APPT Macau: Level 24 updates (final table)
Live updates from day 3 of the 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 24 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4000)
5pm: Levy on a roll against Swiss
PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Grant Levy had closed to within a few thousand chips of Swizterland's Vladimir Geshkenbein in the APPT Macau High Roller event with just nine players remaining. Geshkenbein is on 1.35 million ahead of Levy (1.3 million), 2009 APT Manila champ Neil Arce (750,000), Gap Young Kim (675,000), In Wook Choi (550,000), Jonathan Karamalikis (450,000), dual WSOP Main Event winner Johnny Chan (300,000), Danny Huynh (225,000) and Nicholas Wong (215,000). APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has informed us that the final eight players will take a dinner break and may return to PokerStars Macau to start the final table if the feature table is still being used in the Main Event.
4.45pm: Pontus Kers eliminated in 5th place
Dermot Blain didn't have to wait too long for that bathroom break after all - he folded under the gun and rushed off, and while he was gone Darkhan Botabayev raised it up to 100,000 from the small blind. Swedish PokerStars Qualifier Pontus Kers then looked down at K♠ 6♠ and took his chance to move all in for 360,000 in total. Botabayev looked sick but made the call, knowing he was behind with his 9♣ 7♦. However he would high five his mates on the rail when the flop came down 2♠ 9♥ A♦. The crowd all leaned forward after the dealer peeled off the 8♠, giving the last Scandinavian and PokerStars Qualifier more outs with the flush draw along with his kings. Kers' mates bellowed for the king and the spade, but it wasn't to be as the river bricked out the 8♣. Kers was sent to the rail in fifth place, collecting HKD $887,200 for his efforts.
4.30pm: Bad beat for Blain
Irishman Dermot Blain, who won his seat into the APPT Macau Main Event via a live satellite at PokerStars Macau, may be having his fair share of cards and chips moving his way, but he was unable to score a bathroom break while the television crew changed the tapes. Just as he finished asking the question and explaining his predicament - tricky given that Daoxing Chen barely speaks a word of English - the tournament director announced that they were ready to resume play, so he'll have to hold on for a little while longer.
4.15pm: Blain rockets to lead
Darkhan Botabayev and Dermot Blain have been clashing in a few pots, but in one major hand, Blain has taken a fair chunk of change and is now our chipleader on more than 3,000,000. Botabayev raised it up to 110,000 from the button preflop, only to have Blain call from the small blind and it was off to the flop of 6♠ 7♦ J♠. Blain checked, Botabayev led out for 150,000 and Blain called. On the turn of the 5♥, Blain opened for 250,000 and Botabayev came along for the river [10h], after which Blain checked again. Botabayev took the opportunity to fire out 500,000, sending Blain into the tank. He made the call; Botabayev tabled A♣ 8♠ for nothing but air. Blain rolled up J♥ 8♥ and the pair was good enough to take a huge pot.
4pm: Final five close on top prize
Despite the relative inexperience of the remaining five players, there are no signs of panic at the APPT Macau Main Event final table. Play has settled into a nice rhythm, with Dermot Blain and Daoxing Chen dominating play while Darkhan Botabayev and Mike Kim have been carefully picking their spots. Special mention to Pontus Kers, who has been among the shorter stacks for the past few hours of play (stretching back into yesterday afternoon) but he's still here at the business end of the event. The crowd is five-deep around the final table, with a mixture of local poker players and fans plus many intrigued onlookers spending their Sunday afternoon at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino.