The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Cebu Main Event got down to its business end today as 28 players returned to the Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino and went to war until the final table nine had been decided. After the chips had settled, it was India’s Amit Varma who carried over his domination of the tournament since Day 2 to emerge yet again as the undisputed chip leader.
Varma amassed a 1,241,000 stack and following him is fellow countryman and well-known Indian player Sameer Rattonsey on 908,000 and Hoang Anh Do on 810,000. The rest of the final table chip stacks sit with much less than the top three runners but, as with any final table, anything can happen tomorrow.
One player who won’t be there is Bobby Zhang, who had just cause to curse the poker gods on his way to the rail in 11th place. It happened when Zhang got his money in good with A♦ A♥ on a flop of 6♠ 4♥ 9♣ against Varma’s 10♥ 9♥. After Varma made a crying call, the 9♠ spiked on the turn and the river blanked out to cruelly end Zhang’s tournament life just shy of the big money.
The most exciting hand of the day came on the final table bubble when Jacky Wang three-bet shoved from the big blind over the top of Antoine Amourette’s button raise. Wang held J♥ J♦ but was snapped off by his opponent with a dominating Q♠ Q♦. The flop of 9♥ 3♦ 10♠ looked safe for Amourette as Wang got up to leave, but the turn 8♣ handed Wang more outs to the straight and the river Q♣ was most certainly one of them. Amourette tripped up in every sense of the expression, yet survived the encounter to go into the final table as a major short stack.
Here’s how the rest of the final table seats will look when they convene at 12.10pm tomorrow to chase down the PHP 5,927,000 (USD $140,000) APPT Cebu title:
Seat 1: Antoine Amourette (United Kingdom) 50,000
Seat 2: Sameer Rattonsey (India) 908,000
Seat 3: Alistair Duff (Australia) 486,000
Seat 4: Nicholas Wong (Hong Kong) 142,000
Seat 5: Jacky Wang (Australia) 402,000
Seat 6: Hoang Anh Do (Vietnam) 810,000
Seat 7: Michael Kanaan (Australia) 399,000
Seat 8: Jae Kyung Sim (Korea) 205,000
Seat 9: Amit Varma (India) 1,241,000
Those players who didn’t make the cut today included Julian Hasse (26th place, PHP 153,510), Kitty Kuo (23rd place, PHP 175,500), Antonio Martins (22nd place, PHP 175,500), Sammy Huang (16th place, PHP 274,500), Vic de Guzman (15th place, PHP 274,500) and Carter Gill (13th place, PHP 274,500).
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