Scott continues his dominance on table 13 and is up to 78,000 in chips eliminating fellow Aussie Michael Marvanek, who called the triangle and shipped the last of his short stack into the middle holding A♦ K♥. Scott looked up at him and said, "Sorry mate, I gotta call," flipping over A♠ A♥. The board ran out 4♥ 7♠ 5♥ [10d] Q♠ and Marvanek's day is done.

1pm: NeonFrost thawed

Our "25 Billion Hand Man" Michael Soroka has ridden the highs and lows of tournament poker in the opening minutes of play. Holding less than 8000 in chips, the PokerStars Player moved all-in pre-flop holding A♥ J♠ and was called by Australian PokerStars Qualifier David Campion who held K-Q.

The flop came down K♥ J♥ 7♣ and Soroka looked in dire straits. However the poker gods smiled upon him once more when the turn and river ran Q♥ [10h] for a royal flush! After the crucial double up, NeonFrost sat on more than 10,000 in chips.

Unfortunately Soroka's run came to an abrupt halt when he moved all-in over the top of Korean PokerStars Qualifier Kim Young's bet on a flop of 4♠ 7♠ [10s] with [10h] 9♥. Kim snap-called with A♠ 9♠. There was no miracle turn and river this time around and Soroka's APPT Cebu Main Event is over.

12.45pm: Dunst bites the dust

APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has announced that we will be playing seven levels again today as it is unlikely that the field will be reduced to the bubble of 40. More than 10 players have been eliminated in the first 10 minutes, including Tony Dunst, who found himself (briefly) seated next to ex-girlfriend and Team Asia Pro Celina Lin.


Hang on, he looks familiar ... Celina Lin settles in for day two in the APPT Cebu Main Event

Mongolian firebrand Bold Uundai didn't wait for the opening hand to start banging the table after he found his bag 2000 short of the 144,000 in chips that he'd expected to find. It was explained that he was responsible for checking the tally and the bags hadn't been touched by tournament staff since last night. Begrudgingly, Uundai accepted this explanation.

12.30pm: In the starter's hands

Random seat draw? Table three's line-up features Team Asia Pros Bryan Huang and Raymond Wu, along with big stacks Brian Bumpas and Bold Uundai, the total entertainment package from Mongolia. His compatriots Orgil Bilegsaikhan, Oyunbaatar Tumendemberel, Enkhbaatar Byambaa, Murun Agvaan-Ochir and Batsuren Tserendorj are also back today.

Also great to see Yow Hui (Jack) Ng, the father of Bryan Huang, also in action on day two. They'll be out to replicate the performance of Team Australia duo Eric Assadourian and his father Assadour, who both cashed in the APPT Auckland Main Event. Play will be underway in a few minutes.