ACOP Main Event Day 4: One of the biggest names in the game
He's one of the biggest names in poker and clearly the biggest name in the tournament. Literally.
With a surname weighing in at a whopping seventeen letters, Chane Kampanatsanyakorn is not a blogger's favourite player. I'm sure he's a nice guy and all, but the old CTRL+C/CTRL+V is getting a workout every time he's in a hand. I mean, Lord help us if we try and actually write it out manually.
The other annoying thing about this Thai player is that he actually seems to be good at the old pokers, as the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event is now his third APPT Main Event cash of the year.
Kampanatsanyakorn first arrived on the scene with a huge 2nd place finish at the APPT Seoul event in March where he collected $92,741. He then proved that was no fluke with a deep run in the WSOP-APAC Main Event where he finished 18th for $26,977.
Then in Melbourne, Kampanatsanyakorn went deep again on the APPT with his 12th place again painfully close to the final table as he picked up another $10,531 in prize money.
Now, here we are at the ACOP Main Event and Kampanatsanyakorn has just eliminated an opponent to bring us down to our final 18 players.
When the short-stacked Satrya Teja moved all in for his last 49,000, Kampanatsanyakorn made a quick call with T♣T♥ to be racing with Teja's A♦K♦. The flop of 9♦8♠6♦ kept Teja interested with a flush draw, but the 5♥ turn and 6♠ river bricked the board.
Kampanatsanyakorn was one of the shorties a little while ago, but he's now up to over 200,000 to be right back in contention with 18 players left. Let's pray out keyboards can handle it.
Meanwhile overnight chip leader Jonathan Depa is still out in front with a commanding 885,000 chips. Yat Wai Cheng is next best with 865,000 with Devan Tang rounding out the top three with 625,000. PokerStars Team Online's Randy Lew is also well placed in the top half of the chip counts with 375,000.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.