PAGCOR Chairman's Cup: Huntly leads the pack

After yesterday's performance of tinderbox poker, a day that reduced 99 players to 44, it was always a long shot to expect the same level of attrition today. But we weren't far off.
With ten more players starting today, 109 were whittled down to 59 just without much of the flash bang. Still, those who made it through had traversed some tricky territory, many coming a long way to do so.

It may be thousands of miles from home, Queen and country, but a British player, by-passed any culture shock today, having a big day in Manila. Then again he does live in Hong Kong. Gordon Huntly tops the lot, finishing on 118,000.

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Gordon Huntly

Like the chip leader Mike Takayama yesterday, Huntly's day pivoted around one hand. It came against Luis Mendoza, an all-in move, called for a pot worth more than 50,000. Huntly had him topped with ace-king over ace-queen and never looked back.

Behind him the pack jostled for their own advantage, among them local man Marc Rivera who finished a close second with 102400. Behind him Jose Garcia bagged up 79,800 and John Tech, 71,000.

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Marc Rivera

Following in the footsteps of Barry Greenstein, representing Team PokerStars Pro on day one, were Celina Lin and Bryan Huang, both of whom played today. For Huang it wasn't a great session. He crashed out before dinner, taking on Sebastin Smonte Jnr with what he would describe as a bad call, nines against Smonte Jnr's pocket kings.

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Bryan Huang

Lin fared better, surviving a day of uneventful progress, carefully amassing a stack of 33,000 to bag up tonight.

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Celina Lin

That's it for another day at the PAGCOR Chairman's Cup in Manila. Tomorrow will be the last of the first day flights with the likes of Nam Le and Tony Hachem, fresh from his victory a few hours ago in the ANZPT Perth, in transit to the Philippines. That all starts at 1pm local time.

Our thanks to our two photographers in Manila Christian Te and Spam Jzlzndoni, whose may or may not get his emails answered. And if you sometimes run hot and cold don't forget that the EPT Snowfest starts later today in sub zero Austria, with a dress code of ski boots, bright pink jump suits and plaster of Paris. No flip flops or ripped jeans please.

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Pool champion Alex Pagulayan, one of the survivors of day 1b, with 17,000

That's half way around the world in the Alps, for us though it's a balmy evening in beautiful Manila. Good night from us, see you tomorrow for day 1C.