PKC National: Alan Honyin dominates the NLHE side event

It was a grinding battle for the title at the Poker King Cup National’s first side event, the NLHE, with 46 entries, each one contributing PHP6,000 ($130) into a prize pool that amounted to PHP245,400 ($5341). The champion was finally decided when Alan Honyin eliminated Kimura Lee at the heads up round to claim the first place cash prize of PHP88,300 ($1925) and the event trophy.

Alan Honyin eliminated Kimura Lee at the heads up round to claim the title

Entering the final table, Honyin was clearly the man to beat. He held a massive chip lead all day and was highly active at the table. During the bubble stage, Honyin accumulated more chips by eliminating Brian McAllister with his ace-seven finding an ace on the river against McAllister’s pocket nines. With everyone guaranteed a payout, Ben Abrahams sent the lone lady in the mix, Vilma Goldman, to the rail in fifth place. At four-handed, action slowed down significantly until Kimura Lee landed two pair against Tek Choong Ng’s top pair to bring the table down to three.

At this stage, Honyin was the first to ship in a healthy pot when his pocket sevens improved to quads against Lee. Action ensued with Abrahams picking up several pots only to lose a big chunk when he doubled up Honyin with his king-ten losing to ace-queen. Abrahams couldn’t keep up and eventually bowed out in third place at the hands of Lee.

Ben Abrahams finished in third place

The event came to a close with Honyin eliminating Lee to pick up the first side event trophy of the PKC National.


NLHE Payout

1st – Alan Honyin – PhP88,300

2nd – Kimura Lee – PHP61,400

3rd – Ben Abrahams – PHP39,300

4th – Tek Choong Ng – PHP31,900

5th – Vilma Goldman – PHP24,500

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Louis Hartwell

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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