APPT9 Macau Day 3: The penultimate push

Tables are set. The penultimate day of this APPT9 Macau Main Event is upon us.

Of the 493 initial entrants only 41 will return today. They've already guaranteed themselves a HK$54,500 (US$7,029) payday and will be chasing the first place prize of HK$2,525,000 (US$325,667) and the APPT Main Event title when the tournaments draws to a close tomorrow.

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For now though it's onto Day 3. We saw a big crowd developing late into yesterday and that's predicted to happen again as we get underway for another exciting day of play. We resume the action with blinds at 3,000/6,000 plus a 1,000 ante, and the average stack currently 240,487 in chips.

Among those still in contention is France's Nicolas 'Legadzo' Cardyn. He had an impressive Day 2, running his stack up to 350,000 which he'll start with today. Another recognizable name pulling up a seat is Zhenru Xie. The MPC21 Red Dragon champion starts the day with 519,000.

They'll be chasing the current chip boss Xiaohua Fu from China. He's got 724,000 in chips and has a commanding lead over current second place Fan Zhao with 588,000. Fu only has one previous live score to his name and looks set to add an impressive score to that here in Macau.

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Chip leader going into today, Xiaohua Fu

On top of the Main Event, the HK$100,000 High Roller kicks off from 5pm local time. That's expected to draw a solid field and generate a healthy prize pool.

Again you can get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #APPTMacau. Players and fans have been interacting all week on the social media site, so follow the progress of your favourite players or maybe wish them good luck for today.

Players are now taking their seats with only a few minutes until we begin at 2pm. We'll be playing down to only 7 runners today so make sure you stay with us to see who makes the cut, and who of the final 41 fall by the wayside. For all your live reporting needs check out the top of the APPT9 Macau page.

Brad Kain
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau