Live updates from the final table, level 24 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4000) 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.
7.30pm: Sim Somyung eliminated in 3rd place
Having started the day with the chip lead, Korea’s Sim Somyung had been at the wrong end of several pots when the tournament reached short-handed and, as a result, has come up short in third place in the APPT Cebu Main Event.
Fellow Korean Dong-bin Han raised from the button pre-flop to 110,000 and Somyung raised all in for his last 385,000. David Hilton got out of the way in the small blind and Han called, tabling 8♠ 8♣ and had the head start in the race against Somyung’s K♦ J♦.
Somyung found a little more help when the flop was spread 7♠ 10♣ A♠ but the repeat A♥ on the turn reduced his chances. Needing to see any paint card, the river was a barren 3♠. After finishing ninth in the 2008 APPT Macau Main Event, Sim takes home PHP 2,900,000 (approximately USD 62,350) for third here in Cebu.
7.20pm: Sim runnin’ thin
A big pot has just played out between American PokerStars Qualifier David Hilton and Korea’s Don-bing Han. Sim Somyung of Korea raised it up from the button to 100,000, but Hilton quickly re-raised to 300,000. Han called from the small blind and Somyung got out of the way to watch the other two go heads up to a flop of J♠ 10♠ 10♣.
Hilton checked to Han who led out for 220,000. Hilton called and both checked the turn of the A♥. Hilton then opened for 450,000 on the river 2♦ and after several minutes in the tank Han mucked. Hilton turned up Q-J offsuit for nothing but air and raked in the pot.
The action certainly hasn’t slowed down at any rate, with everyone still playing fast and loose. However Somyung has been unable to find a hand, now the short stack on the table and looking worse for wear.
7pm: Can the Koreans break through?
The Korean players have certainly developed an affinity with this event. Last year in Manila, three of the last four players hailed from Korea (and they filled positions second to fourth after a ferocious battle with Aussie Van Marcus).
This year, it’s Sim Somyung and Dong-bin Han battling an American, David Hilton – the last PokerStars Qualifier in the field. Will the Koreans break their duck and take the first APPT title back to Seoul, or will they again be denied at the death …
6.45pm: Kevin Clark eliminated in 4th place
Having started as the short stack on the final table, New Zealand PokerStars Qualifier Kevin Clark has fought bravely all day to take fourth place in the APPT Cebu Main Event for PHP 2,036,420 (almost USD $44,000).
Clark’s elimination came at the hands of American PokerStars Qualifier David Hilton after moving all-in from the button for around 450,000 with A♥ 9♥, only to be called by Hilton with 9♠ 9♣.
The flop of Q♥ 5♥ 9♦ put Hilton even further ahead but it gave the Kiwi a big chance to get back into the game with a flush draw. He saw red on the turn but in the form of the 4♦, leaving it all down to the river, which bricked out 3♠.