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The Battle of Wong and Do

Posted 2012-04-30 GMT+8

Hoang Anh Do and Nicholas Wong continue to rumble here on the final table of the APPT Cebu Main Event. Most of the rumbling is going the way of Do as is the case on one of the most recent hands.

Wong opened it to 90,000 in the small blind and Do called out of the big blind. Both players checked the {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop and the {j-Diamonds} was dealt on the turn. This time Wong would lead for 110,000 and Do would make the call as an {8-Hearts} hit the river. This time Wong bet 245,000 and Do made a fairly quick call.

When Do called, Wong sent his cards straight into the muck face down and Do turned over his {jc{7-Diamonds} for a turned pair.

Chip Counts
Nicholas Wong 1,700,000 -100,000 neg
Hoang Anh Do 1,500,000 250,000 pos

Do Makes Big Double

Posted 2012-04-30 GMT+8

Nicholas Wong opened the small blind to 95,000 and Hoang Anh Do called in the big blind as the dealer readied three cards to be spread across the felt.

Flop: {7-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

On the flop, Wong led for 140,000 and Do counted out his stack before shoving all in. It was 370,000 more to Wong and he started thinking out loud, working out the odds of his call. He came to the conclusion that he would make the call and the two turned their hands over.

Wong: {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Do: {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}

It was a set for Do that would be improved to quads as the dealer flipped over an {8-Hearts} on the turn. The meaningless river changed nothing as Do took the double-up and put a dent in Wong's large stack.

Chip Counts
Nicholas Wong 1,800,000 -550,000 neg
Hoang Anh Do 1,250,000 625,000 pos

Do and Duff

Posted 2012-04-30 GMT+8

Hoang Anh Do has been bleeding chips the last ten minutes or so and that continued on his most recent encounter with Alistair Duff.

The two players checked on the flop and turn on a board showing {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{q-Spades}{4-Diamonds}. On the river, Do check-called a bet of 40,000 from Duff. Do's hand would end up in the muck as Duff turned over {a-Spades}{8-Spades} for a pair of aces.

Chip Counts
Alistair Duff 1,550,000 150,000 pos
Hoang Anh Do 625,000 -175,000 neg

Do Loses Ground

Posted 2012-04-30 GMT+8

Hoang Anh Do has been bleeding chips the last few hands. There hasn't been any spectacularly big hand that saw him lose chips, but instead it just seems his opponents have hands every time he tries to get involved in a pot. A recent hand saw Alistair Duff open the button to 60,000. Do then three-bet to 175,000 from the small blind, which prompted Duff to immediately move all in. It was too strong for Do as he let his hand go.

Chip Counts
Alistair Duff 1,400,000 250,000 pos
Hoang Anh Do 800,000 -350,000 neg

Level 25 started


Three Handed Counts

Posted 2012-04-30 GMT+8

Here is how the three remaining players stack up. Nicholas Wong is out in front, while Alistair Duff and Hoang Anh Do are hovering on the same size stack.

Chip Counts
Nicholas Wong 2,350,000 50,000 pos
Alistair Duff 1,150,000 -250,000 neg
Hoang Anh Do 1,150,000 270,000 pos

Michael Kanaan Eliminated in 4th Place (PHP 1,592,000)

Posted 2012-04-30 GMT+8
Michael Kanaan - 4th Place
Michael Kanaan - 4th Place

Michael Kanaan's hopes of becoming just the third person ever to win both an ANZPT title and an APPT title has just come to an end.

It started when Nicholas Wong opened it up to 65,000 from under the gun. Michael Kanaan was in the small blind and jammed all in for a touch over 500,000. Wong got out of his chair and studied the whole table. He wanted to know how much his two other competitors had before making his decision. Eventually he got all the information he needed and would make the call.

Wong: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Kanaan: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

The {8-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop was a safe one for Kanaan, but the {a-Spades} on the turn was deadly. The {q-Hearts} on the river completed the board and poured salt in Kanaan's wound as he goes home in 4th place.

Chip Counts
Nicholas Wong 2,300,000 850,000 pos
Michael Kanaan Busted

Kanaan and Duff Getting Cozy

Posted 2012-04-30 GMT+8

Back-to-back battles between Mike Kanaan and Alistair Duff have gone to Duff. First Kanaan limped the small blind and Duff checked the big blind. Kanaan opened a flop of {6-Spades}{q-Spades}{k-Diamonds} for 35,000; Duff raised to 85,000. Kanaan fired back a raise of his own, to 140,000, but Duff would not be dissuaded. He moved all in and induced a fold from Kanaan.

The next hand Kanaan opened the button pre-flop to 65,000. Duff three-bet out of the small blind, making the price of a flop 150,000 and driving big blind Nick Wong out of the hand. Kanaan called the re-raise, and another 145,000 more on a flop of {2-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{q-Clubs}. When the turn came {K-Hearts}, Duff moved all in for around 700,000. Again Kanaan folded.

Chip Counts
Alistair Duff 1,400,000 500,000 pos
Michael Kanaan 700,000 -500,000 neg

Kanaan Mucks But Do Shows Anyway

Posted 2012-04-30 GMT+8 • Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Three very active players are left among our final four, and two of them just played a decent-sized pot. Hoang Anh Do opened to 65,000 from the small blind pre-flop and Michael Kanaan called. Both players checked a ten-high flop, {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{10-Spades}. The turn {j-Spades} brought another check from Do and a bet of 75,000 from Kanaan. Do called, then check-called another 105,000 on the {8-Hearts} river. Kanaan turbo-mucked as soon as Do announced a call, but that didn't stop Do from showing {a-Spades}{8-Clubs}, a pair of 8s.

Amit Varma Eliminated in 5th Place (PHP 1,317,000)

Posted 2012-04-30 GMT+8
Amit Varma - 5th Place
Amit Varma - 5th Place

The last hand of the last Indian standing in today's final table began when Nicholas Wong opened it up to 65,000 from under the gun. The action then flew around to Amit Varma in the small blind and he shoved all in for slightly less than 500,000. Wong instantly made the call and the two players turned their hands over.

Varma: {a-Spades}{10-Spades}
Wong: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}

Varma was going to need some help to survive and it would be help that never came as a {2-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} board was spread across the felt. For his 5th place finish, Varma joins Sameer Rattonsey on the rail and goes home with PHP 1,317,000

Chip Counts
Nicholas Wong 1,450,000 520,000 pos
Amit Varma Busted
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Winner Hoang Anh Do
Winning Hand ♠A♠8
Prize 5,927,000

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000

Players Info