APPT Macau: Wengelin out in 12th; Cheong up and down
20 levels are done in the ACOP Warm-Up, with just 11 players remaining out of the 358 who started. Jeff Rossiter remains the chip leader by a wide margin, having accumulated more than 1.6 million now, thus appearing poised to reach the nine-handed final table with a handsome chip lead.
Wengelin out in 12th
There has been just one elimination since the last update. Johan Wengelin of Sweden -- the overall chip leader to start Day 2 -- had gotten short and pushed his stack of about 100,000 a few times before finally getting called by the Russian Andrey Shatilov.
Wengelin had J♣[10h] and Shatilov A♠K♦, and the board came nine-high -- 5♦4♦9♦4♥4♣ -- to knock Wengelin out in 12th place ($115,800 HKD).
Cheong chips away at Chan
In the very last hand of Level 20, Joseph Cheong opened with a middle-position raise and Johnny Chan defended his big blind. The flop came 9♣J♦4♣, and when checked to Cheong bet 39,000. Chan check-raised to 100,000 even, and Cheong responded with an all-in push for 241,000 total.
Chan thought a short while, then called, turning over Q♥[10s] for an open-ended straight draw. Cheong meanwhile had flopped two pair with 9♥4♥, and after the 2♣ turn and 3♣ river, Cheong was up over 550,000 while Chan had slipped back to about 400,000.
Shortly after Level 21 began (8,000/16,000/2,000), Cheong got involved in another big pot against Rong Fan. In that one, Fan had open-raised to 35,000 from the button, then Cheong shoved all in from the small blind, prompting a fold from Gordon Huntly in the big blind.
Fan took a while before responding -- perhaps over a half-minute -- then said he was calling for the almost 400,000 total he had. Fan then surprisingly turned over A♠A♣. Cheong had to grin as he showed his A♦J♥.
"I thought we were friends!" Cheong said in response to Fan's delay before calling, although subsequent conversation between the pair made it seem ambiguous regarding whether or not Fan intended a slowroll. In any case, Cheong took it in stride.
Fan's aces held up, catapulting him up over 800,000 and sending Cheong back down around 250,000.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.