APPT Macau: Hinrichsen hangs on, Kanaan captures lead
It's a deep structure here in the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. With 33 players left to begin Level 14 (1,200/2,400/300), the average stack was almost 70 big blinds deep. Understandable, then, the action would slow and rate of bustouts lessen -- especially with the money bubble (to burst at 22 players) beginning to loom so closely.
We saw just a couple of players fall during the first half of the level, trimming the field to 31. But that's where the eliminations halted, with the short stacks all successfully nursing their way to the next break.
It looked for all the world that we'd be down to at least 30 by the end-of-Level-14 break when the Australian Andrew Hinrichsen was all in for his last 28,800 before the flop with A♥Q♠ and found himself facing the nightmarish A♠A♣ being tabled by his opponent, Henry Wang of Chinese Taipei.
The 5♥[10c]J♥ flop provided some hope, however, then the K♠ happily landed on the turn for Hinrichsen, eliciting a burst of noise from the players as well as from the rail nearby. The 4♠ river meant Hinrichsen had secured a double-up, pushing his short stack back up to about 60,000 and 25 big blinds.
As mentioned earlier, Hinrichsen -- a WSOP Europe bracelet winner (2011, $1,000 no-limit hold'em) -- is the lone remaining representative of Team Australia in the ACOP Million Dollar Challenge against Team Hong Kong.
Two members of the Hong Kong team are among the final 31, Edmund Lee and Sparrow Cheung. They are both on the short side as well, with 85,000 and 60,000, respectively. But as noted, the 90-minute levels and slowly-rising blinds will allow for some patience.
Meanwhile, the Australian Michael Kanaan had the most lucrative Level 14, handling one of those two eliminations mentioned above while building his stack up over 440,000, good for first position at the moment.
Today's schedule calls for play to continue through to the end of Level 16 or stop should they get to 22 players prior to that point.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.