APPT Macau Day 4: Levels 28-30 (blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 10,000)
10:10pm: Level up
That's the end of that level, and we'll be starting the new level on a new page.
9:50pm: Rossiter recovers
Jimmy Pan and Jeff Rossiter have tangled with the Aussie gaining the ascendency and regaining some lost momentum.
Pan raised the button to 200,000 before Rossiter three-bet an additional 280,000 from the big blind. Pan made the call and the flop landed 2♠A♣6♥.
Rossiter led out with a continuation bet of 415,000 and Pan called to see the 4♥ hit the turn. Rossiter checked and Pan fired a hefty 675,000 into the middle. Acting as quick as ever, Rossiter matched the bet as a massive pot had formed before the 8♣ hit the river.
Rossiter checked and Pan thought for some time before tapping the table behind.
Rossiter opened T♣T♦ and Pan threw back his head before tossing his cards into the muck. Rossiter is now back to 6.1 million with Pan dropping to 1.7 million.
9:40pm: Zuo Wang eliminated in 5th place
Zuo Wang moved all in preflop for his last 530,000 and both Randy Lew and Jeff Rossiter made the call in the blinds to attempt to knock out the short stack.
They tapped the table on the flop and turn, as the final board was spread 7♠A♣9♣T♦8♦. This is where things got interesting.
As Wang was trying to show his cards to his friends on the rail, Lew checked for the third time over to Rossiter who quickly bet 700,000. Not so quick was Lew who took his sweet time before cutting out a raise of an additional 1,000,000! Suddenly the dry side pot was swimming with chips as Rossiter hastily called.
Lew tabled Q♦J♠ for the nut straight as Rossiter rolled his eyes and flashed J♣T♣ for a smaller straight. Meanwhile Wang opened 9♥9♠ for a flopped set that was swallowed up cruelly to send him to the cashier to collect HK$809,000 for his 5th place finish.
9:35pm: Wang in the hot seat
If the action before the dinner break was slow, the post-dinner dessert has been a delight as the chips are flying!
Zuo Wang moved his chips in preflop with ace-ten and was racing against Jimmy Pan's pocket sixes. Unfortunately for Wang he couldn't connect with the board and was crippled.
However next hand he was able to double up his short stack after getting lucky with 7♦9♣ against Randy Lew's T♣9♠ when the board ran out A♣8♦K♣7♠9♥. Wang is back to about 550,000.
9:25pm: Play resumes
8:40pm: Dinner break
The players are taking a dinner break. Back at 9:20pm local time.
8:20pm: Chop, chop, pork chop
As the blinds jumped up, it's Jimmy Pan who has been aggressively moving his short stack all in to steal the valuable blinds and antes. However when he tried it for about the fourth time, Fabian Spielmann decided to make the call with A♦J♣. The big clash produced an anti-climactic result as Pan showed A♥J♥ for the same hand.
The board ran out J♠7♣Q♦4♠5♠ to see the two chop it up.
8:15pm: Level up, blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 10,000
8:00pm: Kai Yat Fam eliminated in 6th place
The play passed around the table to Kai Yat Fam on the button who announced himself all in. It was almost 1.3 million but Randy Lew didn't wait for a count as he immediately called in the big blind.
Lew was firmly in front and it remained that way through the 4♥J♣3♦9♥6♣ board. Fam takes HK$653,000 back home to Singapore as Lew is now up to 4.5 million chips.
7:45pm: Play resumes
The players are back in action with the dinner break probably another hour or so away, depending on how fast these players start to drop away. Here's the chip counts at the break:
Jeff Rossiter - 7,000,000
Randy Lew - 3,000,000
Fabian Spielmann - 2,650,000
Zuo Wang - 1,850,000
Kai Yat Fam - 1,300,000
Jimmy Pan - 1,200,000
7:35pm: Ten-minute break
7:30pm: Ace-high enough for Lew
On the final hand before the break, Kai Yat Fam opened to 160,000 and Randy Lew defended his big blind with a call.
The flop landed 5♣3♣9♠ and Lew check-called for 155,000 before both players checked down the 5♥ turn and T♠ river.
Lew opened first and he showed A♥4♥ for ace-high which was enough to get it done as Fam mucked. Lew is now in second chip place with close to three million in chips.
7:00pm: Daniel Nordstrom eliminated in 7th place
Jeff Rossiter is in total control of this final table after eliminating Daniel Nordstrom in a huge preflop clash. Rossiter opened to 160,000 before Nordstrom three-bet to 390,000. Rossiter instantly moved all in and Nordstrom called it off.
It was a classic coinflip but Nordstrom must've been pretty happy to see the 2♥7♥T♥ flop as he added a flush draw to his overcards. However such is the way that Rossiter has been running that he comfortably avoided danger as the 5♦ turn and T♣ river completed the board.
Rossiter is now up to 7 million in chips as Nordstrom picks up HK$498,000 for a fine tournament.
6:50pm: Level up, blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5,000
6:45pm: Another double up
Daniel Nordstrom has doubled up to get himself back into contention on this final table. Fabian Spielmann opened with a raise to 125,000 before Nordstrom moved all in. Spielmann made the call and the cards were on their backs!
The board ran out 4♣6♦7♠5♦2♣ to see Nordstrom spike the three-out four-ball to stay alive! He doubles to almost two million with Spielmann back under three million.
6:40pm: Fam survives
Finally a little action to report! Daniel Nordstrom opened with a raise to 125,000 from under the gun before Kai Yat Fam declared himself all in from the big blind. Nordstrom made the call.
The board ran out 7♣8♣6♥J♥8♥ to pair up Fam's jack for the double up to around two million as Nordstrom slips to 860,000.
6:30pm: Slow and steady wins the race?
It's been slow going over the last half hour, with players taking a long time to act. It's our first time seeing Randy Lew live and it's surprising how someone who usually plays 24+ tables online can take so long to act over his decisions in the live environment. I guess it illustrates the importance of this title to him.
In a recent hand "nanonoko" picked up a nice pot without showdown. He raised under the gun to 120,000 and Jimmy Pan called as the flop landed Q♥2♦3♦. Pan check-called for 150,000 before both players checked the 3♣ turn and A♣ river. Lew didn't need to worry about a showdown as Pan just tossed his cards straight into the muck. Lew is up to 2.4 million.
6:00pm: Here comes Randy!
Daniel Nordstrom and Randy Lew have gone to war, with the PokerStars Team Online member getting the better as he starts to look very threatening on this final table.
Nordstrom opened with a raise to 125,000 before Lew three-bet to 300,000 on the button. The blinds folded and Nordstrom called to see a flop of Q♦2♦J♠. The action was check, check before Nordstrom bet 300,000 on the 6♥ turn with Lew making the call before both players checked the Q♥ river.
Nordstrom tabled 7♣7♦ but it wasn't enough to get past Lew's A♥J♦.
Lew is up to 2.3 million with Nordstrom down to 2.2 million.
5:40pm: Tan Tai Zheng eliminated in 8th place
Tan Tai Zheng was our short stack and it didn't take long following the break for Zheng to move his last chips in preflop with 2♥2♠ however the unstoppable Jeff Rossiter found 8♠8♣ and made the call.
The board ran out 3♦5♣5♦T♦9♦ to give Rossiter the pot and eliminate Singaporean Zheng in 8th place for a HK$373,000 pay day.
Rossiter is now up to a commanding 5.2 million and is in charge of this final table.
5:35pm: Play resumes
The players are back following the break with Jeff Rossiter grabbing the chip lead after Fabian Spielmann lost the hand before the break to slip back into the pack.