After 128 players took to the felt on Day 2 of the PHP 100,000 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Cebu Main Event, India’s Amit Varma stormed home with the overwhelming chip lead from the 28 players that remained and made the money. Varma finished on 545,500 in chips, well clear of nearest rivals Hoang Anh Do on 330,000 and Jacky Wang with 274,500.
It was actually Wang who shot into the chip lead earlier in the day when some fancy table talk convinced his opponent to move all in on a board of 2♣ 4♦ 4♣ 8♥ holding Pocket Nines, which were well behind Wang’s A♦ A♠. No miracle two-outer on the river rocketed Wang’s stack to 280,000.
At bubble time, Mikko Turtiainen’s overpair of Pocket Queens was cruelly cracked by the Pocket Sixes of Sungsik Bae with all the money in on a flop of 9♣ 7♠ 5♦. An 8♥ immediately fell on the turn to give Bae the straight and, with the 7♣ river, the final 28 had made the money.
Included in that list are Alistair Duff (223,000), Sameer Rattonsey (191,000), Michael Kanaan (157,000), Julian Hasse (130,000), Bobby Zhang (120,000), Vic de Guzman (107,000), Antonio Martins (102,500), Sang Yong Lee (63,500) and the last woman standing Kitty Kuo (34,000).
Those who won’t be returning for Day 3 include Team PokerStars Pros Raymond Wu, Celina Lin and Vivian Im, whose back-to-back APPT Cebu title hopes officially ended with her bustout. But it was Wu who had the most to complain about when he got all his money in on a flop of A♠ 8♥ 6♥ holding A♦ K♦ against Sammy Huang’s A♥ J♠. The J♣ then landed on the turn to give Huang aces up and a blank river sent Wu to the rail.
Also to fall outside the money on Day 2 were David Steicke, Michael Marvanek, Sparrow Cheung, Charles Lam, Justin Chan, Czardy Rivera, Hung-sheng Lin, Sangeeth Mohan, Wally Sombero, Amit Jian, Linh Tran and Kenneth Wong.
Play resumes for Day 3 at 12.10pm local time today when the 28 players will battle it out until the APPT Cebu 2012 final table is decided. Those is the best position to make it will be the top 10 chip counts of:
1. Amit Varma – 545,500
2. Hoang Anh Do – 330,000
3. Jacky Wang – 274,500
4. Nicholas Wong – 261,000
5. Xue Bin Pang – 241,500
6. Alistair Duff – 223,000
7. Sungsik Bae – 221,000
8. Sammy Huang – 214,500
9. Andrew Nguyen – 201,500
10. Antoine Amourette – 195,000
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