APPT Macau: Asia's youngest shine as Barry bows out
We've just ticked through the first level on Day 1A of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event, with today's field confirmed at 125.
APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has confirmed that play will proceed for seven levels today, and with no dinner break schedule, the final hand will be dealt at approximately 9pm local time.
There's an intriguing blend of players in action today, with the new generation of young Asian players well represented.
Names like Josh Ang Pang from Singapore, who cashed in this event last year, Filipino Derick Hernadez, who placed ninth in last year's APPT Manila main event, and PokerStars Sponsored Player Celina Lin (born in Shanghai, China but a long-time resident of Melbourne, Australia).
Celina, who scored her first major tournament cash at last year's APPT Macau main event (24th), has become a face of Asian poker after she featured on the cover of the Singapore-based Poker Times magazine.
She's also a popular figure in the online world, and has been ranked in the top 10 online players in Australia for much of the past 12 months.
Young, pretty and a more than capable player: who better to carry the torch for a new generation of poker players in this region.
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Generation Y are already one scalp up on the rest as we bid adieu to the only Team PokerStars Pro in today's field, Barry Greenstein, at the start of level 2.
In three-way action and with the blinds at 50/100, Greenstein checked a flop of 7d 4s 3d, there was a raise to 1000 then Jakub Dylewski popped it to 3000. Greenstein moved all-in for his last 5775, the player in middle position folded and Dylewski called.
Greenstein showed 3c 3h, well ahead of Dylewski's pocket fives. The turn came Ac but a killer 5h sent the pot (and a signed copy of Barry's book Ace on the River) to Dylewski. Barry will be back later in the week for the PokerStars.net APPT Macau High Roller event.
The APPT has taken a leaf out of Barry's book (after all, he is the Robin Hood of poker) and announced a HKD $200,000 donation to Caritas de Macau, the social service organisation of Macau.
Caritas de Macau's purpose is to "provide social welfare and services to the individuals, families, communities and societies, to help them to live in the society in a more humane condition economically, morally and spiritually; to encourage them to be responsible towards their own life and activities; and to enable them to build within their environment a community based on truth, justice, fraternity, freedom and peace". Good karma for the APPT.