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Sunday, August 26, 2007 

APPT Final Table Has Begun, Last Filipino Gets a Bad Beat with AA!

Here we are, day 3 of the biggest Poker tournament in the history of Asia. I'm fortunately sitting here with all the other internet media/blogger people from all over the world as i write this down. Pokerstars has built an awesome TV venue out of the Hyatt Ballroom here, and the air here is simply electrifying.
You can feel the intensity of the atmosphere as everyone braces themselves for some final table action.

It is just the third hand of the day and Kazuhiro Sato of Japan has just moved all in! Apparently nobody wants to risk too much this early when everyone folds.

The same man has just gone all in for the third time, and Derick H. wakes up with pocket queens! He calls the all in and Sato shows A-9. Flop comes A-K-T. No help from turn and river for Derrick and he gets hurt bad while Sato doubles up.

A couple of hands later, Derick raises from early positon, only to be re-raised by young american player Brett Parise, an online qualifier who won his seat through a Pokerstars Satellite. Derick goes in the tank for several seconds then makes what seems to be a desperation all-in given his recent bad beat. Brett Calls him and Derick triumphantly flips over Pocket Rockets! Brett shows Pocket Tens and is dominated 4-1.

The poker gods had other ideas and decided to be even more cruel to the last Filipino standing when the flop came J-9-T, giving Brett a set of tens. Turn and River didnt help Derick, and he is officially out of the tournament. He won $11,386 for his efforts. Good job man! We all know that if not for those bad beats, you would have taken this whole thing down!

So Action continues, and the only person left to cheer for is our good friend Ira from the Bangkok crew.

I'll be updating again very soon today, so stay tuned.


Overall, what a great experience for our young poker community. After today, Poker is going to go into hyperdrive all over Asia and the Philippines, and we will be at the forefront of all of it, we being the Filipino poker Community. We have all come a long way from our humble beginnings from 2-3 years ago, and now we are ready to take on the competitive tournament poker circuit at the world stage, as proven by Derick who made the final table and had to take 2 bad beats in a row just to get eliminated!

Go Philippines!

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  • The best poker I've ever played has always entailed peace. A relaxed comfort. Eyes open, ears open, radar up. Absorbing my opponent's every message. Taking them as they come. Not mixing what those messages are with what I want them to be. It's like an aerial view. A view from above the myriad luck-dependent reactions of those many people who never gain such a peace. And when you gain that view, that peace - when you'd rather have the truth, no matter how disappointing, over a false hope, no matter how desirable - then you're a player. The hand you're on slips into a stream of thousands of other hands, no one of which, because of your lofty view, seems unduly important, no false fearful emotions rise within you. When you gain the peace of lofty perspective, you're a player, and when you're a player, you're free.- from "King of a Small World" by Rick Benett
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