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Level 25 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5000)
6pm: Chen agonises before folding best hand
Darkhan Botabayev has just flexed his muscle against chip leader Daoxing Chen. After Chen raised it up before the flop to 125,000 from the button, Botabayev re-raised to 375,00 from the small blind. Chen asked for a count then made the call. The flop read 8♣ 9♣ 5♣ and Botabayev announced he was all-in for 1.4 million. Chen shot him a nasty look, asked for another count, asked to spread the pot, stood up, sat down, thought long and hard, stood up again, took his jacket off and put it on the back of his chair before sitting back down again. APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh gave him two minutes to act upon his hand. “One is enough,” barked Chen in Chinese, sending the gallery into laughter. That soon turned to gasps of shock when Chen open-mucked J♣ J♥; “Bao Bao” would have had Botabayev on the ropes if he had called as the Kazakh flashed 10♥ 10♦!
5.45pm: Because you are gold, Mike Kim
With Spandau Ballet’s Gold booming over the casino PA – one of those great Macau moments that smacks you between the eyes when you least expect it – the toe-tapping stopped when PokerStars Sponsored Player Mike Kim moved his last 640,000 into the middle against Darkhan Botabayev. It was the Kazakh who was in the lead with A♣ K♥ against the K♦ 10♠ of Kim. The flop and turn of 2♥ 5♦ 6♦ 5♥ were of no help for the Korean PokerStars Player, but the ever-appearing 10♥ spiked on the river, doubling Kim up! We’re now on to Shirley Bassey – say what you like but the lady can sure belt out a tune.
5.30pm: “Bao Bao” takes a bow bow
Crowd favourite Daoxing “Bao Bao” Chen has been relatively quiet compared to his performance yesterday, but he has slowly started to play to his audience, which has perhaps helped him to forget stretching the clock on every decision. In a recent hand, he managed to take down a pot worth more than 800,000 from Dermot Blain. Blain raised it up pre-flop to 110,000 and Chen called from the big blind, then both players checked the flop of 3♣ K♥ 10♥. On the turn of the 4♣, Chen fired out 175,000 and Blain called; he would then call Chen’s bet of 375,000 on the river 3♥. Chen tabled J♥ 8♥ for the flush and Blain sent his cards into the muck. That earned Chen a round of applause from his rail, and most of the casino joined in the celebrations for the PokerStars Macau regular.