APT Cebu Main Event Day 2: A Commanding Lead for Denmark’s Michael Falcon

The Asian Poker Tour held day 2 of the APT Cebu 2016 at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Lahug, Cebu, in partnership with the All In Poker Club running from February 10-18, 2016. There were 72 players out of the 144 total entries returning to the felt. After eight rounds, the bubble burst, and 18 were left. Play was then declared finished for the day.

Chip Leaders

Holding a commanding lead at the end of day 2 was Denmark’s Michael Falcon with 397,500 chips. His massive amount of chips is well over 100k more than the next largest in chips. Falcon is an APT regular, seen at a majority of their events, and has earned himself several APT trophies through the years. Two days ago, he placed second at the Head Hunter event and third at the No Limit Hold ’em event last night. It is safe to say, he is having a very good run in this series so far.

Earning the second spot in chips was Filipino player John Sayo with 270,500 chips. Sayo has been quite consistent, entering the day as one of the leaders and finishing up in the same spot. USA’s Alex Ward was also up there with 242,000 chips, along with Korea’s John Kim with 229,500 chips, and Filipino pro Lester Edoc with 226,000 to round out the top five.


Michael Falcon (Photo APT)

Other Qualifiers

In addition to the top five, previous APT Main Event winners Lim Yah Loon and Mike Takayama also made it through the day. Loon will return with a healthy above average stack of 177,500 chips however, for Takayama, he will have his work cut out for him as he returns with the shortest stack in the bunch with 32,000.

Railbirds and the Bubble Boy

With many players eliminated throughout the day such as Singaporean pro Bryan Huang, Norway’s Henrik Tollefsen, Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa and Iori Yogo, Korea’s Soo Jo Kim and Sim Jae Kyung, it was Team PokerStars Pro Asia player Kosei Ichinose who got hit the hardest when he finished as the bubble boy. Ichinose swung to the extremes during the bubble stage coming from a severely low stack to nearly average, only to get crippled back down and then out. Though all is not lost because Ichinose availed of the APT’s Main Event Bubble Protection and by doing so, he will be awarded a free seat to the next APT Main Event.

Day 3 will resume at 1pm until they reach the Final 8. We will have a recap on that as soon as it wraps up.

Chip counts: here

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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