APPT Cebu: Day 4, levels 22&23, blinds 10000-20000, ante 2000

4:49pm: Break time again
The last three players have reached the next scheduled break. When they come back we'll be posting updates in a new post.

4:35pm: Family feud
While we don't expect to see anything that will challenge the integrity of the game with our couple Young-shin Im and Kam Gap Young, we also didn't expect them to be playing out a massive pot for millions of chips while the short-stacked Fabiano Michael is sitting in the middle. But that's exactly what we just saw, which threw our perception of the table dynamic into a complete spin.

Im started it off with a raise to 52,000 from the small blind and Kim defended with a call in the big blind to see a flop of 8♦Q♣A♦. Im checked to Kim who made it 60,000 to go. We were a little surprised to see Im announce a check-raise to 200,000 and even more shocked to see Kim make the call. There was over 500,000 in the pot as a family feud was brewing.

The turn card was the Q♦ and this is where it got really interesting. Im led out for 200,000 but Kim came back with a min-raise to 400,000. Im immediately declared herself all in and Kim threw his head back in disgust. Kim was clearly in pain by the decision as it simply made no sense for the two to play a big pot, but obviously they are playing to win which is great to see.


What to do?

Kim made a very reluctant fold as Im flashed him nothing but a perfect smile. TD Danny McDonagh then exercised his right to view Kim's cards to see what he was holding to ensure that chips were not being dumped to his partner. It was all clear and Kim said to the table that he folded a "baby flush".

Wow. Im is now up to 2.6 million and a clear chip lead as Kim slips back to 1.4 million. Michael is the third wheel in this threesome with 500,000.


Young-shin Im's smile says it all.

4:23pm: Mikael Rosen eliminated in 4th place
An action flop was th end of Mikael Rosen. He opened for 65,000 from the cutoff and was called by the next player to act, Young-shin Im. Rosen checked an ace-high flop, 2♠K♣A♥, and induced a bet of 50,000 from Im. Rosen then check-raised that bet to 120,000 but found himself in a jam when Im shoved all in. The raise was effectively the rest of Rosen's stack, about 350,000, which he reluctantly put into the middle with A♠J♦, a pair of aces. Im, who hasn't shown a willingness to push thin edges on the flop today, showed up with a pair of deuces, 2♦2♣, which had set up on the flop. The board paired K♦ on the turn to keep Rosen's faint hopes of a double-up alive, but the river 4♣ was his last river of the tournament. He leaves in 4th place with PHP 1.56 million.


Mikael Rosen - 4th place

4:05pm: Rosen rakes in a double up
Kim Gap Young opened with a raise to 55,000 on the button before Mikael Rosen moved all in from the big blind. It was an additional 225,000 to Kim as he did some quick math and made the call.

Rosen cringed as he opened Q♦9♥ but he had live cards against Kim's gambling call with K♣5♣. The flop of 2♠2♥J♥ missed both players but the Q♠ on the turn shot Rosen into the lead. He just needed to fade one of the three remaining kings and he did that as the 6♣ was the river card.

Rosen doubles to 580,000 as Kim takes a small hit to his empire.

3:09pm: Opponents at the table, more than friends away from it
Something we've been remissing in not mentioning earlier in the day is that the two chip leaders, Kim Gap Young and Young-shin Im, have a long-standing romantic relationship. At the start of the day, TD Danny McDonagh notified the other players of this relationship and informed the whole table that, for the integrity of the game, he reserved the right to look at either (or both) of their cards at any time. Everyone was happy with that arrangement.

We haven't noticed any unusual play exhibited by either player -- everything so far appears to have been on the up-and-up, and McDonagh has not exercised his option. Now that play is four-handed, however, and the stakes are higher, their relationship is even more under the microscope.

3:02pm: Another win for Hachem
Yesterday we mentioned that Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem (who came up a little short in the APPT Cebu Main Event) was in the middle of a deep run in a side event, the six-handed NLHE. Hachem went on to win that event and was just presented with his trophy. He thanked TD Danny McDonagh and all of the hard-working APPT staff and dealers, then wished each of the four remaining players in the Main Event the best of luck.


2:54pm: Kim makes the first four-bet shove
We've seen a lot of raising and re-raising today but in three hours of play we haven't seen any four-betting -- until now. Kim Gap Young opened from the button for 55,000. Next to act was Fabiano Michael, who put in a re-raise to 165,000. When action passed back to Kim he instantly announced he was all in, putting Michael to the test for his remaining 600,000. Michael tanked for about a minute before laying down his hand, prompting Kim to table [10s]7♦.

3:47pm: Level 23 begins, blinds 12000-24000, ante 3000

3:35pm: Daren Yoon eliminated in 5th place
Fabiano Michael raised it up to 70,000 before Daren Yoon moved all in over the top for his last 250,000. The table folded back to Michael who was quick to call.

Yoon: K♦J♠
Michael: K♠K♣

It was a big "ouch" for Yoon who would need something spectacular to get out of this one. It wasn't to be as the board landed A♦2♠A♣8♠5♦ to jump Michael up to 800,000 and eliminate Yoon in 5th place for a collect of PHP1,290,000.


Fabiano Michael and Daren Yoon await the board that would end Yoon's run in 5th place

3:24pm: The Im and Kim show
We're back to raise-it-and-take-it poker. The Koreans are leading the charge, with chip leader Kim Gap Young and 2nd-place player Young-shin Im taking turns raising pre-flop. They're positioning themselves nicely to make this an all-Korean heads-up affair.

3:15pm: Doublin' Daren
Daren Yoon enjoys living life on the edge. Throughout this tournament he's found himself on the short stack only to double up time and time again. Well, he's just done it one more time at the expense of Young-shin Im.

Yoon open-pushed his last 129,000 into the middle from the cutoff. Mikael Rosen took a long time to fold his button, before Im took twice as long to make the call in the small blind.

Yoon: A♦3♦
Im: K♣J♥

The board ran out 3♠9♣5♦6♦9♥ to leave Im with just king-high and to give a double-up to Yoon. He's up to 300,000 and Im slips to 1.25 million.

3:08pm: Where's the value?
Young-shin Im's been keeping her opponents guessing for four days with her thoughtful, deliberate style of play. But that same style may have caused her to miss some value in a hand against Fabiano Michael. Michael opened the pot to 55,000 from the cutoff, with Im calling out of the blinds. Both players checked all the way down on a board of 8♥7♠5♥Q♦4♥. At showdown Im tabled 7♥6♠ for an eight-high straight. She's up to about 1.4 million after dragging in that pot.

2:50pm: High Rollers final table underway
While the Main Event is gathering plenty of interest and support from the rail, this is not the only final table in the poker tent here this afternoon.

Last night the APPT Cebu High Rollers event attracted 23 players and they played down until they reached the money for the final five players. These five have now returned to the felt to play it out for the trophy and first place prize of PHP1,605,000 (approx. US$36,500).

Leading the way is Australian young gun Jarred Graham ahead of Russia's Anton Pozdnyakov, Kut Fu Chow, Justin Tazelaar and local player Melvin "The Miracle" Matibag.

We'll keep one eye on their progress this afternoon.

2:45pm: Play resumes
Cards are back in the air. Five player remain.


Which of the remaining five players will hoist the trophy?

APPT Cebu reporting comes courtesy of bloggers Heath "TassieDevil" Chick and Dave "F-Train" Behr.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour