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Level 21 (blinds 10000-20,000, ante 3000)
8.10pm: Chen using a few tricks of the trade
Daoxing Chen has certainly embraced the western poker culture whole-heartedly, bounding out of his chair, endlessly fidgeting, chatting with the rail and, slowly, sending the other players at his table bonkers. The Chinese player is happy to let the clock tick down on virtually every decision, with APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh putting a stop to his “patient” style of play by calling time on Chen. But it’s working, as Chen has climbed from outright short stack with 16 players remaining to be third overall.
8.05pm: Final female out in 15th
The final female player in the APPT Macau Main Event has been KOed after an ultra-impressive showing today. Pokerstars Macau Satellite Winner Youngshin Im sidestepped plenty of obstacles and eventually lost a flip with Daoxing Chen to be eliminated in 15th. It was the Korean’s K♠ J♥ against Chen’s 10♠ 10♣, but the board ran out seven-high to bust Youngshin Im and improve the ascending Chen to 700,000. The Chinese player and Mike Kim have been the big movers in the past 20 minutes – Kim is up to 950,000 – while Brandon Demes is the only players with more than one million in chips, 1.21 million to be exact.
7.50pm: ElkY out, Kim leads
The 64 players who started the APPT Macau High Roller event have already been reduced to 42 and five tables. The top eight players will be paid a share of the HKD $5,440,000 prize pool. Andrew Scott’s stay was brief after PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee Nelson rivered a flush to improve on his trip eights against Scott’s pair of aces. Other players eliminated include JC Tran (Jonathan Karamalikis rivered a flush against Tran’s pocket aces), Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ElkY Grospellier, Bill Jordanou and Chris Parker. The top five chip counts belong to Gap Young Kim (450,000), Karamalikis (370,000), Lee Nelson (240,000), JJ Liu (170,000) and Sean Keeton (160,000).
7.30pm: Out the in-door for Chiu
David Chiu’s stack in the APPT Macau High Roller event has slowly been whittled away over the past few hours, but he’s now working his way back into contention after busting from the Main Event in 16th. The four-time WSOP bracelet winner made his last stand with A♦ 2♦ against the A♠ 10♦ of US PokerStars Qualifier Michael Collins. The board ran out A♥ 4♥ 7♥ 8♥ K♣ – neither player held a heart – and Chiu was off to find his seat in the adjacent tournament area at PokerStars Macau.
7.10pm: Chen swings the bat
Players in the APPT Macau Main Event have just returned from another break, with blinds now seriously steep at 10,000/20,000 and an ante of 3000. Five players hold less than 300,000 in chips, and they’ll be under immediate threat as the hunt for spots at the final table really heats-up. Daoxing Chen has been the most active player early in level 21, doubling through Brandon Demes when his A-J connected against A-K, but he coughed them straight back chasing a flush against the pocket jacks of Dane Lomas. Josh Ang has also doubled-up in the past few minutes when his flopped pair of kings held up against the pocket nines of Darkhan Botayabev.