WPT Cambodia 2019 Main Event : Live Updates

7:20PM: Brian Tougias wins the record-breaking Main Event – U$ 131,460

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Brian Tougias crushed the heads up round to become the newest WPT Cambodia Main Event champion! Tougias overcame the largest WPT Asia Pacific field of 750 entries. He earned US$ 131,460 and 1500 points towards the Player of the Year leaderboard. Congratulations to Brian Tougias! And since it was his birthday yesterday, it is indeed a very profitable birthday present.


7:15PM: Kai Fu Wong eliminated in 2nd place – US$ 92,152
Level 32: Blinds 75k – 150k ante 150k

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In just under two hours of heads up action that saw 49 hands tabled, the Main Event champion emerged! Brian Tougias came from behind to knock out Kai Fu Wong in 2nd place. The final hand saw Tougias raise to 400k, Wong called. On the flop 8s5d7d, Tougias c-bet 300k, Wong check-raised to 2.1m, Tougias snap-called.

Tougias KdKh
Wong 10c9d gutshot

The turn was 4h and river 4c to close out the Main Event. Wong earned US$ 92,152 for his superb run.


7:10PM: Kai Fu Wong continues to drop
Level 32: Blinds 75k – 150k ante 150k

Kai Fu Wong lost another pot to send him further into the hole. He is down to 4.2m while Brian Tougias is up to 18.2m. The hand opened with Tougias raising to 375k, called by Wong. Both checked the flop As2h9c. At the 5h turn, Wong led for 400k, Tougias called. On the river 5s, another 800k shelled out by Wong, Tougias answered with a 2.5m raise, quick fold by Wong.


7:00PM: Brian Tougias exposes the bluff
Level 32: Blinds 75k – 150k ante 150k

On a flop 2c10cQc, Brian Tougias check-called a 300k bet by Kai Fu Wong. On the turn 5s, both checked. When the river came 10h, Tougias check-called an 800k bet. Wong showed Jh6h bluff, Tougias won it with Ad5c two pair.


6:50PM: Brian Tougias takes the lead
Level 32: Blinds 75k – 150k ante 150k

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For the first time since the start of the final table the leadership has changed. No longer is Kai Fu Wong commanding, Brian Tougias is now on top with around 12m. There were two  hand that sent him there.

First one, Wong  limped, checked by Tougias. On the flop JhAs9h, Tougias check-called 150k, then also 400k on the Qs turn. On the river 7h, no bets. Tougias showed Jc6s, Wong mucked. About even stacks.

Second win was a much larger pot. Tougias raised to 400k, Wong called. When the board ran 5s6dAh6sQh, Tougias bet every street and was called. Bets were 300k flop, 900k, turn, 3.2m river. Tougias showed 8h6c trips, Wong mucked. Tougias up to 14.3m, Wong down to 8.2m.


6:40PM: Brian Tougias rising
Level 32: Blinds 75k – 150k ante 150k

Kai Fu Wong’s lead is thinning with Brian Tougias winning a majority of the big pots here. He just claimed another good one with As10s. The board completed to Jc10d4d8h10h, Tougias bet 475k flop, no bets on the turn, and 875k on the river, called by Wong. Tougias over 9m, Wong around 13m.


6;30PM: Back in action, Kai Fu Wong earns a good pot
Level 32: Blinds 75k – 150k ante 150k

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Third hand after a short break and Kai Fu Wong picked up a fairly big pot. He limped in and Brian Tougias checked it. On the flop, turn, and river  4s5d10s4c4h, Wong triple- barreled 150k, 450k, and 2m, Tougias check-called twice but folded on the river while showing 5s.


6:25PM: Short break
Level 32: Blinds 75k – 150k ante 150k

Kai Fu Wong 12,850,000
Brian Tougias 9,650,000


6:10PM: Kai Fu Wong takes it to the river
Level 32: Blinds 75k – 150k ante 150k

Kai Fu Wong raised to 400k, Brian Tougias called, the flop came Qc4cAc. No bets landed and the turn was dealt Js. Tougias check-called 300k by Wong. On  the river 7c, no bets. Tougias showed 6d4d, Tougias took it with 9c3c flush.


6:00PM: Brian Tougias collects two heavy pots to rise to 9.1m
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

First two hands of heads up were claimed by Brian Tougias with both pots quite substantial. The first one saw Kia Fu Wong limp, checked by Tougias. On the flop 8h7s9d, Wong check-called 125k. Same action on the turn Jc with Wong check-calling 300k. The river 8c both checked. Tougias won with 9s2h pair.

Immediately after, Tougias raiseed to 600k, Wong called. At the flop 6c5d3c, Tougias c-bet 500k, Wong check-raised to 2m, Tougias jammed, fold by Wong. Tougias down to 13.4m, Tougias charging up to 9.1m.


5:40PM: Heads up: Kai Fu Wong vs Brian Tougias
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

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Kai Fu Wong 15,700,000
Brian Tougias 6,800,000


5:35PM: Sim Jae Kyung crippled then out in 3rd place – US$ 59,400
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

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Cooler hand sent Sim Jae Kyung crashing to just 3bbs then fell immediately after. The crucial hand saw a limped pot preflop and the board come 7h3c9h. Sb Simba bet 150k, bb Brian Tougias called. On the turn 7s it was fireworks. Tougias bet 275k, Simba check-raised to 1.275m, Tougias jammed, snap-called by Simba.

Simba 10c7d trips
Tougias Js7c trips higher kicker

The river Kh secured the double up for Tougias to 6.8m, Simba nosedived to 375k (3bbs). Simba put it all in on the next hand with 5d6d, Kai Fu Wong called with KhJd, no help arrived on the board. Simba earned US$ 59,400 for his 3rd place finish.

We are now heads up!


5:30PM: Three way action 
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

Three way to the flop 5d6d6c, button Brian Tougias bet 225k, sb Kai Fu Wong checked, bb Sim Jae Kyung check-raised to 650k to take it down with no callers.


5:20PM: Three remaining
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

Final three players. Here are the chip counts. Average stack is 7,500,000.

Kai Fu Wong 15,050,000
Brian Tougias 3,925,00
Sim Jae Kyung 3,525,000


5:15PM: Aladin Reskallah eliminated in 4th place – US$ 43,941
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

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Aladin Reskallah’s magic lamp could only get him to 4th place with the massive chip leader Kai Fu Wong putting the door stopper. From the button, Reskallah raised to 25k, bb Wong three-bet to 1.2m, Reskallah shoved, Wong called to put him at risk.

Reskallah KhQd
Wong AsKd

The board ran 10s9d7c8c3h. Reskallah earned US$ 43,941 for his finish.


5:10PM: Kai Fu Wong muscles Tougias
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

Utg Kai Fu Wong raised to 25k, bb Brian Tougias three-bet to a large 1.125m, Wong with the quick call. On the 8d9cKh flop, Tougias c-bet 1.125m, Wong raised to 2m, Tougias opted to fold.


5:00PM: Brian Tougias takes command, rises to 5.95m
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

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Brian Tougias grabbed himself two pots to send his stack to 5.95m. The larger scoop saw Sim Jae Kyung raise to 250k, called by the blinds Aladin Reskallah and Brian Tougias. No bets on the flop JcJh5s. On the 3c turn, Tougias laid out 350k, called by both players. On the 8c river, Tougias c-bet 1.825m, Simba folded, Reskallah tank-folded while showing Jd trips.


4:45PM Kai Fu Wong wins six in a row to rise to 8.950m
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

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Kai Fu Wong continues to lead the final table and has widened his lead further with six consecutive pots won. The largest was at hand #83 where he raised to 250k from utg, sb Aladin Reskallah called, bb Brian Tougias three-bet to 1.175m, only Wong continued. At the flop 5hQsJc, Wong fired 1.325m, Tougias folded.


4:30PM: Brian Tougias lays out a big one
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

Sim Jae Kyung has fallen below average after losing a pot to Brian Tougias. Simba opened to 350k from the button, Tougias defended on the big blind. Simba c-bet 300k on the flop 2hQd5c, Tougias called. No bet s on the turn 5s for a free look at the river 5s. Tougias led out with a huge 1.350m bet, Simba folded. Tougias up  to 5.250m, Simba down to 4.9m.


4:20PM: Chip counts at the break
Level 31: Blinds 75k – 125k ante 125k

Players are on their second break. 4 left, Average stack 5,625,000.

Seat 1: Sim Jae Kyung 5,590,000
Seat 4: Aladin Reskallah 5,860,000
Seat 5: Brian Tougias 4,456,000
Seat 9: Kai Fu Wong 6,740,000 (chip leader)


4:00PM: Si Yang Phua out in 5th place – US$ 33,574
Level 30: Blinds 50k – 100k ante 100k

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Si Yang Phua was next to tumble out. He went all in with 2h2d but chip leader Kai Fu Wong woke up with KcKs to make the no-brainer call. When the board ran empty, 8d7s8c4s6d, it was a 5th place finish for Phua for US$ 33,574.


3:50PM: Kue Seong Tchong ships it then ships out in 6th place – US$ 26,583
Level 30: Blinds 50k – 100k ante 100k

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Kue Seong Tchong has just fallen in 6th place with Brian Tougias delivering the bad news. Before he went down, he doubled up through Tougias with Qd4d pairing up on the river Ad5cAd2s4c. Tchong said he thought it was A-Q so he jammed. Still the hand was good to win the pot.

However, on then very next hand, Tougias took it all back and more. From utg, Tchong raised to 250k, bb Tougias called. The flop 5s3s7s, Tougias checked, Tchong bet 275k, Tougias shoved, Tchong risked it.

Tchong 10c10d
Tougias 5h5c set

The turn Ah and river 9d didn’t help Tchong. He collected US$ 26,583 for his finish. Tchong ran very well at the series with three final tables reached.


3:40PM: Up and down and out for Alex Lee in 7th place – 7th place – US$ 22,007 
Level 30: Blinds 50k – 100k ante 100k

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On hand #60, hijack Brian Tougias raised to 200k, cutoff Alex Lee all in with his remaining 440k, action folded to bb Sim Jae Kyung who four-bet to 1.3m. Lee said “Simba you protecting me?” Simba replied “I’ll show you my cards.” At that, Tougias folded.

Lee 8s8c
Simba KcKd

The board ran 9d2d9c5s7s for 7th place to Lee and a US$ 22,007 payday.


3:35PM: Aladin Reskallah doubles up, Lee chunked to 4 bbs
Level 30: Blinds 50k – 100k ante 100k

Hijack Aladin Reskallah raised to 200k, button Alex Lee shoved, snapped off by the man with the magic lamp. Lee AhJd, Reskallah QdQh, the board ran Qc5c4s5h10h for a full house double up to 4.2m. Lee plunged to 440k.


3:30PM: Kai Fu Wong rises to 6.4m
Level 30: Blinds 50k – 100k ante 100k

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After shipping all of Yong Cheong Foo’s chips, Kai Fu Wong proceeded to claim another pot. From cutoff he raised to 200k, was called by the blinds to see the flop 8c6cJs. wong c-bet 350k, no callers. He is up to 6.4m


3:20PM; Yong Cheong Foo falls in 8th place – US$ 17,504
Level 30: Blinds 50k 100k ante 100k

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On hand #49 of the final table, chip leader Kai Fu Wong raised to 200k, Yong Cheong Foo jammed, fast call by the leader. Wong 10d10h, Foo 7d7h, the board gave a bit of sweat as it ran 8s4dJh5c for a possible straight to Foo however it was not to be. The river 5s sealed his fate in 8th place for a US$ 17,504 payday.


3:10PM: Sim Jae Kyung takes almost half a mil from Lee
Level 29: Blinds 40k – 80k ante 80k

After out-dueling Alex lee for a pot. Sim Jae Kyung is not far from chip leader Kai Fu Wong who has 4.925m. The hand saw utg Sim raise to 180k, cutoff Alex Lee three-bet o 480k, Simba four-bet to 1.1m, Lee folded. Simba at 4.65m. Lee slipped to 2.1m.


3:00PM: Sim Jae Kyung outkicks Reskallah
Level 29: Blinds 40k – 80k ante 80k

Button Sim Jae Kyung aka Simba raised to 180k and bb Aladin Reskallah defended. No bets at the flop Jh9s2s. On the turn 3s, Reskallah led for 280k, Simba smooth-called. On the river Jd, another 300k called by Simba. Reskallah showed 9h7h two pair but Simba had better Kc9d. Simba up to 4m, Reskallah slipped to 2.1m.


2:45PM: Alex Lee adds another million, rises to 3.35m
Level 29: Blinds 40k – 80k ante 80k

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After wining three small pots in this round, Alex Lee a bigger one to send his stack to 3,35m. That’s another million more than when he started at 2.295m. The larger pot saw cutoff Aladin Reskallah limp in, joined by sb Lee, and checked by Kue Seong Tchong. On the flop Ah2d4c, Lee bet 12k, Tchong called, Reskallah raised to 300k, Lee answered with a three-bet to 850k, no callers. While folding, Reskallah said to Lee  “show the bluff”. Reskallah dipped to 3.29m, Tchong below 1m.


2:20PM: Kue Seong Tchong on a downtrend
Level 29: Blinds 40k – 80k ante 80k

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After ten hands into the new rounds, Kue Seong Tchong has dropped from 2.385m to 1.2m. He lost two big pots, one against Aladin Reskallah and the other to Kai Fu Wong.

Against Reskallah, a pot of around 500k was already built up when the flop ran 2sQs7c. Utg Reskallah check-called a 150k bet by Tchong. No bets on the 8s turn but on the 4c river, Reskallah led for 550k and won it with Tchong folding. Reskallah up to 3.46m.

Up against Wong, action folded to sb Tchong who raised to 210k, Wong called. On the flop Jc8c3h, Tchong c-bet 350k, Wong jammed, Tchong quickly folded.


2:05PM: First break of the day; Chip counts final 8 players
Level 29: Blinds 40k – 80k ante 80k

Seat 1: Yong Cheong “Ricky” Foo 1,7780,00
Seat 2: Sim jae Kyung aka Siimba 3,385,000
Seat 3: Si Yang Phua 1,250,000
Seat 4: Aladin Reskallah 2,925,000
Seat 5: Brian Tougias 3,960,000
Seat 6: Alex Lee 2,295,000
Seat 8: Kue Seong “Michael” Tchong 2,385,000
Seat 9: Kai Fu Wong 4,585,000


1:50PM: Yong Cheong Foo next to get fully paid
Level 28: Blinds 30k – 60k ante 60k

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On hand #9, Brian Tougias three-bet jammed from the big blind and initial raiser Yong Cheong Foo snap-called.

Foo AdAc
Tougias KdQh

When the flop ran 8sKc9h, Tougias improved to a pair but still behind Foo. The turn 10h and river 6c completed the board for a double up to Foo to 1.960m. Tougias dipped to 2.8m.


1:45PM; Ji Young Kim first to depart – 9th place – US$ 13,146
Level 28: Blinds 30k – 60k ante 60k

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We just lost a player and it was the lone WSOP bracelet winner Ji Young Kim. She earned a double up on the second hand of the day but on the 7th hand, she lost it all to Brian Tougias. She three-bet jammed his 130k raise and Tougias called.

Kim AsQh
Tougias KdKh

Board 9c9dJh9s2d

Kim earned US$ 13,146 for her impressive run at the Main Event.


1:40PM: Another pot for Simba
Level 28: Blinds 30k – 60k ante 60k

Aladin Reskallah raised to 120k, bb Sim Jae Kyung defended. No bets to the river Qh9hJd10dJh. Simba bet 60k, Reskallah called. Simba showed 10d10h, Reskallah mucked while saying “that’s the best hand”.


1:35PM: Kai Fu Wong in action
Level 28: 30k – 60k ante 60k

From lo-jack, Brian Tougias raised to 130k, sb Kai Fu Wong called, bb folded and the flop ran Qs3s9d. Both checked for a free look at the turn 5h. Wong check-called a 105k bet. On the river 4s, no bets. Wong won it with 8h9h pair.


1:30PM: Alex Lee jams again, no callers
Level 28: 30k – 60k ante 60k

Utg Kai Fu Wong opened to 130k, Alex Lee shoved 1.695m, no call.


1:25PM: Another all in! Jiyoung Kim doubles up 
Level 28: 30k – 60k ante 60k

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Players have come out swinging here! Button Brian Tougias raised to 130k, bb Jiyoung Kim all in for 695k, Tougias called.

Lin 5s5h
Tougias KcQs

The board came 10d5d7d4s3c for a double up to Kim to 1.420m. Tougias dropped to 3.415m.


1:20PM: First hand of the day….. double up for Simba! 
Level 28: blinds 30k – 60k ante 60k

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No time wasted for action here at the final table. Sim Jae Kyung aka Simba raised to 130 from hijack, button Aladin Reskallah called, sb Alex Lee shoved, Simba called, Reskallah got out of the way.

Simba KcKs
Lee AcQc

The board JsJd8c7s5h, cowboys held for a double up to Simba to 3.48m. Lee dropped to 1,725,000.


1:18PM: Main Event Final Day begins!
Level 28: 30k – 60k ante 60k

After four days of competition that drew a record-breaking 750 entries, the Main Event is down to the Final 9 players! Here’s a look at the players, the numbers, and ultimately what they are gunning for.

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Seat 1: Yong Cheong Foo – Singapore – 1,040,000
Seat 2: Sim Jae Kyung – Korea – 1,630,000
Seat 3: Si Yang Phua – Singapore – 1,650,000
Seat 4: Aladin Reskallah – France – 2,570,000
Seat 5: Brian Tougias – USA – 4,140,000
Seat 6: Alex Xiang Wei Lee – Singapore – 3,415,000
Seat 7: Jiyoung Kim – Korea – 695,000
Seat 8: Kue Seong Tchong – Australia – 2,685,000
Seat 9: Kai Fu Wong – Malaysia – 4,700,000

Chips in play: 22,500,000
Average stack: 2,500,000
Remaining: 9 players
Resuming blinds: 30k – 60k ante 60k

Prize pool: US$ 727,500
ITM: 94 places

Depending on how they fall today, below are the payouts. Everyone is guaranteed at least US$ 13,146. The eventual champion will pocket a very handsome US$ 131,460 along with 1500 point towards the WPT APAC Season XVIII Player of the Year leader board. The only player already on the board is Sim Jae Kyung with 60 points for his 17th placement at the WPT Korea Incheon Main Event back in September.

Remaining payouts
1st US$ 131,460
2nd US$ 92,152
3rd US$ 59,400
4th US$ 43,941
5th US$ 33,574
6th US$ 26,583
7th US$ 22,007
8th US$ 17,504
9th US$ 13,146

Good luck to all!

 

 

12:55AM: Day 2 ends! Final 9 formed! 

final 9 collageWith the fall of Dajia Chen in 10th place, Day 2 is a wrap! The finl 9 players return tomorrow for the race to the inaugural WPT Cambodia Main Event title and the US$ 131,430 first prize. We will have a recap for you shortly. For now, here are the numbers, the chip counts, and the remaining payouts. You can read up on the live posts for all of today’s action.

Chip counts by rank

Kai Fu Wong – Malaysia – 4,700,000 (Seat 9)
Brian Tougias – USA – 4,140,000 (Seat 5)
Alex Xiang Wei Lee – Singapore – 3,415,000 (Seat 6)
Kue Seong Tchong – Australia – 2,685,000 (Seat 8)
Aladin Reskallah – France – 2,570,000 (Seat 4)
Si Yang Phua – Singapore – 1,650,000 (Seat 3)
Sim Jae Kyung – Korea – 1,630,000 (Seat 2)
Yong Cheong Foo – Singapore – 1,040,000 (Seat 1)
Jiyoung Kim – Korea – 695,000 (Seat 7)

Chips in play: 22,500,000
Average stack: 2,500,000
Remaining: 9 players

When they return on Monday, November 25 at 1pm, the blinds will resume at 30k – 60k ante 60k with the clock counting down from 49:14.

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Total entries: 750
Prize pool: US$ 727,500
ITM: 94 places

Remaining payouts
1st US$ 131,460 + Season XVIII WPT APAC Player of the Year 1500 points
2nd US$ 92,152
3rd US$ 59,400
4th US$ 43,941
5th US$ 33,574
6th US$ 26,583
7th US$ 22,007
8th US$ 17,504
9th US$ 13,146


12:50AM: Dajia Chen dominated, exits in 10th place – US$ 10,891
Level 28: Blinds 30k – 60k ante 60k

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Dajia Chen

Dajia Chen will not be joining to the final day. He bubbled to the final 9 table holding 6d6h only to be dominated throughout by Brian Tougias’s 7h7d. Chen pocketed US$ 10,891 for his finish.


12:40AM: Ryan Revai rivered  in 11th place – US$ 10,891
Level 27: Blinds 25k – 50k ante 50k

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Ryan Revai

Ryan Revai was all in with Ad3d and initial raiser Kai Fu Wong called with KhQh. Revai was ahead but called out for an ace. The flop came 7h10c7c, Revai still up. The turn Jd gave Wong an open-ended and at this point Revai retracted his wish and said “no ace!” But the river Ah still came down to end his run in 11th place. Revai earned US$ 10,891 for his efforts.


12:30AM: Ji Young Kim earns a double through Tougias
Level 27: Blinds 25k – 50k ante 50k

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JI Young Kim

Unlike others before her, WSOP bracelet winner Ji Young Kim was all in against Brian Tougias and was able to double up. On a flop 2c7d9h, she was all in on the big blind with 10d9s and Tougias tried to eliminate with As7h lower pair, the turn 3d and river 10c improved her further to get back over a million. Tougias dipped to 3.2m


12:25AM: Leiguang Li just behind, railed in 12th place – US$ 10,891
Level 27: Blinds 25k – 50k ante 50k

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Leiguang Li

We just lost another here to bring the field down to 11 players. Bumping the rail was Leiguang Li with 9h9s unable to improve against Brian Tougias’s 10d10s. He pocketed US$ 10,891 for his deep run. Tougias up to 3.8m.


12:15AM: Ping Liu out in 13th place – US$ 8,672
Level 27: Blinds 25k – 50k ante 50k

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Ping Liu

Ping Liu’s late rush here ended with As9s unable to improve against Kai Fu Wong’s 9c9h on a board that ran out Js2c4d3hKd. He earned US$ 8,672 for his deep finish.


12:10AM: Sim Jae Kyung doubles up to 1.3m
Level 27: Blinds 25k – 50k ante 50k

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Sim Jae Kyung

Sim Jae Kyung raised, Alex Lee shoved, Sim called with AhJc. Lee had As10s. No bad beat on the board Jd6c6s7s9h. Lee paid the 630k stack. Sim up to 1.3m.


12:00AM: Julian Warhurst bluffs out in 14th place – US$ 8,672
Level 27: Blinds 25k – 50k ante 50k

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Julian Warhurst

Catching the action on the river 4d5h7sAh5c with 600k in the middle, Julian Warhurst open shoved with Qc9c air and Kai Fu Wong snap-called with 5s6c trips. With Wong backed by a larger stack, Warhurst bluffed out in 14th place to earn US$ 8,672.


11:50PM: Si Yang Phua with a huge boost from Warhurst
Level 27: Blinds 25k – 50k ante 50k

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Si Yang Phua

Si Yang Phua jammed his 890k stack with JsJh and Julian Warhurst called with AcKh. The board ran clean 3d7h10s2s5c, Warhurst paid and dropped to 910k. Phua over 1.8m,


11:44PM: Chip counts at the break
Level 26: Blinds 20k – 40k ante 40k

Table 2
Sim Jae Kyung 755k
Liguang Li 1.47m
Aladin Reskallah 1.505m
Brian Tougias 2.83m
Alex Lee 3.48m
Daiji Chen 1.5m
Ji Young Kim 910k

Table 3
Julian Warhurst 1.810m
Yong Cheong foo 1.345m
POing LIu 1.155m
Kai Fu Wong 1.29m
Kue Seong Tchong 2.75m
Si Yang Phua 1.38m
Ryan Revai 910k

Average stack: 1,607,142


11:33PM: Burin Shinawatra out in 15th place – US$ 8,672
Level 26: Blinds 20k – 40k ante 40k

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Burin Shinawatra

Burin Shinawatra wished he just folded and went on the break. Instead, he four-bet jammed with 8s8d, initial raiser Aladin Reskallah folded but Brian Tougias called with AdJh. The board came AsQd7sAh5d. Shinawatra out in 15th place to earn US$ 8,672.


11:25PM: Si Yang Phua banks a double through Liu
Level 26: Blinds 20k – 40k ante 40k

Si Yang Phua raised to 160k, bb Ping Liu defended. On the flop 6s8dKc, Liu checked, Phua all in for 305k, Liu called. Liu KdJh top pair but Phua had better AhAc. The turn and river were Qh and 6h. Phua scooped a double up to nearly a million.


11:20PM: Aladin Reskallah wins the toss
Level 26: Blinds 20k – 40k ante 40k

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Aladin Reskallah

Button player Sim Jae Kyung raised to 85k, bb Aladin Reskallah three-bet jammed 785k, Sim called. Sim JcJh, Reskallah AdKh, and ace came instantly with the board running As10s8d6c2h. Reskallah doubled up to 1.7m, Sim dropped to over 600k.


11:10PM: Youngjin Kim falls in 16th place – US$ 7,188
Level 26: Blinds 20k – 40k ante 40k

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Youngjin Kim

Yong Cheong Foo shoved but found no callers. Immediately after he was all in with AsQs and Younjin Kim called for his tournament life with JhJc. When the board ran 3d10c2hQd4h, the lady on the board paired up Foo to end Kim in 16th place. Kim earned US$ 7,188 for his deep finish.


11:00PM: Ceesvin Abraham out in 17th place – US$ 7,188
Level 26: Blinds 20k – 40k ante 40k

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Ceesvin Abraham

Ceesvin Abraham was down to 370k and shoved with Ad9s, Brian Tougias called with Kd[qc}, the board ran 3c6hKc2d9c for a pair spiked by Tougias to rise to 2.5m. Abraham earned US$ 7,188 for 17th place.


10:50PM: Ping Liu doubles up through Ryan Revai, back over a million
Level 26: Blinds 20k – 40k ante 40k

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Ping Liu

Ping Liu won another showdown to bring his stack well over a million. With 400k in the pot and a flop 4s9h3s, Liu shoved with AsKs and Ryan Revai called with 10s9d. Though Revai was ahead, the turn Kd switched them up and with 6s on the river, it was the nut flush for Liu. He is over 1.1m.


10:40PM: Dan Alexandrovitz exits in 18th place – US$ 7,188
Level 26: Blinds 20k – 40k ante 40k

IMG 2191
Dan Alexandrovitz

After losing the duel against Ceesvin Abraham, Dan Alexandrovitz was down to 265k, he put it all in with Jh4h, his nemesis Abraham called with Ah5h. The board ran 7c7s3cQh6s. Abraham shipped it while Alexandrovitz went to collect his US$ 7,188 earnings.


10:35PM: Brett Kennedy railed in 19th place – US$ 5,885
Level 26: Blinds 20k – 40k ante 40k

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Brett Kennedy

Brett Kennedy jammed from utg, everyone folded to the bb Brian Tougias who called. Kennedy Ad3s, Tougias KdQh, the board ran Qs2c2sJcKs to send Kennedy packing up in 19th place.

We are  down to 18 players. Two tables.


10:30PM: Dan Alexandrovitz drops, Ceesvin Abraham doubles up
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

All in preflop, Dan Alexandrovitz Ah8h, Ceesvin Abraham 7h7s, Alex Lee folded pockte sevens. The board came Js10d6dJh6h for sevens to hold. Abraham doubled up while Alexandrovitz down to 265k.


10:25PM: Ping Liu on an upward momentum
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

Ping Liu is on the fast track to gain the chips he lost. He just earned another double up to get him back in fighting for. He was all in on a flop Qh2hKh, called by Julian Warhurst. Liu with Ah5s, Warhurst As3c. The turn 4s and river Jh were good for a winning flush to rise to 770k.


10:15PM: Brian Tougias chunks Ping Liu
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

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Brian Tougias

Brian Tougias won the coin toss when his AsKs paired his ace on the board to overtake Ping Liu’s 7s7d. Tougias climbed back up to a million, Liu dropped to 170k.

Liu pushed it all on the next hand with 4c4h and Julian Warhurst on the big blind called with 10h3s. Warhurst paired his three on the board but still behind Liu’s pocket pair. Liu doubled up to 370k.


10:10PM: Abhinav Iyer eliminated in 20th place – US$ 5,885
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

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Abhinav Iyer

Abhinav Iyer all in with JsJd, big stacked Alex Lee had better QdQc, no magic came for Iyer to bounce him out in 20th place.


10:05PM: Three-way all in! No busts….
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

Nutty three way all in here with Yong Cheong Foo QdQh, Kue Seong Tchong AsAh and Si Yang Phua AdAc. The aces held to split the pot. Foo dropped to 400k. Tchong at 2M, Phua at 800k.


10:00PM: Nadav Cohen settles for 21st place – US$ 5,885
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

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Nadav Cohen

Nadav Cohen all in with Kd8d and right beside him Julian Warhurst put him at risk with AhJs. When the board ran Jc2h4h4dAs it favored Warhurst to end Cohen’s chase in 21st place.


9:55PM: Chenxu Zhang falls in 22nd place – US$ 5,005
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

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Chenxu Zhang

Chenxu Zhang was dealt her last hand of the Main Event. Her 9h9c could not get past Abhinav Iyer’s AdQd that paired the lady on the river. Board was 7h4c3c2cQs.


9:50PM Sim Jae Kyung pushes and gets the call
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

Catching the action on the flop 10h7h7d, Sim Jae Kyung pushed on the big blind spot and utg Brett Kennedy called. Sim showed a gorgeous boat 10c7c on a board 10h7d7h against Kennedy’s KcJd. The turn was 8s and river Ad  for a double up to Sim. He is at 1m.


9:45PM: Rindra’s big slick fails him in 23rd place – US$ 5,005 
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

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Rindra

Another fast drop here. Rindra all in with AhKh called by Alex Lee with Ad10d. The board ran 4c9c7h10c3h for a pair spiked by Lee on the turn. Rindra out in 23rd place.


9:40PM: Kok Wei Teoh exits in 24th place – US$ 5,005
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

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Kok Wei Teoh

Next to go was Kok Wei Teoh who had it all in with Ks8s but could not crack Julian Warhurst’s 9x9x. He finished in 24th place.


9:35PM: Jiazhi Zhong falls in 25th place – US$ 4,169
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

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Jiazhi Zhong

Back from the break, Jiazhi Zhong all in with Jd10c and fell to Ping Liu’s 7x7x. Liu improved to a set on the flop to ensure the bust.


9:32PM: Kue Seong Tchong earns a big one
Level 25: Blinds 15k – 30k ante 30k

From the button, Kue Seong Tchong raised to 75k, sb Si Yang Phua three-bet to 210k, Tchong called. On the flop JhAcKc, Phua c-bet 150k only to face an all in jam of 445k from Tchong. Phua tank-called. Tchong Qh10h straight, Phua As10d, the turn 8d and river 4s were no help to Phua. Tchong up to 1.33m. Phua just under 600k.


9:00PM: List of next ITM players

26th Jaegwang Kim – US$ 4,169
27th Leo Kho – US$ 4,169
28th Joen Seungsoo – US$ 3,412
29th Yuanxi Chen – US$ 3,412
30th Ari Kumpumaki – US$ 3,412
31st Justin Skovholt – US$ 3,412
32nd Arrivand Udayakmar – US$ 3,412
33rd Peter Leworthy – US$ 3,412
34th Clement Van Driessche – US$ 3,412
35th Linh Tran – US$ 3,412
36th Kiat Leong Ng – US$ 3,412
37th Sven McDermott – US$ 2,975
38th Mark Gruendemann – US$ 2,975
39th Loo Soon Yi Ben – US$ 2,975
40th Apichai Jewampai – US$ 2,975
41st Raj Jaruplavath – US$ 2,975
42nd Takao Shimizu – US$ 2,975


8:55PM; Break time chip counts 
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

Estimated counts of final 25 players. Average stack 900,000.

Table 2

Abhinav iyer 555k
Chenxu Zhang 345k
Rindra 340k
Ceesvin Abraham 795k
Alex Lee 880k
Dajia Chen 1.475m
Burin Shinawatra 635k
Ji Young Kim 950k

Table 3

Leiguang Li 1.66m
Yong Cheong Foo 1.735m
Dan Alexandrovitz 730k
Youngjin Kim 445k
Kai Fu Wong 1.6m
Kue Seong Tchong 760k
Si Yang Phua 1.4m
Ryan Revai 1.575m

Table 4

Ping Liu 1.115m
Jiazhi Zhong 160k
Nadav Cohen 255k
Julian Warhurst 960k
Kok Wei Teoh 415k
Aladin Reskallah 1.105m
Sim Jae Kyung 740k
Brian Tougias 825k
Brett Kennedy 955k


8:45PM: Ceesvin Abraham lives on to continue
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Ceesvin Abraham

Ceesvin Abraham all in with Js10c and Alex Lee called with Ah8c. The board was 6h10hKd9c10s to keep Abaraham in the running. He is up to 795k.


8:40PM: Jaegwang Kim denied by the flush 
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Jaegwang Kim

Jaegwang Kim was all in on the button with AdKs, sb Alex Lee put the heat on with Ac8s. The flop8cQh3c was not looking good for Kim especially when the Qc showed up on the turn. When the river came Kc, Kim got the higher pair but Lee had better with the nut flush. Kim eliminated in 26th place.


8:35PM: Leo Kho falls in 27th place
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Leo Kho

Catching the action with 80k put out front by Dan Alexandrovitz, button Leo Kho all in for 335k holding Ad2d. Alexandrovitz tank-called with Ah9h. Kho missed the board while Alexandrovitz further improved with a pair of nines to eliminate Kho in 27th place.


8:30PM: Perfect time for rockets 
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

Rindra found a good spot to jam his short 145k stack when he looked down at AsAh. Abhinav Iyer hoped to dust him with 3d3s but it was not to be. The board ran clean for a double up to the short stack.


8:25PM: Chenxu Zhang doubles up 
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Chenxu Zhang

Chenxu Zhang all in with Jc10c and got called by Ceesvin Abraham with Ac6h. Her gamble paid off with the board running 8h6hKh10h8s. She is up to 400k.


8:20PM: Lucky river for Abhinav iyer
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Abhinav iyer

Abhinav Iyer risked it all with KcJs and it was looking bad when Rindra opened AsKs. However, it ain’t over until the river. The cards ran Ad4cQc2d10h for a winning straight to Iyer. He doubled up to 625k, Rinard down to 145k.


8:15PM: Kue Seong Tchong finds a king to stay alive
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Kue Seong Tchong

Kue Seong Tchong all in with KhJd, Ryan Revai was ahead with AcQs, a king showed up on the board to keep his engine running for the gold. Tchong up to 600k.


8:10PM: Ceesvin Abraham survives
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

Ceesvin Abraham all in with Js8s and Jaegwang Kim was there to try and eliminate with a dominating AsQs. However when the board ran 4h5c8h9h4c, Abraham paired up for a double up to 500k.


8:05PM: Ryan Revai up to 1.83m
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Ryan Revai

After a preflop raise war that ended on a three-bet called, the flop ran Jd7h9h, Kue Seong Tchong and Ryan Revai checked. The turn Ac brought back the heavy betting. Tchong bet 100k, Revai raised to 650k, Tchong folded. Revai increased to 1.83m.


8:00PM: Brett Kennedy jams on Warhurst
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Brett Kennedy

On a board QdQs10s4c, Julian Warhurst bet 170k, Brett Kennedy shoved, Warhurst folded to slide down to 500k. Kennedy up to 1.13m.


7:58PM: Kok Wei Teoh doubles up 
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Kok Wei Teoh

Kok Wei Teoh all in for 190k with 10d10h, Alex Lee challenged with 2c2s. No bad beat arrived for a double up to Teoh to 445k.


7:55PM: Aladin Reskallah ships it and busts one
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Aladin Reskallah

Yuanxi Chen shoved with 210k, Ping Liu called, Aladin Reskallah three-bet jammed 370k, Liu tank-called. Chen Qd10d, Reskallah AsKd, Liu AcQh, the board ran low, no hits for the players. Chen eliminated, Reskallah won it and rose to 1m.


7:50PM: Abhinav Iyer doubles up through Kok Wei Teoh
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

All in prelfop Abhinav Iyer with AcKd, Kok Wei Teoh called with 10hQh. The board further ensured Iyer’s domination with an ace dropping on the flop. Iyer at 480k.


7:45PM: Dan Alexandrovitz continues on
Level 24: Blinds 15Kk – 25k ante 25k

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Dan Alexandrovitz

Dan Alexandrovitz has bumped up his stack to over 600k on a double up through Julian Warhurst when his KcQd got lucky against AdKd. The board ran 6dQc5h8dJh. Warhurst down to 850k.


7:25PM: Counterfeit! Chenxu Zhang pays Reskallah 
Level 23: Blinds 10k – 20k ante 20k

Aladin Reskallah all in for 125k with Ks6d to battle with. Chenxu Zhang laid out a large bet that pushed everyone else out. She had 9c9d. When the board ran 2dAdJhAhJd, the board showed a higher two pair than Zhang’s to counterfeit her pocket pair, Reskallah took it with his king kicker. Zhang dropped to 370k. Reskallah at 300k.


7:20PM: Burin Shinawatra doubles up
Level 23: Blinds 10k – 20k ante 20k

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Burin Shinawatra

Burin Shinawatra is hanging in there with his short stack. He pushed it with AsJh and Ping Liu called with KsQd. The board ran low for a double up to Shinawatra to 590k.


7:15PM: Ari Kumpumaki eliminated
Level 23: Blinds 10k – 20k ante 20k

Ari Kumpumaki put his last chips in the middle with 9s4d, Si Yang Phua challenged with Kc4s, a king ensured the win for Phua.


7:10PM: Justin Skovholt busts to Leiguang Li
Level 23: Blinds 10k – 20k ante 20k

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Leiguang Li

Justin Skovholt was all in preflop that had two callers to put him at risk. At the flop 2h7c10s, Leiguang Li bet for a side pot but Nadav Cohen opted to check-fold. Skovholt had Ac2c, Li JdJc, the turn 5c and river 4h. Skovholt eliminated, Li up to 1.69m.


7:05PM: Jaegwang Kim doubles up through Ari Kumpumaki
Level 23: Blinds 10k – 20k ante 20k

All in preflop, Jaegwang Kim AxKx, Ari Kumpumaki QxQx, board ran 6cAh6d8hJd. Kim up to 850k, Kumpumaki plummeted to 100k.


7:00PM Busts…..
Level 23: Blinds 10k – 20k ante 20k

Right after the break, three players quickly fell.

34th place – Clement Van Driessche 8x8x falls to Ryan Revai AxAx – Revai at 1.6m
33rd place – Peter Leworthy Jx10x falls to Ping Liu QcJs straight – Liu at 1.7m
32nd place Arravind Udayakumar KxQx busts to Nadav Cohen AxKx – Cohen at 1m


6:35PM: Estimated chip counts at the break, 34 remaining

34 remaining
Average stack 661,764
Chips in play: 22,500,000

Si Yang Phua 1.8m
Alex Xiang Wei Lee 1.45m
Brian Tougias 1.26m
Leiguang Li 1,125m
Brett Kennedy 965k
Ji Yung Kim 950k
Dajia chen 925k
Julian Warhurst 850k
Kai Fu Wong 780k
Kue Seong Tchong 740k
Kok Wei Teoh 725k
Yong Cheong Foo 725k
Yuanxi Chen 680k
Clement Van Driessche 640k
Leo Kho 630k
Peter Leworthy 620k
Rindra N 610k
Ping Liu 530k
Arravind Udayakumar 525k
Nadav Cohen 500k
Ryan Revai 460k
Ari Kumpumaki 450k
Aladin Reskallah 415k
Jaegwang Kim 410k
Abhinav Iyer 400k
Dan Alexandrovitz 360k
Burin Shinawatra 360k
Chenxu Zhang 350k
Sim Jae Kyung 215k
Jeon Seungsoo 315k
Young Jin Kim 305k
Ceesvin Abraham 300k


6:20PM: Si Yang Phua ralis Linh Tran 
Level 22: Blinds 8000 – 16000 ante 16000

After heavy preflop betting that beefed up the pot to 265k, the flop came 9h6h9s. Linh Tran checked, Si Yang Phua bet 125k, Tran tank-shoved around 600k, snap-called by Phua.

Tran JdJc
Phua KcKs

The turn Ac and river 9c secured the win for Phua to eliminate Tran in 35th place. Phua soared to 1.8m.


6:00PM: List of ITM from 43rd – 76th

43rd Dan Sinaguglia – US$ 2,975
44th Suchart Angunsri – US$ 2,975
45th Jakub Kotas – US$ 2,975
46th Andrew Kibsey – US$ 2,634
47th Pete Chen – US$ 2,634
48th Lai Heng Foo – US$ 2,634
49th Jack Hardcastle – US$ 2,634
50th Simon Quintal – US$ 2,634
51st Didrik Mantor – US$ 2,634
52nd Xianling Chen – US$ 2,634
53rd Dewan Hassan – US$ 2,634
54th Seokchan Hwang – US$ 2,634
55th Lim Wai Cheung – US$ 2,379
56th Kuang Hung Lee – US$ 2,379
57th Dongsheng Xia – US$ 2,379
58th Piet Pape – US$ 2,379
59th Mohammed Ladak – US$ 2,379
60th Kelvin Beattie – US$ 2,379
61st Ying Lin Chua – US$ 2,379
62nd Sean Keeton – US$ 2,379
63rd Michael Wood – US$ 2,379
64th Roger Bratley – US$ 2,175
65th Duy Tung Nguyen – US$ 2,175
66th Naoto Harada – US$ 2,175
67th Wei Bing Low – US$ 2,175
68th Nick Blackburn – US$ 2,175
69th Erik Billgren – US$ 2,175
70th Noah Weimer – US$ 2,175
71st Edgar Kim – US$ 2,175
72nd Alexis Cozon – US$ 2,175
73rd Wayland Mathias – US$ 1,972
74th Donghyun Kim – US$ 1,972
75th Jingjing Ke – US$ 1,972
76th Jieming Xu – US$ 1,972


5:31PM: Kai Fu Wong ends Pete Chen’s day
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

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Kai Fu Wong

Pete Chen is out of the running. He open shoved with KdJc, big blind Kai Fu Wong with AcKc, the board ran low. Chen out in 47th place. Wong up to 640k.


5:28PM: Brian Tougias at 1.5M
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

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Brian Tougias

Brian Tougias has been pumping in the chips and is now at 1.5m after dusting a player. The hand was AcKd dominating AxJx throughout. Tougias is currently the chip leader.


5:25PM: Aladin Reskallah doubles up through Ping Liu
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

Ping Liu dropped to 590k after paying a double up to Aladin Reskallah. It opened with Liu raising to 26k, Julian Warhurst called, Reskallah shoved, Liu called and Warhurst got out of the way. Liu AcKs, Reskallah 10c10h. Liu missed the board. Reskallah up to 520k.


5:22PM: Kue Seong Tchong rails Quintal
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

Kue Seong Tchong with AsAd, Simon Quintal AdQs, board AhJs10dJh2s. Out went Quintal in 50th place.


5:20PM: Burin Shinawatra shoves for the pot
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

90k in the middle, 10c10s6s flop, Burin Shinawatra bet 25k, Sim Jae Kyung check-raised to 100k, Shinawatra tanked then pushed all in. No call. Shinawatra up to 365k.


5:18PM: Ari Kumpumaki wins another pot, rises to 470k
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

On a raised pot brewed preflop, the board was 6sJhKd. Sb Ari Kumpumaki check-called a 54k bet. No bets on the 6c turn. The river Kh betting resumed with Kumpumaki firing 48k, no call.


5:15PM: Ari Kumpumaki with quads!
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

Ari Kumpumaki got full pay from Linh Tran for his JsJd turned quads. Catching the action on the turn AcJhJc10h, Kumpumaki bet 40k and Tran called. On the river Ks, Kumpumaki all in with 61k, snap-called by Tran.


5:10PM: Alex Lee ships Mantor’s chips
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

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We aren’t sure how Didrik Mantor’s stack dropped to below 200k but we did see how Alex Xiang Wei Lee shipped it. Mantor was all in with Ac5c, Lee called with Ad10c, no help arrived on the board to send Mantor out and Lee rise to 1.3M.


5:05PM: Yuanxi Chen wins two pots
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

Yuanxi Chen claimed two pot to bring him over 500k. The first pot was against Leo Kho who tank-folded top pair queen. Chen showed as well his pocket aces while scooping up the pot.

Next hand, 120k was in the middle and four players saw a flop Jc7s4s. Dajia Chen bet 45k, Yuanxi called, two others folded and the turn came 8c. Yuanxi bet 90k, Dajia check-folded.


4:45PM: Big stack and notables update
Level 21: Blinds 6000 – 12000 ante 12000

53 remaining
Average 424,528
Chips in play: 22,500,000

Big stacks:

Alex Xiang Wei Lee 1.2M
Julian Warhurst 1M
Ping Liu 1M
Leo Kho 820k
Kok Wei Teoh 800k
Sven McDermott 800k
Brian Tougias 925k
Jeon Seung Soo 725k
Linh Tran 700k
Clement Van Driessche 650k
Raju Jaruplavath 650k
Arravind Udayakumar 560k
Si Yang Phua 500k
Sim Jae Kyung 400k
Pete Chen 377k
Abhinav Iyer 270k
Ji Young Kim 260k
Takao Shimizu 176k


4:22PM: Break time; 56 remaining; list of ITM players
Level 20: Blinds 5000 – 10000 ante 10000

List of ITM players from 77th down.

77th Gareth Chantler – US$ 1,972
78th Chris Kwo Chua Soon – US$ 1,972
79th Michael Robert Hahn – US$ 1,972
80th Ming Hong Teoh – US$ 1,972
81st Bickel Cyril – US$ 1,972
82nd Hsien Weil Lai – US$ 1,782
83rd Jeffrey Davis – US$ 1,782
84th Richard Marquez – US$ 1,782
85th Ting Yi Tsai – US$ 1,782
86th Lay Ann Ong – US$ 1,782
87th Romain Nussmann – US$ 1,782
88th Cyrllr Rousset – US$ 1,782
89th Mitja Rudolf – US$ 1,782
90th Jun Yan Kok – US$ 1,782
91st Kensuke Koizumi – US$ 1,593
92nd Christopher Shebat – US$ 1,593
93rd Yuwen Pan – US$ 1,593
94th Romit Advani – US$ 1,593


3:45:PM: Big stacked Richard Marquez eliminated in 84th place
Level 20: Blinds 5000 – 10000 ante 10000

During the bubble round, Richard Marquez took a 5 bb hit against Alex Lee. When the bubble burst, their battle continued. Marquez eventually fell to Lee. We will get that story for you later. As of now, Lee is nearing 1M.


3:14PM: New level. rapid fallouts
Level 20: Blinds 5000 – 10000 ante 10000

Shortly after the bubble burst with 94 remaining, fallouts were quick. First to the rail was Romit Advani who managed to triple up his very short stack just after the bubble burst. Yuwen Pan couldn’t get back up after losing a huge pot to Julian Warhurst and took 93rd.


3:00PM: Bubble bursts! Phanlert Sukonthachartnant eliminated
Level 19: Blinds 4000 – 8000 ante 8000

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Bubble bursts

After getting chunked on a previous hand, Phanlert Sukonthachartnant put his remaining 10k in with Ac8c. Two players called, Burin Shinawatra 10h10s and Leo Kho Ah4h. Both callers checked down the board 5d2dKd6h3c. Kho won it with a straight and Sukonthachartnant bubbled.


2:55PM: Bubble round: Pete Chen tanks Jiazhi Zhong
Level 19: Blinds 4000 – 8000 ante 8000

ENZ 1498

Pot built up to 60k with three players looking at a flop JsKh5h. Action was checked to Si Yang Phua, he bet 21k, called by button WPT APAC Season XVI POY winner Pete Yen Han Chen, check-called by bb Jiazhi Zhong. They all checked the turn 8s and got a free look at the river 9s. Zhong led for 45k, Phua folded, Chen jammed (189k), Zhong tanked….. a big crowd had gathered…. he folded when time was called.


2:50PM: Bubble round: Mohammad Ladak survives
Level 19: Blinds 4000 – 8000 ante 8000

ENZ 1488

Mohammad Ladak couldn’t meet the small blind with just 3k left. Justin Skovholt raised and found no callers for heads up. Ladak Ad9c, Skovholt AhQh, the board awarded a nine on the turn to keep Ladak in the race.


2:45PM: Bubble time! 95 remaining; Justin Skovholt doubles up
Level 19: Blinds 4000 – 8000 ante 8000

On a board 10d[5s}Ac2s, Justin Skovholt all in and was called by Phanlert Sukonthachartnant. Skovholt AsQc, Phanlert JdJc, the river was 9h for a double up to around 220k. Phanlert down to 10k.


2:40PM: Kok Wei Teoh jams on the big blind
Level 19: Blinds 4000 – 8000 ante 8000

Button player limped, bb Kok Wei Teoh jammed for 133k, bb tanked for a long time then folded. Teoh got some praises from the players when he showed Kc8s.


2:30PM: Yuanxi Chen rails Daniel Lim
Level 19: Blinds 4000 – 8000 ante 8000

All in preflop Yuanxi Chen with 6c6s, Daniel Lim AcJh, the board ran JsKdAs2s8s for a flush to Chen to bust Lim.


2:14PM: New level, blinds go up every 60 minutes
Level 19: Blinds 4000 – 8000 ante 8000

New level, new blinds, players now enjoy a 60 minute interval. Bubble approaching, 97 players remaining.


1:45PM: Julian Warhurst at 800k
Level 18: Blinds 3000 – 6000 ante 6000

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Julian Warhurst

Julian Warhurst is sitting with nearly 800k so we had to find out how he got there. One of the hands that helped him was a huge double up against Yuwen Pan. At the previous level with blinds at 3K-5K ante 5K, utg Pan raised to 11k, beside him Warhurst three-bet to 32k, called by button Hsien Wei Lai and Pan. On a rainbow flop 9x8x7x, Pan jammed his massive 340k stack, Warhurst called with less, Hsien folded.

Pan JxJx overpair
Warhurst 9x9x set

No help on the turn and river for Pan to send his stack plummeting to below 100k.


1:40PM: Go Mori nosedives to his doom
Level 18: Blinds 3000 – 6000 ante 6000

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Go Mori

Go Mori started the day with a very healthy stack of nearly 60 bbs but that’s all but a memory. He lost two consecutive pots to fall out of the running. The first pot was against Ping Liu. On a board 9d3d6hAd7d, Liu bet  80k onto a big pot and Mori called. Liu showed Qd7c flush. Mori mucked.

Next hand he was all in with AhKc but couldn’t get past Jigjing Ke’s QcQh. Ke up to 380k.


1:35PM: Pete Chen doubles up, Rousset crippled
Level 18: Blinds 3000 – 6000 ante 6000

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Pete Chen

Pete Chen all in with 10d10h, Cyril Rousset with AsKh, the boar ran out Js9c7s8c5c for a winning straight to Chen. He doubled up to 259k. Rousset down to 14k.

Two hands later, Rousset doubled up with Qs9c, two pair against Jeon Seung Soo’s Ac8c with both of his cards pairing up.


1:30PM: Alex Xiang Wei Lee up to 360k, drops Yuxiao Yu
Level 18: Blinds 3000 – 6000 ante 6000

Pro Alex Xiang Wei Lee Ax10x, Yuxiao Yu AxJx, the board ran 9x4x2x10x10x for a runner runner bust. Lee up to 360k.


1:24PM: New round begins with 110 remaining… 
Level 18: Blinds 3000 – 6000 ante 6000

Third round of Day 2 underway with 110 players remaining. Bubble approaching. 94 players paid.


1:20PM: Vincent Chauve guttered; Linh Tran at 600k
Level 17: Blinds 3000 – 5000 ante 5000

IMG 1976
Linh Tran

Vincent Chauve has just joined Hari Varma to the exit. His AxKx with king top pair on the flop was way behind Linh Tran’s 7x7x set. With no improvement on the turn and river, Tran shipped it and is up to 600k.


1:15PM: Chiristos Vlahos plummets to Jeon Seung Soo 
Level 17: Blinds 3000 – 5000 ante 5000

IMG 1963
Jeon Seung Soo

Christos Vlahos has taken a hard fall here. He four-bet jammed with QxQx and fell to Jeon Seung Soo’s AxAx. Jeon up to 530k.


1:10PM: Arravind Udayakumar shortens Pape’s stack
Level 17: Blinds 3000 – 5000 ante 5000

IMG 1965
Arravind Udayakumar

Arravind Udayakumar raised to 11k, bb Piet Pape three-bet to 28k, Udayakumar four-bet  to 100k, quick fold by Pape. Udayakumar up to 325k, Pape down to 70k.


1:05PM: Dhaval Mudgal railed by Jaegwang Kim
Level 17: Blinds 3000 – 5000 ante 5000

Dhaval Mudgal’s 10x10x didn’t hold up against Jaegwang Kim’s AxQx with both overcards pairing up. Kim at 315k.


1:00PM: Cowboys drop Lester Pinto
Level 17: Blinds 3000 – 5000 ante 5000

Lester Pinto open jammed for around 90k with Ac9c, beside him Ping Liu had KxKx, no help arrived for Pinto to. Liu shipped it and is up to 260k.


12:55PM: Tung Nguyen doubles up to 145k
Level 17: Blinds 3000 – 5000 ante 5000

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Tung Nguyen

Utg limped, button raised to15k, sb Tung Nguyen jammed for 60k, utg called while button folded. Nguyen AsAh, utg AdQh, no bad beat on the board. Nguyen up to 145k.


12:50PM: Wayland Mathias wins the race, Beattie pays
Level 17: Blinds 3000 – 5000 ante 5000

Kelvin Beattie opened for 11k, down the round bb Wayland Mathias three-bet jammed for 75k. Beattie tank-called with 7d7c. With Mathias holding As[qs}, it was a race. The board ran Kc9cKsQdAd for a double up to Mathias to 158k. Beattie dropped to 70k.


12:44: First level see 22 fall
Level 16: Blinds 2000 – 4000 ante 4000

First level just completed and with it 22 players quickly out. We are down to 126 players. The money starts at 94th place.


12:35PM Hari Varma out so soon 
Level 16: Blinds 2000 – 4000 ante 4000

WPT APAC Player of the Year front runner Hari Varma is out of the Main Event. Delivering the bad news was Chris Soon. On a flop Jh7s9d and 30k built preflop, bb Varma checked, button Soon bet 50k, Varma tank-shoved around 90k and Soon snap-called.

Varma 10c9h
Soon QsJs

The turn Qd and river As only improved Soon to bring him to over 300k and Varma the exit.

IMG 1936
Chris Soon

12:30PM: Yuwen Pan rises to 400k, rails Kartik Ved
Level 16: Blinds 2000 – 4000 ante 4000

IMG 1944
Yuwen Pan

We aren’t sure how Kartik Ved dropped so fast but we did catch his final hand. He was all on with Qh9h and was challenged by Yuwen Pan’s Jc10s. The board ran 6sKs10c4h2c for a pair to Pan to rail Ved. Pan up to 400k.


12:25PM: Qiyuan Huang happy for the triple up
Level 16: Blinds 2000 – 4000 ante 4000

IMG 1938
Qiyuan Huang

Qiyuan Huang all in with 5c7c, called by Steffen Endres and the big blind. On the flop 8dAh6c, Endres bet to initiate a side pot, no call for heads up. Endres Ad3s top pair, Huang with a straight draw, the turn 3c was no help to Huang but the 4h river was good for a straight to triple up to 57k. He will need much more though to reach average of around 165k.


12:20PM: Jingjing Ke vs Vincent Chauve
Level 16: Blinds 2000 – 4000 ante 4000

ENZ 1453

With a raised pot before them and Kh9d6s felted, chip leader sb Jingjing Ke bet 10k, bb Vincent Chauve called. No bets on the 10c turn. On the 7s river, Ke led for 22k, Chauve raised to 57k, Ke tank-folded.


12:15PM: Edgar Kim grabs an early pot against Vlahos
Level 16: Blinds 2000 – 4000 ante 4000

One of the day’s chip leaders, Edgar Kim defended his bb by calling button Christos Vlahos’s 9k raise. At the flop 5dAd8h, Vlahos c-bet 8k, Kim called. No bets on the 2s turn. On the river 6s, Kim bet, Vlahos folded.


12:10:PM: Nick Blackburn wins an early pot
Level 16: Blinds 2000 – 4000 ante 4000

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Nick Blackburn

Ihor Yerofieiev opened preflop and got called by the blinds to see the flop 9h10h4h. Yerofieiev c-bet 14k, sb Nick Blackburn called, bb Jingjing Ke folded. No bets came on the turn 8s. Blackburn bet 25k on the river 9s, Yerofieiev called. Blackburn opened QdJs and cackled for winning the pot with his straight.


12:04PM: Day 2 begins!
Level 16: Blinds 2000 – 4000 ante 4000

Welcome to Day 2 of the Main Event! The past three starting days attracted 750 total entries for a record-breaking WPT APAC turnout. It was also the largest event ever seen in Cambodia. Today 148 players return to action for another round. The agenda is to play to the final 9 players. Here’s all the info for readers and players.

Players: 148
Chips in play: 22,500,000
Average stack: 152,000

Prize pool: US$ 727,500
ITM: 94 places
1st prize: US$ 131,430

For the first three levels, the blinds will increase every 40 minutes. Starting Level 19, the blinds will increase every 60 minutes.

Good luck to all the players!

12:02AM: Day 1C ends with 71 players

The last starting day of the Main Event is in the books and with it a monster 346 entries! That brought the combined entries to 750 for a new WPT APAC record. The prize pool has yet to be posted. We will have that for you once it has been tallied.

Day 1C ended with 71 players. They will join the 77 from the previous days for a total of 148 players to Day 2 taking place on Sunday, November 24 at 12PM. We will have a recap for you shortly.

Day 2 numbers

Chips in play: 22,500,000
Average stack: 152,000
Bagging time: Final 9 players


12:00AM: Ceesvin Abraham closes Day 1C at the top
Level 15: Blinds 1500 – 3000 ante 3000

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Ceesvin Abraham

Day 1C is over and with a large field remaining, we hunted down the chip leader. It was Ceesvin Abraham with 442K. Abraham won two pots to get him there. The first one was with when his 10x9x burned AxQx. It was an ace high flop but the turn and river were both nines for trips.

Next big pot he claimed, he raised on the button with 5x4x and bb defended with 7x2x. On the flop Jx5x4x, bb check-raised and Abraham called. On the turn 5x, bb check-jammed and a snap call by Abraham to expose the bluff. The river Jx completed the board.


11:55PM: Aladin Reskallah rails Daniel Holmedahl
Level 15: Blinds 1500 – 3000 ante 3000

Preflop pot grew to 17.5k, board came 5cAh3h. Daniel Holmedahl bet 5k, bb Reskallah check-raised to 15k, Holmedahl called. On the turn 2c, Reskallah all in with his big stack, Holmedahl tank-called for all his chips.

Reskallah 8s4s straight
Holmedahl {as]2s two pair

The river 7c didn’t improve Holmedahl to send him packing while Reskallah climbed to 280k.


11:50PM: Jieming Xu folds top pair to Khai Loon Poon
Level 15: Blinds 1500 – 3000 ante 3000

Big fold by Jieming Xu against Khai Loon Poon. Action opened with late position player raising to 7k, called by Poon and Jieming Xu. At the flop 6h5dAs, lp raised to 7k, called by Poon, Xu raised to 30.5k, lp folded, Poon shoved for 86k, Xu tanked. Xu eventually folded and showed Ah10c top pair.


11:45:PM: Mark Gruendemann doubles up
Level 15: Blinds 1500 – 3000 ante 3000

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Mark Gruendemann

All in by short stacked Mark Gruendemann with AcKc, Alex Xiang Weil Lee called with As5d, the board ran Kh2s9c5s with both getting a piece but with the river Qd, Gruendemann was relieved for the double up.


11:25PM: Big stack update
Level 15: Blinds 1500 – 3000 ante 3000

Richard Marquez 400K
Edgar Kim 380K
Jieming Xu 260K
Ceesvin Abraham 280K
Justin Skovholt 238K
Deok Yeong Lee 234K
Kensuke Koizumi 225K
Go Mori 210K


11:15PM: Kensuke Koizumi dominates
Level 14: Blinds 1500 – 2500 ante 2500

IMG 1892
Kensuke Koizumi

Kensuke Koizumi already had a big stack when he railed Derek Wang with pocket queens over pocket jacks. He now has 255k.


11:10PM: Michael Egan goes up then busts to Burin Shinawatra
Level 14: Blinds 1500 – 2500 ante 2500

Michael Egan three-bet shoved all in and Anthony Do tank-called. Egan KdQd, Do 10s10h, a queen graced the flop and held for a double up to Egan to 103.5k.

IMG 1903
Burin Shinawatra

Several hands later, he three-bet shoved again and initial raiser Burin Shinawatra called. Egan 9c9h, Shinawatra AhKh, an ace showed up on the turn to burn Egan out of the running. Shinawatra up to 210k.


11:00PM: Up and down, Richard Marquez and Lee Basil tangle twice
Level 14: Blinds 1500 – 2500 ante 2500

IMG 1897
Richard Marquez

Big pots being won at table 5 with several big stacks on attack mode. One of them was Richard Marquez who met Lee Basil twice. The first hand Marquez raised preflop and was called by Basil and the button. With the pot at 23k, the flop ran 9h10d5c, Marquez c-bet 10k, called by Basil. On the turn 3d, Marquez bet 21k and Basil called. The river 5d, Marquez checked, Basil bet 39k, Marquez tank-called. Basil AcAh, Marquez KdQd flush.

We actually missed the hand on the second meeting where Basil won the pot but one we did catch, it was all in preflop. Marquez KcKs, Basil QdQs, board ran low, Marquez shipped it and currently leads with 400k.


10:50PM: David Erquiaga swinging
Level 14: Blinds 1500 – 2500 ante 2500

IMG 1898
David Erquiaga

The pot built up to 75k on a board 9sQs9h8d, sb David Erquiaga checked, bb Yuwen Pan jammed, Erquiaga could afford it but opted to fold after tanking.

Erquiaga made up the lost chips on the next hand against Daniel Holmedahl. On a full board 10s5c9d5s6c Erquiage bet 20k onto a big pot and was tank-called. Erquiaga up to 130k, Holmedahl dropped to 70k.


10:40PM: Big stack update
Level 13: Blinds 1K – 2K ante 2K

Edgar Kim 380k
Kok Wei Teh 230k
Richard Marquez 220k
Jaegwang Kim 205k
Go Mori 200k
Edward Pastoll 200k
Sim Jae Kyung 200k
Deok Yeong Lee 190k
Aladin Reskallah 170k


10:30PM: Daniel Holmedahl ships a doube up
Level 13: Blinds 1K – 2K ante 2K

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Daniel HolmedahlAction folded to the small blind Lai Heng Foo, he raised to 5k. Bb Daniel Holmedahl – the only Norwegian left in the field today – three-bet to 14k. Lai called. It was fireworks on the flop 9c9d5h with Homedahl betting 8k, La check-raising to 21k, Holmedahl answered with a shove, quick call by Lai.

Lai 10c10s
Holmedahl AhAc

The turn 3h and river 5c ended the hand for a double up to Holmedahl. He now sits with an above average stack of 130k.


10:20PM: Ying Lin Chua doubles up through Pogodin
Level 13: Blinds 1K – 2K ante 2K

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Ying Lin Chua

Two players all in Konstantin Pogodin 9c9s, Ying Lin Chua AcAs, the board ran clean and Chua scooped a boost to 115k.


9:50PM: Hari Varma busts Ho, up to 140k
Level 12: Blinds 800 – 1600 ante 1600

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Hari Varma

The dealer was sweeping the cards and sending the pot to Hari Varma. From what we gathered, Chi Chung Ho was all in on a jack-high flop holding Jx10x and Varma had AxAx. No improvement from there for Ho and Varma shipped it to rise to 140k.


9:45PM: Heiko Klimanschewsky tanks the rest
Level 12: Blinds 800 – 1600 ante 1600

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Heiko Klimanschewsky

Action opened with Richard Marquez raising to 3600, called by two players, bb Heiko Klimanschewsky jammed for 66.6k, sb Ceesvin Abraham thought about calling then opted to tank-fold, Marquez and the rest also tank-folded. Klimanschewsky claimed it and is up to 80k. Both Marquez and the player beside him showed their pocket tens. Abraham said he had pocket jacks.


9:40PM: Jaegwang Kim against Ying Lin Chua and Jin Yong
Level 12: Blinds 800 – 1600 ante 1600

Big stack at the table was Jaegwang Kim which he’s had since the start of the day when he busted two players simultaneously. We just caught him win a couple of pots to send his stack to around 250k. The first pot was against Ying Lin Chua who three-bet Kim’s raise from 3200 to 10.2k. Kim called. On the flop 8s5dAc, Kim led for 8300 and Chua folded.

Next pot was much larger. On a board 6dQcAs4d and 18.2k brewed, sb Jin Yong check-called 20k to see the river 2c. Jin fired 31k, Kim called, Jin mucked. Jin down to 61k.


9:30PM: Ceesvin Abraham rails Clement Guilleminot, rises to 228k
Level 12: Blinds 800 – 1600 ante 1600

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Ceesvin Abraham

Ceesvin Abraham railed Clement Guilleminot and in the process climbed to 228k. He had JhJs, Abraham AsQc, the board JcAh9s10h7h.


9:20PM: Big stack battle: Edgar Kim calls out the bluff, rises to 242k
Level 12: Blinds 800 – 1600 ante 1600

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Edgar Kim

Edgar Kim and Romaine Nussmann with the largest stacks at their table but Kim has just widened the gap in this hand. We caught it only on the river on a board 6h9sQc6c5c. Cutoff Nussmann bet 23.2k, button Kim called. Nussmann showed As8d bluff, Kim won it with 7d7h. Kim also won the blinds and ante on the next hand. He is up to 242k.


9:12PM: Rajneesh Katoch takes some from the big stack
Level 12: Blinds 800 – 1600 ante 1600

Three way unraised pot saw a flop 5h5s9h, big stacked Sim Jae Kyung bet 2k, called by bb Rajneesh Katoch, Michael Kim Falcon folded. On the turn 2s, Sim bet 3800, Katoch raised to 10k, Sim folded.


9:05PM: Cyril Bickel doubles up
Level 11 : Blinds 600 – 1200 ante 1200

On a flop 3c6sJs, Cyril Bickel was all in with AdJc top pair and Siak Moh Yeo called with AcQc. The turn 6h and river 5d doubled him up to 60k which is about average stack.


9:00PM: Big stack update
Level 11 : Blinds 600 – 1200 ante 1200

Romaine Nussmann 185K
Sim Jae Kyung 180K
Dan Alexandrovitz 175K
Edgar Kim 170K
Jeagwang Kim 160K
Deok Yeong Lee 150K
Jieming Xu 150K
Richard Marquez 145k
Justin Skovholt 140K
Jin Yong 138K
Hsien Wei Lam 135K
Go Mori 130K
David Erquiaga 130K
Lee Basi 125K
Michael Falcon 110K
Hari Varma 110K


8:10PM: Registration closed at 346 entries! 750 combined total
Level 10: Blinds 500 – 1000 ante 1000

That’s it! Registration has closed! Today’s tally was 346 entries for a combined 750 entries for the Main Event! The official prize pool has yet to be posted but according to Danny McDonagh, payouts will begin at 94 spots with a min-cash of US$ 116,000.


7:22PM: Dinner break

Players are on a 30 minute dinner break. Current numbers are 342 entries with 218 still in. 75 re-entered.


7:10PM: Norbert Koh wins two pots, up to 73k
Level 9: Blinds 400 – 800 ante 800

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Norbert Koh

We caught Norbert Koh win two pots that sent him to 73k. The first one we saw on a turn board 10h4h6s9s, Koh QhJc, at-risk player with Qs8s, both were on a draw. When the river came 9d, Koh’s five-card spread shipped it.

Next one was against Alex Xiang Wei Lee. Lee raised, Koh three-bet to 4300, Lee four-bet to 12.2k, Koh five-bet to 27k, Lee folded.


7:00PM: Romaine Nussmann ends Wilson Lim, rises to 177k
Level 9: Blinds 400 – 800 ante 800

Catching the action on the flop 10sKc8c, Wilson Lim shoved Ac10h and Romaine Nussmann called with Kh10c top two pair. The turn 2s and 2h river sealed the win for Nussmann to bounce out Lim. Nussmann up to 177k.


6:55PM: Edgar Kim up to 180k
Level 9: Blinds 400 – 800 ante 800

Walking over to Edgar Kim’s table, he has around 180k. We were told he busted Corbin White with set over top pair top kicker.


6:45PM: Big stack update
Level 9: Blinds 400 – 800 ante 800

Richard Marquez 186k
Michael Kim Falcon 180k
Jieming Xu 150k
Jin Yong 136k
Deok Yeomg Lee 120k
Romaine Nussmann 115k
Edgar Kim 115k
Kok Wei Teoh 100k
Jaegwang Kim 90k


6:35PM: Big blind special for Konstantin Pogodin 
Level 8: Blinds 300 – 600 ante 600

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Konstantin Pogodin

Catching the action with both hands tabled on a board 10c10d5c3h2d, bb Konstantin Pogodin had 10s5s higher full house and mp player Daniel Holmedahl 5d5h full house. Pogodin railed Holmedahl and climbed to 75k.


6:25PM: Sim Jae Kyung paid for his ladies
Level 8: Blinds 300 – 600 ante 600

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Sim Jae Kyung

The pot grew to 23.5 preflop with two players putting up 11k to see the flop 3h9s5s. Utg+1 bet 9.5k, Sim shoved (26.1k), utg+1 tanked then called leaving himself below 10k. Sim QdQc, utg+1 Ad2d gut shot, the turn Jh and river 6d didn’t improve the challenger for a double up to Sim to 75.7k.


6:15PM: Jiarong Guo sweeps it, rises to 78k
Level 8: Blinds 300 – 600 ante 600

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Jiarong Guo

Heavy betting action kicked off with utg+1 player raising to 1500, beside him a player jammed (17.6k), bb Jiarong Guo called. Back to initial raiser who shoved (20.6k), called again by Guo.

Utg+1 AcKs
Utg+2 QcQs
Guo AsAh

The flop ran a doozy AdKdKh for a full house to utg+1 but Guo’s boat was higher. With the turn 10h and river 4c, it was a sweep. Guo up to 78k.


6:00PM: Alex Lee tanks Duc Tran
Level 7: Blinds 300 – 500 ante 500

We got there on a full board 8d5h2c4cKh with 31.1k brewed. Duc Tran checked then tanked to Alex Lee’s 15k bet. Tran folded. Leee up to 73k.


5:50PM: Michael Egan with a runner runner apology
Level 7: Blinds 300 – 500 ante 500

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Michael Egan

On a flop Jc5h10d, female player bet 2500, Michael Egan check-shoved in with KdJs, female player called and said “sorry” when she showed her AcJh higher kicker. Egan smiled. At the turn Qh, Egan said “don’t say sorry just yet”. And when the river came Ah, Egan said “sorry” for his runner runner straight and claimed it. He is at 22.5k


5;22PM: Level 7 begins
Level 7: Blinds 300 – 500 ante 500

Players are back from a break. Three more levels of registration to close at the start of Level 10. Philippine player Richard Marquez leads with around 200k.


5:10PM: Richard Marquez straight flush over quads!
Level 6: Blinds 200 – 400 ante 400

Richard Marquez just knocked out a player with a rare straight flush over quads. The hand opened with utg raising, called by five players to the flop Jd10d10h. Action was checked to the button Richard Marquez who bet 3k. Only the bb and hijack check-called. On the turn 9d, Marquez bet 5k, bb check-raised to 13.8k, hijack and Marquez called. On the river Jx, hijack all in, Marquez called, bb check-folded.

Hijack JxJx quads
Marquez KdQd straight flush

Hijack busted, Marquez up to 200k.


5:05PM: 296 entries… that’s 700!
Level 6: Blinds 200 – 400 ante 400

With 296 entries flashing on the screens, the Main Event has now reached a total of 700 combined entries! Registration is still open until the end of Level 9.


5:04PM: Deok Yeong Lee busts Douhan 
Level 6: Blinds 200 – 400 ante 400

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Deok Yeong Lee

6k in the pot, three players stare down a flop AsJh9d. Fritz Douhan jams with 10h8h draw, Deok Yeong Lee called AdJc top two pair, one player check-folded. The turn 3s and river Ah didnt’t improve Douhan instead Lee got a full a house to ship in and send Douhan out. Lee up to 95k.


5:00PM: Yuanning Wu cracks aces
Level 6: Blinds 200 – 400 ante 400

On a full board Kh6h10c4d6s, two players found themselves eventually all in. Wu 4s4h full house, opponent AcAd, Wu shipped it.


4:50PM: Aladin Reskallah busts Denis Pham
Level 6: Blinds 200 – 400 ante 400

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Aladin Reskallah

Aladin Reskallah sent Denis Pham out and in the process he shipped a sweet pot to bring him to 92k. Catching the hand at the flop 4c4d3d and a heavy pile in the middle, both players had all their chips out front. Reskallah 5s4s trips, Pham 9d5d flush draw, the turn was Kh and river 10c.


4:40PM; Richard Marquez banks a huge pot, rises to 125k
Level 6: Blinds 200 – 400 ante 400

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Richard Marquez

Richard Marquez was already sitting with around 65k when he banked a huge pot that sent one players tumbling with aces. The hand opened with Marquez raising to 800 from cutoff, button called, bb three-bet to 2600, both called. On the flop Kh10s7s, bb c-bet 5k, Marquez shoved, button folded, bb called.

Marquez 10h7h two pair
Bb AsAh overpair

The turn 5h and Qc were no help to aces to bust out. Marquez is up to 125k.


4:32PM: Level 6 begins, approaching 700 entries
Level 6: Blinds 200 – 400 ante 400

233 seated, 278 entries, 27 re-entered. Total Main Event entries at 682 and rising…. 700 here we come!


4:15PM: Michael Kim Falcon up to 55k
Level 5: Blinds 200 – 300 ante 300

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Michael Kim Falcon

Three players limped in then button player raised to 1700, sb Michael Kim Falcon called, joined by the limpers. At the flop 6h6s7s, action was checked to Xiangi Chan who bet 3k, only Falcon and utg continued. On the turn Qc, Falcon led for 4500, no callers. He won the pot and climbed to 55k.


4:00PM: Vietnamese match up 
Level 5: Blinds 200 – 300 ante 300

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Cao Ngoc Anh

Catching the action on a full board 3hKh3s5d5h and 20.5k in the pot. Bb Le Ngoc Khanh checked, button Cao Ngoc Anh bet 14.2k, Le folded. Cao up to 45k, Le down to 20.8k.


3:52PM: Blinds up, 257 entries
Level 5: Blinds 200 – 300 ante 300

Current tally is 220 seated, 257 entries, 17 re-entered. Two tables have now opened at NagaRock downstairs. Among them was Gabriel Carter – runner up of the Super High Rollers.


3:50PM: Cyril Rousset cracks Metlapalli’s aces
Level 4: Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

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Cyril Rousset

On a flop Kc6s3d and 6500 in the pot, Ravi Metlapalli bet 2800, Yuwen Pan called, Cyril Rousset check-raised to 6k, Metlapalli shoved, Pan out, Rousset all in.  Metlapalli AhAs, Rousset 6c6d, the turn came 5c and river Qc. Rousset doubled up to 65k.


3:40PM: Shyh Chyn Lim saved by the river 
Level 4: Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

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Shyh Chyn Lim

From cutoff, Shyh Chyn Lim raised to 500, button and bb Aaron Lim called. On the flop 5d3sKc, Lim c-bet 900 and only button continued. When the turn came 4c, Lim bet 3k, button raised to 8500, Lim three-bet jammed for an additional 18.2k, button tank-called. Lim 5c5s set, button As2c straight, the river 4s improved Lim to a full house to avoid the rail. Lim up to 57k.


3:30PM: Champions and more in the house, 250 entries
Level 4: Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

250 entries with more alternates looking to get seated. They’ve opened one table at the bar NagaRock one floor down. 25 tables are currently running.  Spotted out there are joint POY race leaders Hari Varma and Hamish Crawshaw, WPT Vietnam champion Vincent Chauve, Aaron Lim, Oliver Helm, Paul Hong, Ravi Metlapalli, Ping Liu, Cao Ngoc Anh, and Kai Paulsen.


3:00PM: First break of the day… 226 entries
Level 3: Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

First two hours down. Players are on their first break of the day. 203 seated, 226 entries, 9 re-entered. The event is headed for easily over 300 entries. 700 here we come! This is officially the largest WPT open event in Asia.


2:58PM: Siak Moh Yeo gets maximum pay
Level 3: Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

Siak Moh Yeo is making his second bullet count. Just before the break he doubled up. We only caught the action on a complete board 3s4h2c9d2s with Karman Malekpour pushing 2d5d and called by Yeo Ah2h. Yeo shipped it with a higher kicker to rise to 95k.


2:50PM: Fritz Douhan ships a big one, Kang busts
Level 3: Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

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Fritz Douhan

Immediately after William Kang lost a pot to Jiunn Yang Ng with A-Q top pair behind Ng’s A-10 two pair, he entered the next pot and busted to Fritz Douhan. The hand opened with utg Ng raising to 600, Kang called, Douhan three-bet to 1200, bb Deok Yeong Lee four-bet to 4200, Ng called, Kang shoved (6800), Douhan shoved (21.2k), Lee tanked then timed out, Ng called.

Ng JcJd
Douhan AsAc
Kang 8s8h

Upon seeing Ng’s hand, Lee said he folded pocket jacks. When the flop ran 8d10d6h, Kang improved to a set but the turn Ah sent him back down with Douhan on a higher set. The river Qd completed the board. Kang out, Douhan shipped it and is up to 52k.


2:45PM: Hobart Adkins gets paid by Silva
Level 3: Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

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Hobart Adkins

Hobart Adkins earned himself a double up through Harold Silva and now sits with 45.1k. On a flop 8c2c6s and 360 in the pot, sb Adkins bet 1500, mp Silva raised to 5k, Adkins jammed (20.5k), Silva snap-called.

Adkins 10d10h
Silva 10c6c

The turn 3s and river 5s were misses for Silva, Adkins shipped it.


2:40PM: 200 and climbing….

Level 3:Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

200 entries reached! New arrivals were Super High Rollers winner Piet Pape, Dhanesh Chainani, Tzai Wei Phua, and Men the Master Nguyen.


2:30PM: 21 tables running, waiting game
Level 3: Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

In full swing here at NagaWorld with 21 tables running. Entering players are now put on the “alternate” list and will have to wait for seats to open. 191 uniques now, 5 re-entered.


2:20PM: 180 to end level 2
Level 3: Blinds 100 – 200 ante 200

Level 2 ends, Level 3 begins…. 180 entries and only 4 of those were re-entries which means we have surpassed the number of unique players of Day 1B  (175 players) by one.


2:10PM: Sungho Hong busts one
Level 2: Blinds 100 – 100 ante 100

We aren’t sure how Siak Moh Yeo lost 90 percent of his chips but we did catch how he lost the rest of it. On a flop 3sAh7c and 700 in the middle, Yeo went all in for his remaining 3200  with 5h2s and was called by Sungho Hong As3d two pair. The turn was 2d and river 9h.


2:00PM: Romain Nussmann gets full pay for his boat
Level 2: Blinds 100 – 100 ante 100

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Romain Nussmann

Romain Nussmann now sits with 49.5k after shipping a double up for his full house. The hand opened with hijack raising to 300, cutoff Nussmann three-bet to 1100, hijack called. On the flop 5d5hJs, Nussmann bet 700 and hijack check-raised to 2500. On the turn 7c hijack opted to lead out 5500, called by Nussmann. Then on the Jh river, hijack bet 10k, Nussmann shoved for 15.5k, hijack tank-called, mucked while paying Nussmann’s full house Jd10c.


1:40PM: Level 1 ends with 137 entries
Level 1:Blinds 100 – 100 ante 100

Level 1 done and dusted! 137 players, two of those were re-entries… this event is shaping up to be the biggest WPT turnout in Asia. The goal is 700 combined entries with the previous days bringing in 404.

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Ashish Munot

Among the new arrivals were current season WPT India Main Event winner Ashish Munot,  WPT winner Benjamin Gonzva, Yunsheng Sung, Vu Duc Trung, William Kang, Duy Ho, Laksh Pal Singh, Gaurav Sood, Hisashi Ogi, Sim Jae Kyung, and Chi Chung Ho.


1:20PM: Double bust! Jaegwang Kim rivers  it
Level 1:Blinds 100 – 100 ante 100

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Jaegwang Kim

Twenty minutes into the first round and already a double bust! As retold by the payers at the tabel…. On a raised pot preflop the board came 3x4x6x with two hearts. Ke Han bet 500, Asaf Berman raised to 1500, Jaegwang Kim called, Han four-bet 15k, Berman jammed, call call.

Kim Ah2h nut flush draw
Berman KxKx overpair
Han 3x{3} set

The turn did not affect the hands but the river was a heart for the nut flush to Kim. Kim had the most chips and tripled up to nearly 90k.


1:18PM: 100 players! 
Level 1:Blinds 100 – 100 ante 100

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Day 1C in full swing

18 minutes into the opening round and we have reached 100 players! Among the players in the field are Michael Egan, Jun Wah Yap, Richard Marquez, Douglas Whitehead, Michael Kim Falcon, Kjell Ove Dyb, Mark Gruendemann, Yik Yin Chiu, and Hsing Hsiung Tai.


1:00PM: Cards in the air for Day 1C!
Level 1:Blinds 100 – 100 ante 100

And they’re off! Day 1C of the Main Event is underway and quickly 67 players got their chips in play. Within minutes another ten signed up, we are at 75 and climbing fast.

Today is the last day to enter. Buy-in is US$ 1,100. The US$ 250K advertised guarantee is but a memory with the pot at US$ 400K. As a reminder, players are allowed two bullets max today. That’s it. Once Level 10 begins, registration closes and the ultimate freezeout stage begins.

Starting stack: 30,000
Opening blinds: 100 – 100 ante 100
Level intervals: 40 minutes
Bagging time: end of Level 15

Day 1A: 188 entries – 34 advanced
Day 1B: 216 entries – 43 advanced

Current entries – 404
Current Day 2 qualifiers – 77 players
Current chip leader: Jingjing Ke – 486,000

Current chips in play: 12,120,000
Current average stack: 157,402

Good luck to all!

 

12:00AM: Day 1B closes with 43 remaining
Level 15: Blinds 1500 – 3000 ante 3000

That’s it! Another starting day in the bag. The 216 field crunched down to only 43 players. Chip leader was Slovenia’s Mitja Rudolf with 384k in chips. We will have the chip counts and a brief recap shortly.


11:45PM: Apichai Jewampai rises to 325k
Level 15: Blinds 1500 – 3000 ante 3000

Apichai Jewampai knocked out a player with AxAx over AxKx. He climbed to 325k.


11:30PM: Another big pot to Mitja Rudolf
Level 15: Blinds 1500 – 3000 ante 3000

Kok Tan was all in with his remaining 40k, sb Mitja Rudolf and bb Long Cheong Foo called. At the flop Ks10d4h Mitja bet 35k, Long called. On the turn Qs Mitja shoved, Long tank-folded. Long said he folded a king.

Mitja 10s10h set
Tan 5c5d

Tan was drawing dead. The river was 3d. Mitja up to 400k.


11:10PM: Can you say NUTS?! Abhinav Iyer rivers the boat
Level 15: Blinds 1500 – 3000 ante 3000

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Abhinav Iyer

A very nutty hand went down at the far table….. Mid position player opened, bb Abhinav Iyer three-bet, called by mp player. On the flop 10hJcQh, Iyer bet 20k, mp player raised to 45k, Iyer jammed, snap called. Mp player had AsKs nuts, Iyer with QcQs top set, the turn 5h was no help to Iyer but when the river came 10s, it was a better nuts for Iyer with the boat.


11:00PM: Yuxiao Yu rivers it, busts Norbert Koh
Level 14: Blinds 1200 – 2400 ante 2400

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Yuxiao Yu

Crazy hand here went down with all the chips going in on a flop 10hKsKh. Norbert Koh with KdJc trips, Yuxiao Yu with AhJh royal flush draw. The turn 6d was no help to Yu but the 8h river was for the nut flush. Koh busted.


10:55PM: Julian Warhurst rises to 290k
Level 14: Blinds 1200 – 2400 ante 2400

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Julian Warhurst

Julian Warhurst has taken command of his table. He won a small pot against Rudolf Mitja with pocket tens then proceeded to knock out Xin Zhao. That hand saw Zhao raise from utg and Warhurst defended. On the flop Ks10h3s, Warhurst check-called a 5k c-bet. On the turn 5h, another check-call of 10k. Then on the river, Zhao jammed and Warhurst check-called. Zhao showed Kd8d two pair, Warhurst had better Kh6h flush.  Warhurst up to 290k.


10:45PM: New round begins; Mitja Rudolf wins a three way
Level 14: Blinds 1200 – 2400 ante 2400

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Three way action sent Anh Phan out very unhappy. He was ahead with AdKd against a player’s Jd9d and Mitja Rudolf AsQd but when the board ran Qc5d3h5s6h, Mitja paired up to send his challengers packing. Mitja up to 190k.


10:30PM: Linh Tran doubles up through Sera Ota
Level 13: Blinds 1K – 2K ante 2K

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Linh Tran

Preflop pot ballooned to 31k and the flop ran Ks10h9h. Ota checked, Linh Tran shoved over 40k, Ota tank-called. Tran with 10s9s two pair, Ota QcQs over pair, the turn 2h and river 10c were not in Ota’s favor instead Tran improved to a full house to double up.


10:25PM: Madhav Gupta earns some off Yuwen Pan
Level 13: Blinds 1K – 2K ante 2K

Action folded to the blinds, Yuwen Pan and Madhav Gupta bumped it up to a pot of 16k. At the flop 5sAh4d, Pan check-called 6k, No bets on the 5h turn. Then on the river 2s, Pan bet 6500, called by Gupta. Pan opened Kh7h bluff, Gupta won it with 6s6c.


10:20PM: Nick Blackburn ends Hari Varma
Level 13: Blinds 1K – 2K ante 2K

Classic case of fifty fifty, Hari Varma risked it all with AxKx but missed the board to fall to Nick Blackburn’s JxJx. It’s cackle time! Blackburn up to 140k.


10:10PM: Kai Fu Wong dumps Napel
Level 13: Blinds 1K – 2K ante 2K

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Kai Fu Wong

Three way raised pot to the flop Kc2h4h, Navid Cohen checked, Tobias Napel bet 10k, Kai Fu Wong raised to 25k, Cohen folded while Napel continued. On the turn 8h, Wong all in and after deliberating, Napel check-called for all his chips.

Wong KhJh flush
Napel 2c2s

Napel had 11 outs to help him but none of them materialized on the river with the 3h showing up instead. Wong up to 153k.


9:50PM: Abhinav Iyer doubles up through Tchong
Level 12: Blinds 800 – 1600 ante 1600

Bad case of domination between Abhinav Iyer and Kue Seong Tchong. We caught the action with the dealer awarding a double up to Iyer with QhJh flush on a board 6hAh2h5d6c. Tchong had 5h7h. Iyer doubled up to 150k, Tchong still with a very healthy stack of around 140k.


9:40PM: Vincent Chauve busts; Christopher Shebat at 145k
Level 12: Blinds 800 – 1600 ante 1600

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Christopher Shebat

Vincent Chauve has just been eliminated from Day 1B. Action opened with Teck How raising to 3200, Chauve shoved (31.5k), bb Christopher Shebat and How called. On the flop 10c2c2h, Shebat bet 15k for a side pot, How called. On the turn 8c and river 7c, no more bets.

How opened KdKs, Shebat won the side pot with JsJc flush, Chauve busted with AsQh. Shebat shipped the pot and is now at 145k.


9:20PM: Navid Cohen ships a big one, climbs to 225k
Level 12: Blinds 800 – 1600 ante 1600

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Navid Cohen

As retold by Navid Cohen, heavy preflop action that ended in a five-bet by Jun Wah Yap called by Cohen, the flop ran 6h7h8h. Betting resumed and both players found themselves all in. Cohen AhQh nut flush, Yap AsAd. No help on the turn and river for a double up to Cohen to 225k.


8:00PM: Registration is closed for Day 1B! 216 entries
Level 10: Blinds 500 – 1000 ante 1000

Cards are now in the air for level 10, that means registration has closed. The official tally for today was 216. Combine that with Day 1A, that brings the Main Event up to 404 entries. with one more starting flight to go.


7:15PM: Dinner break chip counts
Level 9: Blinds 400 – 800 ante 800

Players are on a 30 minute dinner break. Current chip leaders below.

Xin Zhao 160k
Wei Bing Low 156k
Kue Seong Tchong 145k
Jack Hardcastle 113k
Long Cheong Fu 111k
Kai Fu Wong 110k
Chenxu Zhang 110k
Xia Dong Sheng 107k
Anh Nguyen 102k


7:10PM: Kings boost Wei Beng Low
Level 9: Blinds 400 – 800 ante 800

Just before the break, Wei Beng Low battled against Roger Bratley. On a jack-high board, with betting throughout, Bratley had AxJx top pair but Low had better KxKx to boost his stack to 156k.


7:05PM: Jakub Kotas risks it and rivers it
Level 9: Blinds 400 – 800 ante 800

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Jakub Kotas

Catching the action with two players all in and a board 3hKd7c8h, Jakub Kotas with AhQh, Se Pent Oh with AdKs top pair, the river 9h awarded the flush to chunk Oh down to 6k and Kotas beef up to 33k.


7:00PM: Jiafeng Sun earns one to rise to 97k
Level 9: Blinds 400 – 800 ante 800

From cutoff, Jiafeng Sun opened to 1800, button Guillame Lecoin three-bet to 4800, back to Sun who called. No bets came on the flop 9d4s6s