APPT8 Macau Day 3: Aiming to make the final table
Making a final table is not easy, yet it is the first major goal on a tournament player's agenda. Sure, winning is the ultimate goal, and confident punters will say so. But ask players at the start of the tournament what their aim is and they will invariably answer, "To make the final table."
That's what Day 3 of the APPT8 Macau Main Event is all about.
Right now the majority of the 51 returning players are scattered throughout the PokerStars LIVE Macau at the City of Dreams poker room, waiting for the action to begin. A few players are likely to wander in late, but nonetheless, the plan is to kick off at 3:00 p.m. local time and not a minute later.
One player who can probably afford to be late if he really wanted is the chip leader Daniel Demicki. Hailing from Poland, Demicki has no live or online results to be find on the entire World Wide Web. That will definitely change over the next couple of days.
Demicki is only a short amount ahead of his next closest competitor in Jianjun Liu, who has 577,000 in chips. Also joining Liu and Demicki in the top five stacks include Hao Tian (481,500), Xue Qian Wu (396,500) and Australia's Michael Kanaan (392,500).
Of these players, Kanaan is definitely the most experienced and decorated. Throughout his career Kanaan has won ANZPT Sydney, placed third in the ACOP Main Event here at PokerStars LIVE Macau and finished fourth in the APPT Cebu Main Event. Kanaan also has a great online poker record. With his stack size and experience, the rest of the field should be somewhat scared of Kanaan, and I'm not just saying that because I'm biased of my own countrymen.
Chip stack sizes are definitely important in poker tournaments, but they aren't everything. Stacks can change at any moment and players like Steve Yea (13,500), Carlos Chang (70,500), Emi Hibuse (90,500) and Victor Chong (99,000) are some of those who will be hoping their stacks change early in the day. As long as they keep one eye on the impending final table and plenty of focus on playing good poker, they should be just fine.
Two players who know all about focusing on playing good poker are JJ Liu and Billy "The Croc" Argyros as they are the veteran players in the APPT8 Macau Day 3 field.
Liu is one of the most experienced women poker players in the world and The Croc is an Australian Poker Hall of Fame member. Between the two there must have at least six decades of poker experience. Liu also has a lucky beret she's been wearing all week and The Croc has a lucky plush crocodile teddy. How could they lose?
It's not going to be a short day of poker. We have to get from 51 down to nine and we expect that to take quite a while. Luckily there will definitely be enough excitement to keep us busy providing stories and live reporting, all of which can be found on the APPT8 Macau page. Stay tuned to find out who makes the latest final table on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour!