2014 ACOP Super High Roller: Cheong leads final eight, Colman at it again
By: Ben Wilson
Day 2 of the HK$500,000 'Macau Billionaire Poker' Super High Roller saw 47 return to PokerStars LIVE Macau to battle it out for a share of the HK$48,470,400 (~US$6,260,000) prize pool. You can find full prize pool information by clicking here.
With only the top eight getting paid 39 players would be leaving empty handed, joining the five Day 1 casualties on the sidelines.
Competition for the money spots was fierce and it took eight action-packed, but gruelling, hours of play to thin the field down to the final eight.
Germany's Igor Kurganov was the first of the high-profile casualties, busting a scant 15-minutes into the proceedings after running his A♥K♣ into the K♦K♥ of Stephen O'Dwyer. Kurganov was just the first of many however, so would not get lonely on the rail.
All of the field's many German high-rolling specialists fell short with Philipp Gruissem, Fabian Quoss and Tobias Reinkemeirer busting as play progressed. A slew of big name pros also could not manage to go the distance including: Phil Ivey, Sorrel Mizzi, Michael 'Timex' McDonald, Brian Roberts and Isaac Baron.
All three of the remaining Team PokerStars pros failed to circumnavigate the tournament minefield as well. Eugene Katchalov began the day as the field's shortest stack and exited early after struggling to gain any traction.
Isaac Haxton was another who found his stack headed in the wrong direction, exiting during level 11 at the hands of Day 1 chip leader Joseph Cheong after moving all-in with a flush draw and two over cards and missing everything.
That left Jonathan Duhamel the sole remaining Team PokerStars Pro. A timely spot of good fortune saw Duhamel spike a set of nines three tables out to crack Fabian Quoss' Aces after a pre-flop all in.
However, Duhamel's deep run came to an end just three shy of the money, busting in 11th place after getting all the chips in on the turn on a 7♦J♠Q♦2♦ board. Unfortunately Duhamel, holding 8♦9♦ for flush, found himself drawing dead against Joseph Cheong's J♦4♦.
In contrast Cheong had a stellar day, taking up where he left off on Day 1, hoovering up chips left, right and centre. Seated at the feature table for the majority of play Cheong was a one-man wrecking ball adding scalp after scalp to his collection.
With an already substantial lead before eliminating Duhamel the Team Pro's departure saw Cheong climbed to the giddy heights of 11.5 million. Cheong eventually finished the day on an impressive 12,665,000 - 4.6 million more than that of next closest rival Steve O'Dwyer.
The simultaneous double elimination of Dan Smith and Dimitar Danchev on the two remaining tables brought play to a close three-minutes into play on level 16 and saw the final table redraw pan out as follows:
Seat 1: Davidi Kitai - 3,190,000
Seat 2: Kitson Kho - 4,875,000
Seat 3: Connor Drinan - 4,875,000
Seat 4: Daniel Colman - 2,955,000
Seat 5: Ryan Fee - 6,230,000
Seat 6: Pratyush Buddiga - 8,075,000
Seat 7: Joseph Cheong - 12,665,000
Seat 8: Steve O'Dwyer - 8,135,000
Play resumes at 3:15pm local time Monday 3 November - you can catch all the action on the way to crowning the MBP Super High Roller champion right here on the PokerStarsBlog, so be sure to return then and also check out that link above to find out more about our final eight!