2015 ACOP Day 1B: Ojiri owns the night
It was back to the action at PokerStars LIVE Macau this afternoon, and with seven levels in the books, Day 1B is a wrap.
By the time play concluded we had seen 145 new players enter, eclipsing yesterday's 110 and bringing the current total to 255. Registration will still be open for the first 90 minutes of play tomorrow so that number could climb even further.
Just like yesterday it was football legend Ronaldo Nazario who announced shuffle up and deal. When that duty was done he pulled up a seat in the hunt for this ACOP Main Event title.
The Brazilian superstar had a steady time at the table today, hovering above the average stack for most of play. It wasn't until the final level when Ronaldo ran into some trouble. He would first bust PokerStars Team Online Randy Lew before running pocket sixes into an opponent's pocket aces to find the rail with 40 minutes left on the clock.
Joining Ronaldo and Lew on the felt today was a large number of their PokerStars counterparts. Bryan Huang, Kosei Ichinose, Isaac Haxton, Vivian Im, Celina Lin, Yaxi Zhu, Aditya Agarwal and late arrival Mikhail Shalamov all took a shot on Day 1B. Of those we would see Im (53,500), Huang (38,900), Agarwal (12,800), Zhu (28,600), Ichinose (18,100), Haxton (71,800) and Shalamov (100,500) all qualify for Day 2 tomorrow.
And leading the way at the start of play tomorrow will be Japan's Yasuhiro Ojiri. He took charge in the final level tonight and emerged with 149,900 in chips to conclude the day. Ojiri has already seen success in Macau, final tabling the MPC23 Baby Dragon event in August and finishing fifth for HK$97,100 ($US12,528).
Also making a return tomorrow will be Billy Argyros (112,700), Russell Thomas (97,000), Steve O'Dwyer (53,600), Tom Alner (75,200), Manny Stavropoulos (11,400), Ivan Luca (44,100), Matthew Wakeman (128,200), Stevan Chew (49,400), Dean Blatt (11,400), Dario Sammartino (35,800), John Juanda (29,800), Connor Drinan (25,100) and KC Wong (54,900).
ACOP Main Event Day 1B Top Ten
Yasuhiro Ojiri (Japan) - 149,900
Ningdan Shi (China) - 131,000
Tse Jui Tsai (Chinese Taipei) - 129,600
Matthew Wakeman (Australia) - 128,200
Shinobu Tanaka (Japan) - 127,200
Wei Zhang (China) - 123,000
Yan Li (China) - 120,500
Billy Argyros (Australia) - 112,700
Mikhail Shalamov (Russia) - 100,500
Russell Thomas (USA) - 97,000
So we're now left with a total of 157 coming back tomorrow for the official Day 2. Play kicks off at 2pm local time for another exciting day at PokerStars LIVE Macau. As usual we'll be here sweating the action - we hope you can join us then!