APPT10 Manila: Final table live updates

August 08, 2016


7:55pm: Sam Razavi eliminated in 2nd place for ₱3,466,000; Linh Tran is our champion! (₱6,135,000)

It’s all over after only 15 minutes of heads up play here. Sam Razavi started shortstacked and couldn’t overcome the odds with Linh Tran sealing the deal to lift the APPT trophy and pocket ₱6,135,000.

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APPT Manila champion Linh Tran (pictured left)

The final hand saw Razavi move all in from the button with A♣2♣ only to be snapped off by Tran who picked up the best hand in poker with the A♠A♦.

“Three four nine, one club!” Razavi called out with a laugh.

The flop landed 8♣2♠8♠ to pair Razavi and give him two outs to stay alive.

“Deuce of diamonds!” Razavi called for but the 4♠ turn and 6♠ river wouldn’t oblige, eliminating Razavi and signalling the end of the tournament with Tran our new APPT Manila Main Event champion.

What a week it’s been here in Manila. Congratulations to Tran! We’ll have a full wrap of today’s proceedings coming shortly on the PokerStars Blog. Stay tuned! – BK

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Runner up – Sam Razavi

7:50pm: Razavi slipping
Level 29: Blinds – 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Sam Razavi has folded five hands in a row showing rags every time. He only started heads up play with 17 big blinds and has now slipped down to 13. — BK

7:40pm: Heads up chip counts
Level 29: Blinds – 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Linh Tran – 9,770,000
Sam Razavi – 1,770,000

Chipping up for charity

We interrupt this Main Event coverage momentarily before heads up begins to tell you about the APPT Manila Saturday Superstack Charity Event. The tournament boasted a ₱500,000 guarantee and 392 players took part to enjoy themselves at the tables and have a shot at taking home a prize themselves while donating to a great cause.

Including the 237 add-ons, with ₱500 of every ₱4,000 buy-in going to charity altogether the event raised ₱ 484,500 for foundations like the Bahay Aruga orphanage and Alawin aged care facility.

These proceeds will be donated by PokerStars LIVE for the City of Dreams table games department CSR activity (Corporate Social Responsibility) who are big supporters of these charity organizations. — BK

7:35pm: Jesse Leonarez eliminated in third place (₱2,139,000)
Level 29: Blinds – 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Another crazy hand just took place here in Manila where the two big stacks went to war, and when the dust settled, start of day chip leader Jesse Leonarez was eliminated in third place for the second year in a row.

Linh Tran raised to 200,000 from the button and called after Leonarez three-bet to 600,000 from the big blind. Both players checked the 5♣6♥9♠ flop before Leonarez led for 700,000 on the 3♥ turn. Tran took his time, counted out a min raise and slid the towers forward. All of a sudden Leonarez moved all-in for over four million and Tran called, having him covered by a few hundred thousand.


Jessie Leonarez (right) – 3rd place

Tran opened 6♣6♠ for a set that was crushing Leonarez’s 10♠9♥ for top pair. The river was a jack and a slightly shocked looking Leonarez was led away. He wasn’t half as shocked as Sam Razavi though, who couldn’t believe he’d just laddered up another spot. –MC

7:25pm: Slow and steady
Level 29: Blinds – 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Limps and checks. That pretty much sums up the action for at the moment.

It’s three-handed and with all three players relatively deep we haven’t seen any fireworks for a while. That might change any minute now. Stay with us! — BK

7:10pm: Razavi on the double
Level 29: Blinds – 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Sam Razavi’s back in with a fighting chance of taking on his two big-stacked opponent after he doubled through Jesse Leonarez.

The latter raised from the button and called after Razavi three-bet all-in for 900,000 from the big blind.

Razavi: K♦Q♠
Leonarez: Q♥J♠

The board ran a British-flavoured J♣K♥6♦7♥3♣. Razavi shook his opponent’s hand who couldn’t help smiling. Leonarez dropped to 3.9 million. –MC

7pm: Mike Takayama eliminated in fourth place for ₱1,622,000
Level 28: Blinds – 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

It was a case of one double up try too many for Mike Takayama and the tournament has finally been reduced to three players.

He called all-in for 770,000 after Linh Tran set him in from the small blind.

Tran: A♥7♣
Takayama: K♠8♣

The board ran A♦7♥8♠4♣7♠ to make Tran a full house. Despite busting, Takayama was all smiles as he really must’ve enjoyed his antics over the last hour or so. Tran’s stack grew to almost 6 million. –MC

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Mike Takayama – 4th place

6:45pm: Tran takes the chip lead after a huge flip
Level 28: Blinds – 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Surprisingly we just had a monster pot between the two biggest stacks at the table – and it resulted in Jessie Leonarez losing the chip lead that he’d held since early into play yesterday.

It was a raising war preflop that saw the momentum shift with Linh Tran initially opening to 160,000 from the cutoff. Leonarez reraised to 580,000 from the cutoff but Tran played back at him for a total of 1,550,000. Leonarez didn’t hesitate to move all in for around another million on top and with a call from Tran they were flipping for the biggest pot of the tournament.

Leonarez: A♦K♦
Tran: J♥J♣

The railbirds shuffled in as everyone sweated the Q♥5♠4♣ flop. Tran had faded danger so far and continued to do so on the 10♥ turn and 9♣ river.

Tran’s supporters let out a huge cheer and applause as he moved into the chip lead with approximately 5.5 million. — BK

6:35pm: Takayama doubles again, in dramatic fashion
Level 28: Blinds – 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

You won’t see many crazier double ups that Mike Takayama’s latest one.

He’d been whittled down to 360,000 when it looked as if he’d raised all-in from the button. Jesse Leonarez had thought the same thing, called, and opened up black aces. Commotion then erupted as Takayama claimed he’d only raised to 350,000, so still had 10,000 back to play with.

The floor ruled he could keep them back and play out the hand from there, so a 5♣6♥2♣ was spread. Takayama whooped really loudly, said he was all-in and opened 3♥4♥ for a flopped straight! As the cockneys would say, “Can you Adam and Eve it?” The whole of the rail erupted in laughter and the board ran out 7♠10♥. When you think you’ve seen it all……..–MC

6:18pm: Takayama survives again
Level 28: Blinds – 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Apparent short stack master Mike Takayama is still alive and kicking.

He got it in preflop with the best of it for his last 285,000 against Linh Tran and managed to live to fight another hand. Takayama held A♦7♥ versus 10♣6♠ and avoided trouble on the 7♣5♠2♦8♦8♠ runout.

Despite the double up he’s still sat with around 10 big blinds, but that hasn’t seemed to faze him yet. — BK

6pm: Second break of the day

No exits in that session of poker. The players are taking ten minutes. –MC

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5:55pm: Tran closing in on 3 million
Level 27: Blinds – 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Linh Tran has taken another pot off Jesse Leonarez to move up to 2.9 million.

The later raised from first to act and Tran called from the button. The two players went heads up to an 8♠7♦Q♠ flop where Tran bet 135,000 when the action was checked to him. Leonarez called and both players checked the 5♥ turn to head to the J♠ river where Tran called a 200,000 bet with K♦Q♥. Leonarez opened black ten that were no good. –MC

5:40pm: Takayama holding on
Level 27: Blinds – 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Mike Takayama has finally broken away from the danger zone after amazingly hovering around the five big blind mark for a few orbits now. One hand saw Takayama get a walk in the big blind before he flashed the A♣ and another saw him move all in under the gun for 390,000 and get it through.

Shortly after losing a few more blinds and antes Takayama found a lucky double up through Same Razavi to keep his tournament alive. It folded to Takayama in the small blind and he moved all in for 310,000 only to be called by Razavi in the big blind.

Takayama: K♦J♥
Razavi: A♥9♣

Takayama needed help and he found it right at the very end on the 2♣10♣2♥6♦J♣ runout. He stacked his newly acquired chips while Razavi fell to 1.6 million. — BK

5:25pm: Small dent for Jesse; Linh into second
Level 27: Blinds – 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Jesse Leonarez’s three opponents aren’t messing with him too much, and one can understand that. If you’ve got trips though, mess away.

Leonarez limped in from the small blind and Linh Tran checked his option in the big blind. The board rolled out 5♦K♦A♠K♥6♦ and Leonarez waited until the river before leading for 100,000. Tran put in a surprise raise to 265,000 and Leonarez called and then mucked when Tran opened K♠8♣. He moved up to 2.35 million. –MC

5pm: Updated chip counts
Level 27: Blinds – 30,000/60,000 (10,000 ante)

Level 27 has just begun with Jessie Leonarez still the commanding chip leader. Here’s how the table stacks up.

Jessie Leonarez – 6,800,000
Sam Razavi – 2,050,000
Linh Tran – 2,000,000
Mike Takayama – 700,000

— BK

4:50pm: Tran takes one down
Level 26: Blinds – 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

It was an unorthodox move to start things off with Mike Takayama limping from under the gun. Sam Razavi quickly limped behind on the button and Jessie Leonarez completed from the small blind.

With the action on Linh Tran in the big blind he looked at the tournament board and reached into his stack. Tran decided on making it an additional 200,000 to play and his three tablemates all threw their hands away.

Tran moves on up to 1.8 million in chips. — BK

4:37pm: Takayama slipping
Level 26: Blinds – 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Mike Takayama’s stack has slipped to 700,000 after a couple of small pot losses.

The latest came when he raised to 125,000 from first position and was called by Linh Tran in the big blind. The board ran out 6♠5♠8♦2♠Q♦ with no bets going in until the river where Tran led for 85,000. Takayama flicked in the call but mucked upon seeing Tran’s Q♣10♣ for rivered top pair. –MC

4:25pm: Action slowing four-handed
Level 26: Blinds – 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

We’re now four handed and after the flurry of early eliminations the average stack is over 50 big blinds. It’s good for the remaining players but it means the action has slowed dramatically with chips just being pushed back and forward. — BK

4pm: Play resumes
Level 26: Blinds – 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Chip update of the four remaining players:

Jeese Leonarez – 5,250,000
Linh Tran – 2,450,000
Sam Razavi – 1,985,000
Mike Takayama – 950,000

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3:50pm: Break time

The players are taking their first ten-minute break of the day. –MC

3:45pm: Sangyong Lee eliminated in 5th place for ₱1,180,000
Level 25: Blinds – 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

“Send me to Havana, baby!” said a joyous Sam Razavi after he eliminated Sanyong Lee in fifth place.


Razavi has trouble showing his emotions at times

The Brit opened to 100,000 from the button and was called by Jeese Leonarez in the small blind before Lee squeezed all-in for 855,000 from the big blind. Razavi snap called all-in for 965,000 and that was enough to scare off Leonarez.

Lee: A♣10♣
Razavi: J♣J♦

The board ran 2♣2♦8♣5♥3♦

Razavi’s face showed his lived every second of the sweat and added after showdown, “Now we’ve got a chance!”


Sangyong Lee – fifth place

3:23pm: Alan Lau eliminated in 6th place for ₱934,000
Level 25: Blinds – 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

The 2015 Asia Player of the Year Alan quickly followed Joven Huer to the rail, and it occurred after a bad beat to chip leader Jesse Leonarez.

Mike Takayama limped in from the cutoff before Lau tank-shoved for 600,000 from the small blind. Leonarez went into an even longer tank and then made the call. Takayama folded.

Lau: K♦J♥
Leonarez: K♣8♣

Lau was in great shape until the board ran Q♠3♣6♣4♣3♥ to make his opponent a flush. Ouch. –MC


Alan Lau – 6th place

3:10pm: Joven Huer eliminated in 7th place for ₱738,000
Level 25: Blinds – 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Joven Huer was down to just 285,000 when he decided to make his move from under the gun. The action folded around to Linh Tran on the button who made the call. The blinds folded.

Huer: 7♠5♠
Tran: 9♣9♥

The board ran 7♦10♠8♥6♦K♣. Huer was drawing dead to a chop by the turn. Tran moved up to 2.7 million. –MC


Joven Huer – 7th place

3:00pm: Razavi rising
Level 24: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Jessie Leonarez raised to 70,000 from under the gun and when it folded around to Sam Razavi on the button he moved all in for approximately 400,000. Leonarez beat him into the pot and they were off to the races.

Leonarez: A♦K♥
Razavi: 10♠10♣

Razavi’s wife Menchu was letting out a wild warrior call as the flop came down 2♠5♣4♣. The 6♥ turn and 6♣ river were also safe and Razavi fist pumped before the pot was pushed his way. — BK

2:55pm: Seongsu Kong eliminated in 8th place for ₱614,000
Level 24: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

We’ve already lost another her with Seongsu Kong the next to find the rail. Again it was pocket kings sending a player packing, this time they belonged to Linh Tran.

Tran opened to 60,000 from the cutoff before it folded to Kong in the big blind and he pushed for less than 400,000. Tran didn’t hesitate to call and the two tabled their cards.

Kong: A♣2♣
Tran: K♥K♣

Kong was chasing an ace of some clubs and he let out a roar when he saw the ace in the window on the K♦4♠A♠. The celebration was premature, however, as Tran had improved to set and had a strangleold on the hand.

The 6♦ turn meant Kong was drawing dead and he was out of his seat before the 4♥ river arrived. – BK

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2:50pm: Bruno Tzu Chieh Lo eliminated in 9th place for ₱492,450
Level 24: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Bruno Tzu Chieh Lo was our first final table casualty. He was eliminated after a preflop confrontation with Sangyong Lee.

Chip leader Jessie Leonarez opened the action with a raise to 70,000 before Lo next-to-act moved in for his last 455,000 on the button. Lee woke up in the small blind and moved all in over the top for around 900,000. With the decision back on Leonarez he gave it some thought but decided to give it up.

Lo: 10♦9♦
Lee: K♥K♦

Lo had a lot of catching up to do and while the 7♥6♠5♦ improved him to a gut shot straight draw, it would never be completed with the 5♠ turn and A♥ ending his tournament run. – BK

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2:45pm: Lau wins some, then loses it back
Level 24: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Alan Lau took from the left in one hand, and then gave it back to the right the very next hand.

He limped from his button and Jessie Leonarez completed from the small blind and Bruno Tzu Chieh Lo checked his option. The board ran out K♦9♦J♠3♠6♥ with Lau betting 70,000, 155,000 and all-in for 700,000 on each street. Leonarez bailed on the flop but Chieh stuck around until the river where he swivelled in his chair and the sight of the shove. He folded to leave himself with 475,000.

The next hand, Lau hadn’t seen an early position raise (to 75,000) from Mike Takayama and tried to raise to 70,000 from the cutoff. He tried to style it out when the dealer pointed out the raise but Takayama seemed to pick up on it.

Both players checked the 3♦9♠2♥ flop before Takayama check-called 90,000 on the turn and led for 275,000 on the 2♣ river. Lau called and mucked upon seeing his opponent’s A♦2♠. Lau dropped to 750,000, whereas Takayama’s rise continued – he’s up to 1.4 million. –MC

2:25pm: Takayama doubles through Kong
Level 24: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Mike Takayama just eclipsed the 1 million chip mark after setting the trap against Seongsu Kong.

Takayama raised to 75,000 from the hijack seat before Kong played back at him from the button for 225,000. Takayama called to leave himself only 300,000 behind and they went to a flop of 4♦3♦8♦.

After a snap-check from Takayama, Kong paused and then moved all in to cover. Takayama snapped it off with A♥A♦, a huge favourite against the J♠9♣ of Kong.

The 10♥ turn did bring a sweat to a straight but the 10♣ river was safe and Takayama doubled through. Kong dropped down to 450,000 in chips. — BK

2:15pm: Second hand squeeze from Lee
Level 24: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

Linh Tran raised from under the gun on the first hand of play and took the blinds and antes.

On the second hand, there was another under the gun raise, this time from Mike Takayama. It was to 65,000 and was called in two spots before Sangyong Lee paused for thought in the small blind. He counted out 195,000 and then slid them forward in one tall tower. The intimidating bet was enough to scare off all three opponents. –MC

2:05pm: Shuffle up and deal
Level 24: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

PokerStars LIVE Manila’s Fred Leung just introduced our players and play is now underway.

Let’s go! — BK

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It’s final table time!
Level 24: Blinds – 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante)

The APPT Manila Main Event final table is finally here. Only nine players remain and today will see one of them lift the coveted trophy and take home ₱6,135,000!

Way out in front is Jessie Leonarez who bagged up 4,595,000 in chips at the conclusion of play last night. He has more than double his closest opponent Linh Tran who starts the day with 1,870,000.

Here’s how they stack up:

Seat Name Chips
1 Linh Tran 1,870,000
2 Mike Takayama 670,000
3 Sam Razavi 500,000
4 Seongsu Kong 970,000
5 Joven Huer 355,000
6 Alan King Lun Lau 1,015,000
7 Jessie Leonarez 4,595,000
8 Bruno Tzu Chieh Lo 860,000
9 Sangyong Lee 795,000

All that’s left now is to get the cards in the air. Stay with us! — BK

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PokerStars Blog reporting team in Manila: Brad Kain and Marc Convey. Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography.

The APPT Manila festival at PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams runs until Monday, August 8. Full details are available on the official APPT website or via the PokerStars Manila page.


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