APPT Macau: What's in a name?

With so many of the notable players who started day 1A already eliminated, some unknowns and PokerStars qualifiers have been given the chance to steal the spotlight in the APPT Macau main event.


Veerachai Vongxaiburana: 22 letters and 54,000 in chips

The latest player to step up to the mark is the superbly named Thai player Veerachai Vongxaiburana (imagine what that would be worth in Scrabble). The winner of a HKD $4000 event at last year's APPT Macau event, he's just taken the chip lead after eliminating Charles Schweinsberg (10s against fives) in the ultimate battle of the surnames.

Perhaps because of the number of non-English speakers in the room, it's been a strangely subdued evening session. No cries of "one time", no "yeah babies", not even a "sick" (we promise to have Chinese translations for all three before the week is out).


George Vassilopoulos: the pride of South Australia.

So thanks to Adelaide's George Vassilopoulos for adding a bit of colour in keeping the lads on table four honest with a couple of all-in bets, one of which saw him double-up - he even gave us a mini-version of the "oi, oi, oi" chant!


Ira Blumenthal, runner-up in the 2007 APPT Manila main event.

More players to be sent to the rail in the past two levels include Alex Fitzgerald, James Honeybone (in a race between his A-Q and pocket deuces) and the only married couple in today's field, Ira and Chintana Blumenthal (Ira won $113,858 as the runner-up of last year's APPT Manila main event).

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Such has been the carnage on the tournament floor today, even the furniture is under attack. A couple of players have snapped off the back of their chairs by leaning back on them. ESPN and Bluff's Gary Wise didn't even need to swing back on his chair to destroy it.