APPT Macau: Some all-ins, and all still in
The dinner break has arrived on Day 3 of the Asia Championship of Poker Warm-Up event, and after nearly two hours of final table action there have been no eliminations as yet.
The first hour-plus was marked by small- to medium-pots and mostly cautious play as the final nine enjoyed the selectivity afforded to them by relatively deep stacks, blind-wise. The move to Level 23 (12,000/24,000/4,000) encouraged a little more action, then during the final minutes leading up to the break we saw several all-in pushes, and in a couple of cases calls in response.
"Bobo" Chen pushed once without getting any action. Then the German Jan Zeuschner did as well, but he, too received no takers.
Finally it was Andrey Shatilov pushing his short stack on consecutive occasions and getting a caller in his neighbor chip leader Jeff Rossiter on both occasions.
In the first instance, Rossiter had raised from the small blind and Shatilov had reraise-shoved from the big blind for about 225,000. Rossiter called, showing A♣2♣ to Shatilov's A♥4♦. The board then ran out Q♥7♦5♥J♥9♣, taking the kickers out of the equation and creating a chopped pot.
On the very next hand, Rong Fan opened with a raise to 50,000 from middle position and Rossiter called from the button. Once more Shatilov shoved -- from the small blind this time -- and both Zeuschner (big blind) and Fan folded. Rossiter quickly called, however, flipping over 8♦8♠ to Shatilov's [10s][10d].
The community cards came A♣7♠9♦A♥2♣, and this time Shatilov earned a more-than-double-up to about 420,000.
Rossiter still leads, however, with a stack of about 1.64 million.
All nine survived therefore to the dinner break, and they are due to return in just a few moments to Level 24 and blinds of 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.