On Monday night, the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Cebu Main Event at long last saw the crowning of a champion as Vietnam’s Hoang Anh Do stood tall at the end and pocketed PHP 5,927,000 (USD $140,000) in first place prize money.
The day started with the elimination of Antoine Amourette, who sat down on the final table with just four big blinds. He managed to triple his stack before waking up with Pocket Kings and getting called by the Big Slick of Sameer Rattonsey. Unfortunately for Amourette, the board showed an ace to send him home in 9th place.
Jae Kyung Sim and Jacky Wang soon followed to the rail before it was Team India’s turn. Rattonsey’s end came at the hands of overnight chip leader and fellow countryman Amit Varma. The two got all their money in on a flop that gave Rattonsey top pair and Varma a ton of straight and flush outs and he would hit one of them immediately on the turn to bust Rattonsey.
However, Varma, despite dominating play for much of the tournament, didn’t last much longer after losing a big coinflip with his Pocket Jacks to double up Michael Kanaan’s Ace-Queen and send the Australian into the chip lead. As a short-stack, Varma then made a stand with his A♠ 10♠ three-bet shove that unfortunately ran into Nick Wong’s K♠ K♣. Varma could only manage to pair his kicker on the board of 2♦ J♦ 4♥ 8♣ 10♦ which wasn’t enough to save his tournament life, heading out in 5th place.
After rising to a commanding position, Kanaan was surprisingly next out the door when his stack took a few hits and finally lost out holding 10♦ 10♣ to Wong’s A♦ Q♣. At three-handed Wong had the lead but each player spent time on the ropes. It was only after three hours that Alistair Duff fell in 3rd place when his A♠ 10♠ crashed and burned into Do’s A♦ A♥.
Do had 3.4 million in chips against Wong’s 1.3 million at heads up and it wasn’t long before the final hand came down. With a board reading 5♦ 8♦ 5♠ 4♠ A♥ Wong moved all in for his tournament life and Do made the call with A♠ 8♠. The Dead Man’s Hand meant it was curtains Wong’s A♦ 10♥ and Vietnam had a new poker champion.
Final Table Payouts:
1st Hoang Anh Do (Vietnam) – PHP 5,927,000
2nd Nicholas Wong (Hong Kong) – PHP 3,732,000
3rd Alistair Duff (Australia) – PHP 2,086,000
4th Michael Kanaan (Australia) – PHP 1,592,000
5th Amit Varma (India) – PHP 1,317,000
6th Sameer Rattonsey (India) – PHP 1,043,000
7th Jacky Wang (Australia) – PHP 823,000
8th Jae Kyung Sim (Korea) – PHP 658,500
9th Antoine Amourette (France) – PHP 494,000
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