APPT Macau: Level 22-23 updates
Live updates from day 3 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 23 (blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 3000)
10.15pm: Kim's aces rock Collins
With 11 players remaining, US PokerStars Qualifier was third in chips. He's now on the rail, after his shock elimination at the hands of PokerStars Sponsored Player Mike Kim. In a massive pot, it was the [10c] [10h] of Collins against Kim's A♠ A♣. The board of 9♣ 9♦ 6♣ 3♥ 3♦ brought no surprises, and Collins was out 11th-place finisher, good for HKD $177,400. That hand left Kim in the clear chip lead on 1.72 million, and the other nine players a step closer to the honour of a spot at the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event final table.
10pm: Liu leads in High Roller
With very little happening in the Main Event, let's catch up on the latest in APPT Macau High Roller event, where JJ Liu is the chip leader on 430,000. Recent departures from the tournament have been PokerStars.net Team Asia pros Daniel Schreiber and Celina Lin, Sean Keeton, Aditya Agarwal, Stewart Scott, PokerStars.net Team Australia's Emad Tahtouh and PokerStars Sponsored Player van Marcus. But it's been a solid opening session for PokerStars Sponsored Player Terrence Chan (310,000) and PokerStars.net Team Australia's Grant Levy (230,000), with other big stacks held by Gap Young Kim (350,000), Jonathan Karamalikis (340,000) and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (330,000). Play is the High Roller event will conclude for the day in the next few minutes.
9.30pm: Tight night as pressure mounts
Players have just returned from an extended break in the APPT Macau Main Event, with two more eliminations required to decide the final table. Regardless of the make-up, it promises to be an intriguing line-up with no big names in the final 11, although Mike Kim is a well known poker identity through Asia for his role with previous APPT events in Seoul. Aside from a double-up for Swedish PokerStars Qualifier Pontus Kers through big stack Michael Collins (his pocket eights improved to a full-house on the flop), there's been precious little action on the two remaining tables.
Level 22 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3000)
8.45pm: Down to 11
All the action is coming on table six, from where Josh Ang Pang and Daniel Hansson have just been bounced in 12th and 13th positions respectively. Hansson, a PokerStars Qualifier from Sweden, lost a slab of chips to Dane Lomas when his A-K was cracked by A-J before moving in with A♥ 9♥ only to find Darkhan Botayabev waiting with A♠ A♣. The board fell 7♦ 4♦ 9♦ 2♣ 3♠ to KO Hansson in 13th spot. Josh And Pang's demise also came thanks to a one-two combination, losing a big pot to Stefan Hjorthall (A-8 versus A-Q) then committed his remaining chips with [10c] 4♥ against the A♣ K♣ of Brandon Demes. The flop hit both players, with the pair of kings good for Demes.
8.30pm: Tran collects 14th-place prize
The seemingly unstoppable Daoxing Chen has claimed the latest scalp in the APPT Macau Main Event. It was Josh Ang who opened the betting before Canadian Tran Linh, who won his Main Event seat at PokerStars Macau, announced he was all-in for 320,000. Daoxing Chen called - without any time in the tank - and showed K♥ K♦. Linh was drawing thin with A♥ Q♠, and improved on the board of 5♠ 6♦ 2♥ Q♦ K♣ but Chen's rivered set was enough to take it down and eliminate Tran in . Such has been Chen's influence on the tournament in the past hour, APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has halted play at the other table to allow Chen and his tablemates to catch up several hands.