Fresh from his final table finish in APT Philippines on Wednesday, Antonio Martins stormed to the front of the pack in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Cebu Main Event last night. On 119,000 in chips, Martins took pole position from the 76 players joining the action at the Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino and the 42 of those that remained to bag up their chips at the end of play.
Much of Martins’ rise can be attributed to a massive pot that saw an opponent five-bet shove into him holding A♦ K♦ and Martins call with a dominating Pocket Aces. The Portuguese player is the only one to end with a six-figure stack in the tournament so far.
Not far behind is 2010 Macau Poker Cup Championship winner Julian Hasse who finished on 97,600 in chips, and will be followed by other Asian tournament regulars such as Charles Lam (55,400), Sparrow Cheung (54,000), Kitty Kuo (49,500) and 2012 Aussie Million runner-up Kenneth Wong (40,600).
Other notables to finish but who have a lot of work left to do when they return for Day 2 are 2011 Asia Player of the Year Hung-sheng Lin (19,800), Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin (18,000) and reigning APPT Cebu champion and fellow Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im (9400).
The Day 1B casualty list included Jay Tan, Cathy Hong, Juicy Li, Minh Nguyen, Darren Judges and Ari Engel.
Top 10 Day 1B Chip Stacks
1. Antonio Martins – 119,000
2. Julian Hasse – 97,600
3. Bobo Chen – 67,900
4. Daniel Ortmann – 66,500
5. Petr Glasko – 63,000
6. Daniel Nordstrom – 61,700
7. Artyom Novikov – 61,300
8. Charles Lam – 55,800
9. Loo Junzhong – 55,400
10. Sparrow Cheung – 54,000
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