ACOP Main Event: Schulz and his lucky ducks dominate Day 2
The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event would today see the surviving 169 players come together for the first time inside the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams poker room. Some were nursing sore heads after a memorable pool party the night before, but the poker Gods wait for no one as the cards were in the air at the tick of 5:00pm.
Kahle Burns and Didier Guerin were unlucky early casualties which set the tone for the rest of the day. Roger Spets, Daren Yoon, David Vamplew, Sparrow Cheong, Kyle Cheong, Minh Nguyen, Victor Chong, Jordan Westmorland, Joel Feldman, Lee Nelson, Paul Newey, Kitty Kuo, Ben Lamb, reigning Macau Poker Cup champ Tom Alner and the defending champion Xing Zhou all found themselves heading for the exit as almost 100 players fell in just five levels of play.
There were eight players representing Team PokerStars and Full Tilt who started the day in contention. However Bryan Huang, Celina Lin, Vivian Im, Jonathan Karamalikis and ACOP Beer Pong champion Tom Grigg were all unable to progress any further in this event.
Huang jammed ace-five into a dominant ace-ten, while Lin's tournament was over when she ran ace-queen into pocket kings. Im lost a race with ace-king against queens, Karamalikis ran into pocket aces, while Grigg's bustout hand, much like his success in beer pong, still remains a mystery.
At the other end of the scale Peter Chan and Aiden Tan were prominent, but it was American Kevin Schulz who captured attention in the final level of the day.
First, the chips went flying on a 2♦8♦4♣ flop with Schulz flopping a set of lucky ducks holding 2♠2♥ to crack his opponent's Q♠Q♥. The turn and river bricked out and Schulz found himself with a monstrous stack. But he wasn't done with there.
Moments later Schulz did exactly the same thing to former November Niner Ben Lamb. The flop was 2♥7♦6♦ with Lamb's T♦T♥ no match for Schulz's 2♠2♣. Schulz bagged up an impressive 311,600 chips for a clear lead by the end of the day.
Jonathan Depa (254,200), former Red Dragon winner Yoshitaka Okawa (194,400) and Chane Kampanatsanyakorn (186,100) will also be among the chip leaders while Tom Middleton, Terry Fan, Mervin Chan, Keith Ferrera, Winfred Yu, Michael Tureniec, Aaron Lim, Shaq Lin, Billy Argyros and Raiden Kan are a few of the notables to survive.
Eugene Katchalov (83,600), Naoya Kihara (38,800) and Randy Lew (20,800) also successfully navigated through play to ensure red spade representation into Day 3 of play.
A total of 72 players will return at 3pm (GMT+8) on Thursday as Day 3 of the ACOP Main Event commences. We're still a long way from the money for the top 25, with some players set to play over three full days of poker, only to go home empty-handed. Ouch. Stay tuned to the Live Updates section of the site for full chip counts and the seating draw for play tomorrow.
Join us again from 3pm (GMT+8) tomorrow as the ACOP Main Event rolls on. Until then, it's goodnight from Macau!
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.