2015 ACOP Day 4: Hunt for the final table
The final table is almost set!
Well, at least it will be by the end of the day.
The 23 remaining players have now returned to the poker room and will be cut down to six before play concludes.
They've all guaranteed themselves at least a HK$217,000 (~$28,000) payday, but will be chasing the healthy HK$5,885,000 (~$760,000) first-place prize when we crown a champion tomorrow.
Also up for grabs are coveted APOY leader board points. Current second place in the APOY hunt KC Wong and fourth place Yuguang Li still have stacks, and with the leader Alan King Lun Lau eliminated on Day 1, the Asia Player of the Year race is very much alive.
They'll have to get through the chip leader going into Day 4 here, Connor Drinan. The American crushed the competition yesterday and accumulated 861,000 in chips to bring back today. Drinan propelled himself to the lead after finding pocket aces and getting all the chips in against Alexander Kuzmin with pocket tens and Chen Wang with ace-king. The aces would hold to see Drinan eclipse 700,000 before finishing off the day after scooping even more pots.
The only player still flying the flag for Team PokerStars is Mikhail 'innerpsy' Shalamov. The Online Pro found a double up in the dying stages last night but still starts the day second-last in chips with an even 100,000. With the blinds starting at 4,000/8,000 and a 1,000 ante, Shalamov will be looking to run it up and make a run at this ACOP final table.
Also among those still alive are APPT Macau Main Event champion Tony Cheng (835,000), Steve O'Dwyer (174,000), Christoph Vogelsang (228,000), Russell Thomas (141,000), Tom Alner (341,000) and Matthew Wakeman (126,000).
There is no set play-time today as we aim to finish up with six players, but the estimate is around six levels of action. That means we'll conclude roughly around midnight just like last night.
And while the Main Event is nearing the end of the tournament, the ACOP Super High Roller will be just beginning at 6pm tonight. The HK$500,000 buy-in is expected to attract some notable names and with two rebuys allowed, predictions are that the prize pool will be huge.
We'll have more on the Super High Roller throughout the day, as well as all the Main Event action. Be sure to stay with us for another great day of poker here in Macau!