APPT Macau: Chan stalls in 7th; Shatilov shot down in 6th
After going nearly two hours with no eliminations at the final table, there have been four within an hour here in Level 24. Johnny Chan's ACOP Warm-Up run has come to an end in seventh place, while Andrey Shatilov has been eliminated in sixth.
Chan had been holding steady with a below-average stack for much of the final table, but finally a circumstance arose in which he saw fit to push his stack of 420,000 (about 14 big blinds) from the hijack seat and he was called by Rong Fan in the cutoff.
The two-time WSOP Main Event champion had A♦4♣ and needed help versus Fan's A♠Q♠. The flop came 7♦K♠K♥, eliciting a shout of support from a fan of Fan standing among the rail of observers. The turn was the 6♥, and Chan continued to stare at the board with a stoic look.
The river then brought a third king -- the K♣ -- and Chan stood, wished all a good game and exchanged a few fist bumps, and made his way to the cashier's desk.
Just a few minutes later chip leader Jeff Rossiter raised to 60,000 from the cutoff and Shatilov called him from the button. The flop came 4♠[10h]3♥ and when Rossiter continued for 80,000, Shatilov didn't hesitate long before making it 210,000 to go.
Rossiter contemplated for just a few seconds before setting out chips to reraise to approximately 450,000, and before the amount of the reraise was determined Shatilov pushed all in and Rossiter called.
It was A♥J♥ for Shatilov -- a nut flush draw -- while Rossiter had top pair with [10d]5♦. The turn was the 7♣ and river the 6♦, improving Rossiter to a straight and sending Shatilov railward in sixth.
Rossiter widens his chip lead with that knockout and now sits with close to 2.5 million chips. Rong Fan is closest to Rossiter with about 1.6 million, while Joseph Cheong is in third with about 1.4 million and both Bobo Chen and David Martirosyan sit with sub-million stacks.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.