APPT8 Manila Day 1B: Jeon rockets to the front

The second and final start day for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour's stop in Manila has been and gone. After five levels of open registration another 157 players donated 50,000PHP to take their shot at the latest APPT event of Season 8 here at the Metro Card Club in the capital of the Philippines. The venue is a brand new choice, perhaps not as garish as Macau but it caters well to the local players as well as the tourists.

This number brought the total number of runners to 260, over a hundred more than last year's event in Cebu thanks partially to the fact that this is a "repecharge" event and those who busted on Day 1A were allowed to have another crack at the tournament today.


Thumbs up from chip leader Seung-Soo Jeon, who also cashed in the very first ever APPT seven years ago

The 260 players created a total prize pool of 11,349,000PHP (US$260,777) which will be split among the final 28 players in this event. The winner will, of course, take home the lion's share of the prize and will win 3,472,000PHP (US$79,780) for their efforts.

Seung-Soo Jeon is the chip leader both today and overall with 203,800 and were he to go deep here it would not be his first APPT cash. Jeon actually finished 21st in the very first ever APPT, here in Manila, back in 2007 winning $4,794.

With the 2014 Asia Player of the Year race hotting up, interested parties would have had their eyes on Hao Chen (entering for a second time after getting eliminated on Day 1A) and Kenneth Leong. The latter had moved up to fifth place in the rankings after making the final table of the Manila Cup. With just three events left after APPT Manila, any points at this stage could prove crucial to those wanting to win the prestigious award as a well as a year's sponsorship with PokerStars LIVE Macau.

Day 1B played out quite differently to its predecessor, for one thing the field was much richer with notable players, and secondly (and perhaps related to the first point) the play was not quite as crazy. With everyone knowing that this was their last chance to make it into Sunday's Day 2, caution became the watchword.


Lady luck did not smile kindly on Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im today

Vivian Im was the sole representative of Team PokerStars Pro on Day 1B, her team mate Celina Lin had made it through on Day 1A but Im had been unlucky in busting. Today Im check-called all in on the river after a diamond draw had missed, deducing that her opponent had missed their flush. She was correct in her assumption but her opponent had hit running cards to make a straight and it was game over for the Korean player. This leaves Lin (35,400) as the only Team Pro going into the second day.

Other players to be eliminated during Day 1B included POY Leaderboard hopeful Hao Chen, former Macau Poker Cup winner Raiden Kan and Sam Razavi. Full chip counts can be found at the top of this page.

In total 95 players will be coming back tomorrow at 1pm local time for Day 2 and no doubt they all already be tucked up in bed asleep...unless they're partying the night away at the APPT8 Manila Welcome Party at 71 Gramercy - one of Manila's hottest nightclubs. Meanwhile, the PokerStars Blog will return tomorrow as APPT Manila continues!