The Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa played host to another short but explosive Day 1b of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cebu Main Event has come to a close!
With a delayed start to the day, many were expecting a bumper turnout of players that would provide one of the highest calibre fields ever assembled in the Philippines.
161 players took to the felt today with APPT Sydney Champion Aaron Benton, 2007 WSOPE H.O.R.S.E Bracelet holder Thomas Bihl and tournament veterans Leo Boxell, Joe Cabret and Raj Ramakrishnan all unable to survive. Six Team PokerStars Pros also took part with Celina Lin and Tae-Joon Noh being the unfortunate one unable to bag chips; with Noh busting in the final few minutes of play
With Richard En and John Maklouf fighting over the chip lead for the last part of the day, it would be the unknown Mike Puno that would make the latest of surges to sit atop the remaining 90 players with a 85,700-chip stack.
Snapping on his heels though would be En (85,325), Inwook Choi (62,850) and Maklouf (56,575). Team PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang (68,525), Tony Hachem (34,275), Joe Hachem (33,600) and Raymond Wu (20,000) managed to survive for a Day 2 berth while Mishel Anunu (50,000), Van Marcus (30,600), John Dalessandri (23,150) and Daren Yoon (8,050) are all still in contention.
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be back on the floor tomorrow from 12:15 pm PHT providing all the live coverage as we attempt to play down to the money on a highly anticipated and action-expected Day 2 of the APPT Cebu Main Event!
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