APPT Macau: Ying Kit Chan nudges into lead; 16 left ACOP Main Event
Two more have fallen during the first half of Level 18 in the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event -- Zhongwei Wang of China (18th) and Aaron Lim of Australia (17th), both of whom earned $216,000 (HKD) for their finishes.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Ying Kit Chan has snuck past everyone into the top spot as play continues around two eight-handed tables.
Wang done wrong
Wang's knockout came in fairly brutal fashion after getting all of his short stack in with K♦8♦ on a K♣5♦6♦ flop versus the Aussie Andrew Hinrichsen's 8♣6♣.
It was top pair plus a flush draw for Wang, with little that could help Hinrichsen disturb his chances of winning the hand. But the 6♥ came on the turn, improving the Aussie to trips, and after the 3♣ river Wang was out.
Afterwards Hinrichsen was recounting the hand to a late arriver, joking that he'd gotten his money in on the turn, not the flop. A little creative rearranging of the details, perhaps, but in any case the end result was the same, and now Hinrichsen -- a super-short stack late yesterday and to start today -- is up over 420,000 and above the average.
Aaron Lim's elimination was a little less dramatic.
He'd just survived an all-in with A♣8♥ against the pocket eights of Paolo Compagno when an ace flopped for him. But then he ran A♣Q♦ into Andrew Gaw's A♦K♠, and without improvement was sent railward in 17th.
"High Rollers" update
More players are turning up for the $250,000 (HKD) "High Rollers" tourney, with a third table having opened now. We see Cheung Yin Sun and Daoxing "Bobo" Chen over there, as well as Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, shown here sitting next to Daniel Nielson...
...having joined Phil Ivey and the other 20 or so players who have shown up thus far.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.