10pm: LEVEL UP
The seventh level of the night begins with blinds at 40,000-80,000 with no ante. For coverage of level 27 and 28 click here.
9.55pm: Putting out the feelers
Most pots so far have been limped pots with little action on the streets. Continuation bets are getting through and no pots have been bet on more than one street. The players seem to be feeling each other out without risking too many chips. Heads-up play is so different, and some say purer, than any other form of poker and takes time to adjust to.
9.50pm: Not about the money
Before the start both players announced that they would be donating 100,000 Pesos to the two charities that benefited from this week’s charity event – the Red Cross, Philippines, and Child’s Health, which helps children with cancer. Both players received a well deserved round of applause.
9.48pm: First flop in a raised pot
Binh Nguyen raised to 150,000 from the button and Gordon Huntly called to go a 5♠K♦2♥. Huntly checked to face a 200,000 bet. He folded.
9.42pm: First hand
The first hand of heads-up play saw Gordon Huntly raise to 300,000 from the button. Nguyen folded and Huntly raked in the chips.
9.40pm: Happy hour
“It’s been a blast,” said Gordon Huntly shortly before the re-start. While Nguyen is being cheered by crowds of railbirds, Huntly is being supported from far away by his cousin Scott Wilson. Keep your finger on F5 Scott.
9.40pm: Play restarts
Play is re-starting after the quickest three course meal in the history of catering, with 15 minutes left to play in the level.
8.55pm: Dinner break
Players are now taking a 30 minute break.
Binh Nguyen — 6,560,000
Gordon Huntly — 1,930,000
8.50pm: Charles Chua, eliminated in third place, earning $93,850
Binh Nguyen raised yet again from the button and was called yet again by Gordon Huntly in the small blind before Charles Chua moved all-in for around a million. Nguyen moved all-in behind prompting Huntly to fold. Show down:
The board ran Q♣9♥3♠A♦7♦ to eliminate the very popular Charles ‘Mr Macau’ Chua. We’re heads-up.
8.45pm: Huntly takes one away from Nguyen
Binh Nguyen raised to 150,000 from the button and for the fourth orbit in a row Gordon Huntly called from the small blind.
Both checked the flop so the board read K♥A♠3♥Q♥ at the turn. Huntley led for 435,000 and was called. It was Nguyen’s turn to bet on the J♦ to the tune of 500,000. Huntly called but mucked upon seeing Nguyen’s K♦J♣ for two-pair. Nguyen up to 5.7 million, Huntly down to 1.75 million.
8.40pm: Chop it up
Charles Chua moved all-in from the button for around a million and Gordon Huntly called from the big blind with A♥9♥. Chua was in great shape with A♠10♣ and the board ran K♠Q♠3♣4♥4♣ to split the pot. Chua can’t quiet believe it.
8.32pm: Huntly takes one away from Nguyen
Binh Nguyen raised to 150,000 from the button. Gordon Huntly was the only caller to a 9♥2♠4♣ flop. Both checked to the 6♥ turn. Huntly checked to Nguyen who bet 200,000. Call. The river was A♣ and Huntly picked up the baton with a 500,000 bet. Snap fold from Nguyen. Huntly up to 2.5million.
8.30pm: Punishing the limpers
Charles Chua called from the button, Binh Nguyen completed but Gordon Huntly raised to 480,000. Chua folded as did Nguyen.
8.25pm: ‘Mr Macau’ moves in
Binh Nguyen raised to 150,000 from the button. Gordon Huntly called once more from the small blind before Charles Chua moved all-in. Both players folded. Chua takes down a nice pot without a showdown.
8.20pm: The Nguyen show
All three saw a 10♦4♠8♦ flop after a Charles Chua raise from the button. Binh Nguyen wanted the half million in the middle and got it by moving all-in. Both players folded. This is turning in to a one man show.
8.15pm: Power poker
Charles Chua opened with a 155,000 raise from the small blind but folded to an all-in from Binh Nguyen. Second orbit in a row that’s happened.
8.10pm: River dance
Binh Nguyen raised 160,000 to from the button and Gordon Huntly called to see the 9♣A♣10♥ flop. Check-check. The turn came 6♦ and they both checked again. Nguyen upped the aggression on the 7♣ river and took the pot with a 500,000 bet.
8.05pm: LEVEL UP
Level 26 takes us to 30,000/60,000 with a 5,000 running ante.
8pm: Betting three streets
A blind-on-blind limped pot brought a 6♣9♥5♣ flop. Charles Chua checked-called a bet from Binh to see a 3♠ where he check-called again. Chua checked again on the 7♣ river and Nguyen bet 150,000. Chua folded to give the pot to his opponent.
7.55pm: Turning up the heat
Binh Nguyen raised to 125,000 from the button. Gordon Huntly called from the small blind and the two went to a J♥6♥8♦ flop where Nguyen continued with a 210,000 bet that Huntly raised to 475,000. Nguyen then moved all-in but it was too much heat for the Scotsman, who folded.
7.45pm: Chunky hunted down
Charles Chua raised to 125,000 from the button. Gordon Huntly called from the big blind for a 3♥7♣8♦ flop. Chua continued with a 200,000 bet that Huntly called. The turn came 5♣ and both players check to the 4♣ river. They both checked again and Huntly took the pot with 8♠7♣ for two-pair.
7.40pm: Nguyen-ing a pot
Binh Nguyen raised to 125,000 from the button and Charles Chua called from the big blind to see a K♠A♦5♦ flop. Both checked to the K♦ turn. Nguyen found his betting shoes with a bet that took the pot down
7.35pm: Chip counts
Binh Nguyen — 3,400,000
Charles Chua — 2,750,000
Gordon Huntly — 2,350,000
7.30pm: Terrence Chan, eliminated in fourth place, earning $71,500
Terrence Chan is the latest player to be eliminated here in Manila. He open shoved for 840,000 from first position and was called by Charles Chua from the small blind. Show down:
The board ran J♣8♥3♦5♦K♦. The three remaining players will breath a huge sigh of relief as this formidable opponent hits the rail.
7.25pm: Not going anywhere
Charles Chua opened the pot with a raise to 150,000 from the small blind. Chip leader Binh Nguyen was in the big blind and put the pressure on with a re-raise to 400,000. Chua wasn’t going anywhere though and moved all-in. Nguyen didn’t have the hand to call and threw his cards in the muck.
7.20pm: Small one
Charles Chua takes a modest sized pot from Gordon Huntly on a board of 4♠7♥2♦8♣10♦. With around 650,000 in the middle Chua showed Q♠10♣ to win it.
7.15pm: Turn bet takes it down
Gordon Huntly made it 200,000 to go from first position and was called by Terrence Chan to see a 5♠4♦5♦ flop. They both checked to the 9♠ turn where Chan check-folded.
7.05pm: Chan doubles
The first hand back from break and Terrence Chan moved all-in from the button for 510,000 with Gordon Huntly calling from the small blind. Chan tabled A♣5♥ and Huntly showed Q♠J♠. The board ran K♦4♥9♦6♠7♠. Chan takes the pot down with ace high and is right back in it.
7pm: Play resumes
Play restarts with hardly a seat left empty in the crowd areas. Blinds in level 25 are now 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante.
PokerStars Blog reporting team under the TV lights in Manila: Stephen Bartley (a purple colour) and Marc Convey (orange).