Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
After six levels of play, Day 1 of the 2018 PokerStars.net APPT Manila ₱200,000 High Roller has concluded and Yan Li claimed the chip lead with 122,100 in chips. In total, 46 entries were collected on Day 1 with registration still open until the end of Level 12. Thirty-eight players found a bag to tag after a relatively short day.
Li actually won the APPT High Roller here in Manila in 2016 for ₱3,527,400 ($74,889) besting 57 other players. Second in the chip counts is Maxim Befus from Germany, trailing by only 400 in chips as he bagged 121,700. Closing out the podium is Martijn Gerrits with 112,100.
The Dutchman is no stranger to the Asian poker circuit as he resides in Macau. Gerrits is coming from a pretty hot summer in Las Vegas where he collected five cashes including a third place where he lost against another player who is having the best year in poker ever, Justin Bonomo. Gerrits also made it to the last two tables in the WSOP Main Event, finishing in 15th place.
Other notable players to keep an eye on include Kitty Kuo (103,000), Single Day High Roller and 2018 APPT Korea Main Event winner Michael Soyza (97,400), and 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague High Roller winner Danny Tang (77,900).
PokerStars Team Online's Randy Lew (16,300) has the shortest stack coming into Day 2 tomorrow so he has some work to do. Sparrow Cheung and PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin decided to jump in during the last minute of registration to benefit from the fact that two extra time bank chips will be awarded at the start of Day 2.
Day 2 will restart tomorrow, Sunday, August 12, at noon local time with the late registration and reentry period open until approximately 4:20 pm (end of Level 12). The organization is expecting a lot more players to enter to break the previous record here for the APPT High Rollers in Manila. The previous record stands at 47 players, so only two more entries are needed.
The tournament will play down to a winner, levels last 40 minutes each with a 10-minute break after every three levels. A 60-minute dinner break is scheduled to take place after Level 15.
Make sure to come back as the PokerNews live reporting team will be here to bring you all the updates from the "Shuffle up and deal" until the final cards have been dealt!
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||8||Wen Qing Cai||China||89,800||90|
|2||1||Xiao Tian Yang||China||44,800||45|
|2||6||Preston Lee||United States||62,100||62|
|2||7||Randy Lew||United States||16,300||16|
|3||1||Chye Wei Soh||Singapore||33,800||34|
|3||3||Thai Loc Le||Vietnam||64,900||65|
|3||6||Dong Hyun Kim||Korea||76,300||76|
|3||8||Jeffrey Lo||Hong Kong||53,400||53|
|4||1||Fan Zhang||Hong Kong||35,300||35|
|5||1||Simon Burns||United Kingdom||35,600||36|
|5||4||Michael Huang||United States||36,600||37|
|5||5||Sparrow Cheung||Hong Kong||50,000||50|
|5||8||Kevin Clark||New Zealand||40,800||41|
|6||1||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||77,900||78|
|6||6||Tjiauw Titi Suwito||Indonesia||53,400||53|
The six levels of play that were scheduled for today have finished and both PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin and Sparrow Cheung have just registered for in the last minute.
A full recap and chip count is to follow.
Thomas Floan raised to 2,000 from mid-position and was called by Peng Zhou and Shah Kavin in the blinds.
The flop came both Zhou and Kavin checked. Floan continued with a bet of 3,000 and only Kavin called.
The turn brought them the , Kavin checked again. Floan now fired a bet of 7,500 over the line. Kavin contemplated for about 20 seconds but then folded.
Ying Lang raised to 1,800 from mid-position and was called by Michael Huang in the hijack, Michael Soyza and Xin Fan in the blinds.
They all checked through the on the flop to the on the turn. Soyza bet 5,000 and only Fan called.
The river completed the board with the , Soyza continued with a bet of 6,000 and Fan raised to 15,000. Soyza looked at his cards once more and folded with regret showing on his face. Fan smiled.
Lang asked what he folded and Soyza replied that he folded the flush.
Dong Hyun Kim joined the field and is seated at the same table as Preston Lee who just won his first bracelet this summer.
Wei Long Tan raised to 1,600 from mid-position and was called by both Maxim Befus and Kim in the blinds.
The flop came , both Befus and Kim checked. Tan continued with a bet of 2,400 which was only called by Befus.
The turn brought them the , Befus checked again. Tan now shoved and Befus asked for a count. The dealer confirmed the shove was for 5,650. Befus took another glimpse at his cards and then decided to reluctantly fold.
The hand right after that, Wen Qing Cai raised to 1,400 from mid-position and was called by Lee in the cutoff, and Kim and Chye Wei Soh in the blinds.
They all checked through the on the flop to the on the turn. Kim checked, Soh bet 3,000. Cai folded quickly and both Lee and Kim called.
The river completed the board with the , now Kim and Soh both checked. Lee bet 5,100 which only Kim called. Lee tabled for top pair but was beaten by Kim's for the same top pair but with the higher kicker.
Fan Zhang limped in from under the gun and PokerStars Team Online member Randy Lew was next up to act. Lew raised to 2,200 and was called by Rathi Shashank in the big blind and Zhang.
The flop came , both Shashank and Zhang check-called the 2,800 continuation-bet of Lew.
They all checked through the on the turn to the on the river. Shashank now bet 7,500. Both Zhang and Lew hesitated a bit but both ended up folding.