APPT Macau: Wu (13th), Watson (12th) out; Kanaan up
"Call," said Mike "SirWatts" Watson, tossing his cards face up and letting them land on the felt before him. There was a note of resignation in his voice, as though he knew he'd run into an unfortunate situation, made even more so coming so late in an event.
Ying Kit Chan had opened from middle position, Michael Kanaan had three-bet from late, and Watson had reraised again from the small blind. It folded back around to Kanaan who shoved, and it was then that Watson exhalingly committed most of his stack, too.
Watson's cards landed to show K♣K♠, and looking across the table it was almost a given what Kanaan was turning over... A♠A♣.
The board ran out ten-high, and suddenly Kanaan was back in the chip lead with just a touch under a million chips, while Watson had fallen back to less than 100,000.
Watson hung on for a while, during which time Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu would fall in 13th on the other table. Wu reraised all in for his last 117,500 with Q♠8♠ and had a single caller in Xing Zhou holding J♠J♦. The board brought three 10s, a deuce, and an eight, and Wu was out with a lesser full house.
Shortly after that Watson open-pushed his last 70,000 (less than 10 big blinds) with J♦8♣ from the small blind. However, his luck hadn't changed from the earlier hand, as Alan Sass had woken up with Q♠Q♣ in the big blind.
The flop came Q♥9♦5♥ to give a set to Sass and a straight draw to Watson, but no help came for Watson who like Wu earns $303,000 (HKD) for his finish.
Watson immediately walked over to the "High Rollers" event to become the 27th entrant over there. They have but a half-hour left to go for today, so we'll try to give an update on how that event stands when their Day 1 concludes.
Meanwhile, here's a look at what's happening currently over in the Mobile Lounge on which we were reporting earlier in the week, where it looks like some of Wu's fellow Team Pros have found the place accommodating.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.