It was a story of ups and downs in Day 2 of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines 2013 Main Event. At the end of the day, it was the Philippines’ Andrew Gaw who led all 27 players who placed in the money here at Resorts World Manila.
Gaw finished with 316,000 in chips after Day 2. His rise to the top came in a bit unexpected as there were different players who flirted with the #1 ranking for most chips throughout the day.
There was Stephen Chidwick who was the first to crack the 300,000 chip mark only to falter in the latter levels of play. One hand was when he was outplayed by Bawoo Hyunshik Yun who bet on all streets; 10,200 at the flop 10♠ A♦ 4♠; 24,000 at the turn 8♥ and a shove for 70,000 at the river 9♥, where Chidwick folded.
There were also the consistent play of Moses Saquing and Nam Le—both came to Day 2 among the top 10 and preserved those spots atop the rankings. Then there were those who surged late– Sekiya Yosuke and Khac Trung Tran who started at the middle of the pack but now finds themselves among the top 5 going into Day 3. Go to our live reporting page to see full list of chip counts for the final 27 players.
But no one was as consistent as Gaw, who slowly but surely grabbed the top spot with key wins throughout Day 2. One was against an unknown opponent when he won with just 5♦ J♦ on a board of J♣ 8♠ 4♠ 8♦ Q♦. And another when he took down a huge pot against a bluffing SJ Kim after calling a river bet by the Korean.
All players participating in Day 3 are assured of at least $5,500 for placing ITM. The champion gets the lion’s share of $124,000 as part of the total $497,000 prize pool.
In a pair of side events also on Monday, Takashi Ogura won the PLO Turbo event for $1,990 while Eusebio Barrameda took the title in the Poker Hero Asia Freezeout event for $6,060
Day 3 of the Main Event resumes Tuesday at 1PM as players play down to the 8-handed Final Table. The Heads Up side event is set at 3PM plus the Deep Stack Turbo event at 6PM. For full schedule go to this page.