APPT Macau: Eddie, set, go on day 3

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The cards are in the air on day 3.

Players have taken their seats in the tournament area at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino for day 3 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour main event.

The 39 remaining players are seated in one corner of the tournament area, allowing family, friends and more than a few interested spectators the best opportunity to see the players in action.


Ed Sabat, ready for a shot at the final table.

Our chip leader, PokerStars qualifier Ed Sabat, looked very relaxed as he took his seat on table one, where his stack dwarfs those of the other six players.

Sabat has enjoyed a successful year on the live circuit, with a best finish of third in the WSOP Circuit Series event at Harrah’s Rincon in San Diego, worth $70,680, back in February. He also cashed in the LAPT event in Brazil last month, and finished in-the-money twice at the 2008 WSOP.

He recently completed his accountancy studies at USC but considers his new classroom the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles where he is a regular in the cash games.

With a chip average heading into day 3 of 136,538 and an average of 34 big blinds per player, Sabat and the other 38 players have plenty of chips and time to pick their spots. The structure for today’s play is:

Level 15: 2000/4000 (500 ante)
Level 16: 2500/5000 (500 ante)
Level 17: 3000/6000 (500 ante)
Level 18: 4000/8000 (1000 ante)
Level 19: 5000/10,000 (1000 ante)
Level 20: 6000/12,000 (2000 ante)
Level 21: 800/16,000 (2000 ante)