After ten levels of play, Day 1A of the APT Asian Series Cebu Main Event has come to a close with Alistair Duff in the lead with a dominating 128,500 in chips. Out of the 116 players who entered, only 40 survived the cut to make it into Day 2. Stay tuned as we will be returning tomorrow for all the action of Day 1B at 1pm local time.
Down to the last two hands, Martin Gonzales from the hijack position raised it up to make it 2000 to go. Surprisingly, he had a bunch of callers, the cutoff player, Nick Blackburn who was in the small blind, and Hirotoshi Nakabo from the big blind.
On a board of 9♣ 5♠ Q♥, everyone checked to the cutoff who took a stab with a low bet of 3800. The small size tempted Blackburn and Gonzales to dig into their chip piles and make the call.
At the turn of 10♠, not much changed as action was once again checked to the cutoff. This time though he threw 7000 into the middle. Blackburn instantly called as Gonzales folded.
Action on the river of A♦ was slightly different because Blackburn took the reins and bet 11000. Looking down at his chips, the cutoff made the call but quickly mucked when Blackburn revealed his 8♠ J♥ straight.
In two hands, Jojo Tech has exited the tournament courtesy of Singaporean opponents Bobby Cheong and Daniel Chua. He first tangled with Cheong and shoved on a flop of 7♠ 4♣ 4♥. His opponent had 24,400 behind him and took a few minutes before standing up, exhaling loudly and putting his stack in the middle, pinning his hopes that his small over-pair of 9♣ 9♦ was enough to be in front.
It certainly was when Tech turned over A♦ 8♥ for a complete bluff and needing runner-runner or an ace to win the hand. But the turn 5♦ and river Q♦ were no help to Tech and his stack took a big hit to it.
With only a few hands before play was to be wrapped up for the night, Tech badly needed a double or else have the option of re-buying tomorrow. He limped under the gun with K♦ 3♦ and action was folded around to Daniel Chua in the big blind. He pushed all in with A♥ 7♣ and had Tech covered who didn’t even think twice about folding.
The board ran out A♠ 7♠ 6♦ A♣ 9♦ to give Chua a full house and bust out Tech.
Catching the action at the turn, Xiong was all in on a board of 2♠ 7♥ 7♣ K♣. His opponent made the call and both players revealed their hole cards. Xiong held A♠ J♠ and was looking for a miracle against his opponent’s Q♥ Q♦. When the A♦ slapped on the river, Xiong could not contain his joy as he repeated loudly “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Xiong now has over 30000 in chips.
The Dead Man’s Hand was no help to Linh Tran as he shoved in the small blind with A♦ 8♣ and was called in the big blind by Pocket Tens. Despite pairing his eight on the flop, the turn and river were both blanks for Tran and he’s sent home.
We just heard Tournament Director Lloyd Fontillas announce that Victor Chong had been busted. We grabbed Chong as he was walking away from the table to hear his story.
He was short-stacked and moved all in for around 9700 with 8♣ 6♣ and an opponent isolated him with a shove holding A♦ Q♦.
A queen on the flop meant Chong’s day had ended but he told us not to worry as he’ll be back again tomorrow.
Whenever we hear someone yelling in joy or misery at the tables there’s a good chance it’s the excitable Hirotoshi Nakabo. In this instance, he had just moved all in for 14,000 on a flop of 9♠ A♣ 9♥ holding A♦ K♥.
His opponent had Big Chick and needed a miracle for Nakabo’s kicker not to play. As the turn landed 7♦ and river 9♦ Nakabo was in hyper-turbo mode shouting, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and then “Oh, my God!” as he realised it would be a chopped pot with both players getting the full house.