APPT Macau: Zhou-Chan heads-up battle continues
Most of Level 25 (12,000/24,000/3,000) was taken up with leader Xing Zhou and Ying Kit Chan battling back-and-forth over small pots, with Zhou whittling his opponent down under 900,000 as the level neared its end.
That's when a reraise-and-call swiftly erupted at the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event final table, suddenly disturbing the quiet atmosphere that had enveloped in our corner of the Grand Waldo Conference and Exhibition Center.
Zhou showed his hand first -- A♥J♥ -- and Chan stood and did as we've seen many players do when glad about their all-in hands, slamming it to the felt face up to show his A♠Q♣.
The board rolled out [10d]5♦K♣2♥K♠, Chan thereby doubling and making it to the break with 1.805 million to Zhou's 3.719 million.
In other words, after 90 minutes of heads-up poker during the level, the pair were right about where they had begun the level, chip-wise.
The pair are now starting Level 26, and with the blinds 15,000/30,000 (with a 4,000 ante), they are still especially deep.
"High Rollers" update
They are down to 11 players in the $250,000 (HKD) "High Rollers" event across the way. Jonathan Karamalikis is now leading with a stack of nearly 400,000,
Jeff Rossiter and David Steicke are also sporting decent-sized stacks at the moment. Meanwhile, Tom Marchese, Paul Newey, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Joseph Cheong, and Terje Augdal are among those still with chips. The top five finishers make the money.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.