GDAM Day 2: Eleven left, eight to be paid

Players are on a 15-minute break, which offers one of those rare chances for us to take stock. There's not really any other way to phrase this, but things have taken on the proceedings of a crapshoot here, with blinds now up to 300,000-600,000 (70,000 ante) and almost no one with sufficient chips to play with much subtlety.

On the outer table, still in the main card room, the approximate stacks are as follows:

1 - Igor Kurganov - 9,000,000
2 - Tony Gregg - 6,300,000
3 - Anson Tsang - 12,500,000
4 - Isaac Haxton - 17,000,000
5 - Niklas Heinecker - 19,100,000
6 - Sorel Mizzi - 6,600,000

And on the PokerStars.tv table, they line up like this:

1 - Nick Wong - 4,000,000
2 - Tang Zheng - 13,480,000
3 - Jeff Rossiter - 10,000,000
4 - Pratyush Buddiga - 17,000,000
5 - Rono Lo - 12,000,000

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Pratyush Buddiga: feature table big stack

We need to lose two more players until they will consolidate to a single table, from which one player will walk away with nothing. Remember, only eight players are paid, with the breakdown as follows:

1 - $34,600,000 HKD ($4,464,516 USD)
2 - $24,500,000 ($3,161,290)
3 - $16,100,000 ($2,077,419)
4 - $12,525,000 ($1,616,129)
5 - $10,200,000 ($1,316,129)
6 - $8,300,000 ($1,070,968)
7 - $7,150,000 ($922,581)
8 - $6,000,000 ($774,194)

There's no two ways about it: no one is a lock for this final. The biggest stack in the room, that of Niklas Heinecker, is still only 31 big blinds deep. Let's see how this one develops. Anyone got a few coins to flip?

Howard Swains
@howardswains in PokerStars Macau