APPT Macau: Young guns locked and loaded

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Known as assassinato, Fitzgerald is one of the rising stars in the online tournament scene. After getting his start in low stakes games, he has gone on to high-stakes online tournaments where his top scores include chopping the PokerStars Sunday $200 Rebuy for $50,000.

In last year’s APPT Manila event, he cashed in 13th – a result that snuck under the radar. However, many in the poker world sat up and took notice when he fell just short of the final table at the LAPT event in Rio last month.

Still too young to play in his homeland, the Seattle resident is hoping to use this year’s APPT Macau event as a platform to snare that big live catch. He’s just above average on 11,000, and progressing nicely.

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Another online wunderkind who’s making his mark today is Mike timex McDonald. Still in his teens, the Canadian burst onto the scene when he took out the PokerStars EPT Dortmund title earlier this year, winning €933,600.

IJG_5839.jpg EPT Dortmund champ Mike McDonald

He tuned up for that result with an impressive three cashes at the 2008 Aussie Millions in Melbourne including victory in the $1000 PokerPro event, second in the $1000 No Limit Hold’em and eight in the Australian Heads-up Championship.

It’s great to see the guys like assassinato, timex and the who’s who of the online world shaping up against the best live tournament pros in the world’s newest poker destination.

Players have just returned from the second break for the start of level 5 (blinds 150/300 with a 25 ante). One player who stayed behind the rail was PokerStars Sponsored player Grant Levy.

Just prior to the break, Levy pushed in the last of his short stack on a flop of 2c-2d-3d holding Jd 10d but found himself behind when his opponent showed pocket kings – ironic, given Levy had already been dealt kings so many times today. A king on the turn left Levy drawing dead and made him one of 50 players to have been eliminated from the field so far today.

Other players now checking the cash game list at PokerStars Macau include Englishman Thomas Dunwoodie (who finished third in the Irish Open earlier this year), Sydney’s Andy Meldrum, Josh Pang Ang from Singapore and Andrew Li, who was poised for a big result at the LAPT event in Rio before bowing out with kings against the queens of the eventual champion Julien Nuijten.