APPT Macau: Level 22 updates (final table)

August 30, 2009

Live updates from the final table of the 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 22 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3000)

2.25pm: Cheers for Chen

Local favourite Daoxing Chen is whooping it up for the crowd after moving into the chip lead. His stack improved when Mike Kim raised it up to 62,000 from the button, with Chen and Dbinder Singh calling from the small and big blinds respectively. All players checked the flop of 6♥ 8♣ K♦; Chen led out for 110,000 on the turn of the 10♦. Singh called as Kim got out of the way and it was heads-up to the river A♦, which both players checked. Cheng tables A♠ J♥ and Singh mucked.

Moments later the local favourite would be the first player to pass the two-million chip mark after finding some rarely shown pre-flop aggression – Chen limped from middle position but Singh raised it up to 65,000 from the button. Su made the call from the small blind then Chen threw in another stack of orange chips. Perhaps it was his excitement that triggered both opponents to instantly send their cards into the muck.


Young Aussie Jonathan Karamalikis leads the APPT Macau High Roller early on day two

2.10pm: Karamalikis leads High Roller

Just 16 players are still in the hunt to join Eric Assadourian and Nam Le as APPT Macau High Roller champions. Players eliminated so far today have been PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee “Final Table” Nelson, Terrence Chan, Kent Del Rosario, Daniel Chan, Allan Le, Will Ma, Andrew Chan and Elton Tsang. Nelson’s tournament ended when he shoved with Q-J, Gap Young Kim called with A-4 and found a four on the flop. Three players have kicked clear at the top of the chip count – Jonathan Karamalikis (770,000), Vladimir Geshkenbein (750,000) and Gap Young Kim (720,000), followed by Team Australia Pro Grant Levy (440,000) and In Wook Choi (380,000).


After leading at numerous points of the tournament, Brandon Demes has been eliminated in eighth position

1.55pm: Brandon Demes eliminated in 8th place

Two eliminations in quick succession have reduced the APPT Macau Main Event final table to seven players. After stealing a couple of sets of blinds and antes from the button and cut-off, Irishman Dermot Blain raised once again from the hijack position to 55,000. Brandon Demes was not having any of it and announced all-in holding A♥ 9♥, only to grimace when Blain snap-called with K♠ K♦. The flop of 7♠ 5♠ 8♣ kept Blain ahead, but gave Demes more outs with a straight draw along with his aces for the overpair. The turn of the Q♦ helped nobody and it was all down to the river, which fell 4♠.


Stefan Hjorthall is the first casualty from today’s APPT Macau Main Event final table

1.40pm: Stefan Hjorthall eliminated in 9th place

Swedish PokerStars Qualifier Stefan Hjorthall moved all-in for his last 250,000 from middle position before the flop and the others folded around to fellow Swede Pontus Kers, who re-raised all-in from the button. Everyone stood up to catch the best view as the cards were tabled and the Scandis were off to the races – Hjorthall was ahead with 9♠ 9♦ against Kers’ A♦ Q♥ but the flop of Q♣ 8♣ K♦ put the younger of the two PokerStars Qualifiers ahead. Needing a nine or runners, the turn and river bricked out A♣ 2♠, eliminating Hjorthall. He takes home HKD $242,000.


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