Neil Arce takes down APT Philippines

Neil Arce takes down APT Philippines

Monday, 2 February 2009

Neil Arce held the chiplead on Day 1a of the APT Manila. By the final table he was third in chips and faced internationally-known pros such as Liz Lieu and Kasey Castle.

Eventually he and Steven Yea got down to the heads-up stage. He got it all-in in the final hand as a 3-1 underdog, holding KQ to Yea’s AK. The turn of a raggy board brought the Qh, however, and a non-Ace river shipped him the title.

“This is just great,” said Arce, who is a well known figure on the Filipino poker circuit through running the Metro Card Club in Manila. “I always felt it would come down to me and Steve. For me the key to winning the tournament was position. I was so lucky that Steve was sat on my right – if he was on my left it would have been a completely different final table. I played with Steve all day yesterday when he was on a charge and kept out of his way. I knew that to get anywhere at the final table I had to keep applying pressure and my game plan worked perfectly.”

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