APPT8 Day 2: Guzzardi has huge lead going into the final day

The penultimate day of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour event here in Manila saw 95 players out of the initial 260 runners return to play into the money and toward the final table. Although the tournament really slowed down when approaching the bubble, the reverse occurred once the players had made the money.

Tomorrow just 11 will come back to play to find out who will become the newest APPT champion.

After nine and a half levels, it is Michael Guzzardi who will be chip leader coming back tomorrow and therefore favourite to secure the title and the 2,910,000PHP (US$66,866) first prize. He has a stonking 1,512,000 in chips and is way ahead of Thanh Ha Duong (762,000) and Daniel Giang (528,000) who are in second and third respectively.


Chip leader Michael Guzzardi is not worried about the disembodied hand coming to attack his stack

Even before the day started, everyone knew that the first 67 of the remaining field to be eliminated were going to be heading home even more disappointed than anyone else who busted today. Chief among these would be Renato Villanueva, who ran queens into Daniel Giang's aces in a particularly cold spot. However, there was always more options for those who busted.

The hand-for-hand period itself only took around five hands but there was little in the way of celebration or fist-pumping from the players in the money, it was a case of getting straight on with the tournament. For a list of players who did make the money, please check out the list at the top of this page.

Celina Lin was the solitary representative of Team PokerStars Pro going into Day 2 after team mate Vivian Im was unable to make it past either of the two start days. Lin had a good start doubling up early with ace-nine against king-jack but disaster struck when she was three-outered around 15 places from the money.


After a deep run in Macau, Christian Haggart had another deep run here

After a deep run at APPT Macau Christian Haggart had another good finish, eventually ending up in 15th place when he lost out with jacks to Michael Guzzardi's aces. Victor Chong was out next in 14th losing with K♠J♠ to Andreas Rauh's J♦J♣ while Czardy Rivera followed him out the door in 13th place. Rivera had a dominating A♦6♣ against Thanh Ha Duong's A♠2♥ but the latter hit four spades on a K♠9♠J♠8♥8♠ board for a brutal beat at this stage.

The remaining 11 players will return tomorrow at 2pm local time where they will play down to a winner. The PokerStars Blog will be here also, following the final day to its exciting conclusion. Be sure to check out all the news here on the blog and the live updates. There will also be a list of player profiles so you'll be able to learn a bit each of the APPT's potential new champions! In the meantime, here is the last edition of Nightly Notables with Nicki Pickering: