Live updates from day 2, level 11 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200) of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.
4.30pm: Assadourian’s Macau mission over
PokerStars.net Team Australia’s Eric Assadourian has been eliminated, ending his hopes of another major title after inning the APPT Macau High Roller event here two years ago. He took a hit when 2008 WPT Championships winner David Chiu shoved pre-flop with pocket nines, which held up against Assadourian’s A-8. The Sydneysider then found himself in bad shape with A-9 against pocket eights and pocket kings. The eights improved to a set on the turn, and Assadourian was out, finishing just inside the top 100 but short of the money.
4.20pm: Move over Steicke!
Andrew Scott is trying to emulate the “Great Wall of Steicke”, the description given to the arrangement of chips devised by his good friend David Steicke. The 2008 APPT Macau High Roller, with his new mental conditioning coach Jamie Glazier following his every move, just rocketed to 170,000 after flopping a set of eights against an opponent’s pocket aces. He’s closing on the top five of Suen Kit Cheong (360,000), Tom Hall (320,000), Sida Yuen (310,000), Kristoffer Myhre (240,000) and Josh Field (180,000).
4.10pm: Woo for Wu as Ray shines
Latest on Teams PokerStars midway through day two finds the Asian contingent in good shape, with Raymond Wu up to 96,000, Jonathan Lin on 86,000 and Dan Schreiber consolidated on 76,500. The Korean-based American had been well above 100,000 but lost a big pot to Aussie youngster Jonathan Karamalikis. Schreiber’s J♣ 10♦ improved to top pair on the river, but he was always beaten after Karamalikis flopped a set of nines. Team Australia’s Tony Hachem holds 65,000, a less-than-happy Joe Hachem is on 50,000 with Eric Assadourian staying under the radar on 47,000.
4pm: Tan eyes more Macau success
One of the most successful players from Asia over the past two years has been Ivan Tan. Runner-up in the 2007 APPT Macau Main Event, the Singaporean just doubled through to more than 100,000 after racing his Q♠ Q♥ against an opponent’s A♦ K♦. Normally reserved, Tan was highly animated as the flop landed A♥ Q♦ 10♠, with the turn 6♠ 10♥ handing him the pot. Andrew Scott is also on the comeback – down to around 30,000, he’s up to 95,000. All-in with A♠ Q♠ on a flop of 7♠ 2♣ 9♠ against 4♣ 4♠, he missed the flush but the A♣ on the turn was enough.
3.50pm: Top 10 chip counts (approximate)
Sida Yuen (UK) PokerStars Player 300,000
Tom Hall (UK) PokerStars Sponsored Player 290,000
Kristoffer Myhre (Norway) 220,000
Dane Lomas (USA) 170,000
Brandon Demes (USA) PokerStars Player 165,000
Darkhan Botabayev (Kazakhstan) 155,000
Peter Nielsen (Denmark) 140,000
Josh Field 130,000
Wei Cheng “Jacko” Chiang (Taipei) PokerStars Sponsored Player 125,000
Suen Kit Cheong 120,000
3.40pm: It’s still Wally’s world
Already 79 players have been sent to the rail today, leaving 117 contenders for the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event title. We just watched Filipino poker icon Wally Sombero scoop up the chips of PokerStars Qualifier Christian Jagersbacher, when his A♦ Q♥ improved to two-pair on a board of 2♥ 7♠ 7♦ A♥ Q♣ against the Austrian’s 8♥ 5♥. Sombero then found himself in a big three-way pot holding Q♥ Q♣ against PokerStars.net Team Asia pro Raymond Wu, who was all-in for 16,000 with A♣ A♦, while another player showed A♥ K♦. The board stayed low – 7♦ 9♣ 5♣ 7♣ 5♦ – giving Wu a timely triple-up and sending Sombero the sidepot.