Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in 92,000 PHP
Players 246


Level 27
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000

Break Time Number Two

• Level 23: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

The five remaining players have been sent on a 10-minute break here on the final table of the 2012 APPT Cebu Main Event.

Anh Do Double

When Nicholas Wong opened it to 55,000 from the button, Hoang Anh Do would shove all in for 392,000 in the small blind. Michael Kanaan was in the big blind and decided to make the call. Wong got out of the way and the two players turned their hands over.

Do: {q-}{q-}
Kanaan: {5-}{5-}

Kanaan was well behind and Do was looking good to double. The board came full of bricks and Do would take down the hand to survive this tournament.

Michael Kanaan au
Michael Kanaan
au 1,650,000 -350,000
Hoang Anh Do
Hoang Anh Do
850,000 450,000

Tagovi: Michael KanaanHoang Anh Do

Kanaan Flips His Way to Lead

We’ve just seen the biggest pot of the tournament so far with Michael Kanaan winning an enormous coinflip to take a huge lead on this final table with Amit Varma now back on the short stack.

It started with a limp from Hoang Anh Do on the button. Kanaan completed in the small blind before Varma upped the price another 40,000 in the big blind. Do called and action was back on Kanaan. Out of nowhere, Kanaan declared himself all in! It was a total of 843,000 more and after a minute of thought Varma announced a call! Do quickly escaped and we had two million chips in the middle with the following hands:

Varma: {j-Clubs}{j-Spades}
Kanaan: {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}

It was a game-changing flip which went the way of the Aussie as the board ran out {9-Hearts}{4-Spades}{a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. We have a new chip leader in town!

Michael Kanaan au
Michael Kanaan
au 2,000,000 1,100,000
Amit Varma in
Amit Varma
in 500,000 -900,000

Tagovi: Michael KanaanAmit Varma

Wong Working It

Nicholas Wong has arguably the most experience in high pressure situations like a final table and he is showing that his experience is paying off as he now cracks a million in chips.

A recent hand saw Hoang Anh Do limp from under the gun and Nicholas Wong tap the table in the big blind.

Flop: {5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}

Wong checked the flop and Do bet 30,000. Wong then quickly raised it up to 110,000. Back on Do, he would pop it to 255,000. Wong then immediately shoved all in and Do just shook his head and gave up, flicking his cards to the dealer.

Nicholas Wong
Nicholas Wong
1,050,000 330,000
Hoang Anh Do
Hoang Anh Do
675,000 -575,000

Tagovi: Hoang Anh DoNicholas Wong

Duff Stays Tough

Nicholas Wong opened with a raise from under the gun to 45,000 and action folded around to Alistair Duff in the big blind. Duff has been a little quiet at this final table so far, but he found voice with a three-bet to 124,000. Wong made the call and the flop landed {2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}.

Both players checked and the turn brought the {10-Clubs}. Duff this time deliberately cut down 143,000 an slid them into the middle. It was enough to take down the pot.

Alistair Duff
Alistair Duff
650,000 130,000

Tagovi: Nicholas WongAlistair Duff

Another Big All In

We’d barely caught our breath from the previous elimination when there was yet another all in on the final table. This time it was Aussie Michael Kanaan’s tournament at risk.

On a flop of {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{5-Spades}, Kanaan check-raised all in over the continuation bet from Amit Varma. It was an additional 353,000 but that didn’t deter Varma from gambling with his {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flush draw. Kanaan tabled {a-Spades}{9-Hearts} for top pair.

The turn was the {k-Diamonds} and river the {J-Diamonds} to see Kanaan double through.

Amit Varma in
Amit Varma
in 1,400,000 -475,000
Michael Kanaan au
Michael Kanaan
au 900,000 380,000

Tagovi: Amit VarmaMichael Kanaan

Sameer Rattonsey Eliminated in 6th Place (PHP 1,317,000)

Sameer Rattonsey - 6th Place
Sameer Rattonsey - 6th Place

Sameer Rattonsey has just been eliminated at the hands of none other than his fellow countrymen, Amit Varma.

Rattonsey's last hand began when Nicholas Hong opened it up to 55,000 from under the gun. Amit Varma then flat-called the button and Rattonsey came along for the ride in the small blind.

Flop: {j-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}

The flop was where all the action was at. The play was checked to Varma on the button and he threw out 125,000. Rattonsey then thought desperately for more than a minute before shoving all in. Wong got out of the way and Varma snap called as he would put Rattonsey in danger.

Rattonsey: {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Varma: {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Rattonsey's top-pair against Varam's big draw that would get there as an {8-Hearts} hit the turn. The {9-Clubs} river changed nothing and it was home in 6th place for Rattonsey.

Amit Varma in
Amit Varma
in 1,875,000 425,000
Sameer Rattonsey in
Sameer Rattonsey
in Out

Tagovi: Amit VarmaSameer Rattonsey

Varma Gets More

It was a raised pot in a blind vs. blind situation that saw Michael Kanaan (the small blind) and Amit Varma (the big blind) head to a flop showing {a-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{10-Spades}.

On the flop, Kanaan check-called a bet of 80,000 from Varma and the two watched a {k-Clubs} hit the turn. This time Kanaan checked again and Varma bet 115,000. It was too much for Kanaan as he sent the pot to Varma.

Amit Varma in
Amit Varma
in 1,450,000 300,000
Michael Kanaan au
Michael Kanaan
au 520,000 -90,000

Tagovi: Michael KanaanAmit Varma