APPT Macau: Steicke in 'sevens' heaven
The pace of eliminations has increased as players take their final break on day one of the PokerStars.net APPT High Roller event. And the main recipient has been David Steicke, who now leads the tournament with a stack of almost 80,000.
The short-stacked Liz Lieu made her move with A-J and found herself in a coin-flip with Steicke, who showed pocket sevens - a hand with which he's already enjoyed success today.
The flop came 5-3-2, with the killer 7 landing on the turn to give Steicke a set and send Lieu out of the two APPT events in straight sets.
Only a few minutes later, Team PokerStars Pro Lee "Final Table" Nelson became Steicke's next victim when he made a set of jacks on the turn against Nelson's top pair (A-K on a board of K-10-3-J). The river blanked 4h) and the man in the matching magenta cap and T-shirt had another scalp to his name.
Despite the loaded field, it's a number of relative unknowns who are dominating with Steicke leading from Matt Kay (56,000), Xuan Nguyen (55,000), Andrew Robl, Andrew Scott and Pakinai Lisawad (all on approximately 50,000). Of the 61 players who started the event, 38 remain. Blinds are at level five (200/400 with an ante of 50).
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