APPT Macau: Level 8 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 8 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100) 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.

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Big, and getting bigger: the stack of Kristoffer Myhre

1.20pm: "Earth to Den, come in Den"

We've just watched the stack of Dutch PokerStars Qualifier Den Vartog blinded away. Vartog informed tournament staff he'd be here despite running late for his day one flight. Nope, he never showed and the last of his chips just disappeared. At least he doesn't have a bad beat story! Malaysia's Kenny Ng has doubled through Isaac Galazan with kings against the Thai-based American's jacks, while chip leader Kristoffer Myhre bounced the ultra-aggressive Dane Farmhn Khaligh with A-K against K-J to take his stack above 230,000.

1.10pm: Scott soars in opening level

Desperate for another major result after a lean 12 months, Aussie Andrew Scott just popped past to say he's up to 73,000 in the early going. The WPT Mandalay Bay champions from 2007, Canadian PokerStars Player Shawn Buchanan has recovered from an early setback to be up to 50,000. Singapore's Josh Ang Pang just KOed Australian PokerStars Qualifier Kris Cunz. It was the pocket nines of Cunz against pocket fours, with a four on the river sending a despondent Cunz on his way.

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Word: ElkY workin' the mic with his PokerStars teammate Dan Schreiber

1pm: Schreiber ticks first box

The 2007 WSOP $5000 Heads Up Champion and PokerStars.net Team Asia pro Dan Schreiber claimed his first scalp of the day when he rivered a flush with A♣ J♣ against the A♦ K♥ on a board of 8♦ 5♣ [10c] 2♦ 8♣ against Filipino Alexander Corpuz, who won his seat here at PokerStars Macau. Schreiber is up to 90,000. Aussie Tu Thanh Le has also taken down his first heads-up duel against David Steicke, with a big pre-flop raise good for a pot worth 10,000. Steicke is down to 66,500.

12.50pm: Lau joins departures

Popular Hong Kong player Phil Lau has joined the steady flow of players heading for the door, with 10 gone in the first 20 minutes of play. The money was in pre-flop between Lau and Canadian Van Binh Pham. It was the battles of the clubs - Lau's 9♣ 8♣ and Pham's Q♣ [10c]. The seesawing board of K♠ 3♣ 9♦ 4♣ J♥ to make Pham's straight and KO Lau.

12.40pm: Dennis done

Not surprisingly, the moves are coming thick and fast from the short stacks. Aussie Dennis Huntly was all-in on the first hand for 4300. He showed K♠ J♥ and looked in good shape against 5♦ 4♦. The flop of Q♣ 4♠ 6♦ hurt, and the turn Q♥ and river 7♦ didn't help. Farewell to the pioneer of Australian cinema.

12.30pm: Cards are in the air

After a few minor delays, play is underway. Some interesting draws - PokerStars.net Team Australia duo Joe Hachem and Grant Levy at table 28 with 2008 APPT Macau High Roller runner-up Andrew Scott; David Steicke on table nine with big stack Preetinder Bhayana of Canada and ElkY seated on table 15 with one of the chip leaders Tom Hall.