APPT Macau: High Rollers eye final table seat

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David Steicke and Eric Assadourian prepare for battle.

The race for the HKD $3.7 million first prize in the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau High Roller event steps up a notch with the remaining 28 players eyeing a spot at tomorrow’s final table.

David Steicke, the Australian now based in Hong Kong, continues to show a clean pair of heels to the fields and takes the chip lead into day two ahead of Mike timex McDonald and Australian Eric Assadourian.

Incredibly, Assadourian (the defending champion) and Steicke filled two of the top three placings in this event last year – could lightning strike twice for the PokerStars Sponsored player in 2008?


Watch APPT Macau 08: Day 2 High Roller Intro on PokerStars.tv

There will be a redraw after the first four players have been eliminated today. We’ll be playing until the field is reduced to the final nine players, with the structure:

Level 7: 400/800 (ante 100)
Level 8: 500/1000 (ante 100)
Level 9: 600/1200 (ante 200)
Level 10: 800/1600 (ante 200)
Level 11: 1000/2000 (ante 300)
Level 12: 1200/2400 (ante 400)
Level 13: 1500/3000 (ante 500)
Level 14: 2000/4000 (ante 500)

Chip count after day 1

David Steicke (Hong Kong) 158,400
Mike McDonald (Canada) 95,400
Eric Assadourian (Australia) 90,500
Saehoon Lee (Korea) 83,400
Danny Wong (Canada) 72,200
Tan Zhong Wei (Singapore) 61,900
Andrew Scott (Australia) 57,500
Wei Will Ma (Canada) 49,300
Javed Abrahams (UK) 44,100
Tyler Cornell (USA) 42,500

Day 2 table draw

Table 14

Seat 1: Javed Abrahams (UK) 44,100
Seat 2: David Steicke (Hong Kong) 158,400
Seat 3: Eric Assadourian (Australia) 90,500
Seat 4: Quinn Do (USA) 26,700
Seat 5: Nam Le (USA) 40,900
Seat 7: Steven Silverman (USA) 31,400
Seat 8: Matt Kay (Canada) 15,000

Table 16

Seat 1: Yury Kerzhapkin (Russia) 27,100
Seat 2: Van Marcus (Australia) 32,700
Seat 3: Xuan Nguyen (USA) 40,600
Seat 4: Mike McDonald (Canada) 95,400
Seat 5: Terrence Chan (Canada) 9600
Seat 6: Wing Cheong John Chong (Hong Kong) 23,800
Seat 7: Andrew Scott (Australia) 57,500

Table 20

Seat 1: Suk Min Sung (USA) 12,600
Seat 2: Danny Wong (Canada) 72,200
Seat 3: Roger Spets (Malaysia) 9200
Seat 4: Andrew Pantling (Canada) 37,500
Seat 5: Julian Powell (Australia) 15,100
Seat 7: Saehoon Lee (Korea) 83,400
Seat 8: Johnny Chan (USA) 39,100

Table 22

Seat 2: Pakinai Lisawad (Thailand) 34,900
Seat 3: Charles Chua (Malaysia) 27,400
Seat 4: Tan Zhong Wei (Singapore) 61,900
Seat 5: Barry Greenstein (USA) 21,700
Seat 6: Joe Hachem (Australia) 27,100
Seat 7: Tyler Cornell (USA) 42,500
Seat 8: Wei Will Ma (Canada) 49,300