APPT Manila: Blooming coinflips

The runner-up of last year's APPT Manila event, Ira Blumenthal from the USA, took a big hit moments ago when he lost a 'coinflip' against Tsutomu Nagashima, of Japan

With blinds at 300/600 (and antes of 75), Nagashima was under-the-gun and went all-in for 14,000 chips. Blumenthal, in late position, went into the tank to mull the situation over, before eventually deciding to go all-in for 16,500 with pocket tens. The other players folded, and Nagashima flipped over A-K.

As a large crowd gathered, the board was Ks-2d-3h-5h-Jd, giving the pot to Nagashima's pair of kings, and with it, a pot of just under 30,000. Meanwhile, Blumenthal will struggle to rebuild his chip stack considering how short his stack is now.

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