Poker players continued to be knocked out left, right and centre on the second day of play at the APPT Cebu Main Event in the Philippines. The day began with 76 players vying for the winner’s spot, but just 25 remained when it ended.
While the top spots on the chip ladder were dominated by Australians coming into Day 2, that dominance has now been lost. The current chip leader going into the third day is Daniel Spence, a little-known Canadian player hoping to make his mark in this tournament. Spence had a fabulous day of play in Cebu, bumping his chip stack up to 260,800 as he hopes to continue his stellar run on Day 3.
It wasn’t such a fabulous day for Ivan Kalac, however. Although the Australian came into the second day with the chip lead, a massive three way pot on the last level of the day did not go his way and he was knocked out of the tournament empty handed. Other high profile poker players such as Sam Razavi, Bryan Huang and Antoine Amourette were also knocked out on Day 2 of the Main Event.
Hot on the heels of Spence is Irish player Anthony Wright, who will go into the third day of play with 224,500 chips to his name. While he’s not as established as other players still in the tournament, Wright will be aiming to consolidate on his great play so far and further prove that it’s much more than just ‘luck of the Irish’.
Jim Collopy will also be one to watch out for as the Main Event progresses. The young Aussie is having a great year on the poker table, having placed third at the Aussie Millions No Limit Hold’em Six Max tourney in February. The man known as ‘MrBigQueso’ then became the first Australian to win a WSOP tournament on home soil when he took out the $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha event at last month’s WSOP Asia Pacific in Melbourne.
He will have 200,800 chips going into Day 3, good enough for third on the chip ladder. Given his great run of form on the poker circuit so far this year, Collopy will certainly be a favourite to make it into the final table and possibly even to take out the tournament’s top spot.
Day 3 of the APPT Cebu Main Event gets underway today at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, with the highly anticipated final table to be played on Sunday.