Live updates from the final table, level 23 (blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 3000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu, Philippines. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.
6.30pm: Short stack no more
New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Kevin Clark has managed to survive with several double throughs and almost got himself within striking distance of the chip leaders but had to settle with a chop instead. The money was all-in the middle just after Terry Fan’s elimination before the flop.
Clark rolled up A♦ 10♣ and was ahead of the Korean’s K♠ 10♠. The flop of 5♦ 5♣ 5♥ didn’t improve either hand and nor did the turn of the 4♣, leaving Han with just one of three kings to eliminate the Kiwi. However the 10♦ spiked on the river, giving both players an equal share of the pot, each with a full house.
6.15pm: Terry Fan eliminated in 5th place
There are now four players remaining in the APPT Cebu Main Event after Taipei PokerStars Player Terry Fan was eliminated by Korea’s Dong-bin Han. Han’s compatriot Sim Somyung raised preflop to 75,000 from under the gun, only to see Fan push all in from the button for around 590,000. Han snap-called from the small blind and Somyung couldn’t get rid of his hand fast enough.
Fan rolled up 8♦ 8♣ but was in bad shape against the Q♥ Q♦ of Han. The board ran out A♠ A♥ 3♦ 2♦ 3♥; ever the showman, Han danced to the delight of his supporters in what we can only call the “Dong-bin Boogie” as Fan left to collect his PHP 1,450,000 or more than USD $31,000 in prizemoney.
6pm: Hilton by the river
American PokerStars Qualifier David Hilton is showing he’s no pushover as he managed to take a sizeable pot off Korea’s Dong-bin Han. The action folded around to Hilton who raised to 75,000 before the flop and Han called, going heads-up to a flop of 7♠ 5♣ 3♦. Hilton led out for 75,000 and Han called, going to the turn which brought the J♦. Hilton fired out 76,000, Han made it 177,000 to go and Hilton flat-called and then led out for 129,000 on the river K♦. Han called and turned up A♠ K♠ but Hilton revealed pocket aces!
5.45pm: Korean climbs back
With the eliminations of Nick Pronk and Mark Pagsuyuin, Korea’s Dong-bin Han has now overtaken USA PokerStars Qualifier David Hilton for the chip lead with 1.67 million. Hilton is not too far behind with 1.59 million; despite his tight approach to this final table he’s been able to pick up several pots pre-flop and earn the respect from his tablemates.
Korea’s Sim Somyung is in third place with 1.4 million, while New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Kevin Clark has secured fourth place with 790,000, having doubled up through Han again, while Taipei PokerStars Player Terry Fan is level with Clark on 790,000.
5.30pm: Mark Pagsuyuin eliminated in 6th place
The crowd behind the last Filipino in the APPT Cebu Main Event, Mark Pagsuyuin, weren’t as vocal as they were earlier this afternoon and they’ve now left The Marquee to join the Pacquiao celebrations after he was eliminated in sixth place.
Pagsuyuin’s demise was at the hands at both the Koreans; Sim Somyung took the majority of his stack after his 8♥ 8♦ were good on a board of 3♦ 10♣ 2♣ 2♥ 3♠ against the Q♣ J♣ tabled at showdown by Pagsuyuin.
It was then Dong-bin Han that would move in for the kill. After Pagsuyuin called Han’s raise of 65,000, they both checked a flop and turn of 6♦ K♠ 3♠ 2♦ before Pagsuyuin moved all in for the last of his short stack on the river A♥. Han called with his A♠ 10♥; Pagsuyuin, groaned, rolled his eyes and slammed his A♦ 9♣.