APPT Macau: Level 15 updates

August 28, 2009

Live updates from day 2 of 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.

Level 15 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500)

9.30pm: And that’s a wrap

Day two in the APPT Main Event has concluded with 42 players still in contention for the HKD $4,194,000 first prize. PokerStars Qualifier Justin Ostrowski was sent to the rail by Kyle Cheong in 45th after the Australian found a set of eights on the flop against the American’s A-K, which failed to connect. Tom Hall’s 4♠ 4♥ snuck over the line against the A-K of PokerStars Macau satellite winner William Te when the board ran out 6-2-K-8-3 – all hearts. The Filipino is our 44th-place finisher. On the final hand of the night, Cheong was at it again when he called Aaron Lerner’s all-in with A♥ 8♠. The Canadian PokerStars Qualifier was off to the races with 6♠ 6♣, and led all the way on a board of K♣ K♦ 5♣ 4♥ before the river A♠ confirmed Cheong as the overall chip leader and Lerner in 43rd.


Aggression has paid dividends for Tom Rafferty (centre) on either side of the bubble

9.10pm: Rafferty rules late on day two

After a long bubble period generally comes the action. Sungling Li of Taipei was the first player eliminated in the money when he pushed all-in with 5♣ 5♦, only to find Tom Rafferty holding J♣ J♦. The Aussie made a straight as the board came K♦ 4♥ A♥ 10♥ Q♦, propelling him to more than 400,000. Then PokerStars Qualifier John Steger bowed out 47th when Josh Ang’s J-7 found a jack on the river against the American’s A-8. PokerStars Qualifier Roel Pijpers was next out (46th) when China’s Daoxing Chen paired his jack on the turn against the Dutchman’s pocket fours.

8.50pm: Did that just happen … Paananen bubbles

With 18 minutes on the clock in level 15 of the APPT Macau Main Event, the bubble has burst ensuring the remaining 48 players ensure a minimum payout of HKD $48,400. Swedish PokerStars Qualifier David Paananen earned the unwanted title of bubble boy in cruel fashion. He happily committed his chips with a flopped set of threes, with fellow PokerStars Qualifier Sunny Bhayana in lousy shape with A♥ 5♣ on a flop of 3♣ 10♦ 8♣. Turn 2♠, river 4♥ – Paananen didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but he was out in 49th position. The shock of the hand took a minute to wear off before the remaining 48 players gave themselves a round of applause. The clock was been wound back, so there’ll be another 30 minutes of play tonight.

8.40pm: Waiting …

We’re six hands into hand-for-hand action, well, action isn’t perhaps the best word. The aggressor was been young Aussie Tom Rafferty, who wasted little time committing his chips on a flop of 6♠ 9♣ 8♣. Van Binh Pham called, and showed 5♣ 7♣. Rafferty? 5♦ 7♥ – the board ran out 6♦ 8♠. Chop it up boys.


Dermot Blain picked the right end of the day to make his move up the chip count

8.20pm: Top 10 chip count (approximate, with 49 players remaining)

Kyle Cheong (Australia) 400,000
Tom Hall (UK) PokerStars Sponsored Player 385,000
David Chiu (USA) 370,000
Dermot Blain (UK) PokerStars Macau Satellite Winner 320,000
Darkhan Botabayev (Kazakhstan) 300,000
Sunny Bhayana (Canada) PokerStars Qualifier 290,000
Wally Sombero (Philippines) 280,000
Daniel Hansson (Sweden) 270,000
Mike Kim (Korea) PokerStars Sponsored Player 270,000
Mike Collins (USA) PokerStars Qualifier 250,000

8.10pm: Who’ll be 49th?

Hand-for-hand play has started with 49 players remaining in the APPT Macau Main Event. Another unfortunate victim who finished just out of the money was India’s Aditya intervention Agarwal, who shoved with K♥ [J♣ only to find an opponent waiting with A♦ A♠. The board provided a roller coaster ride for Agarwal – Q♠ 7♥ 10♣ 2♦ J♦ – but ultimately brought him no joy. Hong Kong’s Andrew Cheung sent us to hand-for-hand play when he claimed two players with A♠ A♦.


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