Ivan Zalac Leads the Way at APPT Cebu

Ivan Zalac Leads the Way at APPT CebuWhen survivors of the two Day 1 fields combine later today for Day 2 of the APPT Cebu Main Event, Australian Ivan Zalac will lead the 76 remaining players.

Zalac, who final tabled in the NL Hold´em Cebu Cup earlier this week, gained most of his chips when eliminating compatriot David Borg on Day 1A of the Cebu Main Event J J♣ > A♣ K and takes a narrow chip advantage into Day 2 ahead of two further Day 1A players – Khac Tran (recent winner of the APT Manila Main Event) and Sotirios Koutopas.

81 and 77 players respectively ponied up the 100K Philippines Peso buy-in (~$2,500) for the APPT Cebu Main Event, but Day 1B was definitely the more subdued of the two after the APPT Cebu Beach Party the night before. Australian Milan Gurung finished Day 1B with the biggest chip stack, while players such as Chane Kampanatsanyakorn (spell-check that!) and Jim Collopy (recent winner of the Pot Limit Omaha WSOP APAC bracelet) also managed to nurse their hangovers through to the end of the day.

Playing Down to the Money on Day 2?

With half the field already gone after just six levels of play, it is likely that players who get through Day 2 of the APPT Cebu Main Event at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino will be guaranteed a min-cash of PHP 141,000 (~$3,500 – the top 20 will get paid), with Sunday´s winner collecting an impressive looking PHP 3,948,000, which equates to just short of $100,000.

In addition to the players mentioned above, those still in with a shout of coming away from the Philippines with Pesos in their pockets include UK poker player Stephen Chidwick (22,000 chips) and Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang (19,800 chips) – although Huang´s Team Pro colleagues Vivian Im (a former winner of the APPT Cebu Main Event), Celina Lin and Raymond Wu have all bust from the tournament and will have to spend today discussing bad beats down on the beach.


It was not just the players who had a subdued Day 1B of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cebu Main Event – those responsible for the chip counts at the end of the day were pretty ‘erratic’ as well (Sam Ravazi shows as having 42,200 chips and as having busted on the same list). Therefore the following chip counts should not be relied upon as ‘gospel’, but as an indication of where the players stand in relation to each other.

# APPT Cebu – Selected Chip Counts Chips
1 Ivan Zalac 109,100
2 Khac Tran 105,900
3 Sotirios Koutopas 101,800
4 Milan Gurung 99,900
5 Choi Young Su 88,700
6 Timo Kohijoki 86,700
7 William Mcauley 81,500
8 Daniel Francis 77,500
9 Antoine Amourette 69,600
10 Chane Kampanatsanyakorn 64,400