APPT10 Macau: Day 3 coverage archive

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APPT10 Macau: Day 3 archive

12:20pm: He eliminated; Final table set

The official final table of seven is ready to return tomorrow after Kan He was eliminated in eight place. 

He moved his last 590,000 in preflop and after it folded to chip leader Alex Ward, he asked for a count and called to put He at risk. 

He: A♣Q♥
Ward: A♦K♥

There was a queen in the window but a king followed it on the 4♥K♠Q♠ flop. He needed another queen to avoid elimination but it would never come as the 8♠ turn and 3♣ river completed the board. 

And with that, play concludes. We'll have a wrap of today's proceedings and a final table draw coming soon right here on the PokerStars Blog. -- BK

12:05am: Li is Ward's latest casualty; down to eight
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Like so many before him, Yuan Li has been knocked out by Alex Ward, taking us down to our last eight and one from the end of the night. 

Ward opened to 65,000 from early position, the second time in a row, but after meeting no resistance the first time, he found Li asking for the all-in triangle on the second occasion.

Li only had 155,000 and when action came back to Ward, he made a mandatory call. He also happened to have the best hand: Ward's A♠6♣ was ahead of Li's A♣3♦ and he then flopped a six.

The board of 6♠2♦5♦ left Li now looking for a four, but the 9♥ came on the turn and the 7♣ on the river. That's that for Li. He takes HK$236,000 for ninth. -- HS

11:50pm: Unofficial final table draw
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

We're down to nine players now. They've merged onto the unofficial final table and will play down to seven before returning to crown a champion tomorrow. 

Here's where they're seated and how they stack up. 

Seat 1) Jiayi Jin - 530,000
Seat 2) Weijian Xie - 1,160,000
Seat 3) Yuan Li - 185,000
Seat 4) Kan He - 670,000
Seat 5) Ying Fu - 1,850,000
Seat 6) Zhiyi Feng - 680,000
Seat 7) Jian Guo Sun - 1,050,000
Seat 8) Alex Ward - 3,830,000
Seat 9) Bernard Vu - 1,370,000

They're taking a short break, to resume at 12:15am. 

11:45pm: Li licked; last nine set
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

We are down to our last table of nine players here in Macau after Xiang Li lost back-to-back pots against Weijian Xie and went out in tenth.

The first of those went down like this: Xie open-shoved from under the gun for 400,000 precisely and, when action got to Li in the small blind, he re-shoved, for 615,000. It was enough to get the big blind out the way and they went heads up.

Xie: 5♦5♠
Li: A♠K♦

The small pair was ahead, and stayed there, as the full board ran Q♣3♥4♣T♥6♠. Xie punched the air in delight.

He was equally happy after the next hand played out. This time, Li open shoved his button for 165,000 and Xie snapped from the big blind. Xie had A♦Q♣ and Li was behind again with K♥9♠.

The flop hit Li. It came J♦9♦T♦. But it was not exactly the kind of "hit" he would have liked. Xie now had all the outs in the world -- he was a 60-40 favourite at this point -- and he ended up hitting the A♣ on the turn to seal it. That takes us down to nine. -- HS

11:30pm: Lucky Li lives
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

Yuan Li is lucky to still be in the tournament after he found fortune following a preflop jam. 

Li moved all in from the cutoff with K♣3♥ and was called by Bernard Vu holding K♦J♠ in the small blind. 

Li was in trouble but the 9♠A♣2♦4♥5♥ board saw him make a runner-runner wheel to win the pot. 

"YEAH!" he screamed as the river rolled off, jumping up from his seat and double fist pumping. 

Vu is now on 1.3 million chips. -- BK

11:25pm: Ward returns to monster stack
Level 25 - Blinds: 20,000/40,000 (ante: 5,000)

The last ten are now back from their break, all looking up to Alex Ward. Here's how they stack up:

          
First nameLast nameCountryChips
AlexWardUK3,700,000
BernardVuFrance1,430,000
YingFuChina1,200,000
Jian GuoSunChina823,000
KanHeChina781,000
ZhiyiFengChina780,000
JiayiJinChina605,000
XiangLiChina551,000
WeijianXieChina450,000
YuanLiChina215,000

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Ward still leading

11:15pm: Break time

Our remaining 10 players have taken another break.

Play resumes in 10 minutes. -- BK

11:12pm: Juicy joins the railbirds
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Juicy Li had been working with a short stack for a while but now her tournament has finally come to an end. 
She moved all in from the cutoff for only 120,000 in chips and Xiang Li called off from the big blind. 

Juicy: A♥9♦
Xiang: A♠J♣

Juicy was dominated and couldn't find enough help as the community cards landed 5♠J♥2♥T♦9♠

She departs as Xiang Li stacks up 560,000. -- BK

11:10pm: One double for Li
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Juicy Li had little choice but to get her last 65,000 in the middle, particularly after Alex Ward's opening raise. Ward called, of course, and looked like he might knock Li out. Ward had J♠T♦ to Li's K♥Q♠ and a jack came on the flop. But there was a queen on the turn and Li survived. For now. -- HS

11:07pm: Xie hands the short stack baton over to Juicy Li
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Badly damaged from that run-in with Alex Ward, Weijan Xie was all in on the next hand, shipping for what turned out to be 258,000 from the small blind.

Only Juicy Li was left with a decision and, in the big blind, she found A♣7♣ and called. This was a race: Li had A♣7♣ and Xie had 5♠5♦.

After the board ran 6♠K♠T♣3♥3♦ Xie was back in the game and Li was barely alive. She has 65,000. -- HS

11:05pm: Unstoppable Alex Ward
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Alex Ward now has more than 3.5 million chips, which is approximately three times as many as anybody else in this tournament. He just got another huge chunk in a pot against Weijian Xie that left the latter on fumes.

Ward opened to 60,000 and Xie called from the big blind, taking them to a flop of 2♥8♥6♦. Xie checked, Ward bet 50,000 and it seemed as though Xie was happy to pay to see another. But actually, he tossed out 125,00 chips, a check-raise, so Ward had to ponder his options. He called.

That took them to the turn of T♣, which Xie checked again. Ward barrelled once more, this time for 150,000, and Xie this time just called. That meant the A♣ came on the river and the pattern went through one more iteration. Xie checked, Ward bet 375,000 and Xie called.

Ward tabled A♥T♥. He had a flush draw on the flop, top pair on the turn and then top two by the time the river was out. Xie mucked, left with about 250,000. -- HS

11:00pm: Feng finds a double
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Zhiyi Feng is still in contention after winning an all in against Jian Guo Sun. 

The two got all the chips in preflop after Feng moved in from the small blind for 296,000 and was called off by Sun in the big blind. 

Feng: A♦6♦
Sun: Q♣6♣

Feng had the dominant hand and it remained that way through the J♦4♥4♠T♦7♥ runout. 

He collected the pot as Sun was left with 630,000 to play with. -- BK

10:50pm: Han railed
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

We're down to only 11 players now after Yu Han was sent packing by Ying Fu. 
Fu raised the button to 65,000 and Han moved in for his last 557,000 from the big blind.

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Yu Han

Fu gave it about 30 seconds consideration before announcing a call. 

Han: K♣J♣
Fu: 9♠9♦

Another fate was decided by a flip as the cards fell 6♥2♣2♥4♦8♠ with the nines holding to eliminate Han. 

That hand brings Fu up to 1.4 million in chips. -- BK

10:50pm: Li v Li
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Xiang Li doubled up, open-jamming for 215,000 and finding Juicy Li willing to call behind him. Xiang Li had the dominant ace. His A♠T♣ was better than Juicy Li's A♣6♣ and the board bricked.

Juicy Li had won a lot of pots with pre-flop aggression recently, but all that work is undone in one fell swoop. -- HS

10:45pm: How do you like to fold?
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Zhiyi Feng shoved on three consecutive hands, from UTG+2, UTG+1 and under the gun itself, getting a variety of folds all the way around.

Yuan Li agonised for a long time in the big blind, but then folded showing ten-three. Jiayi Jin folded very quickly when it was him in the big blind. Then Bernard Vu gave Li the full on stare down, taking off his shades and glaring for a couple of minutes before folding. Many different ways to fold a cat. -- HS

10:40pm: Ward ramping up the pressure
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Alex Ward is maintaining the chip lead and punishing his opponents as the final table nears. 

He recently got the best of Ying Fu in a battle of the blinds. 

With the board reading T♦3♠2♦3♦ Fu led for the minimum 30,000 and Ward bumped it up to 125,000. Fu flicked in a call and the river brought the K♣

Again Fu made it 30,000 to go but Ward reached deep into his stack and dropped a chunky 425,000 into the pot. 

Fu thought about it but couldn't commit the chips, instead surrendering his hand. -- BK

10:20pm: Kan He double? Yes He Kan
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

Kan He just won a race, all-in pre-flop, to double to more than 1.2 million. He took the chips from Zhiyi Feng, whose 9♥9♠ lost to He's A♦K♥ all in pre-flop. He's shove was for 618,000. -- HS

10:10pm: Juicy on the slide
Level 24 - Blinds: 15,000/30,000 (ante: 5,000)

They're into Level 24 now, and here's something we haven't seen for a long time: Juicy on the ropes. Ms Li is now the short stack of the remaining 12 players. They stack up like this:

            
First nameLast nameCountryChips
AlexWardUK2,200,000
YingFuChina1,200,000
BernardVuFrance1,000,000
Jian GuoSunChina830,000
YuHanChina800,000
WeijianXieChina790,000
ZhiyiFengChina770,000
KanHeChina705,000
JiayiJinChina600,000
XiangLiChina460,000
YuanLiChina455,000
JuicyLiChina350,000
LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
2415,00030,0005,000

9:40pm: Feng gets some, loses some
Level 23 - Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (ante: 4,000)

Zhiyi Feng raised to 55,000 from under the gun and Kan He called in the cutoff. Jiayi Jin thought why not from the small blind and the three took a flop: K♥9♣4♥.

Jin checked, but Feng bet 100,000, which He called. Jin folded before the 8♥ came on the turn. This time Feng's bet of 160,000 got the job done.

Feng and Jin were the most active players at that table, which would make sense given they had the most chips. That was until Feng gave a chunk to Bernard Vu on the next hand.

I didn't catch many of the details before the turn, but with the T♠9♥A♠5♦ exposed, Vu bet 80,000 and Feng raised to 180,000. Vu called. Then they both checked the K♣ river and Feng frowned and nodded his head after being shown the A♣6♠ by Vu.

Feng mucked, leaving himself with about 800,000. -- HS

10:00pm: Zhu gotta go
Level 23 - Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (ante: 4,000)

Players are still dropping rapidly as we approach the final table, and Wei Zhu was the latest to feel the wrath of the poker gods. 

Zhu open shoved for 300,000 with K♥Q♣ and was picked off by Weijian Xie holding A♣Q♥

The board ran out 9♥8♣6♥A♥A♠ and despite Zhu picking up a flush draw on the turn he couldn't manage to clench a victory.  -- BK

9:50pm: Nines no good for Feng
Level 23 - Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (ante: 4,000)

Jiayi Jin kicked things off with a button raise to 55,000 before Bernard Vu decided to move all in for 463,000 from the small blind. 

It was Zhiyi Feng, however, who would put Vu at risk after he called from the big blind. Jin let it go and the two active players tabled their cards.

Vu: A♦9♥
Feng: 9♠9♣

Feng was in a commanding position and held through the 5♣2♥T♣ flop. It was the A♠ turn though that send him chasing a solo out and breathed new life Vu's tournament. 

The 7♥ river bricked off and Vu locked up a double up. Feng meanwhile was knocked down to 850,000 after that hit. -- BK

9:45pm: Small pot for Li
Level 23 - Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (ante: 4,000)

After disappointment not to be involved in the last hand, Yuan Li did now play a pot, of sorts, against Jiayi Jin. Jin opened to 50,000 from under the gun and Li called for a quarter of his stack from the big blind.

After a flop of 6♠Q♣T♣, Li shoved and Jin folded. Li showed a queen and Jin tapped the table in acknowledgement. -- HS

9:40pm: Sun blinds Yun
Level 23 - Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (ante: 4,000)

Hyunshik Yun is gone in 14th, although you'd have thought it was Yuan Li being knocked out by the reaction. Li had actually folded pre-flop, but clearly would have hit something and tripled up had he put his stack of 196,000 in the middle. You live and learn.

Anyhow, back to what did happen. Yun open shoved for the second hand in a row. The first time, when he was in the small blind, he got it through. The second time, on the button, his shove was worth 340,000 and he got a call from Jian Guo Sun to his left.

Yun had K♥5♠ and was in trouble against Sun's A♠7♠. The flop made it even harder for Yun. It came A♦8♣Q♥. By the time they saw the Q♠ on the turn, it was all over. The 9♥ river was immaterial. Yun gets HK$135,600 for 14th. -- HS

9:35pm: Xie still kicking
Level 23 - Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (ante: 4,000)

Our shortest stack coming back from the break, Weijan Xie, just doubled up to keep his tournament dream alive against Yu Han. 

Han opened to 50,000 before Xie made it 150,000 to go and left him himself only 6,000 behind. Han opted to play for it all and Xie obliged as they got the chips in and the cards went on their backs. 

Xie: 7♣4♣
Han: A♥4♦

Xie was in rough shape until the A♠7♥7♠ meant he would spike trips and soar into the lead. Still needing to fade an ace to hang around he did just that as the T♠ turn and K♣ river completed the board. 

Han still sits with a healthy stack of 1,050,000. -- BK

9:25pm: Kan He call? No he can't
Level 23 - Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (ante: 4,000)

Hyunshik Yun open shoved for his last 253,000 and, after action folded to Kan He, He/he was faced with a decision. After a lot of counting of stacks--his own, plus those of the two players in the blinds behind him--He/he opted to fold and preserve his stack of about 550,000. And if you think this is an update principally to crowbar that headline in, you'd be right. -- HS

9:15pm: Back to it
Level 23 - Blinds: 12,000/24,000 (ante: 4,000)

Off they go again. The idea is to play to seven tonight, which means eight more players will need to be eliminated before we call it a day. -- HS

Latest counts:

Here are the latest chip counts, updated at the dinner break:

                
First nameLast nameCountryChips
AlexWardUK2,189,000
YingFuChina1,227,000
ZhiyiFengChina1,108,000
JiayiJinChina1,031,000
YuHanChina885,000
JuicyLiChina665,000
Jian GuoSunChina591,000
KanHeChina531,000
Kai YatFamSingapore489,000
BernardVuFrance457,000
XiangLiChina383,000
WeiZhuChina305,000
YuanLiChina302,000
FanWuChina275,000
HyunshikYunUSA201,000
WeijianXieChina165,000

8:35pm: Dinner break
Level 22 - Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (ante: 3,000)

LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
2312,00024,0004,000

That's the end of Level 22 and players are now taking a 45-minute break. We'll have the full chip-counts for the remaining 15 players momentarily. But I can tell you this already: Alex Ward is leading by a long way.

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Alex Ward: Leader

8:30pm: Ward crushes Wu; leads by miles
Level 22 - Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (ante: 3,000)

Scratch that about Alex Ward not being the chip leader. He is the chip leader, having just come out on the best end of the ultimate hold'em set-up: aces against kings for heaps.

The man with kings was Fan Wu. Ward was the one with aces. And now Ward is sitting with the best part of 2.5 million chips and is the huge chip leader. -- HS

8:25pm: Zheng finds the rail
Level 22 - Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (ante: 3,000)

We just lost Ming Zheng after his T♥T♦ failed to hold against the A♥Q♠ of Zhiyi Feng. 

The hand began with Feng opening to 45,000 before Zheng pushed all in for 225,000. It folded back around to Feng and he called it off to put his tablemate at risk. 

The flop was a sweaty K♠6♠9♠ with Feng adding a flush draw to his overcards. The T♠ saw Feng complete that flush but Zheng could still pair the board to stay alive. 

The deck failed to save him, however, as the 8♠ river completed the board. 

That pot moves Feng up to around 900,000 in chips. 

8:15pm: Two tables, full counts
Level 22 - Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (ante: 3,000)

There are 17 players left here, and they're down to only two tables. Here are the seats and counts:

Table 1
1: Yuan Li - 345,000
2: Jiayi Jin - 953,000
3: Bernard Vu - 500,000
4: Zhiyi Feng - 560,000
5: Hyunshik Yun - 265,000
6: Ming Zheng - 240,000
7: Kai Yat Fam - 430,000
8: Jian Guo Sun - 530,000
9: Kan He - 740,000

Table 2

1: Yu Han - 830,000
2: Xiang Li - 400,000
3: Wei Zhu - 350,000
4: Weijian Xie - 230,000
5:  Fan Wu - 890,000
6: Juicy Li - 710,000
7: Ying Fu - 1,250,000
8: Alex Ward - 1,100,000 

Alex Ward is now sitting next to the chip leader, Ying Fu, but he would have been the leader himself if he'd have managed to knock out Xiang Li on one of the first hands after the tournament clock started again.

Ward called Li's shove with A♥3♥ and was up against A♠J♦. But the board ran 6♠J♥2♥4♣J♠ and Li doubled his 195,000 stack. -- HS

8:10pm: Li loses a flip to He; eliminated
Level 22 - Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (ante: 3,000)

Xiao Ling Li just exited the tournament floor, she lost a race against Kan He for her tournament life. 

The hand began with Jiayi Jin raising to 45,000 before Li moved in for her last 217,000 in chips. It folded to He in the big blind and he went into the tank. The decision was for around half his stack but he did eventually call. Jin mucked his hand and the two remaining players revealed their hands. 

Li: A♣J♦
He: 2♣2♦

Li needed to improve to stay alive but she couldn't do it as the cards fell 6♠5♦K♣K♥2♠

She finishes just shy of our final two tables while He stacks up 740,000. -- BK

7:45pm: Fu flies into the lead
Level 22 - Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (ante: 3,000)

A huge, huge skirmish on Table 3 has sent the hitherto anonymous Ying Fu into the chip lead. He scored a full double up through Jiping Li who, having lived by the sword for the past two days, has now all but died by it.

Fu, sitting quietly beneath a blue hoodie and with white earbuds in, opened to 45,000 from the button and Li three-bet to 116,000 from the big blind. Fu called and they both quickly checked the flop of K♠8♦7♥.

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Ying Fu: The new emperor

The turn brought the 8♠ and, after Li checked again, Fu bet 150,000. This all took place pretty quickly, but the next bit was a blur. It looked like Li now shoved and Fu instantly called and the cards were on their backs.

Fu had A♦K♦ to Li's A♥7♠. Both had a pair, in addition to the eights on the board, but Fu's was bigger and the Q♦ river decided the pot in his favour.

There was then a pretty long delay as dealers and floor staff attempted to make sure they got the right amounts in the two players' very similar-sized stacks. It was soon ascertained that Fu had 610,000 going to the river and Li precisely 50,000 more.

Li is therefore left with that, which is about two big blinds. Fu, however, has more than 1.5 million. -- HS

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A long way back now for Jiping Li

7:45pm: Ladies for Li
Level 22 - Blinds: 10,000/20,000 (ante: 3,000)

Yuan Li seemed a little disappointed he didn't get more action in a recent hand against Fan Wu. 

Wu brought it in for a raise to 45,000 bfore Li moved all in for 422,000 in chips. Li took his time deliberating but ultimately gave it up, much to the frustration of Li. 

The latter let out a sigh and flashed Q♣Q♦ before raking in the pot. -- BK

7:35pm: Yun hits runner-runner double
Level 21 - Blinds: 8,000/16,000 (ante: 2,000)

Hyushik Yun was down to his last 174,000 but now has double that, plus change, after a pretty fortunate run-out in a pot against Fan Wu. Yun had K♣5♣ and was against Wu's A♣6♠. But the board of T♥9♠A♠5♥K♥ gave Yun two pair, on the turn and river, to double him up. -- HS

7:30pm: Bye bye Benoit
Level 21 - Blinds: 8,000/16,000 (ante: 2,000)

Benoit Albiges was the latest to bust after a preflop clash with Fan Wu. 

Albiges moved in for his last 92,000 from under the gun and was called by Wu in the cutoff seat. The rest of the table folded and Albiges saw he was in trouble when the hands were turned face up. 

Albiges: A♠5♦
Wu: A♦K♥

The Q♦6♣Q♣ flop brought some chopportunities but the 2♥ turn and T♥ river couldn't save Albiges. He left the tournament area while Wu climbed to 960,000 in chips. -- BK 

LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
2210,00020,0003,000

7:25pm: A long time to find three folds
Level 21 - Blinds: 8,000/16,000 (ante: 2,000)

Here's a hand that didn't even get to a flop but which lasted longer than many tournaments*. It played out on Table 3, where the big-stacked Juicy Li, Jiping Li and Yu Han all sit. But none of them were prepared to commit too much to this one; the principal battle was between Bernard Vu, Xiang Li and the tank.

It all started when Vu raised from the cutoff, making it 38,000 to play. Han called on the button, which persuaded Jiping Li to call from the small blind. But then Xiang Li made it 132,000 from the big blind and things got a bit sluggish.

Actually, that's not fair on Vu. He didn't take long to move all in for 343,000 total, but there were now three players sitting behind him who all had to ponder their options.

Han took a long, long time...but folded. Jiping Li took a long, long time...but came to the same decision. And then Xiang Li took a long, long time, and figured out that he would need 211,000 of his 275,000 stack to call, before also deciding to fold. 

* An exaggeration. But not by much. -- HS

7:15pm: Relentless Ward
Level 21 - Blinds: 8,000/16,000 (ante: 2,000)

Alex Ward's relentless charge up the leader board continues apace and the British player now has about 950,000 after knocking out Guanfu Ye. I only caught the very tail end of this, but they got it in on the turn, with a king on the board.

Ward had K♣A♥ against Ye's K♠J♠. There were also two spades on the board, so Ye had a flush draw going to the river. But the A♣ only improved Ward and sent Ye to the payouts table, out in 23rd. -- HS

7:10pm: Ye out the door
Level 21 - Blinds: 8,000/16,000 (ante: 2,000)

Weije Ye was the latest one to exit the tournament after finding himself on the wrong end of a flip versus Kai Yat Fam.

The two got all in the money in preflop with Ye holding A♥Q♦ and Fam with 4♠4♥

The board came down 2♠6♠T♥5♦3♠ with Fam improving to a straight on the end to see Ye eliminated. Fam moves up to 280,000 in chips. -- BK

7:10pm: Li finds a straight
Level 21 - Blinds: 8,000/16,000 (ante: 2,000)

Yuan Li doubled up through Kan He after calling all in for his tournament life on a flop of Q♠J♠8♦

He checked first to act and after Li fired for 42,000, He moved all in over the top with enough to cover Li's 110,000 behind. 

Li loaded up a call and began to move it forward before pulling it back and cutting down his stack. He looked around the room and thought for a few more moments before announcing call to see he was in front. 

Li: A♠T♣
He: 9♠7♠

Both players were on draws with Li's ace high in the lead when the money went in. Li completed his straight on the 9♦ turn and faded a spade on the 5♥ river. 

"Yes! Yes! Yes!" Li cheered as the last card rolled off and he locked up the pot. 

He has now dipped down to 420,000. -- BK

6:55pm: Ward flying
Level 21 - Blinds: 8,000/16,000 (ante: 2,000)

This is now becoming a pretty good day for Alex Ward, who just flopped the nut flush and then watched it improve to a straight flush by the river. He knocked out Leon Li-ta Hsu in the process.

Ward started it, raising to 35,000 from early position, and picking up two callers: Benoit Albiges and then Hsu in the big blind.

The three of them saw the following flop: 4♣5♣8♣ and Hsu very quickly announced that he was all in for 170,000. Not long after, Ward, with a covering stack, moved all in behind him and that took the decision to Albiges.


The Frenchman had only 141,000 behind, less than both his opponents, but he decided not to call it off.

Hsu showed 4♦5♦ for the flopped two pair. Ward had A♣3♣ for the flopped flush. It wasn't done, however. Hsu had outs to a full house. But the 8♦ was a brick and then the 3♣ on the river actually made Ward's hand even better. -- HS

6:35pm: Stack attack
Level 21 - Blinds: 8,000/16,000 (ante: 2,000)

They're down to only three tables now. Check out the chip-count page for the latest approximate stacks. -- HS

LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
218,00016,0002,000

6:20pm: Break time

That's the end of Level 20. We'll have a ten minute break then head into Level 21.

6:10pm: Ward on the up
Level 20 - Blinds: 6,000/12,000 (ante: 1,000)

Alex Ward hadn't had it all his own way for the opening couple of levels today, but he has just got his stack up to about 530,000, which is a high point for the day, and sent Chen Yuan home in 28th. That takes us down to the last three tables.

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Alex Ward

Ward related the details of the hand: he was in the small blind with T♦5♦ and opened to 35,000. Yuan defended and they saw a flop of king-ten-four, with two clubs.

With his pair of tens, Ward check-called bets of 42,000 on the flop, then 63,000 on the king turn. Then the river brought another four and Ward checked again. Yuan jammed for about 59,000 and Ward called.

Yuan had missed a straight draw with his off-suit jack-queen and was sent to the rail. Ward is now cooking again. -- HS

6:05pm: Big slick bounces Qian; Jin now leading
Level 20 - Blinds: 6,000/12,000 (ante: 1,000)

We now have a new chip leader as Jiayi Jin finds a flush to knock out Zhiqiang Qian. 

Qian raised on the button before Jin repopped it to 70,000 from the small blind. It was then that Qian moved all in for 470,000 in chips and put Jin to a decision for most of his chips. 

Jin called it off with A♦K♦ and had a slight edge over Qian's A♥K♣. That edge increased as the flop fell Q♥Q♦6♦ and Jin improved to a flush draw. 

"Diamond! Come on!" cried Jin. 

The 5♥ turn was a brick but the 3♦ river completed Jin's flush as he cheered and eclipsed one million in chips to seize the lead. -- BK

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There's a new chip boss in town - Jiayi Jin

5:55pm: Li shows an eight
Level 20 - Blinds: 6,000/12,000 (ante: 1,000)

Juicy Li is up to her old tricks, pushing Wei Zhu off a pot and then showing him an eight. Of course, she might have had two of them--and eights are unbeatable, remember--but she only showed him one to keep him on his toes.

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The inscrutable Juicy Li

Li started the pot, opening to 26,000 from under the gun. Ying Fu called from one seat along and action folded to Zhu in the big blind. Zhu squeezed to 87,000.

Li was precise about determining the size of Zhu's raise, then made it 177,000 to play. That put Fu in the tank, and he seemed interested. But "seem" wasn't enough. He folded.

Then, after much agonising, Zhu folded too. Li flipped over the 8♦ as her cards went back to the dealer. -- HS

5:45pm: Li continues his charge
Level 20 - Blinds: 6,000/12,000 (ante: 1,000)

Jiping Li has extended his chip lead here, building his stack to more than 900,000. By the time this reaches you, he could easily have a million, or half that. He's an action player.

On the subject of action players, this hand was started by Yu Han who opened to 25,000 from the hijack. Li called from the cutoff and Ling Tong was persuaded in from the big blind too.

Those three saw these three cards: 2♥6♣K♠ but all of them checked. That took them to the 4♣ on the turn and Tong led for 35,000. Han folded, but Li stuck around. He has a tendency to do that.

The river was the K♦ and Tong continued to go for it. He bet 55,000. But in an instant, Li raised, making it 155,000 total.

Tong didn't like that one bit. He went deep into the tank, counting the 292,000 stack he still had behind the line, and eventually folded.

"Show the bluff!" bellowed Bernard Vu, suddenly springing to life. Li shook his head, but then just before mucking his cards, was persuaded to do exactly what Vu asked. He flipped over A♥J♣ and chuckled gleefully to himself. -- HS

5:40pm: Chan chopped down by Li
Level 20 - Blinds: 6,000/12,000 (ante: 1,000)

Matthew Chan was the next to go as we enter Level 20. He moved all in preflop for 126,000 and action folded to Xiang Li in the big blind. 

Li called to put Chan at risk and the two saw they were flipping when the hands were revealed. 

Chan: A♣Q♦
Li: 2♠2♣

Chan failed to hit as the board came down 6♥9♠4♣T♦9♣ with Li's deuces holding to bring him up to 430,000 and send Chan out the door. -- BK

4:35pm: Li licks Lee
Level 20 - Blinds: 6,000/12,000 (ante: 1,000)

We were stuck on 33 players for a little while here, but Hon Cheong Lee has just become the man to head home in that spot, with $64,850 for his troubles.

He open-shoved for about 65,000--a little more than five big blinds--and action folded to Xiao Ling Li in the big blind, with not that many more chips than Lee. However, she had A♦K♣ and made a quick call. She was dominating Lee's A♠8♦ and a king on the flop effectively ended it.

Li has about 180,000 now. -- HS

LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
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5:10pm: Li rides the rollercoaster
Level 19 - Blinds: 5,000/10,000 (ante: 1,000)

Yuan Li's stack is fluctuating heavily after back-to-back hands against tablemates Guan Ye and Fan Wu. 

The first saw Ye move all in for 148,000 with A♠A♦ before Li called holding J♠J♣. The pocket aces held when the cards fell T♥6♦T♠3♥5♥ and Li was dusted down to 95,000 in chips. 

The following hand, however, saw Li with the best of it after getting K♥K♦ in against Wu's J♠J♦. Again the best hand held and with a cheer and a fist pump Li regained momentum. - BK 

5:10pm: Vu blasts Li; Li blasts back
Level 19 - Blinds: 5,000/10,000 (ante: 1,000)

Beat Juicy Li in a pot and in addition to her chips, you'll also get a rub down. She doesn't give up anything lightly.

Bernard Vu just received the hairdryer treatment as he doubled up and, since he did so with 9♥3♦, there's an element of justification.

Action folded to Li's button and she opened to 22,000. Once the small blind was out of the way, Vu shoved for 161,000 from the big blind and, after finding out how relatively little Vu had, Li called. She had A♣7♦ and Vu was forced to show that nine high.

But it was actually the three that played when the board ran 8♦3♥4♥4♦T♥. Hairdryer: ON. -- HS

4:45pm: Lou lands on the rail
Level 19 - Blinds: 5,000/10,000 (ante: 1,000) 

Yijun Lou was our latest evictee today after getting all in on a flop of T♦2♦2♣ against Jiping Li. 

The flop appeared a good one for Lou's A♥T♥ until he saw Li table A♠2♠ for a stranglehold on the hand. 

Lou couldn't find another ten to stay alive as the 5♦ turn and J♦ river completed the board. He left the tournament area whil Li climbs to almost 800,000 in chips. -- BK

4:45pm: "Drama!"
Level 19 - Blinds: 5,000/10,000 (ante: 1,000)

Macau-based poker players, and the railbirds who flock to watch, are nothing if not enthusiastic. And when you give them some actual drama to observe, they'll duly respond as though watching New Year's Eve fireworks.

Leon Li-ta Hsu just knocked out Neo Li Han Chen in back-to-back hands which, when you learn he had about 60,000 fewer chips at the start of the first is no mean feat. And, as reported below, he was a super short stack prior to that. But he's buzzing now. Here's what happened.

Alex Ward opened to 20,000 from UTG+1 and action folded to Chen in the small blind. Ward opened the previous pot too, but folded when Chen shoved for 140,000 from his big blind. The pattern seemed to be repeating when Chen again counted his chips, this time up to 175,000, and again shoved.

However this time there was Hsu waiting in the big blind, with 119,000 in his stack, and he called all in. Ward quickly folded.

So it was the two players from Chinese Taipei to do battle, ringed by a handful of fans who had poured into the tournament area to watch.

Hsu: J♣J♦
Chen: A♠Q♦

This seemed to be a standard race, but it turned into a ding-dong battle. The flop came 9♣J♠T♣ giving Hsu a set of jacks, but also offering a gutshot draw to Chen.

Then, boom, to squeals of delight, the K♥ fell on the turn. But everyone was alert to the fact that there were redraw out for Hsu and, aaaaaah, there came the 9♦ on the river to made Hsu a full house.

"Drama!" Chen said.

That left Chen short, but on the next hand he found T♣T♦, which was plenty good with which to get his chips in. However, Hsu this time was waiting with A♣K♠ and picked him off again.

Chen was marginally ahead at the start of this race, but the 8♦9♣K♦ flop soon swung the momentum to Hsu. And this time there was nothing miraculous through the 4♥ turn and 2♦ river. That was the end of that for Chen. -- HS

4:30pm: Breathing room for Hsu
Level 19 - Blinds: 5,000/10,000 (ante: 1,000)

Leon Hsu was left with a super short stack recently but he just found himself a much-needed double up through Bawoo Yun. 

Hsu moved all in preflop for only 55,000 and when it folded around to Yun he called from the big blind. 

Hsu: A♥3♣
Yun: Q♦4♥

Hsu was in front and while the 3♦Q♥5♥ saw him lose the lead, he regained it after turning three of a kind when the 3♥ appeared. The 6♣ river was a safe one and Hsu kept his tournament hopes alive. -- BK

4:20pm: Updated chip counts and payouts
Level 19 - Blinds: 5,000/10,000 (ante: 1,000)

We've just finished a thorough chip update that you can find right here

Also check out today's eliminations and payouts so far at this link. - BK 

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4:05pm: First break

It's time for the first break of the day. 

Players will be back in ten minutes to commence Level 19. -- BK

4:04pm: One more Wang out
Level 18 - Blinds: 4,000/8,000 (ante: 1,000)

Shun-ping Wang was eliminated just before the break, showing with Q♦8♥ but getting called by his neighbour Jiping Li. Li was behind with his J♣7♥ but the board of T♦3♠7♣9♠2♥ gave it to the big stack.

Wang went home, but Li now has 540,000. -- HS

4:00pm: Double elimination on Table 5
Level 18 - Blinds: 4,000/8,000 (ante: 1,000)

We arrived at the table to see three hands face up and the board showing T♥K♦T♠2♥A♦

Xinxin Feng has 7♠7♥ in front of her and Jiaxiu Liu held K♠J♠ but both were out of their seats as the A♠Q♥ Chen Yuan had them both beat. 

We're now down to only 38 players. -- BK 

3:45pm: Zhou finds the rail
Level 18 - Blinds: 4,000/8,000 (ante: 1,000)

Liming Zhou has been eliminated after calling off for his tournament life against Geng Liu. 

Liu moved all under the gun with K♠K♦ and Liu called for 73,000 to put himself at risk with A♣Q♠

"Ace!" called Zhou as the dealer presented the community cards, but the deck didn't deliver as the 9♠T♣7♦5♠6♦ runout signalled the end of the line for Zhou. -- BK

3:40pm: Big stacks
Level 18 - Blinds: 4,000/8,000 (ante: 1,000)

The early levels have been very good to Yu Han, in particular, who has built his stack up to around 800,000. He's now the clear leader.

The other big stacks are with the following:

Hanyang Peng 770,000
Juicy Li 630,000
Hyunshik Yun 590,000
Ming Zheng 480,000

3:30pm: Liu doubles through Hsu
Level 18 - Blinds: 4,000/8,000 (ante: 1,000)

Leon Hsu has dropped down to around 12 big blinds after an all in confrontation with Geng Liu. 

The pair got the chips in preflop and Liu had a dominant A♥J♠ against Hsu's A♣T♣

Liu had the lead and improved to two pair as the cards fell 6♦3♣J♦A♠6♠. He collected the pot as Hsu was left hovering around 100,000. -- BK

3:15pm: Come back Lee
Level 18 - Blinds: 4,000/8,000 (ante: 1,000)

Hon Cheong Lee thought he was out. But he wasn't. His table-mates had to inform him, just as he was preparing to head to the cash table, that he had actually doubled up.

It was a pretty easy mistake to make. He got his stack of about 110,000 in pre-flop with A♦Q♣ and picked up a call from Qian Zhiqiang, who had 6♣6♠. Lee stared at the board as the dealer dealt it, clearly hoping to see either an ace or a queen. But there was neither as the 5♠J♠J♥T♥T♣ came down.

What Lee had missed was that the two pair now exposed had counterfeited Zhigiang's pair of sixes and his ace played. He allowed himself a grin that mixed bafflement, relief and happiness and plays on. -- HS

3:10pm: Paparestis busts in three-way pot
Level 18 - Blinds: 4,000/8,000 (ante: 1,000)

Constantine Paparestis was one of the shorter stacks coming into today and, although he had grown it to about 85,000, he still had a mandatory shove with 4♦4♠ when he found those cards under the gun. 

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The end of the road for Constantine Paparestis

Action folded to Guan Fu Ye in the hijack and he re-shoved--although he actually had fewer chips than Paparestis. He was in for 71,500.

With two all-in triangles already deployed, action got around to Yijun Lou in the big blind and he had a stack big enough to knock them both out. He also had found Q♥Q♣ and made an easy call.

Ye had A♥K♦, so he had over-cards to both the pocket pairs. And it was looking bleak for Paparestis with his baby pair.

The flop came J♥7♥7♠, which changed nothing, but the 9♥ on the river now gave a flush draw to Ye's ace. He didn't need it. The K♣ appeared on the river, and that turned out to be the decisive card, earning him a triple up.

Lou took the small side pot, while Paparestis is free to return to the cash games, his usual habitat, should he desire. -- HS

LEVELSMALL BLINDBIG BLINDANTE
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3:05pm: Final Team Pro eliminated
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

Chen An Lin was our only Team PokerStars Pro to return today, and he was just eliminated when a battle of the blinds went the way of yesterday's chip leader Hanyang Peng. 

It folded to Lin in the small blind and he moved all in for approximately 90,000 in chips before being called off by Peng in the big blind.

Lin: 2♣2♦
Peng: A♦9♦

They were racing and Lin faded danger on the 3♥4♣7♣ flop. The turn, however, brought the 9♠ to see Peng take the lead and hold it through the 5♠ river. -- BK

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Recently eliminated - Team PokerStars Pro Chen An Lin

3:00pm: Zhang sent home
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

Chengting Zhang just found the exit after an unlucky fall of the cards saw Bawoo Yun run him down. 

Zhang was all in under the gun for 113,000 and it folded around to Yun in the big blind. Yun gave it considerable thought, rechecking his cards and counting his own stack. In the end he did announce call and the card went on their backs. 

Zhang: A♦Q♣
Yun: A♣T♣

Zhang couldn't keep the lead when Yun found a ten on the 8♣3♦4♥T♠6♠ run out. He left the tournament area as Yun stacked up his newfound chips. -- BK

2:55pm: Nuts for Zhiqiang
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

Qian Zhiqiang just backed into a flush to win a decent pot, with Fam Kai Yat the player to pay him most.

It started when Xie Weijian opened to 13,000 from under the gun and three others called: Kai Yat in the cutoff, Zhigiang in the small blind and Lee Hon Cheong in the big.

So, four of them saw a flop of T♥3♣2♣ and, after three checks, Kai Yat bet 24,000. Only Zhigiang paid the calling price.

Both players checked the 5♥ turn, which took them to the Q♣ on the river. Zhigiang now sprang into action and put 34,000 across the line. Kai Yat called but was shown A♣8♣--the nuts--and mucked. -- HS

2:45pm: Lucky nines
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

Cao Juncong has barely put a foot wrong this week, but has also suffered more than his fair share of out-draws. He's done exceptionally well to still have a stack of about 300,000.

His most recent spot of ill fortune didn't cost him too much. He called Li Yuan's shove of about 150,000 with A♦T♣ and was ahead of Yuan's A♥9♥. But the flop was the pretty emphatic 9♦9♣2♣ and, after the 2♠ on the turn, Juncong was drawing dead. Yuan doubles.  -- HS

2:40pm: Albiges still alive
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

Benoit Albiges is lucky to still be in the tournament after getting his short stack in and behind against Kun Tian. 

Albiges pushed in preflop for 44,000 holding A♥4♦ and Tian jammed all in for slightly more from the button with 8♣8♦

With the rest of the table folding, the board ran out K♦6♦6♠A♠9♦ with Albiges spiking an ace on the turn to stay alive. 

Tian is now in trouble with only 15,000 remaining. -- BK

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Benoit Albiges

2:35pm: Yijun's aggression gets Ward out
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

Alex Ward just got involved in a pot against Lou Yijun in which his opponent tapped the table in appreciation of Ward's fold on the river--one of those wholly ambiguous gestures that pretty much polarises the aggressor's range even more. Was he relieved to see the fold, or congratulating the shrewdness of it?

There was at least 55,000 in the pot by the time the two of them were at the turn. The four exposed cards were 8♣3♥5♠3♠. Yijun, who would have been in the big blind pre-flop, checked and Ward bet 32,000.

Yijun then tried to click it back, but didn't quite put out enough chips for a min-raise. He was still allowed to give it another go, though, and added the shrapnel he was short. Ward called.

They saw the 7♠ on the river and there was nothing so uncertain about Yijun's action this time. He thumped down a bet of 100,000.

Ward took a while to consider his options, but when he peeked at his cards, he was only doing so before throwing them into the muck and giving it up. Yijun then tapped the table in "applause" as Ward began re-counting his stack. He has about 150,000 left now.

Meanwhile Christophe Soyze, Thomas Shelley and Matthew Boucher, all of whom had short stacks at the start of the day, are now on the rail. -- HS

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Thomas Shelley: An early double, but now out

2:25pm: Lucky Lee finds a double
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

Hong Cheong Lee was all in preflop and looked set to be one of our early casualties against Wei Zhu.

Lee got his final 47,500 in with 3♠3♥ but found himself up against Zhu's K♠K♦. The 9♥2♦A♣ brought no help but the 3♣ turn gave Lee a set and new life in the tournament. 

He faded a king on the Q♠ river and doubled up as Zhu was knocked down to around 340,000. -- BK

2:15pm: One more Wang down
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

As you would expect, players are now getting their short stacks in the middle with a little bit more enthusiasm than they did last night. They're already guaranteed a pay-day, so it makes sense.

Action folded to Christopher Soyze on the button and he shoved for about 50,000. One of the only stacks shorter than his in the room was in front of Yanfeng Wang in the big blind and Wang called it off--about 20,000.

Wang: 9♦2♦
Soyze: A♠8♣

The A♣ was in the window, but the 9♠ was also on the flop, along with the 3♦, to give Wang hope. But the 3♠ turn and J♦ river didn't help and Wang was out. -- HS

2:10pm: Wang walks away as Bubble Boy
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

It took just one hand to burst the bubble here on Day 3. 

Action was paused as players were all in on two separate tables, and after a crowd gathered around to watch Thomas Shelley double up, they quickly moved to Table 1 to sweat Hong Wang at risk. 

It had folded around to Wang in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 38,000 in chips. Weijian Xie announced call from the big blind and when they were given the all clear from tournament officials the two tabled their hands. 

Wang: J♠J♦
Xie: K♠9♠

The 4♦A♣2♣ flop was safe for Wang but the K♥ spelled disaster. Needing one of just two remaining jacks he couldn't get there as the 7♠ completed the board. 

"Sorry" Xie said to Wang while shaking his hand, the only consolation Wang will receive for coming up one short of a payday. 

For the other 63 players, however, they've all guaranteed themselves at least HK$47,150. -- BK

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Bubble boy - Hong Wang

2:05pm: Bubble up for Thomas Shelley
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

Two players were all in on the first hand, and the tournament director announced them one after the other. The first resulted in a "bubble up" for Thomas Shelley; the second the elimination that burst the bubble.

Shelley first. He open-shoved for 28,000 from under the gun and Ying Fu called in the small blind. Shelley had A♠8♥ but was actually ahead against Fu's A♣6♦.

The flop put his further in front. It came 8♣K♣9♦. The J♣ on the turn brought some gasps as Fu could now hit a club to bust Shelley. But the A♦ river was safe and Shelley will continue to sport his flamboyant suits (it's blue today) a while longer.

As for the next all-in, that's coming here in a moment...-- HS

2pm: Away they go
Level 17 - Blinds: 3,000/6,000 (ante: 1,000)

Action is under way at APPT10 Macau. Remember, we're on the stone bubble, so it's hand-for-hand straight away. This is going to be a long day, so stock up on Red Bull, the official energy drink sponsor of PokerStars LIVE poker room, City of Dreams, Macau. -- HS

Day 3: Heading to the final table

Good afternoon everybody and welcome back to PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams, Macau. Today is going to be huge. We first need to burst the bubble -- we'll resume with only one player of the 64 remaining not going to get paid -- and then we need to get to a final table. This is going on until tomorrow.

The chip-count page shows the players most under threat (and those in the lead). The seat draw page shows you where they're all sitting. The payouts page tells you how much they can all win. 

Remind yourself of yesterday's action

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

The APPT Macau festival at PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams runs until Sunday, May 29. Full details are available on the official APPT website or via the PokerStars Macau page.

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@howardswains in Macau