APPT Cebu: Day 2, Levels 11&12, blinds 800-1600, ante 200
7:07pm: Last break of the day
The players are once again on a break. They'll play one more level tonight.
7:04pm: King Yoon
Daren Yoon entered today with just 8,050 chips for one of the shortest stacks in the room. But he turned it around in remarkable style, riding a wave of double ups that saw him back into contention. It seems to be his lucky day as he's has just doubled up again in rather fortunate circumstances.
Yoon raised under the gun and action folded around to Alexander Beeckx in the big blind who put in the three-bet. Yoon moved all in and Beeckx snap-called, slamming A♠A♣ onto the felt, as Yoon was never going to get away from his K♦K♥.
The flop was a blank T♣7♥J♦ but the K♠ binked on the turn for a handsome two-outer. The river was the 7♦ and Yoon doubled up to over 90,000 as Beeckx is down to around 150,000.
6:58pm: Belgium rising
Alexander Beeckx is the only Belgian player making waves here on Day 2. Caroline De Weerdt is stacked up at an impressive 140,000 after an epic blow-up by another woman at her table. That player, perhaps steamed after losing a hand to Inwook Choi, three-bet shoved for more than 60,000 after De Weerdt opened in early position with a just-more-than-minimum raise of 4,200. When action passed back to De Weerdt she snap-called with A♦K♣ and found herself in a race against her opponent's 8♠8♣. The 6♣9♣3♦ flop didn't improve De Weerdt but the A♠ on the turn did. She collected her opponent's entire remaining stack of 62,000 (which had been 162,000 just a few hands earlier) and is now looking good for a Day 3 return.
6:50pm: Double deuce does it for En
Richard En now has the complete set. After claiming the scalp of Connie Lai a few minutes ago, a table change and a blind battle has seen him add the scalp of Jarred Graham to the collection.
Action folded around to Graham in the small blind who moved all in for around 20,000, holding T♦2♦ but En made the call in the big blind with one of the worst hands Graham could see - 2♥2♣.
Graham was looking for a ten but he picked up a few more outs on the paired flop of Q♠K♦Q♥. However the 8♦ turn missed him, as did the J♥ river, moving En up to a very healthy 140,000 chips and sending Graham and Lai off to an early dinner.
6:45pm: Hachem sunk on the river
Our last Team PokerStars Pro has been eliminated as Tony Hachem was just bundled out of the tournament in dramatic fashion.
Faced with a bet of 4,500 on a flop of 8♣T♦J♣, Hachem moved all in with A♣6♣ for the nut flush draw as his opponent showed J♠T♣ for top two pair.
Hachem screamed in delight when the 2♣ hit the turn to complete his flush, but this hand wasn't over quite yet. There was an equally loud shriek of "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!" when the dealer revealed the J♦ on the river to give his opponent a full house and the pot.
"Why does this keep happening to me?!?" exclaimed Hachem in dismay before shaking the hands of each of his tablemates and departing the tournament floor.
6:37pm: Set over set unlucky for Chong
There are still several female players playing this event, and a few -- like Yeow Chung Chong -- have large chip stacks. Chong took a bit of a hit after an unlucky river recently, however. She opened for 5,500 pre-flop and was called by the small blind. That player check-calleda nother 7,500 on a flop of 2♦9♦4♥. When the turn came a third diamond, Chong's opponent led into her with his own bet of 7,500. She called to the 6♣ river. Chow's opponent checked and then called a sizable bet of 22,000. Chow showed 4♦4♠ for a flopped set of 4s, but she was pipped at the river by her opponent's 6♦6♠ for a rivered set of 6s.
6:23pm: Lai bounced out
Connie Lai's efforts in this tournament were impressive, but her run has come to an end within sight of the money. Short-stacked, Lai moved all in with A♠Q♠ to be racing for her tournament against Richard En's 8♣8♠. Lai flopped a flush draw, 7♦2♠J♠, but the 2♥ turn and river K♥ left her empty-handed as En moved up to 110,000.
Lai wandered over and was consoled by boyfriend Jarred Graham who also has a battle on his hands to reach the money as he sits with just 30,000 in chips.
6:15pm: Lai knocks out a shorty
Connie Lai's stack isn't very huge with the blinds as high as they are, but it was still bigger than that of the small blind in her last hand. Lai opened for 4,100 from under the gun, then quickly called after the small blind moved all in for 6,800 total. Lai's A♣K♣ was the favorite over the small blind's K♠[10s]. Lai actually flopped a royal flush draw, 8♦Q♣J♣, but settled for kings and queens with the best kicker after the K♦ turn and Q♦ river.
6:09pm: Count 'em, one, two,three
In a flurry of action we've just lost three of Australia's finest players in Tom Grigg, Hugh Cohen and Van Marcus.
Grigg was first to go when he four-bet shoved all in with ace-ten but Kim Gabyong made the call with pocket tens. There were 200,000 chips in the middle preflop. The board bricked out to leave Gabyong with a massive chip lead and Grigg making a sudden exit.
Joining him on the rail was good mate Hugh Cohen who was also involved in a strange hand. Following a series of raises, Cohen committed his chips with just ace-jack-high on a board of T♦4♥9♦3♥. His opponent called with 9♥7♥ for pair and flush draw which held on the 4♠ river.
Meanwhile Van Marcus was having a hard time on a nearby table. He was first crippled when his pocket jacks failed to hold against pocket sevens as the board arrived K♦7♠T♠8♠A♥. That left Marcus with just a few thousand in chips which he splashed into the middle a few hands later with Q♥7♦ against Nathanael Seet's J♦9♥. The board fell T♥T♠6♣J♣4♥ to pair up Seet and eliminate Marcus from the APPT Cebu Main Event.
With those three quick eliminations, we're down to our final 50 players.
6:06pm: Level 12 begins, blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200
Some big action is brewing out at the tables. While we sort out all the details, listen to Richard En talk about his day:
5:57pm: Hinrichsen quietly commands the lead
We haven't called out Andrew Hinrichsen's name all day. It's clearly an oversight on our part, as Hinrichsen took his tournament-leading stack of 124,900 and has almost doubled it. He's sitting behind 243,000 after eliminating a player in a blind-versus-blind battle. Hinrichsen opened for 3,500 pre-flop from the small blind, with the big blind deciding to tag along. Hinrichsen continued for the same amount on a flop of 8♣K♦[10s]. Again his opponent called.
The turn 5♥ was the decision point of the hand. Hinrichsen fired again, pushing 7,500 across the betting line. His opponent tanked for one minut before moving all in for 18,000 total. Hinrichsen called with K♠4♥, a pair of kings, in the lead against his opponent's 9♦8♠, a pair of 8s. The board paired [10h] to push another pot in Hinrichsen's direction.
5:46pm: Oh Yeh!
Kim Gabyong has been terrorizing his table today as he commanded the largest stack in the room, but he's just taken a serious hit in a massive preflop clash with Wen-lan "Nicole" Yeh.
Gabyong opened to 4,400 from under the gun before Yeh made it 10,000. The table folded back to Gabyong who declared himself all in with Yeh making the call holding A♠A♣ as Gabyong had just run into a monster with his A♥K♠.
The board ran out 6♠5♠J♥5♥4♦ as Yeh's stack of 74,600 was doubled, with Gabyong slipping back to 145,000.
5:38pm: All in with flair
We've seen players do the double-handed wave over their stack. We've seen them splash pots. We've seen them announce a simple or a forceful, or a dramatic, "All in." But we've never seen them do what Tony Hachem just did.
Hachem opened a pot for 3,700. A player in late position then three-bet to 12,500, folding everyone else back to Hachem. Hachem, in the 1-seat to the dealer's immediate left, turned and asked the dealer, "Can you hand me one of those?" He pointed to the red "all in" triangles to the right of the dealer.
The dealer passed a triangle to Hachem, who then threw it into the pot. When his opponent folded, Hachem showed K♦K♣.
5:20pm: Hachem, Puno smell a rat
Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem didn't win back-to-back ANZPT Player of the Year awards by walking into traps. He, Ronaldo Puno and one other player all checked a flop of J♦K♦9♥. When the turn paired J♣, Hachem tried a bet of 2,300. Puno called before the third player check-raised to 5,200.
"HA!" said Puno as soon as the chips were in the middle.
"Ah, the good old check-raise, eh?" asked Hachem. He folded his cards and so did Puno, drawing a little cry of disappointment from the third player, who flashed J-9 for a full house.
5:15pm: Beeckx sells the story
Alexander Beeckx is quickly showing us that he's a very fine No Limit Holdem player. With several big stacks on his table we were anticipating a massive clash, so when Mishel Anunu raised the button to 3,800 and Beeckx re-popped it to 12,100 from the big blind, we were ready to see what unfolded.
Anunu made the call and the flop landed 8♣K♠T♣. Beeckx led out with a bet of 16,000 and Anunu made the call as the 8♥ repeated on the turn. It didn't slow down Beeckx as he casually threw out another 34,000.
Anunu went deep into the tank before eventually letting his hand go and saving his last 95,000 for a better spot. It may have been a mistake, as we're guessing Anunu could better the 4♣6♠ that Beeckx flashed the table. Not the first bluff that Beeckx has shown this tournament but his timing appears to be spot on at the moment. He's up to 165,000.
5:10pm: Marcus breathing a little easier
Earlier we walked by Van Marcus' table. "Respirator, my friend. Respirator," he said as he pointed to his depleted stack. He's now off the respirator after eliminating a short-stacked opponent. It was Marcus' 9♠9♥ up against his opponent's K♦Q♦ with all the chips in preflop.
Marcus called for the 9♦ but he got something just as good as the board fell 2♠9♣T♦4♣8♦ to give him a set and the pot. He's up to 40,000.
5:07pm: Play resumes
Cards are back in the air. 60 players remain. While we wait for the action to pick back up, have a look at what PokerStars TV has been up to with their latest segment, "Ask Raymond Wu":
APPT Cebu reporting comes courtesy of bloggers Heath "TassieDevil" Chick and Dave "F-Train" Behr.