APPT Macau: Bubble pressure finally kicks in
We’re just eight players short of the money midway through level 12 on day 2 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event and, finally, the frenetic pace of eliminations has slowed to a crawl.
There’s an intriguing blend of pros, direct buy-in players and online qualifiers remaining in the field.
Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand ElkY Grospellier and Lee Nelson plus a pair of PokerStars Sponsored players – Emad Tahtouh and Elton Tsang – are waving the flag for the tour sponsor.
ElkY and Emad just butted heads on the lightning rod that is table six, with Emad folding to ElkY’s post-flop bet of 15,000 into a pot of 25,000 on a board of K-9-8. Emad showed A-Q and ElkY J-10. “Would you have pushed?” Emad inquired. “Yes.”
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Another PokerStars Sponsored player, Men “The Master” Nguyen, has just been eliminated by Norway’s Ole Johan Steinvik. The Scandinavian made a set of queens on the flop against The Master’s pocket aces to take his stack to 135,000.
A handful of big names remain, including three-time WSOP bracelet winner John Juanda and 2008 WSOP Championship winner David Chiu while Daisy Wain has already locked up the title for the highest placed female player.
Melbourne’s Charles Chua is the chip leader on 294,000 ahead of Andre Wagner (280,000), Yeongsok Choi (255,000), Taneli Tiikkaja (250,000) and Edward Sabat (170,000).