The first day of the APT Asian Series Cebu saw 111 hopeful poker players from around the region descend on the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines for Side Event #1 in the schedule, the fifth Cebu Open.
Starting at 4pm, the PHP 5,500 buy-in event had a guaranteed prize pool of PHP 1 million and is a three-day tournament with re-entry enabled. This means that should a player bust out before the first break at the end of level 4 of play they could re-enter the tournament as a new player, or if they bust out after they could only rejoin the tournament on day 1B. Players started today with a chip stack of 8,000 and those remaining at the end of 11 levels of play would go on to the final day.
With a total of 888,000 chips in play, it wasn’t long before the first players were felted. Notable players to bust out early were Sparrow Cheung at level 7 and US-based Martin Corpuz, who went out at level 5 and proceeded to hit the cash game tables to try and recoup his buy-in for tomorrow’s game. Seasoned Philippines player Mark Pagsuyuin sat patiently as a short stack throughout the evening, but couldn’t claw his way back, heading out during level 8.
Sixty-two players were left at the start of level 7 at blinds of 200/400 with a $50 ante. By the second break there were just 54 players and at the beginning of final level 35 players remained and the average chip stack in the room was 25,371.
With 15 minutes of play the event’s chip leaders were Jonas Go on 75,000 followed by Phil Date who had 71,000. Tournament organisers then stopped the clock and eight hands were played down to mark the end of day 1A of the Cebu Open at APT Asian Series Cebu.
In a field of 31 players remaining, the top five chip stacks are:
1. Phil Date (England) 68,700
2. Rolando Paredes (Philippines) 67,000
3. Kim Michael Enriquez (Philippines) 63,400
4. Jonas Go (Philippines) 62,200
5. Michael Cheng (Philippines) 59,700
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