APPT Macau: Level 14 updates
Live updates from day 2 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.
Level 14 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 400)
7.50pm: Swedes soar as bubble looms
Swede Roger Spets holds a unique place in the APPT record books, having final-tabled to first two tour events (Manila 2007 and Seoul 2007). He's travelling nicely towards a third after claiming a vital scalp with the bubble close. It was kings for Spets against pocket queens, with a 10-high board shipping the chips to the likeable Scandi. We've also farewelled James Potter, who shoved his short stack of A♦ 6♦ and found a caller,
Swedish PokerStars Qualifier Stefan Hjorthall, with J♦ J♠. The board fell 7♣ 3♥ 5♦ [10c] 6♣, and Potter was out just five spots short of his second APPT Macau Main Event cash.
7.40pm: Top 10 chip count (approximate, with 54 players remaining)
Sunny Bhayana (Canada) PokerStars Qualifier 450,000
Kyle Cheong (Australia) 420,000
Tom Hall (UK) PokerStars Sponsored Player 380,000
Dermot Blain (UK) PokerStars Macau Satellite Winner 335,000
Wally Sombero (Philippines) 320,000
Mike Kim (Korea) PokerStars Sponsored Player 285,000
Daniel Hansson (Sweden) 270,000
Josh Ang Pang (Singapore) 275,000
Mike Collins (USA) PokerStars Qualifier 255,000
Darkhan Botabayev (Kazakhstan) 240,000
7.30pm: Teammate v teammate; Lin out
The brave run of Jonathan Lin is over. After a visit to hospital in the past two days due to illness - thankfully not Swine flu - the PokerStars.net Team Asia Pro returned today. In a cruel twist, he was sent to the rail by fellow Team Asia player Daniel Schreiber. Lin's extremely short stack was committed with K♦ 8♣, which was in bad shape against Schreiber's K♣ Q♥. The board flowed A♠ 3♣ J♣ K♠ 6♦, leaving Schreiber as the last remaining Team Asia player in the field, and still in the hunt for a record-equalling third APPT final table.
7.20pm: Tan crippled in brutal fashion
After a steady stream of eliminations all day, the scent of the money has finally kicked in with play tightening noticeably with 60 players remaining. An exception was the tough beat suffered by Ivan Tan, who called David Paananen all-in with pocket kings. Tan was in great shape against the K♥ 6♥, but watched in horror as the board fell 5♣ A♠ 4♠ 8♦ 7♦ to make a straight for the Swedish PokerStars Qualifier. That hand left Tan with just 15,000 and on the brink of elimination.
7.05pm: If we could be like Mike
Mike Collins has popped into the top 10 chip counts for the first time today. A reasonable slice of his stack came when he made a set of nines against the Q-J of Jonathan Karamalikis, who missed his open-ended straight draw when the board paired his queen and jack. Other recent departures have included former chip leader and UK PokerStars Player Sida Yuen, PokerStars Sponsored Player Wei Cheng "Jacko" Chiang, China's Winfred Yu, Wing Cheong "Jack" Chong, Australians David Ewing and Mark Cornwall along with Amnon Filippi and Casey Kastle.
6.50pm: Clouds clear for Sunny
Players have just returned from the final break of the day - six levels down, two to go and just 12 short of the money (60 remain). APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has again not scheduled a dinner break, which has proved an extremely popular innovation with players. Sunny Bhayana is our new chip leader after he cracked the pocket kings of Dutch PokerStars Qualifier Geert Jans in dramatic fashion. The Canadian held Q♠ J♠, and found jacks on the flop and river to make trips. He is the first player to crack 400,000.
Top 10 chip count (approximate)
Sunny Bhayana (Canada) PokerStars Qualifier 400,000
Kyle Cheong (Australia) 390,000
Dermot Blain (UK) PokerStars Macau Satellite Winner 320,000
Tom Hall (UK) PokerStars Sponsored Player 310,000
Darkhan Botabayev (Kazakhstan) 300,000
Wally Sombero (Philippines) 280,000
Daniel Hansson (Sweden) 260,000
Mike Kim (Korea) PokerStars Sponsored Player 250,000
David Chiu (USA) 225,000
Dbinder Singh (Canada) PokerStars Qualifier 210,000