APPT Macau: Level 23 updates (final table)

Live updates from day 3 of the 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)


Grant Levy is on track for a second major APPT title after winning the APPT Grand Final in 2007

3.45pm: Levy closing on Geshkenbein

Vladimir Geshkenbein and Grant Levy have smashed through the one-million chip barrier and lead the APPT Macau High Roller event with 11 players remaining. Geshkenbein holds 1.33 million, with the Team Australia pro now close behind on 1.2 million. Jonathan Karamalikis (700,000), Gap Young Kim (700,000), In Wook Choi (550,000), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (380,000), Neil Arce (300,000), Takashi Ogura (220,000), Danny Huynh (200,000), Johnny Chan (200,000), Mike Marvanek (200,000) and Nicholas Wong (170,000) are also still in contention. The High Roller event will pause at eight players to allow the final table to be played at the feature location where the Main Event is currently underway - could be a long day for the High Roller participants.


Daoxing Chen sends Jicheng Su to the rail after a battle of China v China

3.30pm: Jicheng Su eliminated in 6th place

Jicheng "Jeff" Su has just been eliminated in sixth place by compatriot Daoxing Chen. Su raised pre-flop to 60,000 and Daoxing Chen called from big blind. The flop read 4♣ 8♥ A♦; Chen check-called Su's bet of 30,000, then both players checked the [10s] on the turn. On the river 5♦, Chen led out for 150,000, forcing Su to lay down the hand. Su then moved all in the very next hand for his last 313,000 holding A♠ [10h], only to have Chen wake up in the small blind with A♣ J♥. The flop of 9♠ 7♥ 3♠ was of no help, but the 8♠ on the turn gave Su some hope with both a straight and flush draw. Clapping excitedly and praying that the river would fall his way, he was sent on his way to collect HKD $580,700 after the dealer peeled off the K♦ on the river. Chen embraced his countryman in a friendly hug and shook his hand, apologising for KOing his opponent.

3.15pm: Nod of respect to Blain

Daoxing Chen has been feeling the pressure as the blinds creep up and, in contrast to yesterday, it seems that nobody is fazed by his antics on the table. It's been Dermot Blain who has let his chips do the talking after one hand against Chen he raised to 70,000. Chen then made it 230,000 to go from the big blind but Blain came back over the top, raising another 390,000 in chips forcing Chen to lay it down. Blain would then lose some of those chips to Darkhan Botabayev the next hand - on a flop that read 9♦ 3♣ Q♦, Botabayev check-called Blain's bet of 100,000. Both players checked the Q♥ on the turn, but Botabayev would bet 125,000 on the river [10h]. Blain called but his K♦ K♣ were no good against the 9♠ 9♣ of the Kazakhstani who had filled up on the turn. Despite the setback, Blain is getting plenty of respect at the final table.


Dbinder Singh flipped for his tournament life, called heads and the coin fell tails

2.55pm: Dbinder Singh eliminated in 7th place

The monotony of the conversation between the two guys behind our media desk on Scandinavian anthropology (we kid you not) has been broken by the elimination of Canadian PokerStars Dbinder Singh. He called the all-in bet of PokerStars Macau satellite winner Dermot Blain and was well in contention to double up with Q♥ Q♦ against Blain's A♠ K♣. However the flop of 4♠ A♣ J♦ saw Singh's face contort in dismay. He watched as the 7♣ came on the turn, and needing only one of two queens to survive, the river bricked out 7♠ and he was sent to the cage to collect his seventh-place prizemoney of HKD $403,300. Players have just taken their first break of the day, and blinds are back to 15,000/30,000 with an ante of 3000.