Main Event
Main Event
Day 2 completed

Daniel Spence Leads the Final 25

• Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Daniel Spence -- Chip Leader
Daniel Spence -- Chip Leader

Just over six hours before play completed, 76 players walked through the doors of the Waterfront Airport Casino and Hotel ready to set themselves up for a final table run here at the APPT Cebu Main Event. After a full day of play, only 25 still have a shot at that dream. Leading the pack is Daniel Spence, who bagged up a whopping 260,800 chips. He is followed by Anthony Wright, who will bring 224,500 into Day 3.

Our reporters managed to catch Spence pulling off quite a nice bluff in the second-to-last level of the day that got his stack up to 200,000 in chips. There were about 75,000 chips in the middle when both Daniel Francis and Spence checked the turn on a board of {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{8-Spades}. When the {9-Diamonds} hit the river, Spence fired out 25,000, and Francis went deep into the tank. He thought for a good three minutes before finally folding his hand, and Spence asked, "Do you want to see it?" Francis seemed indifferent, but eventually said yes, and Spence tabled the {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for a busted straight draw.

There are a few notables who are still alive going into Day 3's play. That list includes recent World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific bracelet winner Jim Collopy (200,800), APPT Seoul Season 7 runner-up Chane Kampanatsanyakorn (146,400) and Shingo Cho (151,700), who has already won the Cebu Cup and finished second in a turbo preliminary event here in the Philippines .

Of course, not all of our notables could survive the day. We lost Team PokerStars pro Bryan Huang, as well as Sam Razavi, Ted Wang and Ivan Zalac, who started the day as chip leader.

The 25 players are now off to get some rest before they return at 12:15 local time on Saturday. From there, we will play until we've reach our final table of nine. It should be a fun few hours, so make sure you don’t miss out on it. Until then, so long from the Philippines!

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End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

• Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Daniel Spence 260,800 68,800
Anthony Wright 224,500 191,600
Jim Collopy us 200,800 35,800
Bawod Hyunshik Yun 199,500 199,500
Andrew Nguyen us 187,300 52,300
Magnus Karlsson 164,700 29,700
Shingo Cho 151,700 -13,300
Chane Kampanatsanyakorn th 146,400 -23,600
Zhong Wei Ivan Tan 140,800 140,800
Liow Ming Marcus Kee 136,800 136,800
Jose Medina 136,000 -24,000
Timo Kohijoki 118,000 31,300
Michael Allmrodt de 115,100 47,300
Ying Zhao 108,500 -26,500
Ming Sheng 106,300 106,300
Kevin Zhang 106,200 -3,800
Daniel Francis 102,500 -52,500
Lingling Teng 98,200 70,200
Christian Friedrich 98,200 -1,800
Shaun Conning 87,000 87,000
Milan Gurung au 69,900 -70,100
Aditya "Bitti" Agarwal 61,000 -14,000
Andrei Kaigorodtcev ru 29,200 11,900
Jae Kyung Sim kr 26,000 26,000
Choi Young Su 22,100 -66,600

Final Five Hands

• Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

The floor has just drawn the card, and there will be five more hands in today's play. With 27 players left, and 20 of them making the money, it is unlikely that we reach the money bubble today.

Zalac Out in Big Hand

• Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Zhong Tan got the ball rolling with a bet of 4,000 from under the gun, which was called by Christian Friedrich to his immediate left. Aditya “Bitti” Agarwal was next to act, and bumped it up to 12,500 as the action folded around the table. Ivan Zalac was in the big blind, and moved all in for his remaining 23,700, as he stood up from the table. Tan folded his hand, as Friedrich thought for a moment before moving all in over the top for 39,200. Agarwal had the possibility to eliminate two players, and after thinking about his decision for a few minutes, made the call, as all three players tabled their cards.

Zalac: {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Agarwal: {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}
Friedrich: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}

Board: {2-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Friedrich was in great shape with the over pair, and was able to dodge an eight, four and over cards to take down the big pot.

Christian Friedrich 100,000 80,700
Aditya "Bitti" Agarwal 75,000 -25,000
Ivan Zalac Busted

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Spence Bluffs Francis To Take Chip Lead

• Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

There was about 75,000 in the middle, when both Daniel Francis and Daniel Spence checked the turn on a board of {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{8-Spades}. When the {9-Diamonds} hit the river, Spence fired out 25,000, and Francis went deep into the tank. He thought for a good three minutes before finally folding his hand, and Spence asked "do you want to see it?" Francis seemed indifferent but eventually said yes, and Spence tabled {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for a busted straight draw.

After that hand, Francis fell to 155,000, while Spence jumped up to 192,000, the biggest stack in the room.

Daniel Spence 192,000 32,000
Daniel Francis 155,000 -10,000

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Kampanatsanyakorn Grinding Back, Tran Out

• Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

We didn’t catch the action, but arrived at the table to see Chane Kampanatsanyakorn showing {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} and scooping in the pot, with Khac Tran walking away from the table and his {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} with the board reading {Q-Clubs}{8-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}.

Both players got all their chips in and it was all over with Kampanatsanyakorn hitting his set to send Tran to the rail.

Kampanatsanyakorn now moves back up to 170,000 in chips.

Chane Kampanatsanyakorn th 170,000 55,000
Khac Tran Busted

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Wang Rivered, Eliminated

• Level 11: 900-1,800, 200 ante

The action started with Timo Kohijoki opening to 4,500 before Ying Zhao moved all in for her last 63,300 in chips from the button. No sooner had she done that, did Ted Wang move all in from the small blind. The big blind also looked keen, but mucked his hand, as did Kohijoki before the two players tabled their cards.

Zhao: {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}
Wang: {K-Hearts}{K-Spades}

Board: {4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{8-Spades}{2-Hearts}

Wang was in great shape as he dodged an ace on the flop, but Zhao picked up more outs with a straight draw. Wang faded the turn but the deuce on the river would bring Zhao the straight resulting in his tournament coming to an end.

Ying Zhao 135,000 135,000
Tian Jian (Ted) Wang Busted

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Nguyen Scoops Massive Pot Without Showdown

• Level 11: 900-1,800, 200 ante

There was already a sea of chips in the middle that looked to be about 60,000 when we got to the table and saw that Tam Truong, Andrew Nguyen, and Bobby Zhang were in the middle of a three handed pot. The board read {5-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, and Zhang checked to Truong, who fired out 35,000. Nguyen responded by moving all in for about 70,000, and Zhang got out of the way. Despite getting good pot odds, Truong seemed convinced he was beat, as he kicked his hand in.

After that pot, Nguyen jumped up to the chip lead with 170,000, while Truong fell to 60,000.

Andrew Nguyen us 170,000 137,000
Bobby Zhang au 100,000 -40,000
Tam Truong au 60,000 -60,000

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