APPT10 Manila: Day 2 coverage archive


Alex Lee presumed chip leader as Day 2 concludes

It's all over here for tonight. Another eight levels done and dusted and a horde of eliminations. Roughly 39 players made it through to tomorrow and it appears that Alex Lee is ahead of the pack with 672,000 in chips.

We'll confirm everything as soon as we can in a full wrap up of today's proceedings right here on the PokerStars Blog. -- BK

10:05pm: Final five tables
Level 17 - Blinds 3,000/1,000 (1,000 ante)

We've just reached the final five tables of the tournament here on Day 2.

Only 45 remain in the hunt for the next APPT Main Event title! Who's going to survive the night? Stay with us to find out. -- BK

9:55pm: Yen departs
Level 17 - Blinds 3,000/1,000 (1,000 ante)

Yau Shern Yen was super short and got the last of it in preflop before picking up calls from Gab Yong Kim and Patty Pei Yu Lai.

The flop was 4♥3♠T♦ and it was checked around to the A♦ turn. Kim checked again but Lai fired for 3,000 but Kim quickly gave it up and both Lai and Yen revealed their hands.

Yen: Q♣J♦
Lai: 3♥3♣

Yen was drawing thin to a gut shot with Lai holding bottom set. The 9♠ river signalled the end of Yen's run and he headed for the payout desk. -- BK

9:40pm: Joy for Jo
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Hangdon Jo just faded danger to stay alive here in the penultimate level of the day. He got his last 85,500 in the middle against Linh Tran.

Jo: A♣Q♦
Tran: A♦J♣

Jo had the best of it and it stayed that way as the cards fell 8♠3♣7♥9♣3♦.

He climbs to 180,000 while Tran is knocked back to 270,000. -- BK

9:35pm: Top five stacks
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

As the last level of the day is immanent, here are the top five stacks from the remaining 48 players:


Chip leading

Gab Yong Kim - 720,000
Seongsu Kong - 680,000
Siong Boon Heng - 610,000
Ying Lin Chua - 595,000
Alan Lau - 595,000

9:25pm: Li holds
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

The action went three-handed to a flop of Q♣3♠J♠ with Jen-Yen Chien, Ang Li and Jack Wu among it.

It was checked twice to Li who made it 26,000 to go. Chien called from the big blind but Wu wanted to play for more, popping it up to a total of 86,000.

Back on Li he turned to look at the tournament clock before announcing he was all in for 86,000. Chien quickly got out of the way but when Wu confirmed it was only 54,500 more he matched the bet.

Li: A♣Q♠
Wu: K♠Q♦

Li was in front and he held that lead as the 4♥ turn and 8♥ river made things official. He climbs to 310,000 in chips. -- BK

9:19pm: Ang gets tripped up by Shashank
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Kevin Kar Wai Ang was unlucky to bust after his queens were cracked by A-3.

The action folded around to him in the hijack where he moved all-in for his last 33,000. Rathi Shashank was in the big blind and made the call.

Ang: Q♠Q♣
Shashank: A♣3♥

The board ran 9♣3♥T♥3♠T♠ to make the Indian a full house with his three. --MC

9:10pm: Chua chips up Chien
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Jen-Yen Chien added a huge addition to his stack after catching out Ying Lin Chua's bluff with a great river call.

It was 4♣J♦A♥Q♣T♣ face up on the table and Chua made it 85,000 in the big blind.

With four to a straight on board Chien had a tough decision holding Q♦J♣ but after cutting out a call he eventually slid it into the middle to see the good news.

Chua flipped up 7♦5♠ for a complete air ball and Chien took down the pot with his two pair.

Chien moves up to 445,000 in chips while Chua is struck down to 280,000. -- BK

9pm: Zhinning Chen the first player out in the money
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Fifty-fourth place and a min cash for Zhinning Chen. He was a bit unlucky to bust too as he got his chips in dominating his opponent.

He moved all-in for his last 25,000 from middle position and was called by Travers Tan in the small blind.

Chen: A♥K♦
Tan: A♣Q♦

The board ran 5♠5♥Q♠6♦T♥ to make Tan two pair. -- MC

8:45pm: One-outer sends Larsen home on the bubble
Level 16 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

The bubble just burst in a sickly fashion after Thomas Larsen couldn't hold up against Ying Lin Chua.

After a cutoff open from Chua, Larsen moved all in over the top for 57,000 and was called before the two of them tabled their hands.

Larsen: A♣A♦
Chua: A♠8♠

The remaining players from other tables all huddled around to see if they were about to lock up a payday. Larsen was in pretty good shape to survive but the doorway for a bad beat was open on the 8♦7♣5♣ flop when Chua paired his eight. The T♣ turn was a great card for Larsen as he improved to a flush draw and only needed to fade one card.

He couldn't do it, however, as the 8♥ peeled off on the end and the whole room erupted. A brutal way to end a tournament run - unlucky Larsen. -- BK

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8:25pm: Direct money bubble at final break of night

It's time for the last scheduled break of Day 2 and we're currently sitting on the money bubble with 55 left. Let's see who'll be eliminated one short of a payday.

We'll be back in 10 minutes. -- BK

8:20pm: Huang halted just shy of the money
Level 15 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (500 ante)

The last Team PokerStars Pro has just been eliminated now after Bryan Huang found himself on the wrong end of a cooler.

"Guys, I'm going home" Huang called out to the media desk as we raced over to sweat the action.

He had all his chips in with Q♠Q♥ and was in bad shape against Kim Teng Jong's K♣K♦. Players from nearby tables gathered around to see if Huang could survive but he failed to improve on the J♠5♣9♣3♥A♠ runout. -- BK

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Only just missing out on the money - Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang

8:15pm: Lau picks off a bluff
Level 15 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (500 ante)

With the board reading 4♥9♠J♠4♠K♥ Yul Angel Maravilla bet 19,000 into Alan Lau.

Lau looked torn between calling and folding, taking his time and scrunching up his face. After about a minute in the tank Lau committed the chips to see he'd made a good call.

"Ten high" Maravilla confessed tabling T♦2♦

Lau's A♣K♦ well in front as he moved up to around the 450,000 mark. -- BK

8:10pm: Updated chip counts
Level 15 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (500 ante)

Here's how some of the remaining players are faring.

Gab Yong Kim - 515,000
Seongsu Kong - 510,000
Alan Lau - 415,000
Sam Razavi - 285,000
Markus Garberg - 240,000
Piyush Gupta - 235,000
Gary Pepper - 160,000
Patty Pei Yu Lai - 130,000
Bryan Huang - 110,000

-- BK

8:09pm: Chien gets heroed
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Huge start of day chip leader Jen-Yen Chien is still in the tournament but has dropped back down the field as other have passed him. Keiju Murata made a great call against him just now to see his stack drop to 132,000.

The two players made it to the river where a Q♥Q♠J♣7♦9♦ board rested. Chien led for 35,000 and Murata tank-called with A♠K♠ for A-K high, and it was good too as Chien could only muster A♥2♦. --MC

8pm: Huang doubles
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Bryan Huang has a great chance of making the money after doubling through Zhinning Chen.

The Team PokerStars Pro raised to 10,500 from the cutoff and then four-bet all-in for additional 36,000 after Chen three-bet to 25,000 from the button. Chen tank called.

Huang: K♠K♦
Chen: A♦Q♦

The board ran 5♣4♠Q♦K♥9♥ to make Huang a set. -- MC

7:50pm: Ristivojevic railed after three-way all in
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/5,000 (500 ante)

The bubble is fast approaching but that hasn't stopped the chips flying. We just witnessed a three-way all in between Nikola Ristivojevic, Thomas Larsen and Sang Yong Lee.

All the money went in preflop with both Ristivojevic and Lee at risk as players revealed their hands before sweating the runout.

Lee: J♥J♦
Nikola Ristivojevic: 8♣8♦
Larsen: A♦K♦

The 9♣3♦6♥ didn't change anything and while the 6♦ turn gave Larsen a flush draw, the T♥ river bricked off and Lee's pocket jacks held to eliminate Ristivojevic and take a chunk of chips from Larsen.

Lee now has 82,000 to play with. -- BK

7:30pm: There's a new sheriff in town...
Level 15 - Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

and his name is Seongsu Kong. Or King Kong as he's now calling himself. He won two big pots of former chips leader Ang Li. Kong moved up to 630,000 whereas Li dropped to 215,000. Thanks to Kunal Patni for filling the blog in on some of the details.

The first pot saw Kong raise from under the gun and a player flat call before Li squeezed to 200,000 from the small blind. Kong four-bet jammed for 200,000 and Li called after the third party folded. Li opened A-K but couldn't connect with a board to beat Kong's pocket nines.


King Kong

Kong celebrated so loudly that everyone looked at him. He looked to the heavens and made his thanks be known.

Shortly after they tangled again. Li raised from early position before Kong three-bet from two seats along. Kong then got bets of 50,000 and 100,000 called before the river was checked. The board ran ten high and Kong opened queens that were good as Li mucked. --MC

7:20pm: Ang and Garberg chop it up
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (500 ante)

Kevin Ang just caught a lucky break to stay alive after being in danger of elimination by Markus Garberg.

It folded to Ang in the cutoff and he moved all in for his final 37,500. Garberg was on the button and he turned around to look at the tournament clock while thinking on his decision. Garberg did make the call and when the players in the blinds quickly folded the cards went on their backs.

Ang: A♥3♠
Garberg: A♦J♠

Ang needed help but found none on the T♦Q♠7♦ flop. The 7♠ turn arrived to bring some potential chopportunities and the Q♥ river meant the players would only play their ace kicker with the two-pair on board to chop the pot.

Their bets were returned as Ang and Garberg split the blinds and antes. -- BK

7:10pm: Double Patty
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (500 ante)

Patty Pei Yu Lai has gotten the double up she's been needing, and craving.

Seongsu Kong opened to 7,000 from second position and was called by Michael Galang in the hijack before Lai squeezed all-in for 65,500. Kong was the only caller.

Kong: A♠J♠
Lai: T♠T♣

The board ran Q♥3♣3♠T♦4♦ to make her a full house and she clapped in delight. -- MC

7:00pm: Patty pushes Galang around
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (500 ante)

The action folded around to Michael Galang in the small blind and he raised it up to 7,000. Patty Pei Yu Lai was in the big blind and she decided to move all in over the top for 78,000.

Galang looked frustrated while he contemplated the decision. He threw it away face up in the end to reveal K♣Q♣. Lai raked in the pot and stacked up her newly acquired chips. -- BK

6:50pm: What a polite bustout!
Japanese people are known for being polite and Tamon Nakamura just proved that. Upon busting he went around his table fist-pumping every player while wishing them luck, and the whole time he was smiling.

He had three-bet all-in with 8♥8♥ after Yul Angel Maravilla opened from under the gun with Q♠Q♣. Maravilla called and survived a 9♥4♥2♣A♣7♦ board. -- MC

6:40pm: Razavi bashes Ishibashi
Level 14 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (500 ante)

The board was complete and read Q♠2♦A♥6♠J♦ when we arrived to the table. Tsuyoshi Ishibashi had checked and Sam Razavi moved all in with enough to cover Ishibashi's 76,000 in chips.

Ishibashi went into the tank but ultimately couldn't commit for his tournament life. He folded and Razavi let out a sigh of relief.

"Good fold, good fold" Razavi comforted Ishibashi.

"Really?" came the query from another tablemate.

"No" Razavi quipped back with a laugh.

-- BK

6:35pm: Danger zone!
Level 13 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (500 ante)

With 76 players remaining the Main Event is just 22 places off the money. The are seven players with fewer than 50,000 chips, and most in danger of missing out on the money. They are:

Azusa Maeda - 49,000
Bryan Huang - 48,000
Sebastien Clot - 47,000
Hisashi Ogi - 42,000
Chunbao Jia - 36,000
Chin Wei Lim - 28,000
Christian Rafael Ortanez - 14,000

6:15pm: Break o'clock

It's that time again. Play resumes in 10 minutes. -- BK

6:10: Pepper pushing forward
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (400 ante)

Gary Pepper scored himself a double up after finding two-pair against Kejie Ye.

The board read 6♦K♠7♠3♣ and Pepper led for 12,500 from the small blind. Ye called from the cutoff and the 8♦ river rolled off. Pepper paused momentarily before making a triangle with his hands to signify he was all in.

With the decision back to Ye he waited about 30 seconds before flicking in a single chip to call. Pepper tabled K♥7♥ for a flopped two-pair and moved up to around 130,000. -- BK

6:00pm: Ang Li crushing
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

Ang Li has a commanding chip lead over the field with a massive 580,000. It's not hard to see why after a hand he just played out with Patty Pei Yu Lai.


Bit jelous of Ang's stack Mr Razavi?

She opened to 5,500 from middle position and was called in one spot before Li squeezed to 25,000 from the button. Lai was the only caller and both players went on to check a J♦J♣3♠ flop. The turn and river ran out 9♠8♦ with Lai checking to face bets of 60,000 on each street. She called both times with pocket kings but Li opened J♥7♦ for flopped trips. Lai dropped to around 45,000. -- MC

5:50pm: More eliminations
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

The field continues to thin as we push deeper into the night here.

Those who won't be making it to Day 3 include Hongyi Chen, Handong Jo, Paul Neville, Alain Alinat, Kai Sheng Yang, Komoi Kyoko, Chye Wei Soh, Dean Aldred, Dennis Gamboa, Bart Luyckx, Tatsumune Miyata, Thomas Labouchardiere, Kenji Kurashina, Yasuchika Kayano, Petter Karlsson, Masaya Hayami, Yifan Zheng, Shin Takahashi, Perry Michael and Seung Soo Jeon.

5:40pm: Lin bounced
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

Bryan Huang remains the only PokerStars Team Pro left in the field after the elimination of Chen-An Lin. Thanks to Sam Razavi for filling us in on the details.

Razavi himself opened to 5,500 before Lin three-bet to 15,000 from two seats along. Seongsu Kong was one more seat along and four-bet jammed for 35,000 with pocket queens. Razavi folded but Lin snap called all-in with A-K. Kong flopped a set and filled up by the river. --MC


Lin flipped bad

5:30pm: Lau on the warpath
Level 13 - Blinds 1,200/2,400 (400 ante)

Alan Lau continues to grow his stack, this time taking from Azusa Maeda.

Lau opened from the hijack seat to 5,800 before Maeda played back at him from the cutoff with a raise to 16,500. Lau flicked in a call and they went to a flop of 2♠3♥J♠.

After a check from Lau, Maeda continued for 22,000 and with a call from Lau the dealer turned the T♠. The action then went check-check and the 9♦ arrived on the end.

Lau thought for about a minute before reaching deep into his stack and bombing it for 60,000. Maeda gave it up and Lau moved up over the 300,000-chip mark. -- BK

5:20pm: Patni gets himself a Sun Tan
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Komori Kyoko had busted the previous hand (no details) in the big blind, so Sun Chin Tan was the lone big blind when he faced an under-the-gun raise from Kunal Patni. He called and both players checked a 7♣K♦6♥ flop. The turn was the 2♥ and Tan led for 5,500. Patni called and the board completed with the A♣ which was checked through.

Tan showed a 6♠ but it was no good as Patni opened J♣J♥ and moved up to 54,000. --MC

5:10pm: Chip count update
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

We've just dipped under the 100-player mark with over 70 players already finding the exit in the first few levels here. Only two of the Team PokerStars Pro contingent remain with Chen-An Lin and Bryan Huang still among the action.

Here's how some of the survivors stack up.

Piyush Gupta - 220,000
Alan Lau - 186,000
Sam Razavi - 180,000
Chen-An Lin - 106,000
Bryan Huang - 94,000

-- BK

4:55pm: Just over 100 left
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

A little over 100 players are left in the Main Event but the following are not in that crew: Richard Kim, Gregory Lane, John Tech, Namhun Kim, Leon Li-ta Hou, Chanryok Park, Vinod Megalmani, Lester Edoc, Simon Burns, Jeremy Chee, Walken Li, Junhyung Kwon, Navkiran Singh, Renato Torno Jr and Kitamura Makoto. -- MC

4:45pm: Enquiry from Enriquez
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Kim Enriquez was just spotted trying out a new technique at the table. He moved all in preflop for 18,400 before posing a question to Siri on his iPhone.

"Siri, will I win this hand?" He asked. "Siri says yes" he continued.

It turned out Siri was right as the rest of the table folded and Enriquez collected the blinds and antes. -- BK

4:35pm: This tournament aint big enough for the two of us
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Kim Michael Enriquez and Shin Takahashi were the two shortest stacks at the table - one of them had to go. The former moved all-in from the cutoff and was followed quickly in by the latter one seat along.

Enriquez: 8♥8♣
Takahashi: K♠K♥

The board ran 6♥4♥9♥A♦J♦ and after a count of the stacks, Enriquez was confirmed out and Takahashi's stack grew to 47,000. --MC

4:30pm: Punisher Poh
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

"This is the action table" Marcuss Liow assured us as he waved us over.

It looked like he was right, with two players all in and a decision on the third for all his chips.

From what we could gather, Samuel Ho had put in a preflop reraise to 29,500 from the small blind and Siong Boon Heng moved all in over the top. Clarence Poh called off for his own tournament life and the decision was back to Ho.

Ho looked torn but eventually flashed J♣J♦ and tossed it in the muck. It turned out to be a good fold as Poh was sitting pretty with A♠A♥, ahead of Heng's T♠T♥.

The cards came down 6♠5♥8♠5♠8♦ which didn't change anything and Poh won himself a healthy pot. He moved up to a total of 182,000. -- BK

4:20pm: Lin value bets himself
Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Chen-An Lin has dropped to 41,000 after value betting with the second best hand in a pot with Taehyung Kim.

Around 35,000 lay in the middle by the time the board rested as 3♣4♥4♣Q♥A♥. The Team PokerStars Pro led for 26,000 from the small blind holding J♦T♥ and Kim called from the cutoff with the higher Q♠J♣. -- MC

4:02pm: Break down
Level 11 - Blinds 900/1,800 (200 ante)

Drop down and give me a 10-minute break everyone. --MC

3:58pm: Patty gets to 150k
Level 11 - Blinds 900/1,800 (200 ante)

Patty Pei Yu Lai's stack has reached to 150,000 milestone after she won a pot out of position and without having to showdown.

Seongsu Kong opened to 4,500 from the cutoff and Lai peeled from the big blind to see a 4♠3♥5♥ flop. She then led out for 6,000 and called after Kong raised to 13,000. Both players went on to check the T♣ turn before Lai led for 20,000 on the 6♦ river. Kong didn't have the goods and folded. --MC


Patty pounds on Kong

3:50pm: Team Pro hits the rail; other recent eliminations
Level 11 - Blinds 900/1,800 (200 ante)

Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu just left us. Joining her on the rail are David Evans, Yves Sy, Joachim Chia, Hwee Nam, Steven Cowley, Bertrad Ortiz, Rohit Bhalla, Jhana Hale, Gerald Goh, Henrik Tollefsen, Jasper van Putten, Seitaro Aso, Roger Spets and Jongmin Lim. -- BK

3:40pm: Lau gets the best of Jo again
Level 11 - Blinds 900/1,800 (200 ante)

It wasn't long ago that we reported Alan King Lun Lau taking down a pot against Handong Jo and it was almost déjà vu as Lau just did it again.

It was on the river this time with the community cards showing J♦4♠T♥4♥3♣ and Lau barrelled for 11,500 from the big blind.

Jo didn't think on it long before surrendering his hand as another pot was pushed Lau's way. -- BK

3:25pm: Nam bam thank you, mam
Level 11 - Blinds 900/1,800 (200 ante)

Hwee Nam found a great spot to get his stack in but Hung Sheng Lin came from behind to ruin his day.

The action folded around to Lin on the button who raised to 3,100. Nam was in the small blind and three-bet all-in for 17,700. Lin tanked, made the call and then winced when he saw Nam's hand.

Nam: 9♥9♠
Lin: A♥7♦

The board ran J♥2♥7♥5♠A♦ to make Lin two pair. --MC

3:15pm: Lau lifting his stack
Level 11 - Blinds 900/1,800 (200 ante)

Reigning Asia Player of the Year Alan King Lun Lau is accumulating chips. He just won a pot from Handong Jo.

On a flop of 5♠A♣3♥ Jo checked his option before Lau bet 6,700. Jo made the call and the dealer turned the 4♦. Another check from Jo saw Lau fire for 14,000 and Jo went into the tank.

He stared at the board but after considerable thought Jo tapped the table and tossed his hand in the muck. Lau raked in the pot and moved up to 108,000. -- BK

3:10pm: Level 11 underway
Level 11 - Blinds 900/1,800 (200 ante)

The first level of the day has concluded and around 25 players were eliminated. The latest to go included: Jose Boloqui, Manuel Iii A. Mascunana, Paul John Elliott, Michael Bueza, Chyuan Seng Wee, Thanh Ha Duong, Douglas Hill Ming Chan, Julian Lagman, Misaki Satouchi, Carlos Chang and Vitalii Gorbunov. -- MC


Carlos Chang

3:00pm: Chua chops down Singh
Level 10 - Blinds 700/1,400 (200 ante)

Ying Lin Chua just put the pressure on Navkiran Singh, putting him to a decision for his tournament life with a turn check-raise.

It was a board of T♣K♦6♠2♦ on the table and after Chua checked, Singh made it 22,000 to go. Chua then moved all in with enough to cover Singh who began to deliberate.

"I've got a very good hand" Chua announced.

Singh decided to fold and Chua offered to show a card. Singh picked one which was revealed to be the T♦ meaning Chua had at least middle pair.

After that hit Singh drops to 48,000. -- BK

2:54pm: First Team Pro down
Level 10 - Blinds 700/1,400 (200 ante)

Kosei Ichinose came into Day 2 short and couldn't turn it around. Kim Teng Jong and Jin Hwang Yong kindly filled the blog in on the details.

Ichinose moved all-in with Q-T suited and was called by Yves Sy who held A-K. Ichinose flopped a ten to take the lead but it was short lived as an ace appeared on the turn to seal his exit. --MC


2:50pm: Zhu crippled, Wee gone and Gupta on the rise
Level 10 - Blinds 700/1,400 (200 ante)

We arrived at the table to see the board reading K♠3♠3♦5♦, Chyuan Seng Wee with an all-in triangle in front of him but his chips already raked in from a previous street, and the action on Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu.

Zhu led for 18,000 into the only other active player Piyush Gupta who made the call to see the 7♣ river. Zhu emptied the clip moving all in with enough to cover Gupta and he snapped it off with K♣K♦ for a flopped full house.

Zhu had just A♣Q♦ for ace high and was knocked down to around 11,000 while Wee's 6♥6♦ was also no good and he exited the tournament area. -- BK

2:38pm: The early fallers
Level 10 - Blinds 700/1,400 (200 ante)

Day 2 is moving day on the APPT. For people to move up in the counts though players have to bust, and those who have fallen already are:

Kazuhiro Shirasawa, Terry Gonzaga, Junyeob Song, Aaron Lim, Per Douglas Olsson, Kinam Kim, Van Sang Nguyen, Rogelio Paca, John Niko Costiniano, Naoto Saito, Michael Tchong, and Joseph Sia. -- MC

2:35pm: Aso moves in
Level 10 - Blinds 700/1,400 (200 ante)

Seitaro just added a good portion of chips to his stack without having to go to showdown.

After an open to 2,900 from Daniel Benor, Chin Wei Lim three-bet to 7,800 from the small blind. Seitaro then risked it all moving in for exactly another 20,000 on top.
Benor and Lim both tossed their hands in the muck and Seitaro raked in the pot. -- BK

2:25pm: Hsu happy to lose a pot
Level 10 - Blinds 700/1,400 (200 ante)

That may seem like a strange title but Leon Li-ta Hsu tanked for several minutes on the river before deciding to check, and he banged the table in delight that he didn't bet as his opponent had trap-checked with the nut flush.

Hsu had raised to 13,500 on a J♠7♣T♣ flop after his opponent - Hyunsik Nam - had bet 3,000. Nam called the raise and check-called another 17,000 on the K♣ turn. The river was the 4♠ and Nam opened A♣3♣ when his opponent checked behind. -- MC

2:15pm: Heng hits Pepper
Level 10 - Blinds 700/1,400 (200 ante)

Siong Boon Heng just took down a pot in the first orbit here, much to the frustration of Gary Pepper.

Heng raised to 3,500 from early position before Pepper repopped it to 9,500 from the button. Heng stuck around and the flop landed 9♠6♠Q♣.

The action went check-check and when the 7♥ turn arrived Heng led for 8,100. Pepper made the call and the 5♥ completed the board.

Heng then opted to check before Pepper fired for 16,000. The move was met with a quick raise to 35,000 from Heng and after looking back at his cards Pepper relinquished his hand. With that Heng climbs to 138,000 in chips. -- BK

2:05pm: It's go time!
Level 10 - Blinds 700/1,400 (200 ante)

Cards are now in the air and play is underway.

We're in for eight one-hour levels today and it's expected that we'll make the money today. Stay with us for another exciting day from PokerStars LIVE Manila. -- BK

1:44pm: Welcome back to Day 2
Level 10 - Blinds 700/1,400 (200 ante)

The APPT Manila Main Event feels like it's starting proper today. There are no more re-entries allowed and all the remaining players are in the same room for the first time. All the 168 returning players will have one eye on making the top 54 and securing a min cash of ₱110,600.

Four of our Team PokerStars Pros will be back today: Bryan Huang (101,500), Yaxi Zhu (86,600), Chen-An Lin (54,000) and Kosei Ichinose (16,300). Cards will be in the air at 2pm local time so join us back here then. --MC

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Huang is the best placed Team Pro

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Manila: Brad Kain and Marc Convey. Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography.

The APPT Manila festival at PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams runs until Monday, August 8. Full details are available on the official APPT website or via the PokerStars Manila page.

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in Manila