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8:50pm: Final table set after Rommel Angeles sent packing in 10th
Level 23: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Rommel Angeles was the player most at risk (220k) and he was the player who went in 10th. He was in the big blind and called all-in after Alan Lau set him all-in from the small blind.

Lau: K10
Angeles: 22

The board ran 493410

It was a great flop for Angeles but the cruel river cost him a place in tomorrow’s celebrations.


Rommel Angeles the final table bubble boy

Jesse Leonarez will take a commanding chip lead (4.595 million) into tomorrow’s final. More about that and the rest of the day’s action in a wrap that’ll be up on the blog shortly. — MC

8:35pm: Leonarez pulls off sick bluff and has close to half the chips in play
Level 23: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Seongsu Kong has dropped back below a million chips after being on the wrong end of a Jesse Leonarez bluff, who has edged past the 4.5 million mark.

Kong raised from the cutoff and Leonarez peeled from the big blind to see a K85 flop. Kong continued for 120,000 and then made a considered call after he was check-raised to 250,000. The turn was the 10 and Leonarez quickly led for 500,000 and was almost beaten into the pot by Kong. The 10 rounded off the board and Leonarez led for 650,000. Kong had 995,000 left and tanked for several minutes before folding, only to be shown the 63 for six high by Leonarez! –MC

8:20pm: Take a break

The final 10 players have stepped away for a scheduled break. Play resumes in 10 minutes. — BK

8:15pm: End of the line for Hen
Level 23: Blinds – 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Siong Boon Hen’s tournament life is no more after losing the last of his chips to Linh Tran.

The two of the got all the money in on a flop of 22J and Hen found himself behind.

Hen: J6
Tran: AJ

Hen was chasing a six or running clubs to stay alive but the deck wouldn’t oblige with the 8 turn and 4 river sealing his fate. With that elimination we’re now on the final table bubble with only 10 players remaining. — BK

8:20pm: Garberg defeated by Leonarez
Level 23: Blinds – 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Markus Garberg was down to just over 20 big blinds after doubling up Sam Razavi and he soon found a spot to get them in.

Jesse Leonarez opened from the cutoff and then called after the Norwegian shipped in for around 600,000 from the big blind.

Garberg: AQ
Leonarez: 88

The board ran J2598 to make Leonarez a set on the river he didn’t event need. His stack grew to around 3.8 million after the victory. –MC


Garberg went in 12th place

8:10pm: Razavi on the double
Level 23: Blinds – 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

When you hear a shrill of excitement on the rail from Menchu Razavi you know her husband Sam Razavi is doing well in a hand, and that was the case as he doubled up through Markus Garberg.

The latter raised from the cutoff and then called after the Brit shoved for 242,000.

Garberg: 66
Razavi: A5

The board ran 93A8A to hand Razavi trips. -MC

7:55pm: Alex Lee leaves us
Level 23: Blinds – 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Well Alex Lee was joint chip leader heading into the start of play today but he’s come up short of a final table appearance.

On a flop of 998 Lee checked it over to Seongsu Kong who barrelled for 120,000. Lee then reraised to 266,000 but Kong came back over the top for 520,000. The bet was for most of Lee’s stack and he decided to commit all of his chips for an additional 182,000.

Despite the relatively small amount left to call off Kong sat and thought for several minutes. Players were becoming noticeably frustrated before Sam Razavi on the adjacent table piped up.

“Can we call time on that table? Every time I look over there it’s the same thing” Razavi asked tournament staff.

Alan Lau took it upon himself to call time and with that Kong was given 60 seconds left to act. He kept everyone waiting another 55 seconds before tossing in a chip to call.

Lee: 86
Kong: 1010

Lee was down to two outs or running cards but he couldn’t catch up as the board ran out with the A and 2.

Razavi thanked Lau, Lee headed for the payout desk, and Kong stacked up 1.8 million in chips. — BK

7:40pm: Hun done
Level 23: Blinds – 12,000/24,000 (3,000 ante)

Sok Meng Hun’s tournament has drawn to a close. He was just eliminated in a sickly fashion by Markus Garberg.

All the money was in preflop with Hun ahead holding 44 and Markus with the 33. The 8106 flop was a safe one but the Q turn brought a flush sweat.

“No, no, no, no, no” Hun cried dreading another club rolling off.

Unfortunately for him that’s exactly what happened with the 9 river arriving to signal his elimination.

“Nice hand” Hun said to Garberg and headed for the payout desk. — BK

7:25pm: Clot’s path blocked
Level 22: Blinds – 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Sebastien Clot’s roller-coaster day has ended in defeat after he was taken out by, well you can guess who.

The Frenchman moved all-in for 200,000 from under-the-gun and was called by Jesse Leonarez from a couple of seats along.

Clot: AJ
Leonarez: KQ

The board ran 85JK2. Clot was in the lead and flopped a pair but Leonarez is having one of those days and moved up to 3.25 million. –MC

7:15pm: The rich get richer
Level 23: Blinds – 12,000/24,000 (4,000 ante)

Jessie Leonarez continues to assert his dominance after taking a huge pot from Sok Meng Hun.

Hun kicked things off with a raise to 50,000 before Leonarez played back at him for 135,000. Hun decided to come back over the top for 375,000 and Leonarez made the call. The rail gathered around to see what was undoubtedly one of the biggest hands of the tournaments so far.

The flop landed J10K and both players checked to the J8 turn. Hun was first to act and he loaded up 300,000 before ultimately checking to Leonarez who made it a relatively small 150,000. Hun called and they went to the 8 river.

Hun loaded up again but this time actually fired with a bet of 525,000. Leonarez stood up and began muttering to himself before flicking in a single chip to signify a call.

Hun sheepishly turned over A7 knowing he’d been caught out and Leonarez tabled Q9 for a flopped straight.

Leonarez now pushes his stack to over the 3 million mark. — BK

7pm:Garberg doubles through, then takes out, Kim
Level 22: Blinds – 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

Gab Yong Kim’s day has come to an end. He doubled up neighbour Markus Garberg to leave himself crippled and then went out the next hand.

The first hand saw Kim’s K9 lose to the Norwegian’s AQ on a J106JK board after the latter made a straight.


Kim in happier times

The next hand saw Kim shove with Q6 and Garberg call with A7. The board ran 39K710 and the Korean was led away. — MC

6:45pm: Renjie Ye out in 18th
Level 22: Blinds – 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

It didn’t take long to lose another player once the two-table affair began, and the man to go was Renjie Ye. He moved all-in with 88 and was called by Sok Meng Hun who opened a dominating 99. The board ran A542Q and with no eight in sight, Ye had to make his way to the payout desk. -MC

6:35pm: Final two tables redraw
Level 22: Blinds – 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

We’re now down to our final two tables. Here’s where everyone is sitting and how they stack up.

Table Seat Name Chips
41 1 Sebastien Clot 465,000
41 2 Linh Tran 590,000
41 3 Jessie Leonarez 2,100,000
41 4 Kim Teng Jong 310,000
41 5 Mike Takayama 285,000
41 6 Gab Yong Kim 290,000
41 7 Markus Garberg 260,000
41 8 Sam Razavi 450,000
41 9 Sok Meng Hun 720,000
Table Seat Name Chips
42 1 Alan Lau 410,000
42 2 Rommel Angeles 440,000
42 3 Travers Tan 330,000
42 4 Joven Huerto 445,000
42 5 Alex Lee 560,000
42 6 Siong Boon Heng 610,000
42 7 Sang Yong Lee 475,000
42 8 Seongsu Kong 1,100,000
42 9 Tzu Chieh Lo 1,300,000

— BK

6:24pm: Jong busts to take us to the last two tables
Level 22: Blinds – 10,000/20,000 (3,000 ante)

The Main Event is down to the final two table after the elimination of Kim Teng Jong.

He moved all-in for 297,000 from under the gun and was isolated by Tzu Chieh Lo who shoved from the button.
Lo: AK
Jong: 44
The board ran J10K77 to make Lo two pair. –MC

6:13pm: Break time
The players are on a 10-minute break.

6:12pm: Taehyung Kim goes in 20th
Level 21: Blinds – 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

The energetic Taehyung Kim failed to win a race and was shown the door just before the break. He was in the small blind and three-bet all-in for 200,000. Sang Yong Lee had opened to 35,000 from the cutoff and made the call.

Lee: 1010

The board ran a blank 2J757. Lee moved up to around 800,000. –MC

6:10pm: Clot climbing; Li crippled then KO’d
Level 21: Blinds – 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

A rollercoaster runout just saw Sebastien Clot survive to leave Ang Li with only two and a half big blinds, before the latter was eliminated only a couple of hands later.

In the first hand Clot got it in good with AA against the QQ of Li. He looked safe until a queen in the window on the 82Q flop saw him chasing just two outs and left Li cheering loudly. Clot found one of those outs immediately as the A turn turned the tables, and Clot held when the 6 river arrived.

“So sick” admitted Clot as the pot was pushed his way.

In the same orbit Li moved all in for the super-short-stack under the gun with J6 and was called by Sam Razavi on the button who held Q9. Li managed to flop a jack but a queen on the river meant his tournament life was done and dusted. — BK

5:55pm: Lee doubles again
Level 21: Blinds – 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Alex Lee started the day as chip leader, dropped right down, but has come storming back with another double up to move past 800,000.

He and Seongsu Kong made it to the turn where the fireworks went off. The board read J25Q and Lee checked from the small blind before moving all-in for 332,000 after Kong had bet 120,000. Kong smiled, stood up and then flicked a chip in to signify a call.

Lee opened AQ, ahead of Kong’s KQ. The river came as 6 and Kong dropped back to 880,000. –MC

5:40pm: 2 milli club for Leonarez; Lam leaves us
Level 21: Blinds – 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Jessie Leonarez extends his overwhelming chip lead after sending Aaron Lam home. The pair were flipping and things went Leonarez’s way by the end of it.

Lam held AK and needed to find some help against the JJ of Leonarez. The board fell 2Q689 and Lam’s elimination was official.

Leonarez moves up to 2.1 million, more than 500,000 clear of any other player here. — BK

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Commander-in-chips: Jessie Leonarez

5:35pm: Lee doubles with aces
Level 21: Blinds – 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Joint start of day chip leader Alex Lee was at risk of going out but he had aces to back him up and doubled.

He opened to 33,000 from the cutoff and then snap called all-in for 226,000 after Tzu Chieh Lo set him in from the big blind.

Lo: AJ
Lee: AA

The board ran Q9J107 to see Lee’s aces hold. Lo dropped to a still impressive 900,000. — MC

5:25pm: Razavi rakes one in
Level 21: Blinds – 8,000/16,000 (2,000 ante)

Sam Razavi is still in the hunt for the APPT Main Event title after taking a pot from tablemate Mike Takayama.

With the board reading 31066 Razavi led at it from the big blind for 74,000 and was called by Takayama on the button.

The 4 river arrived and Razavi shoved for his last 132,000 in chips. Takayama took a look back at his cards and leaned back to think on his decision. He folded in the end and flashed the 10. Razavi showed the 3 in turn, and then the 3 for a full house.

Razavi’s wife Menchu let out a scream of support from the rail as Sam scooped up another pot. — BK

5:12pm: Ben Soon Yun busts over two hands
Ben Soon Yun lost most of his chips to Tzu Chieh Lo and the rest went to Siong Boon Heng two hands later.

Yun flopped two pair in a hand versus Chieh but the latter had a flush draw and immediately hit on the turn when the chips went in.


Stack got too Lo

Two hands later, Yun moved his last 13,000 chips over the line and was called in three spots before Heng raised to 45,000 from the big blind. The isolation move worked but Heng did actually have a hand to do it with.

Heng: KK
Yun: 88

The board ran 5K5J10 to make Heng a full house. –MC

5pm: Pepper dusted by bad beat from Lau
Level 20: Blinds – 6,000/12,000 (1,000 ante)

Gary Pepper was just sent reeling out of here after getting his pocket kings cracked by Alan Lau.

Lau brought it in for a raise from the cutoff to 28,000 before Pepper moved all in with 270,000 from the big blind. After a minute’s deliberation Lau made the call and players tabled their hands.

Pepper: KK
Lau: AQ

Pepper was in front and remained that way when the flop came down 1054. The 3 turn brought a wheel sweat but it was Lau pairing his ace on the A river that ended things for Pepper.

He heads to the exit while Lau moves up to 720,000. — BK

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Eliminated – Gary Pepper

4:52pm: Han gets lucky to double
Level 20: Blinds – 6,000/12,000 (1,000 ante)

“Sorry mate!” said Heedon Han after he came from behind to double through Sebastien Clot.

Han moved all-in for 110,000 from middle position and Clot made the call from the big blind.

Clot: 1010
Han: A5

The board ran 2755J to make Han trips. Clot was understandably annoyed. –MC

4:45pm: Lucky Loo finds a double
Level 20: Blinds – 6,000/12,000 (1,000 ante)

Ben Loo is lucky to still be in the tournament after getting the last of his chips in and finding out he was dominated by Travers Tan.

It folded around to Loo in the hijack seat and he moved his final 178,000 into the middle. Travers Tan moved all in over the top on the button and with the blinds out of the way the cards went on their backs.

Loo: KJ
Tan: AK

Loo was behind until a jack in the window on the 25J flop saw him take the lead. He faded an ace through the 9[ turn and Q river to secure the double up and leave Tran with only 260,000 remaining. — BK

4:35pm: Day 1A chip leader downed
Level 20: Blinds – 6,000/12,000 (1,000 ante)

Former biggest stack Jen-Yen Chien put his tournament life at risk but the only thing he hit was the rail.

Siong Boon Heng opened from early position and was called in three spots, including Chien. The flop fanned KJ7 and Heng continued for 40,000. Chien was the only caller to the J turn where he was put to the test for his remaining 145,000. He did some calculations and made the call with A10 for a draw to the world. Heng opened K9 and survived the 4 river. –MC


Chien failed to hit

4:25pm: Lam loses some to Kim
Level 20: Blinds – 6,000/12,000 (1,000 ante)

Aaron Lam just lost precisely half his stack after doubling up tablemate Taehyung Kim. The latter was all in for 130,000 in chips and Lam called to put him at risk.

Lam: AQ
Kim: AA

Kim had a commanding lead and maintained it through the 392810 runout. The two players effectively swapped stacks with Kim raking in 260,000 and Lam dropping to 130,000. — BK

4:15pm: Full chip counts from the break

Last name First name Chip count
Leonarez Jessie 1,580,000
Kong Seongsu 1,004,000
Lee Sang Yong 775,000
Hun Sok Meng 755,000
Loo Ben Soon Yun 605,000
Pepper Gareth 600,000
Jong Kim Teng 510,000
Lee Alex Xiang Wei 486,000
Tan Travers 480,000
Heng Siong Boon 460,000
Lau Alan 443,000
Tran Linh 425,000
Ye Renjie 409,000
Clot Sebastien 360,000
Huerto Joven 340,000
Garberg Markus 300,000
Chien Jen-yen 288,000
Takayama Mike 255,000
Lam Aaron Weiming 253,000
Sam Razavi 250,000
Kim Gab Yong 240,000
Loo Ben Soon Yun 193,000
Li Ang 177,000
Kim Taehyung 140,000
Park Min Jae 90,000

4pm: First break of the day
Two levels down and the final 26 players are on a break. Full chip counts coming your way. –MC

3:59pm: Patty pulverized
Level 19: Blinds – 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Patty Pei Yu Lai was eliminated in the last hand of Level 19 after overjamming into Sok Meng Hun who had flopped the nuts.

Lai began with a raise to 36,000 and Hun came along from the small blind to see a flop of 625. After a check from Hun, Lai moved all in for around 220,000 and was snapped off.

Lai: AK
Hun: 43

“Give me two diamonds” Lai said to the dealer with a smile, but the 9 turn meant it was all over. She headed to the payout desk and Hun stacked up a total of 755,000 in chips. — BK

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Eliminated – Patty Pei Yu Lai

3:55pm: Pepper’s bluff shaken out of him
Level 19: Blinds – 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

The 2015 Asia Player of the Year Alan Lau has gotten back up to an average stack after he sniffed out a Gareth Pepper bluff.

The latter defended his big blind to a late position Lau raise and then bet 32,000 and 64,000 on the turn and river after the flop was checked through. The final board read AJ4106 and Lau called with A8 beating Peeper’s queen high with Q9. Despite that, Pepper’s still had a great Day 3 and sits on 685,000. –MC

3:50pm: Clot on the climb
Level 19: Blinds – 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Sebastien Clot started the day as our shortstack with only 83,000 but that hasn’t stopped him from eliminating two players at once in the second level of the day.

Clot had the best of the three-way all in against Keiju Murata and Yul Angel Maravilla when all the chips went in the middle preflop.

Clot: QQ
Murata: JJ
Maravilla: A9

The flop was a monochrome 74K but with no player holding a club it didn’t change much. The 5 turn arrived which meant a fifth club on the end would result in a three-way chop.

“One more club!” Maravilla shouted, but the deck didn’t oblige with the Q river signalling the end for both he and Murata.

Clot is now far from the shortstack with 380,000 in chips at his disposal. — BK

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King of the comeback – Sebastien Clot

3:40pm: Start of day chip leaders battle big
Level 19: Blinds – 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Jen-Yen Chien was the start of Day 2 chip leader and Alex Lee was joint start of Day 3 chip leader. One just shoved on the river into the other and took the pot down.

We picked up the action on the turn where the board read 98J9 and Lee led for 79,000 from the small blind. Chien was sat under-the-gun and made the call to head to the A river. Lee shoved for 220,00 and Chien tank folded to preserve his 384,000 stack. — MC

3:35pm: Miyamoto makes an exit
Level 19: Blinds – 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

We’ve lost another one already with Masakazu Miyamoto the most recently eliminated. Miyamoto moved his very short stack all in preflop and Sang Yong Lee committed the chips to put him at risk.

Miyamoto: A2
Lee: 55

Miyamoto was behind and couldn’t come from behind as Lee found set on the Q58 to almost seal the deal. The 6 turn made it official and while Miyamoto paired his ace on the A river it was too little too late.

With that elimination Lee moves up to 160,000 in chips. — BK

3:30pm: Han can’t hang on
Level 19: Blinds – 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Players are flying out the door today with Korea’s Heedon Han the next to find the rail. He moved all in preflop for his last 97,000. Alan Lau called to put him at risk before Gary Pepper moved all in over the top for around 500,000 in chips.

Lau reluctantly laid it down and Han showed AK, flipping with Pepper’s 99.

Han needed to improve to stay in the tournament but he couldn’t find help on the 37J flop. The 9 turn gave Pepper a set and meant that Han was drawing dead. The Q river was a mere formality and Han exited the tournament area. — BK

3:25pm: Leonarez soaring as Poh departs
Level 19: Blinds – 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Jessie Leonarez has gotten his stack up to more than 1.3 million, well clear of anyone else. The latest of his chips came from Clarence Choon Huat Poh who was the latest player to fall.

Leonarez raised from the button and was called Mike Takayama before Poh squeezed all-in from the big blind. Both opponents called and checked down the 83A77 board.

Takayama opened K9 which was behind to Poh’s JJ but Leonarez had them both beat with QQ. –MC


Poh fell to the chip leader

3:15pm: Lam lives
Level 19: Blinds – 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Aaron Lam’s tournament hopes are still alive after winning a coin flip against reigning Asia Player of the Year Alan Lau. The two got all the money in preflop and tabled their hands.

Lam: AK
Lau: 1010

Lam needed to improve to survive and he did so as the cards came down 56A48.

He stacked up his newfound chips while Lau dropped back to 480,000. — BK

3:05pm: Lubas flushed away
Level 19: Blinds – 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Gerardo Lubas put his tournament at risk on a flush (and straight) draw, but missed and was shown the door.

He made the move on a 372 flop holding A4 and was called by the big-stacked Seongsu Kong. The latter opened 1010 and clapped with delight when it ran out 39 to give him the pot and the scalp. — MC

2:55pm: Takayama takes from Chua
Level 18: Blinds – 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Mike Takayama recently sent a tablemate packing and he’s continuing to chip up after making a good call against Ying Lin Chua.

The community cards were spread JJ103K and Chua bet out for 75,000. Takayama took his time to analyse the situation before sliding in calling chips.

Chua showed up with 96 for stone cold nothing and Takayama took it down with QQ.

“Nice call” Chua conceded as the pot was pushed to Takayama who builds to a total of 430,000. — BK

2:45pm: Handong Jo, you got to go
Level 18: Blinds – 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Handong Jo was in the small blind behind a stack fewer than 30,000. He found an ace and decided to go with it. Gab Yong Kim had made a raise from second position and made the call.

Jo: A5
Kim: A6

Jo had a good chance of chopping but those hopes ended as the board ran J6104A. –MC

2:35pm: Gupta going home
Level 18: Blinds – 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Australia’s Piyush Gupta was the next to leave us. His final hand saw Clarence Poh open the action with a raise to 19,000 before Gupta moved all in over the top for 75,000. It folded to Mike Takayama in the big blind and he moved all in over the top for a total of 130,000.

Back on Poh he thought about it for over a minute but decided to throw his hand away. Gupta tabled AQ and was dominated by the AK of Takayama. Seemingly already with a bad feeling about it Gupta was out of his seat before the K86 even arrived. It saw him fall even further behind and needing running cards to survive.

The 6 turn meant Gupta was drawing dead as the inconsequential K completed the board. — BK

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Eliminated – Piyush Gupta

2:28pm: Lam and Sim double
Level 18: Blinds – 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

It was all about kings for Aaron Weiming Lam and Kah Seng Sim in their successful attempts to double up.

Lam moved all-in for 130,000 from under the gun and was called by Jessie Leonarez in the big blind. Lam was in great shape with KK versus KQ and Leonarez was already paying out the chips as the board ran J2QJ7.

Moments later on a nearby table, Sim three-bet all-in for 69,000 after Markus Garberg had opened to 18,000. The Norwegian called with A8, which was ahead of his opponent’s KQ. The 257KK board changed all that though. — MC

2:15pm: Yi leaves us first
Level 18: Blinds – 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Korea’s Seung Yong Yi was the first casualty this afternoon. He got the last of his chips in against fellow countryman Gab Yong Kim.

Yi: A3
Kim: 1010

Yi needed help and he found some on the 46A. Pairing his ace Yi took the lead and looked set for a double up. He faded danger through the 8 turn but the 10 rolled off on the river to give Kim a set and send Yi packing.

The table gasped as the final card arrived and as Kim raked in the pot, Yi headed for the payout desk. — BK

2:12pm: Lee loses lead
Level 18: Blinds – 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Alex Lee played and lost the first pot so fell out of the chip lead as a result. It was only a small pot though, so he won’t be too worried.

He opened to 18,000 from the hijack and Tzu Chieh Lo peeled from the big blind to head to an A510 flop. Lee continued for 16,000 and was check-called before the J4 turn and river were checked down. Lo opened 98 for a medium-sized flush and Lee folded while joking that Lo had called him with nine high on the flop. –MC


Lee on Day 3

2:05pm: And we’re off!
Level 18: Blinds – 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Cards are in the air!

We’ll be playing down to the final table today so we don’t have a set time for proceedings. Stay with us to see who will make the cut! — BK

12pm: Day 3 almost here

It’s not long now until our 39 lucky Day 3 qualifiers make their way back into the room here at PokerStars LIVE Manila and battle towards securing a seat on the final table. They’ve all locked up a payday but will be chasing the ₱6,135,000 first place prize.

Leading the way in a shock finish are actually two players who bagged up identical stacks – Alex Lee and Seongsu Kong with 673,000 chips apiece. We’ll find out if they can maintain their spots as the big stacks throughout the day and make the final table at the conclusion of play.

Cards are back in the air in just two hours (2pm local time). We hope you can join us then! — BK

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

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