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Monday, August 27, 2007 | Francis Lee


On August 24th we saw the start of the main event at the Asia Pacific Tour (APPT) in manila sponsored by Poker Stars. 255 entrants entered the main event filling the cardroom at he Manila Hyatt Hotel and Casino. Some of the well known faces in poker was there with the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso and Joe Hachem all in attendance.

At the end of two days gruelling play the field was reduced to the final nine players to battle it out on the final table. Van Marcus was dominating the chip rankings, having over three times the amount of his nearest rival on $738,000 in chips.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Van Marcus $738,000
  • 2nd BasVan Liere $207,000
  • 3rd Roger Spets $413,000
  • 4th Nicholas Bamman $340,000
  • 5th Derick Hernandez $287,000
  • 6th Maor Feldinger $199,000
  • 7th Ira Blumenthal $184,000
  • 8th Brett Parise $173,000
  • 9th Kazuhiro Sato $109,000

It only took five hands before we lost the first player on this final table. Derick Hernandes was looking in good shape All In pre Flop holding pocket Aces up against Brett Parise with pocket Tens. Parise hit a set of Tens on the Flop putting him in an unlikely lead and Hernandes didn’t recover on the final two cards. Hernandes collected $11,386 for his 9th place finish.

The next knockout hand didn’t come till the 43rd hand of play. Kazuhiro Sato on the short stack moved All In for his last $25,000 with :4s :5c and was called by Ira Blumenthal with pocket Jacks. The first four cards out gave Sato a shot at the pot coming down :10s :6h :4c :3c Sato needed a Four,Five Deuce or Seven to stay alive. The :9d came down on the River ending his hopes eliminating him out in 8th place winning $14,981.

Bas Van Liere the other player holding a short stack was next to go only a few hands later. Maor Fledinger raised the pot under the gun to $40,000 and Liere came over the top All In with :as :10s Fledinger called showing pocket Kings in a dominant position. The board came down :qc :jh :2d :js :10h giving Fledinger the pot knocking Liere out in 7th place.

Ira Blumenthal started to take hold of this table, first taking the chip lead and then extending it further by knocking Roger Spets out in 6th place. Ira holding pocket Jacks called an All In bet from Spets with pocket Sixes. The final board came down :9s :8s :3s :3d :4h missing both players and Ira’s jacks were good enough to take the pot.

On the 134th hand of play Maor Fledinger moved all his chips into the middle on the button with :jd :9d looking to steal the blinds. Nicholas Bammar on the big blind took his time and made a good call with :as :7c Bammar’s hand was still in the lead after the Turn with neither player hitting the board with the cards coming down :qs :8c :5c :2s but Fledinger had a few outs needing a Jack, a Nine or a Ten to make a straight to stay in the tournament. The :7d on the River paired Bammar’s hand leaving Fledinger to head for the rail in 5th place to collect his $35,955 in prize money.

Van Marcus was on the short stack with $211,000 at this point and decided to make a move under the gun with :ad :5h Brett Parise made the call in the small blind with :ah :js in a dominating position. The Flop came down :jh :3h :8s leaving Marcus needing a miracle on the last two cards. The :6d on the Turn meant he was drawing dead on the River, and left the table after the :jc came down giving Parise trip Jacks and the chip lead in the process.

Nicholas Bammar was unlucky to go out in 3rd place when his pocket Kings was busted by Parise with :ad :7s The Flop didn’t look too bad for Bammar coming down :10c :7c :6d but Parise caught a miracle card on the Turn with the :7h coming down. Only a King could save Bammar from going out but never came with the :9h confirming his exit in 3rd place.

Brett Parise continued to dominate the play heads up against Ira Blumenthal, chipping away at his chip stack until he was down to his last $198,000 before he moved All In with :jh :5h Parise was happy to call showing pocket Tens and was favourite to take the win. The Flop gave both players a straight draw coming down :ks :qc :9c The Turn :kh was no help to either player and the :9h ended the tournament giving Parise the $179,775 1st place prize.

Final Standings:

  • 1st Brett Parise $179,775
  • 2nd Ira Blumenthal $113,858
  • 3rd Nicholas Bamman $62,921
  • 4th Van Marcus $44,940
  • 5th Maor Fledinger $35,955
  • 6th Roger Spets $26,966
  • 7th Bas Van Liere $20,974
  • 8th Kazuhiro Sato $14,981
  • 9th Derick Hernandes $11,386

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