APPT Macau: Final table, level 24, 25 & 26 updates (25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)
8.30pm: Victorino Torres wins APPT Macau for $3,246,200 HKD
Chong Cheong runner up for $2,088,000 HKD
It's over! Victorino Torres, a PokerStars qualifier from the Northern Marian Islands, wins a quick heads-up battle to become PokerStars APPT Macau season 4 champion.
Chong Cheong had opened for 125,000 and Torres called. The flop was [10h]9♠J♠, Torres checked, Cheong moved all in and Torres called instantly:
Torres: 7♣8♣ for the made straight
Cheong: 6♣Q♦ for the straight draw
Cheong was on the verge of elimination, and Torres knew it - beaming with excitement and the dealer teased out every second of drama before putting out the A♥ turn and the river 7♦. A new champion was crowned as Torres shook Cheong's hand and hugged his friends on the rail.
We'll have a full tournament wrap with you shortly - in the meantime, check out the prize payout page to see who won what here in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino.
8.22pm: Double up for Cheong
Chong Cheong got the first of two double ups he needs if he is to retake the lead. Victorino Torres had moved all-in pre-flop - for the third time - and this time Cheong snap called:
Cheong was ready to leave when the flop came K♦Q♦5♦ giving him two pair. He did not want to see a 10, which would fill Torres' straight, but the turn was Q♠ giving him a full house. Chips now 2million, Torres 4million.
8.13pm: First all in
Victorino Torres smooth called and then called again when Chong Cheong raised to 175,000. On the J♣8♠A♣ flop, Cheong bet 400,000 and Torres moved all in. Cheong gave it a good deal of consideration, but eventually mucked. Torres has roughly a 5-1 chip lead.
8.08pm: Here we go
Play has resumed. This is the heads-up battle for a $3,246,200 HKD first prize.
8.05pm: Nice diversion
Two ladies have walked on to the set to place the trophy in the middle of the table. They had a lovely pair of PokerStars patches on each.
7.55pm: Short delay
There's a short break before heads-up play begins. The current stacks are 4,700,000 for Victorino Torres and 2,100,000 for Chong Cheong.
7.50pm: Cole Swannack out in 3rd place for $1,177,600 HKD
We're heads up! Cole Swannack from New Zealand got all in pre-flop with 2♣2♥ but found himself up against Chong Cheong's A♣A♦. The chip stacks were close, but Cheong just had Swannack covered. The board ran Q♦Q♥4♣K♠5♠ and Swannack walked off to handshakes from Cheong and Victorino Torres before heading off to collect his money.
7.35pm: End of the level
That's the end of level 25. Level 26 is up next
There is a short unscheduled break while the TV table is reset for the three remaining players.
7.05pm: Jeppe Drivsholm out in 4th place for $891,000 HKD
That's it for the last of the European contenders. Victorino Torres raised to 110,000 and Jeppe Drivsholm from Denmark moved all in for 599,000 more. Torres thought for a moment or two before making the call.
Drivsholm was at risk, and his chances did not improve on the [10s]6♦2♣ flop. The J♠ turn left him drawing mighty thin - and the 8♠ river killed off his chances. We're now down to three players. Chips:
Victorino Torres, Northern Mariana Islands, 3,500,000
Chong Cheong, Hong Kong, 1,700,000
Cole Swannack, New Zealand, 1,400,000
6.55pm: Torres takes chip lead
Victorino Torres moved to the top of charts after winning a big pot from Chong Cheung. He had raised to 110,000 from the button and Cheong called from the big blind. The flop was a tasty 4♦4♣4♠ and Cheong check-called Torres' 200,000 bet. On the [10d] turn Cheong checked and then called Torres' 350,000 bet. Both then checked down the 7♣ river.
Torres had overtaken Cheong on the turn by filling a full house. He now holds the chip lead with 2.6million while Cheong falls back to 1.8million.
6.40pm: Big pot for Torres
The flop was 8♣6♠5♦ and Chong Cheong put out 200,000. Victorino Torres called and they saw a Q♥ turn, which promoted another 200,000 bet from Cheong.
Torres thought for a moment and then shoved all in, getting a very fast fold from the man from Hong Kong, who dropped back to 2million as a result.
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6.30pm: Double up for shortie
After missing out on the last hand, Jeppe Drivsholm tried his luck with another all-in. This time he was delighted to get a call from Chong Cheong. Why? Drivsholm had A♣J♠, Cheong the dominated K♥J♥. The board ran a Denmark-friendly 8♦9♦6♠2♥6♥, and Drivsholm got back over a million again. All four players are now over that one million barrier.
6.25pm: Drivsholm all in...
... but no takers. Chong Cheong had limped and Victorino Torres called from the small blind before Drivsholm made his moved for around 450,000 more. Both others folded.
Chong Cheong limped under the gun before Victorino Torres completed from the small blind. Jeppe Drivsholm moved all in from the big blind for about 400,000 and both players folded.
6.15pm: Back again
This will be level 25. Blinds will be 20,000-40,000 with 4,000 ante. Here are the current chips:
Chong Cheong, 2,977,000
Victorino Torres, 1,840,000
Cole Swannack, 1,353,000
Jeppe Drivsholm, 504,000
That's the end of the level. We're on a 15-minute break.
5.50pm: How did it not all go in?
In a repeat of the previous hand, Jeppe Drivsholm raised to 75,000 and Chong Cheong called. The flop was Q♥J♥[10h], Cheong bet 75,000 and Drivsholm thought for a minute or so before raising to 200,000. Cheong called.
The turn was 8♥ and both players checked. The river was 4♣ and Cheong bet 150,000, called by Drivsholm.
Cheong: K♥7♥ for the flopped flush
Drivsholm: A♦K♦ for the flopped straight
Cheong moves up yet again.
5.40pm: Cheong extends lead again
Jeppe Drivsholm open raised 75,000 and Chong Cheong called from the button. The flop was 9♣9♠5♣ and Drivsholm bet 115,000. Cheong then re-raised to 315,000 - enough to force a fold from the Dane.
With that, Cheong moved up to 3.3million in chips - around 50 per cent of the chips in play!
Victorino Torres, 1,800,000
Cole Swannack, 1,050,000
Jeppe Drivsholm, 558,000
5.30pm: Kenny Nielsen out in 5th place for $700,000 HKD
Kenny Nielsen was down to his last 300,000 and needed to get busy. He looked down at A♥8♣ and shoved all in - called in a flash by Victorino Torres with A♣9♦. Everyone had a sweat...
The window card was 8♥ but then the other two flop cards came 9♥ and J♣. The turn was [10h] adding a flush draw to Nielsen's outs as well as an open-ender for the chop. But the river bricked 6♣ and Nielsen's departure leaves us with just four players.
5.15pm: Swannack double up
Cole Swannack got a vital double up at the expense of Jeppe Drivsholm. Drivsholm had limped in from the button and Swannack checked his option on the big blind to see an A♠Q♣K♦ flop. Swannack checked, then it all kicked off.. Drivsholm made it 70,000, Swannack went to re-raise, Drivsholm moved all in, call:
Swannack had all his 550,000 committed and was looking good for the double up. The turn was 2♣ and the Q♣ river filled his full house. He's up to 1.2million now.
5.10pm: Nielsen all in
Kenny Nielsen open-shoved for 301,000, but he found no-one willing to take him on.
5pm: New level
This is level 24. Blinds are now 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante. Chong Cheong is still chip leader, but Jeppe Drivsholm is now right behind. Victorino Torres is the shortie:
Chong Cheong, 2,475,000
Jeppe Drivsholm, 2,350,000
Cole Swannack, 800,000
Kenny Nielsen, 600,000
Victorino Torres, 500,000
This is what they are playing for (not to mention the $3,246,200 HKD first prize)...
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Macau: Simon Young (wordsmith) and Joe Giron (er, picturesmith)