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APPT7 Macau: Thrilling finish to day two means tension spills over

We knew the bubble was approaching when we entered the final level of play last night, on day two of APPT7 Macau. There were 52 players still involved, each of whom knew the money kicked in at 48. The race was on: would four players bust before the clock ticked through its 60 minutes?

During the first 45 of those, only one player was eliminated. It seemed as if the counter had been stuck on 51, the first period of time the number has not been decreasing in a blur. But any thoughts that the classically European fashion of stalling had made it over to the east were soon laid to rest: with only two hands left to play at least four players were all in. Dealers tore through the hands without a moment's pause, and there was a very real possibility that the bubble might burst right at the death.

Nick Wong knocked somebody out, getting it in good, then falling behind when the flop brought two pairs for his opponent, but then turning a straight to send his adversary packing. Someone also wandered away forlornly from table one, tucked in the corner of the poker room. But news reached via the microphone that another player on the other side of the room had doubled up, meaning we were left with 49, precisely one away from the money.

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Nick Wong did his best to burst the bubble last night

And that's where we pick up the story today, knowing that we will begin under circumstances unique to this stage in a tournament: hand-for-hand play to kick things off, with the next player out sure to be looking at that hotel bill from last night and this morning's breakfast receipt wondering whether they might rather have joined the sorry trio who were dispatched 15 hours ago.

Here is a reminder of how they are positioned today. There's at least one short stack on pretty much every table, so it'll be tough for the vultures to know where to hover to get the first peck at the freshly slain cadaver. Stick around and we'll have all the information about these captivating early encounters as and when they have played out.

Click through to see full list of payouts.

(Table, seat, name, chips)

1 1 Kosei Ichinose 365,000
1 2 Yan Cui 484,000
1 3 Mathew Brian Pecker 38,000
1 4 Jordan Westmorland 40,500
1 5 Hao Tian 93,500
1 7 Nick Cho Fai Wong 115,000
1 8 John Gabriel Patgorski 128,000

2 2 Michael Mariakas 54,000
2 3 Bobby Zhang 56,000
2 4 Elias Abou Saleh 218,500
2 5 Matt Carter 100,500
2 6 Andrew Scott 193,000
2 7 Kwok Man Lau 34,800
2 8 Chunlei Zhou 106,000

3 2 Ern Boon Chiew 178,000
3 3 Jennette "Jay" Tan 455,000
3 4 Taku Miyanaga 44,000
3 5 Alexandre Chieng 175,500
3 6 Yvo Molin 92,000
3 7 David Man 451,000
3 8 Tobin David Ryall 28,000

4 1 Justin Chan 117,500
4 2 Vladimir Troyanovskiy 262,500
4 4 Justin Jerome Geronimo 90,500
4 5 Sixiao "Juicy" Li 89,500
4 6 Manuel Blaschke 211,500
4 7 Shuyang Yu 240,000
4 8 Kai Yat Fam 316,500

5 2 Geng Liu 179,000
5 3 Vivian Im 133,000
5 4 Rinat Gubaydullin 164,000
5 5 Kenneth Yuen Kiong Leong 78,500
5 6 Nan Hong 365,000
5 7 Xiaoyu Lin 149,000
5 8 Ka Cheong Wong 126,000

6 1 Rauf Bikbulatov 189,500
6 2 Mei Ngok 29,500
6 4 Frederik Farrington 72,500
6 5 Majid Haghnegahdar 61,000
6 6 Dinesh Alt 106,000
6 7 Zhenzhuo Wang 81,000
6 8 Khac Trung Tran 281,000

7 1 Yunsong Lai 192,000
7 2 Darian Kok Fye Tan 108,500
7 3 Hui Li 146,500
7 4 Ling Kay Yip 118,000
7 5 Anton Wijaya 170,500
7 7 Ling Tong 137,500
7 8 Marc Alexandre Emond 38,000

A reminder on how to follow our coverage from Macau. There is hand-by-hand coverage at the top of the main APPT Macau page, which includes chip counts. Feature coverage will filter in beneath the panel. All the information about the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is on the APPT site, and PokerStars Macau also has its own home.

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