Pre-flop, Martin Gonzales made a bet of 300 and found a caller in Domingo Yllana.
A? 10? 3? was flopped prompting an all in from Yllana.
A quick call from Gonzales and we have a showdown:
Yllana: A♣ Q?
Gonzales: A♣ 10♦
The turn 2? was of no help to Yllana nor was the river 8?. And with that we have another player sent to the rail.
Gonzales has now over 25,000.
A called pre-flop all this early in the tournament is somewhat a rarity but we just saw it happened between Erick Sia and Derick Dimayuga.
Dimayuga shoved his chips worth around 11,000 and found one caller in Sia, who covered his opponent.
Sia: A♥ K♠
Dimayuga: Q♦ Q♠
Flop: Q♣ 9♣ 2♦
With that, Sia is now down to around 10,000 and Dimayuga doubles up to over 20,000.
From the button, Bernard Dimaala decided it was time to apply pressure to an under the gun raiser. But his opponent was having none of it. They four-bet all in, Dimaala made the call for around 8000 in chips, but wasn’t happy when he saw that his pocket jacks were in big trouble against pocket aces.
Fortunately for Dimaala, the flop came down J♥ 7♦ 10♥ and his misstep magically turned into genius. The turn 6♦ and river 7♠ filled up his jacks and sent his opponent to the rail.
From hi-jack position, Glenn Garcia made a bet of 120 only to see a 300 re-raise from Martin Gonzales who was at the button.
Garcia made the call and we saw a flop of 5♣ J♠ 6♥
Garcia checked to Gonzales, who again bet out with 500. Garcia called, bringing the turn Q♠
After another Garcia check, Gonzales put a big 2,500 into the middle, but without hesitation Garcia would again make the call and bring us to the river 9♦
Garcia checked, and again Gonzales made a bet, this time just for 800… And curiously, that was enough for Garcia to throw away his hand giving Gonzales the pot.
We caught up with the board where Q♠ 4♦ 7♦ was already flopped and only the blinds were in the hand.
It looked liked the small blind, Ronnel Sto. Tomas and big blind, Randan Mascareña would check all the way to the river but Sto.Tomas made a final push to steal the pot putting 200 into the middle.
Mascareña would have none of it and re-popped it to 600, which was grudgingly called by Sto. Tomas.
Mascareña showed K♥ J♦ and Sto. Tomas mucked his hand.
From the big blind, Lloyd Fontillas picked up a modest pot after four other players limped in. The queen-high flop was checked around and on the K♥ turn, Fontillas bet out strongly with 325. His opponents all fold and Fontillas takes the pot.
We have our first bustout of the afternoon here at The Metro.
Four players limped into the action before the big blind, Manny Solenan decided to up the ante to 550.
The first three callers made the fold, but the small blind, Melvin Matibag, was a willing customer and made the call.
Flop: 7♣ 7♦ 3♦
With the action checked to him, Solenan would once again lead off with 1,500 but Matibag wouldn’t go away, making the call.
The turn Q♦ would bring more of the the same, Matibag checking, Solenan betting 2,000 and the former once again with the flat call.
The river brought yet another 7? to bring yet another lead off bet from Solenan with 2,000. This time Matibag not only called but put all of his chips into the middle!
Solenan tanked a bit but eventually made the call showing Q♥ Q♠ for the full house!
Matibag mucked his hand and he becomes the first casualty of the afternoon.