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Nam Le Leads as APT Philippines Main Event Reaches Its Final Table

Posted at 10:00 2013-04-24 by Matthew Pitt

Nam Le is in pole position to add an Asian Poker Tour title to his already impressive poker resume as he leads the final eight players in the APT Philippines Main Event.

Day 3 of the APT Philippines Main Event saw 27 players return to their seats in the Resorts World Manila, each hoping to progress to Wednesday’s eight-handed final table. Abid Riaz became the first casualty of the day when he committed his stack with {A-}{K-} on a {A-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} board against Stephen Chidwick. Riaz’s hand was in good shape because Chidwick held a dominated {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}, but Chidwick improved to two pair when the {Q-Spades} landed on the river to bust Riaz.

Riaz’s exit seemed to open the floodgates and there was a steady stream of eliminations for the rest of the day’s play. The highly talented Jordan Westmorland finished in 17th place when his {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} lost out to Miller Zhang’s {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, then current APT player of the Year Sam Razavi squeezed all in with {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and couldn’t get there to beat Nam Le’s pocket tens.

The aforementioned Chidwick fell in 13th spot, ending a remarkable run and Chidwick’s seat had not even gone cold when Dan “djk123” Kelly busted out in 12th place.

Andrew Gaw started Day 3 as the chip leader, but he fell just shy of the final by busting in 11th place. Gaw’s {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs} was never in good shape against the {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} of Khac Trung Tran, and although Gaw paired his nine on a {5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{9-Hearts} board, it was a case of too little too late and he busted out.

Glenn Slater crashed out in 10th spot and when a short stacked Pakihal Lisawad’s {K-Clubs}{8-Hearts} couldn’t improve against the {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} of Sekiya Yosuke, the final table was set.

APT Philippines Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

RankPlayerChips
1stNam Le1,160,000
2ndMiller Zhang924,000
3rdSekiya Yosuke675,000
4thThang Truong467,000
5thKhac Trung Tran332,000
6thTam Truong202,000
7thHoman Housiar177,000
8thAnthony Gabitan163,000

Play in the APT Philippines Main Event restarts at 13:00 local time and will continue until the champion is crowned. It would take a brave person to bet against Le at this stage, but there are still some solid players in with a chance of causing an upset in the finale.

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