APPT Macau: Queens fail Sass, four remain
Even though Alan Sass had but a fourth of the number of chips the leader Xing Zhou had to begin Level 24 (10,000/20,000/3,000), the American was nonetheless Zhou's nearest competitor. And he still had more than 35 big blinds and a lot of savvy, which made it appear he might well be the one among the remaining players to give Zhou some difficulty despite his enormous lead.
But those prospects were swiftly dashed as the level began when a hand arose in which Sass opened with a 2.5x raise to 50,000 from the small blind, Zhou shoved all in from the big blind, and Sass made the call for his last 565,000.
It was Q♠Q♥ for Sass and A♠K♣ for Zhou. Again, Zhou had picked up a big hand. And once again, the community cards were favorable to him.
The dealer spread the flop, and an ace appeared in the window as the cards came A♦J♦9♠. Zhou let out a small shout of approval at the sight of the ace. The turn was the 7♥ and the river the K♦, and Zhou shouted once more, having won the hand and knocked out a formidable opponent.
Sass earns $1,125,000 (HKD) for his finish, while Zhou moves up over the 4 million chip-mark with only a little over 5.5 million chips in play.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.