Congratulations to Dong-bin Han on the tremendous achievement of winning the biggest ever tournament held in the Philippines.
Han had to overcome a field of 319 to take down the title. His method may have been a little unorthodox at times, but it got the result.
He came into heads up play even with David Hilton, but after ten hands it became pretty clear that he was going to win the day. He played a far more aggressive game than Hilton and even after doubling his opponent up multiple times, he never lost control of the battle.
Han becomes the first Korean player to win an event on the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour. He'll surely pave the way for a Korean invasion on the circuit.
The next stop on the tour is the Sydney Grand Final event and PokerNews will be live from the floor between December 1-6. Until then farewell.
Just one hand after rivering a chop to stay alive in this tournament, David Hilton was all in again. He limped into the pot, then shoved over a raise to 210,000 by Dong-bin Han. Han snap-called with ; Hilton was in big trouble with .
Of course, what's an all-in moment without a sweat? The flop came down , giving Hilton an open-ended straight draw. This time, however, he couldn't hit the cards he needed to stay alive. The turn and river came repeaters, and , to secure the victory for Han and eliminate Hilton in second place.
After that double-up for David Hilton, it's back to business as usual, with Dong-bin Han winning every pot of significance. Most recently, Hilton opened for 100,000 and Han called. Both players checked a flop. On the turn , Han checked again. Hilton fired out 135,000, then called when Han raised to 335,000.
That took the two players to the river . Again Han checked. Hilton took the opportunity to bet 400,000. It took Han a minute before he called with , a set of threes. Hilton showed for a busted draw that made a pair of queens on the river, not good enough to win the pot.