APPT10 Macau: Final table live updates

8:15pm: Congratulations to APPT Macau champion Jian Guo Sun!

It's all over here as Jian Guo Sun emerges victorious in another edition of the prestigious APPT Macau Main Event. 

He overcame Bernard Vu heads up and a field of 533 to claim HK$2,149,660, an ACOP Main Event seat valued at HK$100,000 and the coveted APPT trophy. 

Read a full event wrap up now

Congratulations to Sun! -- BK

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8:10pm: Sun shines as Vu is eliminated in second place
Level 28 - Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (ante: 10,000)

Bernard Vu is officially our last elimination in this APPT Main Event. He leaves us one shy of hoisted the championship trophy. 

The heads up players didn't hesitate to get all the chips in straight out of the gate. On a flop of J♦5♥9♦ Jian Guo Sun checked to Vu who barrelled for 500,000. Sun came back over the top with an all-in jam and enough to cover Vu, who called off for his tournament life with second pair. 

Sun: J♣8♦
Vu: A♥9♥

Vu was chasing an ace or nine to take the lead but the 3♣ turn and 8♠ river meant he'd leave us in second place and collect HK$2,065,000 after a heads up deal. -- BK

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Runner up - Bernard Vu

8:05pm: Sun wins first big one
Level 29 - Blinds: 50,000/100,000 (ante: 10,000)

Players just saw the first river card of heads up play--and it was by far the biggest pot too. Jian Guo Sun won it and has now taken the chip lead. 

Sun opened his button, making it 225,000 to play. Vu called for a flop of 7♠K♥7♦ and Vu led for 175,000. Sun called. They both checked the A♣ turn but then it got frantic on the J♠ river.

Vu bet 300,000 and Sun responded with a raise to 1.2 million. Vu called, but quickly saw some bad news. Sun showed A♥7♣ and Vu mucked. -- HS

 
LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
2950,000100,00010,000

8:00pm: Coming out swinging
Level 28 - Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (ante: 10,000)

It's only been a couple hands of heads up and we've already seen some crazy action. 

In one hand Bernard Vu opened to 200,000 on the button before Jian Guo Sun slid a hefty 1,080,000 million into the pot. Vu folded but would get revenge shortly after. 

That hand saw Sun raise to 285,000 and Vu come back over the top with an all-in move to take the pot down. -- BK

7:50pm: Deal time
Level 28 - Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (ante: 10,000)

With stacks all but equal, the two remaining players have done an ICM chop. They are leaving HK$140,000, plus the HK$100,000 ACOP main event seat and the trophy still to play for, but have locked up the following:

Bernard Vu: HK$2,065,000
Jian Guo Sun: HK$2,009,660

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Bernard Vu and Jian Guo Sun prepare for battle

7:25pm: Ward eliminated; heads up set
Level 28 - Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (ante: 10,000)

Alex Ward started on the final table this afternoon with almost half the chips in play but unfortunately for the Englishman he couldn't emerge as champion after finishing in third place. 

His last hand began with Bernard Vu raising to 250,000 on the button and Ward defending his big blind to see the 2♠K♦T♥ flop. Ward checked first to act and Vu continued for 325,000. Ward announced he was all in and Vu began to count his opponent's stack. 

It was determined that Ward had roughly 1.3 million and Vu decided to call to put his tablemate at risk. Ward tabled Q♠J♣ and wasn't looking good against Vu's A♣J♦. Needed to find an ace or nine to make a straight and stay alive, Ward couldn't do it as the 6♦ turn and 4♥ arrived to seal his fate. 

Vu screamed with excitement and high-fived his railbirds before shaking Ward's hand. 

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And with that, heads up play is set. 

Bernard Vu - 5,635,000
Jian Guo Sun - 5,025,000

Both players are close in chips and this championship is still anyone's for the taking. Our two remaining players have stepped away from the table momentarily before returning to battle it out for the APPT Macau poker crown. -- BK

7:20pm: Action everywhere
Level 28 - Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (ante: 10,000)

Although this APPT10 Macau festival is now drawing to a close we still have four tournaments under way. In addition to the main event, the high roller is down to its last nine players, the 6-Max is heads up and there are 50 players left in the $2,500 deep-stack event, from a starting field of 170. 

This festival, featuring 14 official Asia Player of the Year events, is now confirmed as the largest ever APPT Macau for both total players (2,962) and prize money (HK$34,808,863 or US$4,491,466) -- HS

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7:10pm: Deja Vu
Level 28 - Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (ante: 10,000)

Alex Ward is still struggling to get back into the right gear. It's two steps forward followed by two steps back.

Shortly after getting his stack back to around 1.9 million with a couple of pre-flop raises that got through, he gave a couple of hundred back to Bernard Vu. Vu raised the button and Ward called in the big blind.

They checked the flop of J♦5♣7♥ and then after Ward checked the 5♦ turn, Vu bet 325,000 and took it down. Vu has been pretty much flawless today and is showing the profit from some really shrewd play. -- HS

6:55pm: Vu takes it out on Ward
Level 28 - Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (ante: 10,000)

With Jian Guo Sun now sitting with 5.5 million, and coasting, hostilities has resumed between Bernard Vu and Alex Ward, and the former is adding to Ward's recent miseries.

The two of them got to a flop of 2♠5♦3♥, with Ward in the small blind and Vu in the big, and Ward bet 80,000. Vu called. The turn brought the Q♣ and Ward bet 210,000 now. Vu called again.

The A♥ fell on the river and Ward now checked. But Vu didn't. He bet 600,000, which gave Ward reason for caution. He tanked a while and then folded, leaving himself down to 1.75 million. Vu has about 3.5 million. -- HS

6:45pm: Sun keeps the pressure on
Level 28 - Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (ante: 10,000)

Jian Guo Sun recently took the chip lead and his stack is only growing bigger. 

On a flop of 5♠K♠3♥ Sun checked from the small blind before Bernard Vu bet 250,000 on the button. Sun called and the turn landed 2♥. Both players checked their option and the 2♣ river completed the board. 

Sun then decided to change the flow of play, leading into Vu for 400,000. The best was enough to take down the pot and Sun added another bundle of chips to his pile. -- BK

6:30pm: Sun blinds Ward, takes chip lead
Level 28 - Blinds: 40,000/80,000 (ante: 10,000)

Comfortably the strangest--and biggest--hand of the final table has resulted in a major shift in fortunes here in Macau. Jian Guo Sun has scored a full double through Alex Ward, taking the British player out of the chip lead for the first time since yesterday.

This was a bit unconventional. Sun limped from the small blind and Ward took his option to raise from the big. He made it 160,000 more. Sun called.

That took them to a flop of 7♦K♣6♥ and Sun check-called Ward's bet of 160,000. They then went to the 7♠ turn and Sun checked again. Ward bet 350,000 this time and Sun snap-called.

The river was the 4♣ and Sun asked for the all-in triangle. That was a shove of precisely 1.56 million and Sun accompanied it with a huge whoop of delight. He shoved his hands in the air and yelped in excitement. 

Ward, faced with what can only be described as unconventional action, chuckled and then asked for a count. Then he went through the tricky process of trying to establish what Sun could have.

In the end, he figured that he could beat it, whatever it was, and he called.

In true baccarat tradition, Sun peeked privately at his cards, then flipped only one of them over. It was the 3♥. He then peeled the other one slowly and revealed the 7♥ for turned trips. 

Ward has played enough in Asia not to be too offended by the slow-roll. But he shook his head ruefully and cut out the chips needed from his stack.

Ward now has 3 million. Sun has 4.6 million. Vu, who was a spectator to this, has about the same as Ward. -- HS

 
LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
2840,00080,00010,000

6:10pm: Take a break!

It's time again for a 10-minute break. 

We still have three players in the hunt for the APPT Macau Main Event trophy. 

Here's how the chip stacks look right now. 

Alex Ward - 5,050,000
Bernard Vu - 3,065,000
Jian Guo Sun - 2,445,000

6pm: Varying the pattern
Level 27 - Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (ante: 10,000)

A slight change of tack here from Alex Ward, who completed from the small blind and prompted a raise to 185,000 from Bernard Vu in the big. Ward then responded with a three-bet to 550,000, which now persuaded Vu to get out of the way. -- HS

5:55pm: Cold four-bet from Sun
Level 27 - Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (ante: 10,000)

Jian Guo Sun has been fairly inactive lately but he just utilized some well-timed aggression against Bernard Vu. 

It was Alex Ward who opened the action by raising to 130,000 on the button, before Vu bumped it up to 400,000. It was then on Sun who counted out his own stack and decided to bet more than half of it with a cold-four bet to 1,050,000. 

Ward snap-folded and after about 30 seconds Vu also relinquished his hand. -- BK

5:30pm: Ward nibbles back against Vu
Level 27 - Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (ante: 10,000)

Momentum had started to swing slightly towards Bernard Vu, but Alex Ward just won back-to-back pots to halt the start of a slide.

On the first of the hands, Vu opened his button to 175,000 and Ward called from the big blind. They took a flop of J♠Q♠3♥ and Ward checked. Vu bet 250,000 and Ward called, bringing the 6♦ on the turn. Check, check. They also both checked the 3♦ on the river and Ward turned over his 5♠6♠. His flopped flush-draw had become third pair, and it was good. Vu mucked.

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Alex Ward: Arresting the slide

There were similarities with the next hand too, although Ward got this one started with a raise to 160,000 from the small blind. (It should be noted that Jian Guo Sun had minimal interest in either of these pots, although he is indeed still at the table.)

Vu called and they saw a flop of A♣9♠2♠, which Ward checked. Vu bet 225,000 and Ward called. They both checked the 3♠ turn and, as with the last hand, they also checked the river, which was the 8♥ in this instance. Ward now tabled 5♠5♥ and this time fourth pair was good. -- HS

5:30pm: Vu closing the gap
Level 27 - Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (ante: 10,000)

Alex Ward has had a commanding chip lead all throughout this final table, and while he's still in front, momentum is starting to shift in Bernard Vu's favour. 

The biggest pot of late saw Vu open to 175,000 on the button and Ward defend from the big blind. The flop fell 3♦9♣2♣ and Ward check-called Vu's continuation bet of 200,000. 

The turn landed the 3♣ and after another check from Ward, Vu fired for 450,000. Ward decided to give it up and Vu flashed the A♣

Vu has now climbed to around 4.2 million in chips, no longer far from Ward's 4.4 million.  -- BK

5:20pm: Sun block
Level 27 - Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (ante: 10,000)

After a now-customary period of pre-flop raising from Alex Ward, met by little resistance, Jian Guo Sun just stopped him in his tracks. Ward opened to 130,000 from the button and Sun called in the big blind. Both players checked the flop of 3♠3♣6♣.

Sun bet 200,000 at the 5♠ turn, which Ward called, and they then saw the Q♦ on the river. Sun now pushed forward a tower of red chips, plus a few, for a bet of about 600,000. Ward folded. -- HS

5:15pm: Big ante
Level 27 - Blinds: 30,000/60,000 (ante: 10,000)

The average stack is 60 big blinds heading into Level 27, so this is far from over. That said, the ante is now 10,000 and that could hasten things slightly. -- HS

 
LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
2730,00060,00010,000

5:05pm: And that's the end of the level

Level ends, and off they go for their two minutes. The chip stacks at this stage: 

Alex Ward: 5,040,000
Bernard Vu: 3,500,000
Jian Guo Sun: 1,835,000

5pm: A quick two minutes
Level 26 - Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (ante: 5,000)

Not a great deal has occurred over the past 10 minutes or so. In fact, the most interesting incident was Bernard Vu asking for an unscheduled two minute break at the end of the level so he could visit the bathroom. The tournament staff originally said no--"We play for two hours"--but then yielded when both of Vu's opponents agreed that was fine.

Other than that, it's been Alex Ward raising from button and small blind and the other two mostly folding. -- HS

4:50pm: Action slowing
Level 26 - Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (ante: 5,000)

Now that we've reached three-handed play, stacks are deeper and we aren't seeing as much action as we've become accustomed too. There have been nothing but raises met with folds pre-flop, with river cards showing up as a rarity. 

Bernard Vu did manage to break the lull momentarily with back to back three-bets in the last orbit. The first saw Alex Ward raise the small blind to 130,000 and Vu play back at him for 300,000 from the big blind. Ward let it go and it was on to the next one. 

Ward opened the button this time to 125,000 and again Vu made it 300,000 to go. Again ward surrendered and Vu collected the pot. -- BK

4:35pm: One-way traffic
Level 26 - Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (ante: 5,000)

Alex Ward is playing pretty much every hand and, as you'd expect, neither of his opponents wants to be the next out so they are trying to keep it small. That said, they can't let him run over the table too much and Bernard Vu is at least trying to halt the charge.

On one recent hand, Ward opened from the small blind, making it 130,000 to go. Vu called from the big blind and then called Ward's 80,000 bet on the flop of A♠Q♣5♦. When the 7♥ came on the turn, Ward checked and Vu took over. He bet 80,000. Ward called.

The 8♣ came on the river and now they both checked. Ward showed Q♠T♦ and Vu mucked.

Vu has about 2.45 million; Jian Guo Sun has 2.15 million; Ward has the rest. -- HS

4:30pm: Three millionaires
Level 26 - Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (ante: 5,000)

The third place finisher here at APPT Macau will get HK$1,002,000 and become the first millionaire of the week. The full payout schedule is on the payouts page, where you can also see details of who has cashed so far. 

By the way, this is what a three-handed chip lead looks like:

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4:10pm: Trips to the Sun
Level 26 - Blinds: 25,000/50,000 (ante: 5,000)

Alex Ward has barely had to break sweat to build his stack to this dominant position, but he just met some resistance in the form of Jian Guo Sun--and lost his first significant pot of the day.

Ward opened his button, making it 100,000 to play. That has been his standard M.O. Sun called from the big blind, and both players checked the flop of T♣2♣4♠.

The 2♥ came on the turn and Sun checked. Ward bet 125,000 and although this exact pattern has happened a couple of times, it has previously been followed by a fold from Sun. Not this time. In came a check-raise to 375,000.

Ward double-checked his cards before calling, and that took them to the 5♠ on the river. Sun fired at it. He cut 350,000 from his stack of about 600,000 and after a small time in the tank, Ward called.

Sun flipped his A♣2♠ for trips. Ward had that too, but his 2♦6♠ had kicker problems. Sun built his stack to around 1.9 million. -- HS

 
LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
2625,00050,0005,000

3:55pm: First break; three-handed chip counts

It's only the first break and we've already lost more than half the table. Here's how the remaining three stack up. 

Alex Ward - 6,455,000
Bernard Vu - 2,775,000
Jian Guo Sun - 1,430,000

3:50pm: Sun shining
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

Alex Ward kicked us off with a raise to 80,000 before Jian Guo Sun three-bet to 275,000 from the big blind. Ward scoped out Sun's stack before announcing all in with much more than enough to cover Sun's 1,030,000. 

Sun didn't hesitate long before calling with A♦K♦ and he was in good shape to double against Ward' A♠T♥. The 4♦J♠9♠ didn't change much and while the 7♥ brought a gut shot sweat, the 5♦ river bricked off and Sun survived. -- BK

3:40pm: Ward continues dominant, sends Fu home in fourth
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

We are down to three in Macau after Ying Fu's turbulent final table came to an end in fourth place. On what would turn out to be his last hand, Fu opened to 80,000 from the cutoff and Alex Ward three-bet to 200,000 from the small blind. Bernard Vu folded his big blind, but Fu asked for the all-in triangle.

It wasn't even out on the table before Ward had called, and this was another pretty imbalanced showdown:

Ward: A♣J♣
Fu: A♥7♦

The board didn't help Fu. It ran T♥4♥K♣T♠5♠ and that was the end of Fu. He was chip leader for a period yesterday, but then Ward came to sit to his left. We know what that meant...

Fu gets $755,000 for fourth and, for the first time, Chinese players are now in the minority in this tournament. -- HS

3:30pm: Battle of the blinds sends Jin out in in fifth
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

It didn't take long for our next final table casualty to find the exit after Jiayi Jin departs in 5th place. 

It folded to Jin in the small blind and he pushed his last 550,000 in chips into the middle. Ying Fu wa in the big blind and the bet was for almost all of his stack. As he leaned back in his seat and put his hands on his head it was clear he had a decision on his hands. 

Fu did ultimately call as both players stood up out of their seats and the cards went on their backs. 

Fu: A♥9♣
Jin: A♦6♠
 
Jin had kicked problems but the 7♥7♠8♥ flop did bring some potential for a chop. By the T♠ turn the two players were chasing each other's kicker to make a straight but when the 2♥ river arrived it was the end of Jin's Main Event. 

The crowd gave Jin a round of applause as Fu moved up to 1,200,000. -- BK

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Jiayi Ji shakes the hand of his assassin

3:25pm: Fu begins the rebuilding process
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

Left with only about 255,000 after the hand against Jiayi Jin, Ying Fu had little choice but to get it in the middle pretty quickly. He did so on the very next hand, and Alex Ward called him. Fu had found an ace -- A♥6♣ -- but so had Ward -- A♠6♥. Although there was the threat of a four-flush when the first cards out came 8♥9♥8♣ | J♥ the 8♦ on the river was a blank.

Fu shoved the next hand too, and got it through, and then it got even better. He scored the double up he needed.

Ward opened to 80,000 and Fu shoved from the small blind, for 305,000. Ward called with 9♦8♦ and Fu was ahead with his A♣J♣

There was something for both of them on the board of 7♣5♣Q♥ and Ward's rail started calling for a six. They got what they asked for, but the 6♣ was far better for Fu than Ward. The 2♠ river meant nothing and Fu doubled. He's up to 660,000 now. -- HS

3:20pm: Lucky double for Jin
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

It folded around to shortstack Jiayi Jin on the button and he moved all in for his last 315,000. Ying Fu counted out a call from the small blind before pushing it forward. The big blind mucked instantly and the two active players revealed their cards. 

Jin: J♠7♥
Fu: A♠9♠

Jin needed help and found some on the 7♣4♥3♣ flop. His top pair improved to trips by the end as the 8♠ turn and 7♠ river rolled off to see Jin double up. 

Fu is not very short stacked with only 230,000 in play. -- BK

3:00pm: Vu flops the joint, busts Xie in sixth
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

Alex Ward may have some competition after all because Bernard Vu has just put his stack beyond 2 million after knocking out Weijian Xie in sixth place. This hand pretty much played itself, but Xie is going to go away thinking he got a rough deal.

Vu opened to 85,000 from under the gun and Xi, in the cutoff, three-bet to 210,000. He had exactly 575,000 behind. Everyone else got out of the way, taking the decision back to Vu and he called.

That took them to a flop of J♦6♦9♣ and Vu, sitting in the nine seat, stretched out his left arm into the dealer's tray and picked up the red all-in triangle. He then deposited it on to the felt in front of him. The intention was clear.

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Bernard Vu: Huge flop

Xie rubbed his head in dismay, but then called. He turned over Q♥Q♠, which was technically ahead at this point. But Vu had flopped the world with his Q♦T♦.

He didn't have to wait long for gratification for his draw. The 8♣ came on the turn and Xie was drawing dead. The inconsequential 2♥ came on the river.

Xie is our sixth-place finisher, earning $413,000. Vu now has enough to mount a challenge to the dominant Ward. -- HS

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The end of Weijian Xie

3:00pm: Updated chips counts
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

Alex Ward - 6,200,000
Bernard Vu - 1,300000
Jian Guo Sun - 1,260,000
Weijan Xie - 730,000
Ying Fu - 700,000
Jiayi Jin - 500,000

 
LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
2520,00040,0005,000

2:55pm: Ward picks off Fu's bluff
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Ying Fu made a strong river play in the hand just passed by Alex Ward sniffed out that something was afoot and made the right decision to add even more to his monster stack. 

Fu opened preflop to 65,000 before Ward popped it up to 175,000 from the small blind. Fu opted to call and players went to a flop of Q♥K♦6♦

The action checked through to the 2♣ turn and the 6♠ river where Ward decided to try for some value with A♠Q♦. Fu had other ideas though and put a large portion of his stack on the line with a reraise to 425,000. 

Ward deliberated for a few moments before committing the chips to call and Fu revealed 7♦5♦ for a complete air ball. Fu was left with only 730,000 while Ward increased his already insurmountable chip lead. -- BK

2:45pm: Xie gets it in
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Weijan Xie has a couple more chips to play with after moving all in over chip leader Alex Ward's open. 

Ward brought it in for 65,000 and Xie quickly formed a triangle with his hands to signify he wanted to bet it all. 

Ward threw the hand away and Xie tabled the 8♥ before collecting the pot. -- BK

2:45pm: Small Anglo-French duels
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Bernard Vu has the best seat at the table today, with position on Alex Ward. That said, he just showed he's prepared to take on the chip leader with or without that positional advantage--to mixed results.

In the first hand, Ward opened to 75,000 from the small blind and Vu called from the big. It was the two biggest stacks at the table going to a flop of 9♥5♥K♣. Ward bet 70,000 and Vu called.

The 9♦ came on the turn and Ward slowed down. After he checked, Vu bet 125,000 and Ward let this one go.

Both players climbed back on the horse on the next hand, with Ward this time raising to 60,000 from the button and Vu calling from the small blind. This time the British player had position.

The 9♣6♦T♠ fell on the flop and both players checked. The 9♥ turn followed. Vu bet 65,000 and Ward called, buying the Q♥ on the river. Vu now checked and, after a moment's thought, Ward checked behind.

Vu revealed his K♥8♠, a gutshot that didn't get there. Ward showed his A♣2♣ to take it down. -- HS

2:40pm: Sun sets
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Jian Guo Sun continues to build after spiking a set against Ying Fu. 

Fu began the action with a raise to 65,000 and Sun called to see a flop of A♣K♦5♣

Both players checked to the T♠ turn and Fu made a delayed continuation bet of 65,000. Sun smooth called and the 9♣ river completed the board. 

Fu checked his option on the end but Sun fired for an even 100,000. Fu didn't take long before pushing in a call only to see he was beat by Sun's T♥T♣ for a turned set. 

With that hand Sun takes his total up to 1.5 million in chips as Fu dips to 1.3 million. -- BK

2:30pm: Sun comes out to play
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

It's been mainly small pots since Feng's elimination, including the following hand. But this one involved two of the tournament's less active players, so may have represented a couple of big-ish hands. Weijan Xie got thing started, raising to 65,000 from early position. Jian Guo Sun, on the button, three-bet to 150,000, leaving himself 750,000 behind. Xie called.

They saw a flop of A♠2♥7♥ and Xie checked. Sun continued. He bet 150,000 and Xie got out of the way. -- HS

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Jian Guo Sun

2:16pm: Feng slams into Ward's queens, out in seventh
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

We have lost a player already, with Zhiyi Feng the first to perish from this final table in only its fourth hand. Action folded to Feng on the button and he move all in for his 665,000 total. But Alex Ward quickly called from the big blind and showed his Q♦Q♥, which was ahead of Feng's A♦2♠.

The flop brought some drama for all. There was the A♣ in the window and, as it happens, the A♠ also there. But so was the Q♠ meaning Ward flopped a full house. The 7♦ on the turn meant Feng now had seven outs: the other three sevens, the three other twos or the other ace. 

But the 6♦ on the river was a blank and Feng hits the rail in seventh, winning HK$336,000. Ward takes his stack beyond 5 million. -- HS

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Zhiyi Feng: Out in a flash

2:15pm: Jiayi Ji gets it through
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

The action folded around to Jiayi Ji in the hijack seat and he moved all in for 410,000 in chips. 

The rest of the table threw their hands away and Ji collected the pot. -- BK

2:10pm: First one to Ward
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

In a pattern that will likely repeat for a lot of today, Alex Ward opened the first hand of the final table, making it 60,000 from the cutoff. Everyone else folded. The second hand was slightly different. Ward folded, and action actually got around to Weijian Xie in the small blind. He completed, but then folded after Ying Fu raised another 40,000. -- HS

2:10pm: Let's go!
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

It's time for our final seven to become one. 

PokerStars LIVE Macau's Rex Cheong just introduced final tablists and after an applause from the railbirds it's time to get things underway. 

Blinds recommence with 47 minutes left at 15,000/30,000 (5,000) and Alex Ward is the commanding chip leader with 4,715,000 in chips. 

Shuffle up and deal! -- BK

 
LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
2415,00030,000500

1:30pm: Time to crown a winner

It's the final day of the APPT10 Macau main event and, from 533 players, we're going to be left with only one, who will earn himself HK$2,694,000. Seven players are still involved at this stage, and you can learn a bit about them on the player profiles page. The dominant chip leader is Alex Ward, but this is far from a foregone conclusion.

Here's how they line up at this point: 

Seat 1) Jiayi Jin, China - 465,000
Seat 2) Weijian Xie, China - 1,215,000
Seat 3) Ying Fu, China - 1,105,000
Seat 4) Zhiyi Feng, China - 685,000
Seat 5) Jian Guo Sun, China - 1,055,000
Seat 6) Alex Ward, United Kingdom - 4,715,000
Seat 7) Bernard Vu, France - 1,420,000

And review yesterday's coverage to discover how they got here. Also take a look at the long list of names who are out already, but who made the money. They're on the prizewinners page.

Stick around here for full coverage as they play to a winner.

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Final table players (l-r): Alex Ward, Jiayi Jin, Zhiyi Feng, Bernard Vu, Jian Guo Sun, Fu Ying, Weijian Xie.

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Macau: Brad Kain and Howard Swains. Photos by Long Guan of Kenneth Lim Photography.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Macau