APPT Macau: No lazy Sunday for High Roller players

The day-trippers are starting to make their way home after a big day on the tables here at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino, leaving the clatter of poker chips and the odd scream of ecstasy or agony from the craps' pit or nearby baccarat tables as the backdrop for the evening session of the APPT High Roller event at the Grand Waldo Casino.

Danny Wong and J.C. Tran have been the big movers in the first 30 minutes of level four as we tick past the halfway point of the first day.

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J.C. Tran chips up and breaks into the top five.

Tran's chips came courtesy of Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle "No Mercy" Mercier, who committed her chips with a diamond draw (K-Q on a flop of Jd-4c-5d) against Tran's pocket kings. The board ran out 2s Ac, leaving Isabelle with plenty of time to prepare for the next PokerStars WCOOP event.

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Isabelle Mercier's high hopes for the High Roller have been dashed.

Tran, who won the 2006 WCOOP main event and celebrated his first WSOP bracelet in 2008 when he took out a $1500 No Limit Hold'em event, is now up to 55,000 in chips.

Wong stacked thanks to Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan after the 2007 WSOP main event sixth-place finisher bet 4000 on a flop of 10c-Ad-9s, with Wong making the call.

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Straight to the rail: Hevad Khan.

Khan fired another bullet on the turn of Ah, with Wong again going along for the ride. Khan's last 6500 went in on the river (8h), with Wong calling and showing Ac-8d for a rivered full house; the same card gave Khan a straight. Andrew Scott remains the chip leader with just over 60,000.