APPT Cebu: Day 1A, Levels 1&2, blinds 50-100

2:20pm: Break time!
Two levels are in the books. Players are on their first ten-minute break of the day.

2:05pm: Le Jossec flushes two
Our early chip leader is Canadian Gabriel Le Jossec after a brutal and rather bizarre hand saw a double knockout to leave Le Jossec behind a big stack.

The action was all preflop with Le Jossec deciding to go with the old K♥J♥ against pocket eights and pocket tens from his two short-stacked opponents. The board ran out 6♣4♥9♥T♥7♥ to give Le Jossec a flush and an impressive 45,000 in chips.
Le Jossec has a trophy to his credit with a win in the Heads-Up side event at the APPT Macau in May which was good for HK$140,000.

2:01pm: McKenzie's question answered
On a board of 7♠5♣[10s]4♥, Jessie McKenzie led out for 1,600. His lone opponent was a woman wearing a hat with a pair of aces on the front. That woman, who had the button, called McKenzie's bet. Both players then checked the 7♣ that paired the board.

"Do you have a pair?" McKenzie asked. The button player responded by turning over A♣A♦.

"That's a pair!" said McKenzie with a laugh. He mucked his cards.

1:46pm: Graham sets up nicely
Jarred Graham is up to about 24,000 after flopping a set of 4s and getting a bit of value from his lone opponent. We didn't see the action until the river, where Graham check-called a bet of 3,000 on a board of 4♥2♠6♠5♦Q♥. His opponent never showed, allowing Graham's set of fours, 4♠4♦, to take the pot uncontested.

1:39pm: Glazier's bluff picked off
Jackie Glazier is one of Australia's rising female poker talents but she's off to a rocky start here in Cebu after her bluff was just picked off.

Catching the action on the turn, Glazier's bet of 900 was called on a board of 2♥T♣J♥7♠, before the T♦ fell on the river. Glazier fired another barrel worth 1,600. She watched as her opponent hesitated before finally tossing out calling chips.

Glazier showed A♥6♥ and it took a while for the table to work out that a busted flush draw probably wasn't going to win the pot. Her opponent then opened 9♣9♦ for the winning hand. Glazier is down to 15,000.

1:32pm: "The Dream" running ragged at the start
Wally "The Dream" Sombero surely didn't dream about the start he's having here in the 2010 APPT Cebu Main Event. Sombero is down to 12,000 in chips after running into a turned set. On a three-way flop of 4♠6♠3♦, Sombero had second action and opened for 1,000. Only the button player called.

Sombero quickly checked the 7♥ turn, then called a bet of 1,200 from his opponent. When the river came the Q♠, Sombero made a defensive-looking bet of 1,500. His opponent called with 7♦7♠, a turned set of 7s. Sombero flashed two red nines, 9♦9♥, then mucked his cards.


Wally Sombero

1:25pm: Take advantage of late registration
One of the unique aspects of the APPT Cebu Main Event is that tournament registration is remaining open for the Day 1 flights until the end of Level 5. While late registration is nothing new, and in fact some major tournaments in the US have allowed late registration into the later days of play, the five-level late registration period is significantly longer than is normal for the APPT.

PokerStars and tournament officials, in their infinite wisdom, have recognized that a number of potential players who would like to attend are still occupied in other events in the region. Late registration means that those players can buy-in through their PokerStars client directly and they can arrive as late as day two on Sunday and their stack will only have been blinded off for one level (300-600-75) as each day one flight is only six levels of play.

So if you're still thinking about making a last minute dash to Cebu it's not too late! The only downside is that we may not have official confirmation of the Day 1A entrants and numbers until late in the day.

1:20pm: Level 2 begins, blinds 100-200

1:06pm: Torres moving early
One man who has tasted success on the APPT is Victorino Torres. Hailing from the Northern Marina Islands in the Pacific, not far from the islands of the Philippines, Torres captured the title in the APPT Macau event earlier this year and enjoys traveling with his brother to the APPT events.

He's off to a bright start here today as we arrived at the table to see him fire a bet of 3,500 on the river with the board reading 7♠J♣6♥T♣Q♠. His opponent matched the bet and Torres showed 9♥8♥ for a straight to collect a nice pot.

A few moments later, Torres was in the thick of the action again on a three-way flop of J♣8♥7♠. The under-the-gun player led out for 725 before Torres popped it to 1,725 to force a fold from the third player in the blinds. The UTG-player called and the 6♠ hit the turn. Action checked to Torres who made it 4,000 to play. His opponent dove deep into the think tank, for almost three minutes. He then cut out 12,000 in chips and looked like he wanted to raise, but couldn't pull the trigger, as his cards hit the muck and another pot was shipped to Torres. He moves up to 28,000 in the early-going.

12:49pm: Mis-click leads to missed value
Anyone who's played poker online for more than just a few hands is familiar with the concept of the mis-click. You mean to fold but you click "call". You mean to call but you click "raise". You mean to raise to 2,000 but you mis-click and raise to 20,000.

Mis-clicks happen live as well. Over at Table 2, on a flop of J-7-6, Ryan McKay opened with a bet of 525. Jessie McKenzie, two seats to McKay's left, then raised. The dealer called the raise as 4,025.

"4,000?" asked McKenzie in surprise. "Where?" The dealer spread out McKenzie's bet and showed the 4,000 in chips.

"Oh. Well it was meant to be 1,400," McKenzie told McKay. McKay folded anyway, prompting McKenzie to quip, "Not a bad one to mis-click" as he flashed a pair of 6s in the hole for bottom set.

12:43pm: Flynn hits the beach
In most major tournaments, busting out thirty minutes into day one is pretty depressing, but things are a little different in Cebu. Rather than finding the nearest bridge to launch yourself off, you can instead head to the beach and hire a jetski to take out all of your frustrations.

We're guessing that's where Kelly Flynn is heading right now after he was eliminated in the early goings of play here in the APPT Cebu Main Event. Just last week, Flynn finished runner-up in the Macau Poker cup Championship, but he's tasted elimination a little earlier here today.

In his usually aggressive style, Flynn was splashing around early and we caught him in a hand with the board reading 7♠8♦T♥7♣A♠. All seemed innocent enough as Flynn was facing a river bet of 600 from Lesley Jean "Sunshine" Samson, but he decided to raise it up small to 1,300. Samson then re-raised to 4,100, Flynn made it 8,500, Samson moved all in and was snap-called.

Flynn opened J♠9♥ for a straight but Samson showed T♣T♠ for a full house. Samson had Flynn covered as he was sent crashing to the rail.

12:35pm: Who's here?
It's a cozy field chock full of notable players here in the poker tent for Day 1A. In addition to Neil Arce, who finished 3rd at the 2009 APPT Macau High Roller Event, APPT Macau Season 4 winner Victorino Torres and his brother Vincent are playing. They're joined by a host of Aussie and Kiwi players, including Jessie McKenzie, Tom Grigg, James Honeybone, Hugh Cohen and Daniel Laidlaw.


Neil Arce

Perhaps the most inspiring player to see in the field is Wally "the Dream" Sombero. If you followed coverage of this event last year, you might remember that two month prior to the event Sombero was ambushed in Quezon City. The van in which he was a passenger was fired upon 60 times by gun-toting assailants, with eight bullets striking Sombero. We're happy to report that Sombero seems to be fully recovered from that harrowing ordeal.

12:15pm: Shuffle up and deal!
APPT President Jeffrey Haas thanked the Shangri-La Mactan Resort, PAGCOR, the staff, and for their part in this fantastic event. Then he gave the mic to Neil Arce, a well-known Filipino poker player, who gave the traditional call of "Shuffle up and deal." Cards are in the air for the 2010 APPT Cebu Main Event. Check out the intro video that PokerStars TV has put together for the event.

APPT Cebu reporting comes courtesy of bloggers Heath Chick and Dave Behr.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour