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By Jeremy Coleman

Once the remaining 35 players were rested, fed and watered, it was back to business. Our guys needed to up their game in order to see out the final four levels of the day to make it into Day 2 on Saturday.

Jason Gibson had to make a move having such a short stack and was happy to look down and see A-K in his first hand after the dinner break. He pushed all in a found a caller looking to pick him off. Luckily, the flop was no good to either player and Jason’s ace high was good enough for an early double up.

Daniel Haglund was very quiet at the table, only getting involved in a few hands. More often than not, though, he managed to pick up the few pots he contested.

Fellow Swede Erik Backlund is another quiet yet determined player who also knows when to pick his moments. His luck went up and down, just like his chip stack

Back on the other table Jason was still short stacked and needing to double up again to give him enough chips to play with. After an hour of being card dead he had A-Q and decided it was time to make a move. Jason was hoping someone with half a hand would call his all in raise and one duly came along for the ride. Sadly, the caller had a pair of 10s and made a set on the river, sending Jason to the rail.

At half past midnight the 10 levels were over and all the chips were counted, named and bagged. There were only 19 players from the 80 who started and Daniel and Erik were among those in the hat for Day 2. Time for a well deserved beer for our two stars from Sweden. Here are the full details of the chip counts at the end Day 1A:


1 Neil Arce (Philippines) $85,800
2 Norihito Suzuki (Japan) $76,600
3 Anders Anderson (Denmark) $69,400
4 Frederick Hernandez (Philippines) $52,500
5 Robert Carlsson (USA) $52,500
6 Casey Kastle (USA) $51,500
7 Cicurel (Switzerland) $50,100
8 Eddie Hearn (UK) $45,400
9 Triccia David (Philippines) $41,700
10 David Wells (UK) $36,800
11 Cristophe Petitclerc (France) $34,700
12 Adalberto Orrigo (Italy) $33,800
13 Yoshie Watanabe (Japan) $32,700
14 Wally Sombero (Philippines) $22,300
15 Erik Backlund (Sweden) $21,200*
16 Daniel Haglund (Sweden) $13,300*
17 Vesa Leikos (Finland) $13,100
18 Vicente Pena (Philippines) $11,500
19 Krjae Park (Korea) $6,100

* Denotes player

Undoing the Chino

There’s was still plenty of poker being played, with the railbirds filling up the cash game tables and the latter stages of a big satellite for tomorrow’s Day 1B.

Over on the high stakes cash game table there was plenty of interest in David ‘Chino’ Reem who is on one of the hottest streaks in poker at the moment, having reached the final table of the WSOP and picking up a WPT title at the Bellagio recently.

On one hand Chino moved all in on a king high flop. The action folded round to Chris Roh of Korea who was last year’s runner up in the APT Manila Main Event. Chris thought for a long time before making the call. With approximately the equivalent of $6,000 in the pot there was plenty at stake. Chino turned over K-6 for top pair.

‘What do have?’ asked Chino. ‘Do you have a king? Do you have queens?’ Chino implored of his stony faced opponent. Chris took an age to turn over a pair of nines and Chino was certainly surprised at the call.

‘Nines? You called me with nines?’ asked Chino as he looked forward to a big pay day. The crowd was gathering as the excitement level grew and everyone was stunned as the turn brought the 9 of hearts to give Roh a set and leaving Chino in big trouble.

The river bricked and everyone was a bit shell shocked for a moment, including Chino who must have been surprised to lose that hand. Not that it mattered too much; this is a guy who has won about $3 million in the last few months alone. He simply bought another load of chips and then doubled up a few hands later.

Tomorrow sees’s 14 remaining qualifiers begin their quest. I’ll let you know how they get on.


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