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APPT7 Macau: Kenneth Leong wins massive late pot, seizes chip lead for final

Forty players were eliminated on day three of APPT7 Macau, and each will go home with a detailed story of their tournament. Some will know they were fortunate to get as far as they did, others will lament a missed opportunity.

But while each tale is no doubt fascinating for myriad reasons, all anyone really cares about at this stage is who didn't get knocked out. Who made it to the last day?

Here's the answer, in the form of the line-up for tomorrow's final table, where the survivors go looking for a first prize of HK $2,165,000 (approximately US $279,355).

Seat 1 - Jay Tan, Hong Kong, 158,000
Seat 2 - Ling Tong, China, 889,000
Seat 3 - Shuyang Yu, China, 950,000
Seat 4 - Hao Tian, China, 286,000
Seat 5 - Alexandre Chieng, China, PokerStars player, 1,137,000
Seat 6 - Kenneth Leong, Hong Kong, 2,012,000
Seat 7 - Nan Hong, China, 824,000
Seat 8 - Khac Trung Tran, Australia, 340,000
Seat 9 - Dinesh Alt, Switzerland, PokerStars qualifier, 1,560,000

The chip leader is Kenny Leong, who knocked out the dangerous Vladimir Troyanovskiy in a massive late pot. Leong rivered a flush after Troyanovskiy had turned a straight and the pot was worth more than a million chips. Leong doubled it by the end of the day and is the only man with more than two million.

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Kenneth Leong, chip leader

Dinesh Alt was another who had one of those days that started steadily, built up momentum and then ended with an enormous bang. He eliminated Ern Boon Chiew on the final hand of the night in a come-from-behind sickener. The two went to battle when Alt was only armed with 8♣7♥, to Chiew's pocket eights.

But two sevens flopped and that catapulted Alt into second place when the tournament starts again tomorrow.

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Dinesh Alt: three sevens good for huge pot

Up until that point, Chiew had been one of three players making most of the noise on that table, alongside Leong and Shuyang Yu. All of them eliminated their fair share of the 40 who went broke, but the two late pots against Troyanovskiy and Chiew were decisive.

They line up alongside the vocal Hao Tian, who bawled the house down when he pulled off repeated double ups, and the crowd-favourite Jay Tan, one of four women to start the day but the only one through to the deepest stages.

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Hao Tian: shouting all the way to the final table

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Jay Tan: last woman standing

The best way to catch up on all that happened is to scroll through the live updates panel at the top of the main APPT Macau page, which is nothing if not comprehensive.

Our feature coverage from day two took a forensic examination of the bubble period, which lasted 12 hands and was high on drama. We also coined a new poker term: bubble creeper. Click the link above for an explanation.

Team PokerStars Pro's Celina Lin then talked us through the story of women players on the Asian poker circuit, watching proudly as four women made the money here.

The aforementioned Troyanovskiy spent a lot of time eyeing up the high roller event, which also included his Asian counterpart Nick Wong. They never got to square off, so the Wong v Troyanovskiy high roller ding-dong will need to wait for another day.

So get yourself ready for another high-octane day tomorrow, but spare a thought for Manuel Blaschke, the only man not to cash. He came in with a big stack, lost loads of it in the first 11 hands of bubble play, and then had his aces cracked. He'll be the one telling the sorriest story tonight.

That's it from Macau. Play begins tomorrow at 2pm local time. Please join us.

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Kneeling room only at APPT Macau

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