11.10pm: Binh Nguyen wins PAGOR Chairman’s Cup and $260,700
A pre-flop all-in show-down has resulted in Binh Nguyen eliminating Scotsman Gordon Huntly to be crowned champion. The action started with a 250,000 raise from Nguyen on the button before Huntly three-bet to 600,000. Nguyen then moved all-in and after some serious consideration Huntly called all-in. Showdown:
The crowd got to their feet to watch this race unfold. The board ran a safe 9♣9♠2♠6♠8♦ for Nguyen.
Nguyen was swamped by all his supporters on the rail but fought his way free to shake his opponent’s hand. Runner-up Gordon Huntly takes home $166,800 for his efforts.
A full wrap of today’s exciting play will be with you shortly.
11pm: River bet does the trick
Nguyen raised his usual 200,000 even though the blinds have gone up. Huntly called to go to the 9♦4♠8♠ flop where he check-called a 200,000 bet. Both checked the A♣ turn before the Scot check-folded to 525,000 bet.
10.56pm: LEVEL UP
We couldn’t believe it either. Anther level, this one number 28, and the blinds shift up to 50,000-100,000.
10.52pm: Nguyen more
Nguyen has taken another half a million chips of Huntly with king-high on a 6♥8♣4♠2♣2♥ board. Huntly could only muster queen-high. Nguyen up to 4.9 million.
10.45pm: Back to Nguyen
Is this the momentum swinging back towards Nguyen? He just took a pot from Huntly on a board of J♣Q♠10♣3♥5♣, showing queen-seven to Huntly’s seven-eight. That gives Nguyen the chip lead again, 4,900,000 against Huntly 3,600,000.
10.35pm: Gets some back
Nguyen raised his usual 200,000 from the button and Huntly called. The flop was Q♣5♠8♥ where Nguyen c-bet for 200,000 and was called. The turn brought 9♠ and this time Nguyen bet 500,000 and was called again. Pot getting really big as the river came J♥. Huntly checked again to face an all-in bet from Nguyen, totaling 1,050,000. It did the trick as Huntly folded. Nguyen back up to three million.
The chip counts are now almost the opposite of when they started the heads-up. Huntly has 6,500,000 to Nguyen’s 1,900,000.
10.30pm: Another flush for Huntly
Huntly called a Nguyen raise to 200,000. The flop came 8♣9♦A♠ and both players checked. Nguyen bet 300,000 on the 10♦ turn. Call. The river was 8♦ and Huntly led out for 400,000. Nguyen though for a while, studied his opponent and called. Huntly showed Q♦3♦ for a flush and the pot. Nguyen couldn’t believe it and throws his cards in the muck.
10.22pm: Trips for Gordon
Nguyen raised to 200,000 and was called by Huntly. The flop brought 7♣7♠10♥. Check-check. K♦ came on the turn and it was checked again. The river came 2♣ and Huntly led out for 400,000 and was called. The Scot tabled 7♥3♣ for trips and the pot as Nguyen tabled [q][t] for a pair of ten. Huntly extends lead and is up to 6.4 million.
10.15pm: First three-bet
The first three-bet pre-flop has come from the increasingly confident Gordon Huntly. He made it 1,050,000 when faced with a raise from Binh Nguyen. Nguyen folded and shook his head with a look of despair on his face.
10.10pm: Another pot for the Scot
Binh Nguyen raised to 200,000 from the button and was called by Gordon Huntly. They saw a 10♣2♦K♠ flop and Nguyen bet 200,000. Call. The turn came 8♦ and both players checked to the 2♠ river. A third check from Huntly prompted Nguyen to bet 300,000. Huntly called with 10♠4♥ for a pair of tens and the pot as Nguyen could only muster 6♥3♥.
Huntly now has 5 million to Nguyen’s 3.5 million
10.05pm: Flush over flush
Binh Nguyen raised to 200,000 from the button and Huntly made the call. The flop came 3♦4♦6♣ and Huntly check-called a 250,000 bet. The turn came Q♦ this time Nguyen bet 550,000 when checked to him. Huntly moved all-in and was snap-called. To showdown:
Nguyen: 10♦7♦ for a flush.
Huntly: K♦J♦ for a higher flush.
The river came J♥ and Huntly scooped the 4.5 million pot to take the chip lead.
How things looked seven levels ago
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Manila: Stephen Bartley and Marc Convey.