After four gruelling days and over 28 hours of solid play, South Africa’s Divan Le Roux has triumphed in Manila to take down the USD $2700 APT Philippines Main Event. In what proved to be an all-African affair Le Roux emerged victorious over fellow countryman Conrad Coetzer in a volatile heads-up match that lasted 34 hands and saw the chip lead change hands several times.
Despite coming into the end game with a chip deficit, Le Roux caught bottled lightning when he moved all-in pre-flop with 6♥ 3♦ and was called by Coetzer with A♠ 4♥. The K♥ A♣ 5♣ flop kept Coetzer firmly in the driver’s seat and, while Le Roux caught the 3♣ turn, Coetzer was just one card away from victory. However the 6♦ river was a speed bump Coetzer did not see coming and Le Roux snatched the chip lead.
Coetzer moved back in front when his K♦ 10♦ held against Le Roux’s Q♣ 4♠, but relinquished the lead once more when the pair got the chips in for a third time and Le Roux’s K♦ K♠ was strong enough to see off Coetzer’s A♣ 9♣. This gave Le Roux three quarters of the chips in play and he moved all-in shortly afterwards with A♥ J♦. With his back to the wall Coetzer was forced to commit with Q♦ 9♥ in what proved to be the final hand and Le Roux bagged the trophy and USD $197,000 in cash when the board ran out J♦ 8♣ 6♦ 7♣ 4♥.
Le Roux’s victory means that the APT Philippines trophy will leave home soil for the first time in three years. While it will be heading over to South Africa several nations were in contention when the final table began.
Australia was leading the charge with 2012 Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel dominating much of the early action and taking the scalps of fellow countryman Adam Monaghan and Hong Kong’s David Steicke, who departed in 10th and 9th respectively. While Speidel notched up the third casualty in the form of Portugal’s Antonio Martins, it was Conrad Coetzer and Korea’s Han Wook Kim who ended up with the lion’s share of Martins chips, which he lost in two consecutive hands. The first was in a brutal fashion when Martins got all the chips in with Q♠ Q♣ against Coetzer’s A♠ K♦ and the latter rivered the K♥ to stay alive. Martins then got it in bad, his 9♣ 9♦ trailing to Kim’s J♦ J♠ before Speidel finished the crippled Portuguese player off.
Next on the chopping block was Guam’s Franklin Acfalle who surfed his short-stack to climb the money ladder before losing a three-way all-in against Le Roux and Speidel that saw the South African snatch the chip lead. However, the Australian edged back in front with the elimination of the tournament’s only remaining Filipino, Nicandro Filart, who ran his J♦ J♥ into Speidel’s Q♥ Q♠ to bust in 6th place.
A short-stacked Han Wook Kim fell in 5th place when his all-in shove with K♣ 6♣ was called by Le Roux holding A♠ 2♣. Despite Kim pairing his six on the flop and picking up a backdoor flush draw on the turn, Le Roux spiked the A♥ on the river to send the Korean packing.
China’s Ryan Hong then turned the tables on Speidel and snatched the chip lead before Conrad Coetzer crippled the aggressive Aussie when his 6♥ 6♠ won a race against Speidel’s A♥ J♠. Le Roux administered the coup de grace to take play three-way before going on to leave Hong on life support when his A♣ 8♦ outflopped the Chinese player’s A♦ J♦. Conrad Coetzer eliminated Hong shortly afterwards to pave the way for an all-African finale.
The final table payouts were:
1st Divan Le Roux USD $197,000
2nd Conrad Coetzer USD $104,000
3rd Ryan Hong USD $49,000
4th Oliver Speidel USD $37,000
5th Han Wook Kim USD $30,800
6th Nicandro Filart USD $24,600
7th Franklin Acfalle USD $18,500
8th Antonio Martins USD $12,300
9th David Steicke USD $11,700
10th Adam Monaghan USD $10,450
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