APPT Macau: ACOP Main Event gets serious, Day 3 awaits
It has been an awesome week so far in Macau. The ACOP Warm-Up event featured some high-profile players and high-quality play, culminating in an exciting win for Jeff Rossiter of Australia. Thus far we've enjoyed a warm welcome and meeting others from across Asia and the world, learning a little about Macanese history and culture, and even sampling the night life.
The players have clearly enjoyed the competition and hospitality thus far, with this inaugural Asia Championship of Poker series having made a great first impression. And now we have arrived at Day 3 of the five-day $100,000 (HKD) Main Event, the day when the money bubble will burst and players try to position themselves for a final table run and a shot at the $4,240,000 (HKD) first prize.
In other words, fun is fun. But it's time to get serious.
From the 184 who started the event just 56 remain, with the Philippines' Andrew Gaw returning today to the biggest stack in the room of 329,200 chips.
Macau's own Yue Hin Lam is close on Gaw's heels with 303,900.
And Xing Zhou of China isn't far off the pace with 298,000.
Tom Marchese is among the group starting Day 3 with above average stack, with Kenny Shih also part of the group in the middle of the pack. And four Team PokerStars Pros return today, with Raymond Wu coming back to a big stack of 144,900 while Vivian Im, Celina Lin, and Angel Guillen return to below average chips.
Also still in the hunt is 2010 APPT Macau Main Event winner Victorino Torres, a couple of Macau Poker Cup champs Raiden Kan and Rui Chen, and Nicky Jin who won the Red Dragon event here in Macau in February and is contending for Asia Player of the Year.
Play resumes at 3 p.m. this afternoon with a half-hour left to go in the 90-minute Level 10. The plan is to play down to the money or stop after Level 16, if they get that far.
But chances are good the money bubble will burst before that point, which means the tension will be increasing as the day goes. Come back to the PokerStars blog for all the coverage as the ACOP Main Event takes a serious turn.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.