APT: Aussie Millions champ still the man to catch in Manila

He started the day with the chip lead and finished the day with the chip lead – can anyone stop the region’s hottest player from claiming yet another major title? That’s the question being posed by the 41 players who’ll start day three of the APT Philippines Main Event at Resorts World Manila in pursuit of 2012 Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel.

But the Melburnian needed a slice of luck along the way as reported by Poker Portal Asia when he shoved all-in early in the day holding bottom two-pair on a flop of Qd-9s-10h. Tommy Le snap-called and showed K-J for the nut straight only to watch running diamonds make a flush for Speidel.

Speidel’s spot at the top of the chip count was then secured after landing pocket aces on the second last hand of the day. Jordan Kaplan found himself all-in after a pre-flop raising war only to discover that his pocket kings were in a world of hurt. The board ran out queen-high and Speidel was back in the lead.

Korea’s Han Wook Kim finished the day in second chip position after starting day two as the outright short stack while other notables still in the hunt for the title include 2010 APPT Manila champion Binh Nguyen, Mike Kim, Steve Yea, Toto Leonidas and Hong Kong-based Aussie David Steicke. Other Australians still in the hunt for the title are Ryan Hong (13th), Adam Monaghan (22nd) and Chris Edgar (42nd).

APT Philippines Main Event end of day 2 chip count

1 Oliver Speidel (Australia) 378,000
2 Han Wook Kim (Korea) 318,800
3 Janno Alvarez (Philippines) 193,900
4 Binh Nguyen (United States) 183,000
5 Antonio Martins (Portugal) 177,600
6 Neo Zhi Han (Singapore) 174,500
7 Mike Kim (United States) 161,000
8 Yu Kurita (Japan) 147,600
9 Sj Kim (Korea) 138,300
10 Steve Yea (Korea) 119,600
11 Conrad Coetzer (South Africa) 110,300
12 Toto Leonidas (Philippines) 104,100
13 Ryan Hong (Australia) 103,300
14 David Steicke (Hong Kong) 102,900
15 Franklin Acfalle (Guam) 100,000
16 Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) 98,000
17 Nam Le (United States) 83,000
18 Michael Cua (Philippines) 82,600
19 Anthony Wright (Ireland) 76,800
20 Nicandro Filart jr (Philippines) 71,800
21 Luu Thans Thu (USA) 70,600
22 Adam Monaghan (Australia) 66,700
23 Martin Elliot (UK) 66,000
24 Song Wang (China) 62,400
25 Divan Le Roux (South Africa) 61,100
26 Mustafa Fawaz (Lebanon) 59,700
27 Roman Grigoryev (Russia) 56,600
28 McLean Karr (United States) 55,700
29 Philip Padron (Philippines) 54,000
30 Viacheslav Poskonin (Russia) 51,100
31 Brandon Wong (Korea) 50,400
32 Jefferson Macazo (Philippines) 43,700
33 Sangeeth Mohan (India) 41,700
34 Mario Castro (Macau) 32,700
35 Edison Marzan (Philippines) 31,400
36 Norihisa Okada (Japan) 31,000
37 Sekiya Yosuke (Japan) 30,400
38 David Jacobs (29,600)
39 Kenneth Leong Yuen Kiong (Hong Kong) 28,000
40 Joe Marchal (Guam) 21,400
41 Jun Te (Philippines) 21,300
42 Chris Edgar (Australia) 19,900

• Chip counts with thanks to Poker Portal Asia

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