APPT Macau: My name is Do, Quinn Do
Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem was weeks away from becoming 2005 WSOP main event champion when Quinn Do saluted the judge in the $2500 Limit Hold'em event.
Like many of his contemporaries, Do was born in Vietnam and arrived in the US as a youngster, with his family settling in the Seattle area. He studied criminology at the University of Washington and considered a career as an investigator before turning those skills of deduction to the poker table.
They're working a treat on day two of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau High Roller event. Do's stack just grew to within a few thousand of chip leader after he bet Johnny Chan to the river and showed a set of fives to win a huge pot against the 1987-88 world champion.
And just as quickly as Wei Will Ma took half of Do's stack when he shoved all-in and made a flush against Do's two pair, he was back up to 120,000 when he eliminated Xuan Nguyen. The last of x2then's chips went in with As-8d on a flop of 3h-7c-10h only to find a smiling Do show pocket aces.
Andrew Pantling has also left the tournament area after he made a stand with pocket nines, only to find Charles Chua wake-up with pocket queens. Pantling took the lead when the flop landed Ad-9h-4h but Chua hit a two-outer Qd on the turn to take his stack above 100,000 for the first time in this tournament.
The Malaysian-based Aussie is now well placed to make consecutive APPT Macau final tables after finishing runner-up in the main event that wrapped up two days ago.
With 17 players remaining (eight short of the final table), David Steicke still leads from Canadian Wei Will Ma (135,000), Mike McDonald (135,000), Quinn Do (120,000) and PokerStars Sponsored player Eric Assadourian (103,000).
Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem is on 35,000, while PokerStars Sponsored players Ivan Tan (75,000) and Van sirens Marcus (55,000) are holding firm.