Peter Abraham is in the Philippines for the APT and APPT and this is the sixth in a series of posts he will be writing as part of this poker+travel blog.
That is the only to describe this fantastic island of the Philippines where the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is taking place over this week. For the Indian reader, think of an older not very commercialised Goa on major steroids! I've been hanging with the Indian lads over the past few days and everyone's got one thought on their minds, "When can I move to the Philippines??!!"
Oh and the ladies here aren't half bad either! :D :D
After a slow Day 1a which saw only 52 players, most of them PokerStars online qualifiers, take to the felt. Singapore's Han Ruo Goh finished the day as chipleader on the first starting day with 84,300 chips. The remaining starting days were cross the 100 figure mark but Day 1b managed only 76 players out of which 42 survived. It was Antonio Martins who ended the day with a dominant chip stack of 119,000 and the overall leader at the end of all starting flights.
Day 1c certainly managed to cross the 100 player mark quite comfortably with the final count being 119 players for the day and an overall total of 246 players for this APPT Main Event. Some of the busted players who won't be returning include APT 4th place finisher Oliver Speidel, Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang and of course India's Abhishek Goindi. More on his exit below. Day 1c ended with Sang Yong Lee finishing as chip leader with 106,400 chips.
So it will be Day 1b's Antonio Martins who starts Day 2 as the overall chip leader followed by Day 1c's chipleader. All in all it was 59 players who survived Day 1c and so a total of 128 players will take to the tables of the Waterfront Hotel and Casino for Day 2 action. You can see the full end-of-day chip counts and seating draw HERE.
Day 1c also saw all of the India contingent getting into action with Abhishek Goindi, Sangeeth 'Samoh' Mohan, Amit Varma, Sameer Rattonsey and Amit Jain hitting the tables. Half way through Day 1c, Varma was pretty well stacked at about 45,000 with the others around the starting stack mark. But one man walked away from the Main Event very disappointed as Abhishek Goindi busted out on the third level of the day. But the rest of the Indians did pretty well for themselves hanging in there to move onto to Day 2 of this Main Event.
Here's a look at the approximate stacks at the end of Day 1c:-
Should be about 8/9 hours of play tomorrow as compared to the 6 hours played on previous days, so it's going to be a longish grind for the field tomorrow. Also Day 3 could possibly have an even longer duration since they are playing down to the final table.
Well that's it for this update and I will be back to update you on the progress of the Indian contingent on the culmination of Day 2.
Click here to read previous posts and for more pictures.