Live updates from day 2, level 12 (blinds 1200-2400, ante 300) 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.
5.50pm: The king is dead, long live the king
Let the carnage begin – “King” Wally Sombero has charged to within a whisker of the chip lead after his pocket jacks decimated the stack of Josh jjprodigy Field. The board missed Field’s A-K, but Wally’s jacks played as the dealer revealed 5♥ 2♣ 2♥ 5♠ 5♦. He’s up to 320,000 and Field is on life support with just 35,000. Joe Hachem’s hopes of a second APPT Macau Main Event final table ended when Terry Fan’s A♠ K♦ hit the flop against the Team PokerStars Pro’s pocket queens. Aussie Emanuel Seal has also just departed after Richard En’s queens held up against the affable South Australian’s jacks.
5.40pm: Top 10 chip count (approximate)
Kyle Cheong (Australia) 340,000
Tom Hall (UK) PokerStars Sponsored Player 320,000
Wally Sombero (Philippines) 315,000
Sida Yuen (UK) PokerStars Player 240,000
Kristoffer Myhre (Norway) 240,000
Darkhan Botabayev (Kazakhstan) 210,000
Daniel Hansson (Sweden) 210,000
Andrew Scott (Australia) 160,000
David Chiu (USA) 150,000
Aditya Agarwal (India) 140,000
5.30pm: Saab sent packing
Jenn Barr reports that there was an air of business around David Saab today, but a quieter demeanour didn’t pay off for the gregarious Aussie who has just bowed out. Battling a short stack for much of the afternoon, Saab’s demise came after he raised to 6000 in early position and Carlos Chang re-raised to 15,000 in the cut-off. Saab thought for some time before pushing all-in with about 50,000. Chang insta-called with A-Q, while Saab showed pocket eights. The board ran out 7-4-10-Q-Q, and Saab was out.
5.20pm: Blue times for green and gold
Tough times for the big-name Aussies in the past few minutes, with Tony Hachem losing a big pot to Wally Sombero that took him down to less than 30,000. Sombero bet 20,000 on the river after the board came A♦ 2♣ Q♣ 10♠ A♣, and the PokerStars.net Team Australia pro reluctantly released his hand. Sombero showed A♥ 10♥ for a boat. Van Marcus was almost felted when he ran A-J into the pocket aces of fellow Australian Tom Rafferty, but he chipped up to 15,000 on the next hand when he flopped trip fives against the A-K of Swede Roger Spets.
5.10pm: Myhre makes his move
It’s been a down and up day for the overall day one chip leader Kristoffer Myhre, who has steadily leaked chips all day until bounding back up the ladder. He’s just taken out one opponent with A-Q against Q-J on a board that didn’t improve either player, and the Norwegian was back to almost 250,000. We’re getting down to the business end of the tournament, with the remaining 82 players now spread over just 10 tables, less than half the capacity of the PokerStars Macau poker room.
4.50pm: Kazuchi takes a breather
The second break of the day proved timely for the last Japanese player in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event field, Kazuki Ikeuchi. He bet all the way on a board that ran out 8♦ 7♠ Q♦ Q♥ 7♣, but elected to fold when his opponent shoved all-in for 35,000. That left him with approximately 40,000. Exactly 100 players have been eliminated in the first four levels of the day, leaving 96 in pursuit of an in-the-money finish. Other recent departures have included Young Phan, Peter Nguyen, Corwin Cole, David Plastik, Kai Paulsen and US PokerStars Qualifier Shawn Ryan.