APPT Macau 2007 15k: Juanda’s stocks rising but Greenstein is bust

By Sean Callander

A storm has just swept up the Pearl River Delta into the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino, and its name is John Juanda.

The 36-year-old, who’s won almost $7 million in tournament poker, is well placed to add more than $US380,000 to his bank balance after dominating levels five and six in the PokerStars.net $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller Event.

His latest victim was legendary casino host Yosh Nakano, another player who made the trip especially to Macau to play in this tournament.

After Nakano raised to 1200, Juanda reraised to 5000 and Nakano pushed all-in with As Js. Juanda’s read was again impeccable as he called with Ad Kh. The board of 6s 9c 2c 3s 7h did not improve either hand, and it was ‘sayonara’ for the Californian-based poker pro.

Juanda was also responsible for ending a miserable day for Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso. After raising to 1000 under-the-gun, Rousso (in the big blind) was the only caller.

It was check-check on the flop of 2s 5d 8c, but Rousso came to life after the turn of 9c, betting 1900. Juanda bumped it up to 4800, and Rousso moved over the top all-in for 11,000.

Juanda called and showed pocket deuces, while Rousso was drawing dead with her Ah 9h.

Another head on Juanda’s wall of victims is Guillaume Patry, who turned in a career best fifth at yesterday’s APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open final table.

Again, Juanda made a faultless call with kings against Patry’s queens, with the board of As 4s 6c 9c 4h ending the Canadian’s hopes of a second final table in as many days.


APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event Table One
APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event Table One



We’ve also lost the popular choice of many players to take out this event: Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein. It was a slow death for Greenstein, who was wounded by Aussie Van Marcus before being KOed by Alan Sass.


APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Van Marcus
APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Van Marcus


Marcus slashed Greenstein’s stack down to just 14,000, when he pushed all-in for 9700 on a flop of 2d 5d 6c, with Greenstein making the call.

The dual WSOP bracelet winner showed 3h 4d, while Marcus (a PokerStars Supernova and final table participant at the APPT event in Manila) turned over 6d 7d for top pair and a flush draw, which he filled on the turn with the 9d.

Other players to have been eliminated include APPT Seoul main event champion Ziv Bachar, Team PokerStars’ Terrance Chan, American David Machowsky, Franco Mabanta from the Philippines


APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Emad Tahtou, Franco Mabanta, Isabelle Mercier
APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Emad Tahtou, Franco Mabanta, Isabelle Mercier


Approximate chip count


  • John Juanda (USA) 106,000

  • Tony Ng (Hong Kong) 103,000

  • Emad Tahtouh (Australia) 62,000

  • Daniel Schreiber (USA) 39,000

  • Bo Sehlstedt (Sweden) 36,000



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