In the very first hand of yesterday’s opening round of the PHP 11,000 APT Asia Series Manila Heads Up event, Singaporean Daniel Chua knocked out his opponent with a full house, which proved to be a sign of great things to come after he claimed the title today – and PHP 341,400 in prize money – amongst the plush surroundings of Resorts World Manila’s tournament area.
Chua defeated Jay Tolon from the Philippines in second place in a best-of-three heads up marathon. The first round went to Chua after previously being covered in an all-in preflop situation and cracking Tolon’s Pocket Aces with two pair on the turn. However, Tolon struck back hard in the second match which went to the Filipino within the first two blind levels.
Late in the third and deciding match, the turnaround hand came on a board of 3♠ 5♥ 7♦ Q♣ 6♥. With already a large pot brewing, Chua bet 3100 on the river. Tolon tanks and then counts out a call, sliding it into the middle while saying, “Your two pair is good.” His read ended up being spot on when Chau turned over Q♥ 5♣ and Tolon could only regret not trusting his instincts to fold.
In the final hand, Tolon raised from the button and then called Chua’s all in with K♣ 9♣. However, Chua was in a dominating position with J♦ J♣ and had his opponent drawing completely dead on a flop of 5♦ J♠ 3♠, taking the Heads Up crown in crushing fashion.
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