Main Event

Level Info

Level 35
Blinds 200,000 / 400,000
Ante 50,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 65,492,460 PHP
Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Wilson Lim Takes Down APPT Manila Main Event ₱20 Million Guaranteed for ₱12,970,000

poolshir • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Wilson Lim - PokerStars.net APPT Manila Main Event Winner 2018
Wilson Lim - PokerStars.net APPT Manila Main Event Winner 2018

A total of 1,364 entries were gathered in the APPT Manilla Main Event ₱20 Million Guaranteed at the City of Dreams Manila Resort and Casino and only 41 remained at the start of Day 3. When the final curtain came down it was Wilson Lim taking home the prestigious APPT Main Event Trophy, an astounding ₱12,970,000 first place prize, and the PSPC Platinum Pass worth $30,000 USD. Lim bested Yuan Chao Li in a heated heads-up battle and the runner-up received a respectable ₱7,960,000 for his efforts.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (₱)Prize (USD)
1Wilson LimSingapore₱12,970,000$243,324
2Yuan Chao LiChina₱7,960,000$149,334
3Bin ZhangChina₱4,745,000$89,019
4Samuel WelbourneUnited Kingdom₱3,438,000$64,500
5Jiang Ho HuangSingapore₱2,318,000$43,487
6Sebastian WongSingapore₱1,664,000$31,217
7Daesoon KangKorea₱1,400,000$26,276
8Kenny ShihUnited States₱1,205,000$22,606
9Jun ZhouChina₱1,029,000$19,305

The players dropped relatively fast throughout the whole final day of this tournament and it was not until the final table when all remaining really started to tighten up their style of play. Li took advantage of this, bullying the table all the way until heads-up play. Raising every opportunity that he could and being anything but prudent when it came to the style he was playing.

Lim played almost all day as a short stack and at one point was down to just over one big blind. His patient play and fortuitous run of cards helped him jump out of the short stack role and into the winner's circle.

Lim came into the final table as the short stack but fought his way to the top.

"Before I came to the final table, there were two tables and I had less than one big blind, so I just went all-in blind," he said. "I doubled and doubled until I was a big stack."

When asked how he felt about winning the largest Main Event of the APPT as well as a PSPC Platinum Pass to the Bahamas, Lim said: "Awesome and overwhelming for me, I played very long hours for this one because the schedule is so tight and I got maybe less than six hours of sleep every night."

Lim continued: " I have been playing poker for about 10 years now, it was about one or two years in that I started to realize poker was more than just gambling and I can improve myself. After a few years I started improving and now I earn most of my money just from poker."

Final Day Action

It was during the 31st level of play when Hudson Wong moved all in from the button, being called down by Samuel Welbourne in the small blind, he would fall to Welbourne's flopped set and be dubbed the final table bubble boy. The first to exit the final table wasJun Zhou who was in the big blind when he decided to call Kenny Shih's shove from under the gun. Zhou's ace could not overcome Shih's pair of nines and he was sent home.

Shih found himself on the bad end of a few hands shortly after busting Zhou and would end up finishing in eighth when he moved all in from under the gun and found a caller in Sebastian Wong. Shih's king-ten could not surpass Wong's ace-ten as he was sent home. Daesoon Kang grinded a short stack for most of the day and just when he was on the verge of getting out of the short stack position, he took a bad river card against Lim, whobested him with big slick and sent him to the rail.

The chip leader coming into Day 3, Wong, would be the sixth-place finisher when he shoved all in from the button and found a caller in Welbourne from the big blind. Wong failed to connect with the board as Welbourne sent him packing with ace-high. After dwindling down to a short stack, Jiang Ho Huang was in the big blind when he decided to make a stand when Lim moved all in from the small blind. Huang could not connect with the board as he fell to Lim's nickels and was eliminated in fifth.

The fourth-place finisher was United Kingdom's Samuel Welbourne, who had a few bad hands leading up to his eventual demise and almost all of which were against Li. Welbourne found himself short stacked and moved all in from the button, only to be called by Li, who would eliminate him with his pair of aces. Bin Zhang found chips early in the day with a couple of fortunate double ups with aces and cruised easily to the top three. Zhang found himself all in against Lim and just could not manage to hit a card, as Lim sent him home in third.

Wilson Lim - Yuan Chao Li Heads Up
Wilson Lim - Yuan Chao Li Heads Up

It was the beginning of level 37 when Li moved all in for the last time during this tournament. Lim called the all in and the crowd went ecstatic as there would be a chance to see an end to the tournament, with a winner being crowned during the process. Lim's ace-five had Li beat on every street when all the cards were up it was Lim's flush pulling in the pot and ending the tournament.

This concludes the PokerNews coverage of the APPT Manilla, see you at the next event!

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Yuan Chao Li Eliminated in 2nd place (₱7,960,000)

SandraBarbour • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante
Yuan Chao Li
Yuan Chao Li

Hand #167: Wilson Lim raised to 1,200,000 from the small blind. Yuan Chao Li responded by moving all in for 7,900,000. Lim snap-called.

Wilson Lim: {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Yuan Chao Li: {q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

The board came {2-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{j-Spades}{8-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for Lim to win the tournament for ₱12,970,000 and the Platinium Pass valued at $30,000 to the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship (PSPC).

Wilson Lim 40,920,000 11,120,000
Yuan Chao Li cn Busted

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Hands #157-162: All in, All in

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Hand #157: Wilson Lim moved all in from the button and Li folded.

Hand #158: Yuan Chao Li moved all in from the button and Lim folded.

Hand #159: Lim moved all in from the button and Li folded.

Hand #160: Lim got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #161: Lim raised to 1,000,000 from the button, Li called and the flop came down {9-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. Li bet 600,000, Lim moved all in and Li threw his cards into the muck.

Hand #162: Lim got a walk in the big blind.

Hands #149-156: Li Doubles Up

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Hand #149: Wilson Lim moved all in from the small blind. Yuan Chao Li folded.

Hand #150 Lim got a walk.

Hand #151: Lim moved all in from the small blind. Li folded.

Hand #152: Li limped in the small blind. Lim responded by moving all in and Li snap-folded.

Hand #153: Lim moved all in from the small blind. Li gave up his hand.

Hand #154: Li moved all in from the small blind for 4,375,000. Lim made the call.

Yuan Chao Li: {k-Spades}{8-Diamonds}
Wilson Lim: {a-Hearts}{7-Spades}

The board ran {q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} and Li made two pair to double up.

Hand #155: Lim raised to 1,000,000 from the small blind and Li three-bet to 2,600,000. Lim folded.

Hand #156: Li raised to 1,500,000. Lim folded.

Wilson Lim 29,800,000 -6,550,000
Yuan Chao Li cn 10,200,000 3,650,000

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Hands #144-148: Lim in Complete Control

MartianNews • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Hand #144: Wilson Lim got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #145Lim opened to 1,000,000 from the button, Yuan Chao Li called from the big blind and the flop came down {7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. Li check-called a bet of 1,150,000 from Lim.

The turn came the {j-Diamonds}, Li check-called a bet of 2,000,000 from Lim and the river came the {9-Hearts}. Action checked to Lim who bet 3,500,000, Li raised to 8,000,000 and Lim snap-called. Li showed {a-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} for a missed flush draw and Lim tabled {j-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for two pair, taking down the pot.

Hand #146: Li moved all in from the button and Lim folded.

Hand #147 Lim moved all in from the button and Li folded.

Hand #148: Li moved all in from the button and Lim folded.

Wilson Lim 36,350,000 13,450,000
Yuan Chao Li cn 6,550,000 -11,679,000

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Hands #136-143: Raises and Folds

SandraBarbour • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Hand #136: Yuan Chao Li raised to 1,350,000 from the small blind. Wilson Lim folded.

Hand #137 Li got a walk.

Hand #138: Li raised to 1,250,000. Lim gave up his hand.

Hand #139: Lim raised to 1,000,000 from the small blind. Li called.

The flop was {6-Hearts}{a-Spades}{2-Hearts}. Li checked. Lim bet 1,000,000. Li folded.

Hand #140: Li limped in the small blind. Lim checked. A flop reading {9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds} was dealt. Lim checked. Li bet 500,000. Lim called. The turn brought the {6-Diamonds}. Lim fired 1,100,000. Li folded.

Hand #141: Lim raised to 1,000,000. Li called. The flop was {10-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{6-Spades} and was checked through to the {8-Diamonds} turn. Li bet 1,500,000. Lim folded.

Hand #142: Li raised to 1,300,000, enough to take down the pot.

Hand #143: Lim raised to 1,100,000. Li folded.

Wilson Lim 22,900,000 1,500,000
Yuan Chao Li cn 18,229,000 -1,291,000

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Hands #132-135: Wilson Fills the Gap

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Hand #132: Yuan Chao Li called from the button, Wilson Lim checked the big blind and the flop came down {q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{2-Hearts}. Lim check-called a bet of 300,000 from Li and the turn came down the {4-Clubs}.

Both players checked, the {10-Spades} came on the river and Lim put out a bet of 750,000 that was snapped off by Li. Lim turned over {q-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for a pair of queens and enough to take down the pot as Li mucked his hand.

Hand #133: Lim opened to 1,000,000 from the button, Li made the call and the flop fell {6-Spades}{9-Hearts}{k-Hearts}. Lim bet 1,150,000, Li moved all in and Lim hit the fold button, giving Li the pot.

Hand #134: Li opened to 1,250,000 from the button and Lim folded.

Hand #135: Lim opened to 1,000,000 from the button and Li moved all in. Lim made the call and the players turned over their hands with Lim at risk of elimination.

Wilson Lim: {a-Spades}{2-Hearts}
Yuan Chao Li: {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

The crowded cheered when the dealer flipped over a window ace on a flop of {a-Hearts}{6-Spades}{q-Clubs} as Lim moved ahead with his pair of aces. The turn came the {7-Spades} and Li would need a sailboat on the river. The last card to turn over was the {2-Spades} which changed nothing as Lim secured a double up.

Wilson Lim 21,400,000 9,175,000
Yuan Chao Li cn 19,520,000 -9,175,000

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