APPT Cebu: Level 26 updates (final table)

November 15, 2009

Live updates from the final table, level 26 (blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5000) of the APPT Cebu Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu, Philippines. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.

9.20pm: David Hilton eliminated in 2nd place; Dong-Bin Han is the APPT Cebu champion

Take two … it was almost over in one hand just after the stroke of 9pm, but Korea’s Dong-bin Han had to chop one pot up before sealing the deal as the 2009 APPT Cebu Main Event champion. He takes home PHP 7,410,000 (just under USD $160,000) as champion, while runner-up David Hilton, a PokerStars Qualifier from the USA pockets PHP 5,090,000 (approximately USD $110,000).


Dong-bin Han, the 2009 APPT Cebu champion

Han raised to 180,000 before the flop before American PokerStars Qualifier David Hilton pushed all in for around 700,000. Han snap-called, turning over A♠ K♠ and was a massive favourite against the A♣ 5♣ of Hilton.

The flop of 2♦ 8♦ 2♥ didn’t help Hilton but the 3♦ on the turn gave him slim hope of staying alive for a split pot which arrived on the river with the 3♥. Han started celebrating but then realised his mistake and quickly sat back down.

He would then wake up with Q♠ Q♠ in the big blind moments later after Hilton open-shoved with Q♣ J♠. The cards were tabled and the dealer spread a flop of 10♦ 4♠ 9♣ – another sweat for the Korean!

Hilton’s supporters called for the king or eight, Han’s cheering section called for low cards. The 10♥ was not so low but still kept Han ahead. The dealer burned then turned up the river 9♥. There was no doubt this time – Han’s two pair was good to take down the title.

9pm: Han sniffs victory

Korea’s Dong-bin Han continues the relentless pressure on American PokerStars Qualifier David Hilton and has taken the biggest chip lead in this heads-up battle. Hilton raised from the button to 100,000 and Han called, both checking the flop of 10♠ J♠ A♥. Han checked to Hilton when the dealer produced the 3♥; Hilton opened for 135,000, Han made it another 200,000 and Hilton called.

The river brought the Q♠; Han checked to Hilton who fired out 400,000. Han called and Hilton turned up Q♥ 2♥ for second pair and a flush draw, however he was none too pleased to see Han roll up 3♠ 3♣ for the set. As a result, Han crippled Hilton down to just 885,000 and has soared up to more than 5.4 million in chips.

8.40pm: Timely double-up for Hilton

Play has tightened up considerably in this heads-up battle but in each hand we’ve seen for the last 20 minutes, it’s been Korea’s Dong-bin Han taking down pot after pot. As a result of his relentless aggression Han had more than a two-to-one chip lead over PokerStars Qualifier David Hilton, but the American has managed to get back to even terms.


“C’mon, give me something”: Dong-bin Han’s chat was no help against the steely-faced David Hilton

Hilton limped in from the button only to see Han raise it to 400,000. Hilton then pushed the rest of his stack into the middle for a total bet of 723,000. Han looked him up and down, leaned over the table and tried to get Hilton talking. He eventually gave up the interrogation and called, tabling K♥ 9♣, well behind the A♥ K♠ of Hilton.

The board ran out 5♥ J♠ J♥ 6♠ 8♦ to get Hilton back up to around 2.4 million while Han is still ahead with 3.8 million in his stack.


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