ACOP Main Event Final Table: Kampanatsanyakorn cut
It was always going to be a tough ask for Thai player Chane Kampanatsanyakorn. He came into this final table with just over six big blinds and desperate to make something happen. Quickly.
On the first orbit of play, Kampanatsanyakorn moved all in from early position with A♦7♠. He got folds around the table to Chenxiang Miao in the big blind who made a mathematical gamble with 5♦6♦. The board ran out 2♠K♦8♥J♥K♥ and Kampanatsanyakorn had secured a double up with ace-high.
Then the blinds went up.
"Chane doubles, but the blinds are now up, so he's still only got ten big blinds," Danny McDonagh kindly pointed out over the microphone.
Moments later, Kampanatsanyakorn made a move at a second crucial double up when he moved all in for 80,000 with 7♥7♣. Action was passed to Yat Wai Cheng in the big blind who took a few moments before making the call with 9♦9♠ - a surprisingly strong hand considering the time Cheng took to make the decision. I guess you can't be too careful when you're 100 big blinds deep.
The dealer spread the flop 7♠T♦9♣ as Kampanatsanyakorn grabbed some hope with a set as the window card, only to see Cheng spike a bigger set to leave Kampanatsanyakorn drawing to a miracle. The turn was the K♠ and river the T♣ to make a full house for Cheng to take it down.
It was a gallant run by Kampanatsanyakorn who adds a third APPT cash to his tournament record this year with 9th place in the ACOP Main Event worth HK$495,000 in prize money.
With that, we're down to eight, but expect things to slow up now with no one really under any pressure from the blinds.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.