Khac Trung Tran wins the APT Philippines Main Event

Posted at 11:15 2013-04-25 by Matthew Pitt

Khac Trung Tran of Australia is the latest player to have his name written into the history books of the Asian poker Tour, after he won the APT Philippines Main Event on Wednesday evening.

APT Philippines Main Event Final Table

1Anthony Gabitan163,000
2Homan Houshiar177,000
3Tam Truong467,000
4Sekiya Yosuke675,000
5Tam Truong202,000
6Nam Le1,160,000
7Miller Zhang924,000
8Khac Trung Tran332,000

With the blind and antes starting at 8,000/16,000/2,000a it was no surprise that the action was fast and furious from the word go, as the short stacks tried to double up and avoid elimination. One such double up came when Homan Houshiar’s {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} stayed ahead of Tam Truong’s {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} to leave Truong nursing a micro-stack.

This tiny stack went into the middle of the felt soon after when Sekiya Yosuke opened to 32,000, Truong shoved for 39,000 and Nam Le called. The flop came down {7-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, Le bet 45,000 and Yosuke called. The {3-Clubs} turn saw Le bet 60,000 and Yosuke call once more. The {10-Hearts} river slowed Le down and he checked, then folded when Yosuke bet 175,000. Truong turned over {J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, which was second best to Yosuke’s pocket kings. Truong exited in eighth place.

Twenty-five minutes later and Miller Zhang’s tournament ended abruptly. Zhang started the day second in chips but nothing went right for him and he busted in seventh place. His final hand saw him all in with {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} against the {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} of Le, who then spiked a ten on the flop to send Zhang to the rail.

Shortly after Zhang’s demise, Le claimed another scalp. Anthony Gabitan open-shoved for 100,000 chips with what turned out to be {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and Le decided to look him up with {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}. Neither player improved on a {2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{J-Clubs} and Gabitan fell in sixth place.

Mere minutes later and Houshiar was sent to the sidelines having being eliminated in fifth place. A preflop raising war between Houshiar and Trung Tran resulted in the former being all in for 320,000 chips, his tournament life in the hands of the {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} displayed in front of him. Trung Tran turned over {A-Spades}{J-Hearts} and when the board ran out {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}{A-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{9-Hearts} Houshiar’s tournament was over.

Fourth place went to Le after he bluffed off his stack to Trung Tran. All the chips went into the middle preflop Le’s 1,000,000 stack at risk with just {K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. Tran showed {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} . Both players aired their king on the flop but when an eight failed to materialise, Le’s dreams of becoming an APT champion were smashed to smithereens.

That hand left Trung Tran with a massive 2,690,000 stack, more than three-times the number of chips of his rivals! Tran continued to apply pressure to his opponents and finally found himself heads-up when his {6-Clubs}{6-Spades} held against the {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} of Yosuke.

The one-on-one stage of the APT Philippines Main Event only last two hands before it was all over. Thang Truong opened to 100,000 and then called when Tran three-bet all in. Tran showed {Q-Hearts}{J-Spades} to Truong’s {A-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Tran needed to hit the board in order to avoid doubling up his opponents. And hit he did, as he paired his jack on the flop, turned two pair and then completed a full house on the river to become APT Philippines’ champion.

APT Philippines Main Event Final Table Results

RankPlayerPrize (USD)
1stKhac Trung tran$124,000
2ndThang Truong$71,600
3rdSekiya Yosuke$48,700
4thNam Le$34,800
5thHoman Houshiar$28,300
6thAnthony Gabitan$22,900
7thMiller Zhang$18,400
8thTam Truong$14,900

Lead image courtesy of the APT Live Reporting Team

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