Filipino Poker Pro Andrew Gaw takes control of the APT Main Event

 The Asian Poker Tour Finale 2015 held day 2 of its P50,000 buy-in main event on Monday, December 14, with 71 players returning to the felt. At the end of regulation play, the field was cut down to 22 players with each of them vying for that coveted first place prize money of P1,972,000 and APT Main Event championship title.

Gaw, Giam, and Chen in the Lead

Ending day 2 as the chip leader was Filipino poker pro Andrew Gaw who amassed 410,500 chips. Gaw started the day in the middle of the pack, and after a big double up with his pocket aces, he assumed the chip leader position. From then on, Gaw masterfully dominated the table (while the blinds were low compared to his stack), by using his towers of chips to consistently intimidate and grind in order to maintain his hold on the leader’s seat.

Coming in second to Gaw was Singapore’s Jeremy Giam Jian Hui with 339,500 chips. Giam delivered one of the biggest upsets of the day when he eliminated Japan’s Iori Yogo. Ranked third was China’s Guofu Chen who was awarded a well-deserved double up during one of the final hands of the night. Chen called Japan’s Kota Nakano’s bluff shove while holding just a mid pair. It is important to note that if Nakano had won the hand, he would have been right up there with Gaw.

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Andrew Gaw is chip leader

Other Survivors of Day 2

Closing out the day with chips below the leaders were some notable players such as India’s Kunal Patni, Canada’s Thomas Lee, and Korea’s Jae Chul Chang. Patni ended the day high in the chip ladder, and Lee with a manageable stack (though still below average). However, for Chan, he ended the day on the clear opposite side of the rung with the shortest stack bagged up. Being an experienced player, Chang is no stranger to moments like these, however, he will still have his work cut out for him if he intends to claim a final table berth. Another player who survived was Filipino player Joven Huerto. He was ranked third in chips at the start of the day and stayed within range to end with an average stack of 108,000 chips. Day 2 Eliminations

Aside from Yogo taking a fall, there were other notable players who also had a tough battle at the felt. Filipino poker pro John Tech and Canada’s Linh Tran both took a beating to their stacks and were unable to recover. The overall chip leader of the combined day one flights, Arunas Sapitavicius from Greece, also found himself leaving without any profit. With four more eliminations needed until the players see a payout, there will likely be a lot or early action from the short stacks to go up or go bust.

Chip Counts: here

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