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Solid Start for Aussies in Cebu

It has been a great showing from the ‘Land Down Under’ at Days 1a and 1b of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Cebu, with chip leaders from both starting flights being Australian.

Ivan Kalac finished Day 1a with the lead, with 110,100 chips to his name; while fellow countryman Milan Gurung finished just short of 100,000 chips on Day 1b. Gurung will be fourth on the chip ladder going into the second day of play, with Day 1a players Khac Trung Tran and Sotirios Koutopas sitting ahead of him with 105,900 and 101,800 chips respectively.

Also hailing from Australia, Tran also looks like he’s picked up from where he left off after reigning victorious at the APT Philippines Main Event in the capital, Manila last week. Tran, who won $124000 for his efforts at the APT Philippines, had a solid first day of play in Cebu and will be hoping to capitalise on the massive momentum he currently has going his way.

A total of 76 players will be back for the second day of play in the Main Event, all of whom will be gunning for the event’s top spot and the 3,948,000 Philippine Pesos (around US$97,000) cash prize that comes with it. It has been determined that at least 20 of the tournament’s best players will receive cash prizes, with a minimum of PHP 141,000 (around US$3,430) to be won.

Despite the abundance of and high participation in tournaments in the region over the last month, this year’s APPT Cebu Main Event has attracted a smaller field. Organisers had expected and hoped for at least 200 competitors on each of the two starting flights in this event. This was not to be, however, as 158 players took their seats for the entire tournament this year, down from the 246 player field that participated in the 2012’s Main Event in Cebu.

Despite this surprise, competition at this year’s tournament is solid and the standard of players is high. Sharks such as WSOP Asia Pacific Gold Bracelet winner Jim Collopy, 2012 APT India winner Sam Razavi and French pro Antoine Amourette have all made it to Day 2.

The APPT Cebu Main Event is set to be a four-day long affair, with the tourney’s final table set to take place this Sunday at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino. Other tournaments, such as a two-day knockout bounty no limit event and a no limit deep stack, will also be held over the next three days.

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