PAGCOR Chairman's Cup: Final table profiles
The final table of the PAGCOR Chairman's Cup will be played out today. Nine players, one table, packed into the noisy and slightly surreal environment of a full on gaming expo. We can see the chips on the table, hear a racket coming from beyond the red curtains and can smell something being cooked close by. It's a melting pot and a perfect setting for a final table.
Here are those last nine.
Seat 1: Jackal Lee. Chinese Taipei - 363,000 chips
Lee has been playing poker for two years now and works for the All-In Poker Club. Lee, 24, sites Daniel Negreanu as his favourite player although his biggest rival in this tournament was Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin.
Lee plays on PokerStars, usually cash games and his biggest result to date came in APPT Macau, where he finished 38th for $8,322.
Seat 2: Kirby Te. Davao City, Philippines - 1,205,000 chips
Kirby Te is a businessman from Davao City and is the last of the Filipino players still in the PAGCOR Chairman's Cup.
The 35-year-old has been playing poker for five years, mostly tournaments on PokerStars and looks to Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier as his favourite player. Te is a regular in the Filipino Poker Tour.
Seat 3: Sunny Jung. Seoul, Korea - 983,000 chips
Sunny Jung is primarily a cash game player, playing hold'em, Omaha and Stud.
When it comes to tournament poker he's a follower of the Phil Ivey way, citing him as his favourite player. Jung, 36, has played Filipino Poker Tour events before this is his first big result.
Seat 4: Binh Nguyen, Las Vegas, United States - 660,000
Nguyen has been playing poker for nine years now and is the room mate of Victor Chang, who also plays this final table.
Nguyen, 31, prefers to play cash games but finished second in the WPT LA Poker Classic in 2009 earning $935,424. Nguyen is a professional, playing around 100 hours per week.
Seat 5: Terrence Chan, PokerStars Player. Hong Kong - 747,000
Terrence Chan has been playing poker around the world for ten years now.
Still only 29-years-old, Chan has more than $700,000 in live tournament winnings but is also an accomplished cash game player, playing live and on PokerStars. Last year he won a WCOOP event on PokerStars.
Seat 6: Victor Chang, Las Vegas, United States - 563,000 chips
Chang has been a poker player for 12 years now and travelled to Manila with his roommate Bin Nguyen, two seats to his right.
Chang, 31, has cashed multiple times in big online tournaments although like many of the players on this final, he prefers to play cash, up to 60 hours a week.
Seat 7, Gordon Huntly, Edinburgh, Scotland - 1,528,000 chips
Huntly has only been playing poker for a year and a half, mainly in tournaments and on PokerStars.
Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, the 48-year-old now lives in Asia and will be making his first final table appearance today. Quite rightly his favorite hand is pocket aces.
Seat 8, Choon Kwang Lim. Singapore - 1,886,000 chips
Kwang is a businessman from Singapore and has been playing poker for just a year and a half.
This will be his best result to date for the 43-year-old and his first final table. Mainly an amateur player, his favourite hand is pocket aces. Lucky for some.
Seat 9, Charles Chua. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 559,000
Chua gained the nickname "Mr Macau" from Daniel Negreanu after the Team PokerStars Pro did commentary on Chau's remarkable results in Macau in 2008 where he came second in the APPT main event and then fourth in the high roller six days later, combining for more than $400,000.
Chau, 32, has been playing poker for six years and calls any winning hand his favourite hand.
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Manila: Stephen Bartley and