Oliver Speidel has once again dug his heels into the felt of APT Philippines and leads after Day 2 of the USD $2700 Main Event. The day saw a field of 137 players join the tables at Resorts World Manila’s Genting Club and 42 of those survived to make it to Day 3.
After a shaky start Speidel was all-in and fighting for his tournament life against the flopped straight of US pro Tommy Le, but hit running diamonds to make his backdoor flush and surge back into contention.
The Australian tournament specialist then powered into the chip lead in the second to last hand of the day after finding himself on the right side of an Aces versus Kings confrontation against the unfortunate Jordan Kaplan. While Kaplan was cruelly eliminated, Speidel snatched the chip lead and will return for Day 3 with an impressive 378,000.
Hot on Speidel’s heels is Korea’s Han Wook Kim who, despite returning for Day 2 with a paltry 4,375, enjoyed the rub of the green to finish the day with a respectable 318,000 in chips. Other players who acquitted themselves admirably include the Philippines’ Janno Alvarez (193,900), the USA’s Binh Nguyen (183,000) and Portugal’s Antonio Martins (177,600).
With a prize pool of USD $615,950 to contest and a whopping USD $197,000 on offer for first place there is still all to play for when action resumes for Day 3 at 1pm, Tuesday April 24.
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