APPT Macau: Bobo bounced in fifth; Rossiter still leads

Five players lasted through the end of Level 25, with the Australian Jeff Rossiter continuing lead. Here's what the chip stacks looked like when they took their 10-minute break at level's end:

Jeff Rossiter -- 2,435,000
Rong Fan -- 1,485,000
Joseph Cheong -- 1,475,000
Bobo Chen -- 1,230,000
David Martirosyan -- 735,000

The previous level had once again been mostly marked by modest pots, although Bobo Chen did manage to double through Rossiter when his A♣Q♦ held versus the latter's A♦8♠.

But generally the pace had slowed once more with players in the blinds perhaps calling raises, but little post-flop action with a single bet by either player usually enough to end it.

The five began Level 26 (25,000/50,000/5,000) just a couple of minutes before midnight here in Macau. About 15 minutes into the level, Cheong assumed second place on his own after winning about 400,000 chips off of Chen when Cheong turned two pair and got value from a river bet.

Not long after that hand, Rong Fan raised to 100,000 from the button, and Chen fired back with a reraise to 250,000 from the big blind. Fan responded with an all-in shove, and after studying for a while Chen folded, his stack now down under 600,000.

On the very next hand it folded around to Chen who shoved all in from the small blind, and David Martirosyan -- sitting with a roughly equal stack -- called from a seat over.

Chen showed A♦[10c] and Martirosyan 4♣4♥. The dealer burned a card and spread the flop J♦8♠4♠! A set for Martirosyan, who slapped the table with both hands in excitement. The turn was the 5♣ and river the 6♣, and after a count it was determined Chen had exactly one yellow chip left.

That's right. 5,000. One ante.

Chen was all in on the next hand from the button, and it folded around Martirosyan who limped in, then Rossiter raised to force a fold from Martirosyan. Rossiter had 6♥6♣ and Chen Q♦9♥, and when the cards came [10h]J♣[10d]Q♥9♦, Chen had quintupled up to 25,000.

He'd be all in again on the next hand and looking for a second straight quintuple up from Martirosyan who raised the button to chase the blinds. Chen had K♣6♠ and Martirosyan J♠J♦, and after the 4♠3♣3♠ flop, 8♠ turn, and 2♦ river, Chen was out in fifth.


Bobo Chen, 5th place

Rossiter continues to lead as they cross the halfway point of Level 26, followed by Cheong, Fan, and Martirosyan.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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