APPT8 Macau Millions: Deadly shapes
Despite not being a chip, there's a small triangle in nearly every pot.
It resembles the aiming system in "Predator," a red-tipped, trilateral symbol of impending doom. While this triangle is far less likely to kill you, it can end your tournament life. It is the all-in chip.
There are only four tables left but at least one seems to have a triangle at any given moment. With 25-minute blinds, players are always moments away from seeing their average stack shrink into the redzone.
Double ups are necessary and bust outs are inevitable.
The constant ebb and flow of chips seemed to be fairly evenly distributed until Munkhbat Tudgen won a massive three-way all-in to take the tournament chip lead.
Two triangles were already on the board, which had a J♥5♦8♠ flop. Tudgen and an opponent had gone all-in while another contemplated the call.
A small crowd formed around the table and players watched intently.
The last caller tabled K♥Q♦ and was up against A♣[10h] and Tudgen's A♦K♦. The turn brought an A♠ and a 3♥ completed the board.
Tudgen saw his stack grow to about 70,000, nearly twice the average stack and clearly larger than any other in the room.
While Tudgen is relatively unknown in the poker scene, his country of origin has started to turn heads. Tudgen is from Mongolia and his countryman, Buyanjargal Bold, took down the MPC20 earlier this year.
APPT President Danny McDonagh has noticed a steady increase in Mongolian players recently.
"They must be having some Mongolian Texas Hold'em training camps," McDonagh said over the microphone after Tudgen's three-way all-in.
While we don't know what exactly is going on in the Mongolian poker scene, we know something's happening.
Alexander Villegas is not a triangle for the PokerStars Blog.