Due to some unresolved internet issues, the Day 1b intro post for the 2012 APPT Cebu Main Event is going to be more inelegant - and shorter - than I would prefer. But as a Filipino IT person puzzled over the machines and internet connections of both Heath Chick and myself, time was wasting. I finally secured an air card and let the IT guy fiddle with Heath's machine.
Yesterday 51 players sat down to play. 27 made it through to Day 1b, led by Han Ruo Goh of Singapore. With no technology issues, he was able to bag up 84,300 in chips by the end of Level 6.
These types of inconveniences are something you have to accept when you come to the Philippines. While many things are great about this country - the friendliness of the people, the food and drink, the climate and the scenery, and even the nightlife - when you come here, you have to accept that certain other things are not going to be up to the standards that you expect at home.
But that's all right. The IT people will figure it out, we have no doubt about that. And in the meantime the players are in their seats, riffling their chips, and beginning what they all hope is a deep run. Tonight is the qualifier party at the Shangri-La, which we will dutifully report to you tomorrow. It's a tough job, consuming free food and drink on the beach of a five-star resort, but we're up to the task.
Hopefully by then the internet will be fixed. If not, I may put in a call to the LAPT to find out what kind of witchcraft they use down in South America when technology doesn't cooperate.