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APPT Cebu Day 1 – Zalac Out In Front

beach PhilippinesWell April is now out of the way and we kick off May with a tournament on the very first day, with the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cebu getting underway. The event is in the tropical climate of Cebu in the Philippines meaning that the players not only get a good poker fix but also an excellent holiday in the process.

Day 1a has just finished up after it had attracted 81 players for a short six hour session that started at noon local time. Just 40 of those players will be returning for Day 2 though as almost half the field were sent packing on the opening flight of Day 1.

The player that currently leads the event is Ivan Zalac after he put in a very consistent performance to finish the day on 109,100 chips. He does have a couple of big names in the chasing pack though as we have the British Pro Sam Razavi, who always does well in tournaments on this continent and PokerStars Team pro Bryan Huang both getting through to Day 2.

Whilst those big names managed to make it through, we did lose some in PokerStars Team Pro and former winner of this event Vivian Im, Jordan Westmorland and the usually consistent Dan Kelly all falling by the wayside.

Amongst the leaders of the event we also have Trung Tran who had a big win in the Philippines not so long ago after winning the APT Manila Main Event and taking home $124,000.

Once Day 1b has started we will be able to bring you a breakdown of the prize pool and how much the top players will take home for a deep run. With the field expected to be far larger tomorrow, this could mean a very nice top prize for the winner.

The Current Standings!

Ivan Zalac – 109,100

Trung Tran – 105,900

Antoine Amourette – 69,600

Sam Razavi – 42,200

Ted Wang – 42,000

Savio Chan – 38,000

Akira Ohyama – 34,700

Stephen Chidwick – 22,000

Bryan Huang – 19,800

Day 1b will be kicking off at the same time tomorrow with a new batch of players looking to navigate their way into Day 2 of the event. As with any event, we are expecting a larger attendance for the second flight with the survivors all joining the 41 from Day 1a into Day 2 on Friday.

So come back tomorrow for the report on Day 1b, where you will find all of the information that you need.

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