APPT Cebu: What's in a name?

One of the joys of travelling with the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is experiencing different countries and cultures. We've visited countries like Korea, where conformity is an obsession, and countries like the Philippines, where parents will go to extraordinary lengths to make their children stand out from the crowd.

As a result, there are thousands, if not millions, of Filipinos walking around with highly unusual names. Given we're here for a poker tournament, let's start with politician Joker Arroyo. He has a brother Jack, but we're unsure if there's a King or Queen Arroyo. There is, however, another politician named Robert Ace Barbers, and he prefers to play the Ace.

Jejomar is a popular name in this highly religious country, taking the first two letters from Jesus, first two letters from Joseph and first three letters from Mary.


2008 champ Van Marcus gets settled for his title defence

And strolling the Marquee floor today, we heard 2009 APPT Macau runner-up Mike Kim singing the Paul Lekakis gem Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room). Van Marcus then kicked into a rendition of Boom Boom Boom by the Outthere Brothers. Why all the singing? The young lady dealing their table is named Boom.

Close by on table 10 where Bing is dealing - seriously - Daniel Schreiber just vacated his seat after being KOed by Michael Shinzaki. The Team Asia Pro kicked off the betting with a raise to 825, Shinzaki popped it to 2200 and Schreiber called.


The good form Michael Shinzaki displayed in Auckland is being repeated in Cebu

They checked the flop of 6♣ 6♦ 2♦, before Shinzaki shoved all-in after Schreiber had checked the turn of 4♥. Schreiber called and showed 5♣ 5♦ only to find Shinzaki holding K♠ 6♥ for trips. The river blanked and the Korean-based American was heading for the door, as he discussed ...

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Ticking down to the end of level four on day 1A, the sensibly named Lee Jin from Korea leads on 65,000 ahead of Hong Kong's Elton Tsang on 62,000.