PokerStars 2009 Asia Pacific Poker Tournament (APPT) Cebu Won By Dong-Bin HanNovember 17, 2009 10:46 am
Dong-Bin Han from Korea has won the 2009 Asian Pacific Poker Tour Main Event after overcoming a field of 319 players over five days to lift the title and claim $148,200 in prize money.
The tournament, which took place at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa on Mactan island, Philippines, saw the field reduced by about half by the end of Day 1 and by the end of Day 2 just 40 players remained, all of which had made it into the money.
As Day 4 got underway, all nine players took their seats at the final table with Mark Pagsuyuin the only Philippino player still remaining in the competition. He eventually exited in sixth place after his A9 went up against Dong-Bin Han’s A 10 and took away $17,500 for his deep run in the tournament.
A little later, Han eliminated what was his fourth final table victim after busting Terry Fan out in fifth ($29,000), having called his pocket 8’s all in with pocket Q’s. It was eventual heads-up challenger, American David Hilton who eliminated the next final table hopeful in fourth ($40,728), when he called a short-stacked Kevin Clark’s A9 all-in push holding pocket 9’s. Dong-Bin Han then halted Sim Somyoung’s tournament life in third ($58,000) when he called his K J all-in holding pocket 8’s thus setting up the heads-up battle with Hilton.
Although the chip stacks started fairly even at about 3 million a piece, Hilton quickly increased his stack to 4.6 million when his full house beat Han’s trip kings. An hour later Han was back out in front through aggressive play and the defining hand came when Hilton holding Q J limped in, only to push all-in after Han raised him holding pocket Q’s. Despite a promising flop of 10-9-4, a straight failed to materialise and Hilton was eliminated in second place for $101,800.
Dong-bin Han, on the other hand won the $148,200 first-place prize and in so doing secured his first major live tournament title.
The next APT tour starts on 1st December in Sydney, Australia.