APPT Macau: Famine for most, feast for Steicke

APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has just announced that there will be just one more level of play this evening, making a total of seven for the opening day of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event.

Good deal for the remaining 71 players, who'll be able to start making dinner plans at one of the myriad dining options here at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Having consumed our body weight in dim sum, BBQ pork buns and other local delights, the blog team might be heading for the gym instead.

When it comes to Asian fare, David Steicke can't go past Peking duck. He's also a big fan of terrorising fellow players in Macau, as shown by his successive APPT High Roller final tables, 10th at last year's APPT Macau Main Event and victory in the APT High Roller tournament last week. Throw in his win in the $100,000 buy-in Hold'em Challenge at the 2009 Aussie Millions, and you get some idea of how the Hong Kong-based Aussie runs: like God.

He's building another Great Wall of China-esque stack of chips, with Chinese player Sandy Wang, one of only two female players in today's field, among the first to (temporarily) halt his charge.

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Channeling the spirit of the shark: Sandy Wang

Steicke raised to 1600 preflop from late position, Wang reraised to 4600 from the big blind and Steicke called, after a minute's deliberation to go heads-up to a flop of J♦ 9♣ 6♥.
Wang pushed the last of her stack into the middle. Steicke asked for a count, but didn't wait to hear the answer. "She can have it," he said as he threw his hand away.

Wang is back up to around 21,000 and has already proven she can hold her own against the boys. Despite that minor setback, Steicke holds the overall chip lead on 75,000, ahead of Kazuki Ikeuchi (70,000), Brandon demes (64,000), Mike Kim (56,000) and Dan Schreiber (52,000), who is shooting for a record-equalling third APPT final table.

Reigning Aussie Millions champion Stewart Scott scored a crucial double-up just before the final break. With all the money in the middle between Scott and an opponent on a board that read 3♥ 6♦ [10s] 9♠ A♣, Scott's K♣ [10c] was good enough against the opponent's K♥ J♣ to take him up to 49,000 in chips.

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Sweeeeeeet: Stewart Scott basks in the glory of victory

"How good was that read?" Scott challenged as he celebrated the pot that took him to 48,000. After winning titles in the recent Victorian Championships and APT Macau tournaments, Scott has the confidence to make a deep run here.