APPT Cebu: High rollers gathering no moss

The 2007 Macau High Roller event was the first of its kind on the APPT, and is proving a handy formguide for today's play in the APPT Cebu Main Event.

The sun may have sunk below the horizon for another evening at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, but things are on the rise for 2008 APPT Macau High Roller champion Nam Le and the player who captured the same title just weeks ago, Vladimir Geshkenbein.


Vladimir Geshkenbein defeated dual world champ Johnny Chan heads-up to win the APPT Macau High Roller title

Both players are firmly entrenched in the top 10 chip counts heading into the penultimate level of the day, as are Le's brother Tommy and US duo Michael Spinasanta and Johnny Haynes.

Korean-based Canadian Chris Lee has also come to the chip count party. His stack is now close to 100,000 after he eliminated an opponent with pocket kings, which improved to a set against his opponent's pocket nines.


Chang "Chris" Lee is on the charge late on day 1B

But the tournament is over for the Philippines' favourite poker son, Neil Arce: "What happened? I happened!" Arce chuckled. "No, but it was bad, I only had 6000 left and I moved all-in on the flop, 2-6-5 with two clubs A♣ 5♣, Tony Dunst calls and he has aces, board bricks, that was it." Team Asia Pro Jonathan Lin is still hanging tough; he mentioned on the break that he's getting his money in good but isn't finding a caller. "I haven't gone to a showdown at all and I just keep picking up blinds and antes," he said.


Celina Lin manages a smile despite a tough day in the APPT Cebu Main Event

Celina Lin and Bryan Huang are experiencing a similarly testing day at the office - none of the three remaining Team Asia Pros hold more than 9000 in chips. "Today is not a good day to be a pro," Lin said. There's less than two hours of play remaining, with play at level six (300/600 with an ante of 75).