In an epic heads-up battle that has seen the chip lead change hands on three separate occasions and seen both players snatch victory from the hands of almost certain defeat we finally have a winner.
It has taken 34 hands with both players taking it in turns to fold the button after their last confrontation before all the chips find their way into the middle. Le Roux is on the button with the chip lead and open shoves, Coetzer makes the call and the cards go on their backs. While Coetzer had his opponent is bad shape before it was Le Roux who got in with the best of it the last time these two tangled and that trend continues.
Coetzer: Q♦ 9♥
Le Roux: A♥ J♣
Coetzer is in need of some help if he is to turn this around but the flop comes down J♦ 8♣ 6♦ to push Le Roux further out in front, though Conrad hits a few more outs when the 7♣ comes in on the turn. There is to be no miracle comeback for Coetzer however and the 4♥ river means Divan Le Roux’s Ajax cleans up and he is our new APT Philippines champion.
That’s it from us here at Resorts World Manila. Congratulations to all the winners and the APT for another well run tournament. Goodnight and good luck!
Back from the break and there has been plenty of fireworks. Divan Le Roux took to shipping his stack preflop in the first couple of hands. After building up quite a lead, he then shoved from the button holding Q♣ 4♠ and was looked up by Coetzer’s K♦ 10♦.
A flop of A♦ 7♦ 3♥ took away some of Le Roux’s outs, giving Coetzer a flush draw. Le Roux gains some back on the 5♣ turn for a straight draw, but the river blanks out a 3♠ and sees Coetzer double up to 2.3 million in chips.
In the following hand both players get their money in with Le Roux fighting to stay alive but picking up a monster hand of K♦ K♠ to do so. Coetzer needs help with A♣ 9♣ and he picks up a flush draw on the 2♦ 9♠ 3♣ 10♣ board but the river 3♥ lands and the tables have once again been turned with Le Roux now having the dominating lead on just over 3 million and Coezter on 800,000.
In the last hand before the break Coetzer is on the button and makes it 100,000 to go only to see Le Roux move all in from the big blind for 1,045,000 in total.
“Count please,” asks Coetzer, and begins to divide up his chips to see what he will have left should he call and lose. Just as Coetzer is mulling over his decision the tournament clock chimes to announce a 15-minute break.
“This is so sick, it could be all over right now and we don’t need to come back after the break,’ reasons Coetzer who utters the words that potentially make him USD $197,000 better off ‘ok I call…”
Le Roux has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar and sheepishly rolls over 6♥ 3♦, which is not surprisingly behind to Coetzer’s A♠ 4♥.
It’s looking like things could be all over when the flop comes down K♥ A♣ 5♣ meaning Le Roux needs runner, runner to keep his APT championship hopes alive and Coetzer is just two cards away from victory.
The 3♣ turn still keeps Coetzer out in front but does give Le Roux a slim chance of survival and like a divine miracle (or a horrible nightmare depending on which side of the fence you are sitting on) the 6♦ hits the river to send the monster pot Le Roux’s way. With that get out of jail free card Le Roux has runner, runnered his way into the lead on a stack of 2.1 million while a sick looking Coetzer drops down to 1.71 million.
We’ve just seen our second flop and biggest pot of the heads up contest. Conrad Coetzer opened from the button for 100,000 and Divan Le Roux made the call.
The flop came Q♦ 2♠ K♥ and with action checked to him Coetzer sent a small calibre bullet of 50,000 more into the middle. Le Roux takes this as a sign to raise and he makes it 180,000. Coetzer makes the call and they go to a turn of 4♣. Le Roux sends 240,000 more into the pot but Coetzer decides it’s time to wheel out the canon for a 500,000 broadside.
Le Roux is forced to rethink his gameplan and makes the fold. After the hand he has 1 million left in chips and Coetzer moves up to 2.81 million.
We’ve just got to see our first flop but that’s as far as the action goes. Le Roux continues to play his button aggressively and makes it 100,000 to go, Coetzer three-bets to 250,000 from the big blind and Le Roux makes the call.
The flop comes down 8♣ 9♠ 6♥ and Coetzer leads out for 160,000, which brings a fold from Le Roux. Coetzer still holds the lead and we move on the next hand.
We are now heads-up and the money and trophy is now on the table and the only thing we can say with any certainty is that this year’s APT champion will be South African.
Divan is the button for the first hand and min-raises to 100,000 and Conrad three-bet to 250,000 from the big blind. Le Roux flashes Coetzer a grin across the table and immediately moves all-in bringing a grudging fold from his opponent. Le Roux makes it two from two when Coetzer folds his button but wins his first heads-up pot on the third hand by three-betting Le Roux’s button min-raise and taking it down unopposed.
High Roller specialist Mclean Karr heckles the pair of South Africans from the rail and points out that as this rate we’re not going to be seeing many flops.
“If we see a flop we have to check it down,’ jokes and upbeat Coetzer, “you’ve obviously never played with Divan before…”
Mclean shakes his head to confirm this is the case as Coetzer raises from the button to make it two apiece here and bring things right back to where we started.
China’s Ryan Hong has busted from the tournament after being crippled by Divan Le Roux and having Conrad Coetzer deliver the fatal strike. In the hand with Le Roux both players got all their money in with Hong’s A♦ J♦ well ahead of Le Roux’s A♣ 8♦. However, an Eight in the window card on a flop of 8♥ 2♠ 9♥ saw Le Roux rocket to the lead and the Q♦ turn and 5♠ river meant his 715,000 stack would double through Hong.
With 220,000 left, Hong was in the big blind the next hand and faced a raise to 110,000 from Conrad Coetzer. There was a bit of confusion when Hong put in a tower of chips that amounted to a raise of 70,000 more, leaving himself with just 30,000 behind. Once it was worked out and Coetzer made the call, they went to a flop of 8♦ 4♥ A♣ and got the rest in.
Show cards and both players have missed but Hong’s K♠ 9♦ is ahead of Coetzer’s Q♠ J♦. The 10♠ turn gives Coetzer some extra outs to the straight and he hits it on the 9♠ river.
Hong pockets USD $49,000 for 3rd place and we are down to our final two. It’s going to be South Africa all the way as the two friends and countrymen battle it out for the APT title and USD $197,000 for first place. Le Roux will start as the shorter stack on 1.44 million and be up against Coetzer’s 2.37 million.