Korean triumphs at PokerStars APPT Cebu

Dong-bin Han
Dong-bin Han was unstoppable at the 2009 PokerStars APPT Cebu.

Korean-born Dong-bin Han took first place in the largest poker tournament ever held in the Philippines this weekend.

Han outlasted 317 players and then beat American qualifier David Hilton heads-up to become the first Korean winner on the PokerStars APPT and take home APPT Cebu's first place prize of $158,000.

Fellow Korean Sim Somyung took third place for $60,000.

Korean players also had a strong presence at last year's APPT event in the Philippines, where three made the final table finishing second, third and fourth.

Mark Pagsuyuin was the only Filipino player who made the final table of APPT Cebu this year and he busted out in sixth place.

Vietnamese-American Nam Le was the most well-known player to go deep in APPT Cebu, but he finished in 12th place narrowly missing out on the final table. Le won the APPT Macau High Rollers event for $473,915 in 2008.

This marks the third year that PokerStars has hosted an APPT event in the Philippines, but this time around organizers switched the venue from downtown Manila to the more scenic Shangri-La resort in the province of Cebu.

The next stop on the APPT schedule is the grand final in Sydney, which takes place Dec. 1-6, 2009. Satellites for the event are currently running on PokerStars.

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