APPT Macau: High Rollers walk the red carpet

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We're back for the start of the APPT High Roller event.

The hangovers have barely kicked in for Eddie Sabat and his friends after a few celebratory drinks to toast his victory in the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau main event, which wrapped up in the not-so-early hours of morning.

We've loaded up on coffee (and some MSG-soaked Chinese barbecued pork) and have returned to the main tournament floor of the Grand Waldo Casino for the start of the PokerStars.net APPT High Roller event.


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The entries have come thick and fast in the past hour, with a who's who of tournament poker milling around the rail ahead of the order to "shuffle up and deal" from last year's APPT High Roller champion, PokerStars Sponsored player Eric Assadourian from Australia.

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Eric Assadourian won USD$368,640 as last year's APPT High Roller champ.

Barely a player has taken their seat that wouldn't qualify for 'notable' status, starting with Team PokerStars Pros Joe Hachem, Lee "Final Table" Nelson, Barry Greenstein, Hevad Khan, Bertrand "ElkY Grospellier, Isabelle Mercier, PokerStars Sponsored players Emad Tahtouh, Van Marcus, Terrence Chan, Assadourian, Ivan Tan and Celina Lin headlining the field.

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Joe Hachem leads the Team PokerStars Pros into battle today.

We've also spotted Johnny Chan, John Phan, Harry Demetriou, Liz Lieu, Tony bond18 Dunst, Mike timex McDonald, J.C. Tran, Nam Le, Quinn Do, Dan Schreiber, David Chiu, John Juanda, Shaun Deeb, Julian Powell, Kofi Farkye, Steve Sung and Tyler Cornell.

With a guaranteed prize pool of HKD $10,000,000, the event is currently showing an overlay but players continue to file into the casino seeking out registration information.

This HKD $150,000 buy-in (approximately USD $19,200) three-day event features a start bank of 20,000 in chips with 75-minute levels, so the quality field will have plenty of time to showcase their skills. For the final table, the clock will be wound back to the level that allows the average chips to approximate 40 times the big blind.

We'll be playing six levels or until the field is reduced to 16 players, with the structure:

Level 1: 50/100
Level 2: 100/200
Level 3: 100/200 (ante 25)
Level 4: 150/300 (ante 25)
Level 5: 200/400 (ante 50)
Level 6: 300/600 (ante 75)