In true Rambo style the Philippines Nicky Filart has just drawn first blood here in Manila. Filart and the unfortunate Brandon Wong got all the chips in pre-flop, Filart’s pocket Kings ahead of Wong’s pocket Nines. There are no nasty surprises for Filart and he moves up to 125,000 or so in chips while Wong heads for the rail.
The remaining 42 players aren’t messing around here on Day 3 and have picked up where they left off yesterday. Over on Oliver Speidel’s table the Australian is putting his monster stack to good use, defending his blinds against a late position raise from SJ Kim with a three-bet to take it down pre-flop.
Over on table 1 Filipino players Toto Leonidas and Jefferson Macazo are squaring off, Macazo picking off a Leonidas river bluff with just King-high on a board reading A♥ 3♠ 8♦ J♥ A♠. What makes this particularly impressive is that this is for a significant portion of his short-stack, though he has a few more chips to play with now when Leonidas taps the table and mucks.
Play is now underway for Day 3 of the USD $2700 APT Philippines Main Event. With 42 players remaining, there are still a number of notable players fighting for the USD $197,000 title. Included in those are APT Asian Series Goa champion Sangeeth Mohan, 2010 APT Philippines winner Michael Cua, US pro Nam Le, Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa, the last woman standing Yu Kurita, 2012 Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel, high stakes pro McLean Karr, Korea’s Han Wook Kim and South Africa’s Conrad Coetzer, just to name a few.
Today they will be playing down to the final table and with the bubble set to burst on the 28th player out it is sure to be an exciting day of poker.