ACOP Main Event Day 2: Watching the stars
As Day 2 of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event purrs along nicely at about the half-way point of the day, we thought we would check in to see how our Team PokerStars Pros are travelling.
We only lost Raymond Wu on the first day of play so that left us with six red spades still alive in the ACOP Main Event, along with two ambassadors of Full Tilt Poker.
On a recent patrol of the room, it appears that Japanese star Naoya Kihara is going best of our team. His stack has risen to 62,000 as we approach Level 7 of play. That's still over 100 big blinds which is plenty of room to move throughout the rest of the day.
Full Tilt Poker ambassador Tom Grigg has powered his way to 55,000 to be in good shape, while Vivian Im, Eugene Katchalov and Randy Lew are a little above their starting stack. It seems that Lew and Lin have formed a unique strategy for this event:
Lin is on the short stack with around 18,000, while the remaining Full Tilt ambassador, Jonathan Karamalikis sits with around the same amount.
Unfortunately we have had one red spade casualty today with Singapore's Bryan Huang a recent elimination.
With a raise in front of him, Huang moved all in for his last fifteen big blinds with A♦5♦, but his opponent made the call with a dominant ace-ten. The board bricked out and Huang was sent to the rail.
And just as this piece hits the interwebs, we've just received word that Celina Lin has also been eliminated. Her ace-queen ran into pocket kings and, sadly, that was all she wrote.
There are still around 130 players alive in the race for the gold Spadie, but only 25 of them will reach the money. Hopefully we'll have a couple of our Team PokerStars Pros still around once we reach that stage.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.