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Canada’s Kristen Bicknell already has an APPT Macau title to her credit in the last week, having won the National High Roller at the series’ start. After another strong performance on Day 2 of the $100,000 High Roller, she’s in prime position to make a run at another.

Seeking her second high roller title in a week, Kristen Bicknell is in the driver’s seat after Day 2

The day began with registration still open for two hours, and the busted players took advantage by pumping in re-entries at a rapid pace. JC Alvarado, Daniel Dvoress, Shan Huang, and Lander Lijo led the field with 5 entries apiece. The final total field was 195, including 78 re-entries, for a prize pool of HKD$18,154,000. By the end of the night only 14 players would remain in contention for the top prize of HKD$4.021 million.

Albert Paik was the big man on campus for a large portion of the day’s proceedings. He held the chip lead with 540,000 as the re-entries were closed and the freezeout portion of the tournament began, and he nearly doubled that stack over the next few hours. Then he played a major pot with Kristen Bicknell that changed the course of his tournament. His five-bet shove with A-K met Bicknell’s pocket aces and propelled her above 1 million chips, good for the chip lead. Paik managed to find equilibrium after that loss but wouldn’t climb back toward the top again. Bicknell, however, used her newfound big stack to pummel her opponents and cruised for the rest of the night.

Albert Paik dropped a monster pot to Kristen Bicknell in the early evening

Like Bicknell, Justin Bonomo has already earned a tournament title here in Macau, topping a Super High Roller event across town a few days ago for the biggest cash of a career that’s been full of them. Bonomo entered the day in the top five chip counts and enjoyed a banner Day 2. A win with pocket queens in a three-way pot busted Pedro Pellicer and moved Bonomo to 545,000 chips. He later eliminated the likes of Sam Greenwood and Michael Addamo to complete today’s 10 levels in second place.

Justin Bonomo finished the night in second

Jan-Eric Schwippert also cleared the one-million-chip mark late in the day. Stephen Chidwick hovered around one million for much of the evening but dropped just below at the end of the night. Dapeng Mu was also near that level at one point but took a big hit at the end of the day, leaving himself with 15,000 chips. Then he won three times in the final five hands to bring almost 20 big blinds back tomorrow.

Name Country Chip Count
Kristen Bicknell Canada 1,856,000
Justin Bonomo USA 1,150,000
Jan-Eric Schwippert Germany 1,050,000
Stephen Chidwick UK 901,000
Wenling Gao China 880,000
Yan Zhuang China 805,000
Albert Paik USA 665,000
James Chen Taiwan 485,000
Dominik Nitsche Germany 480,000
Dapeng Mu USA 374,000
Xin Fan China 302,000
Jimmy Guerrero France 295,000
Javier Gomez Spain 215,000
Xia Lin China 196,000

Can Bicknell maintain her lead and do the double here at APPT Macau? Can Bonomo overtake her for another big title? Or will one of our other 13 players write a new storyline altogether on the final day of this series? We’ll find out tomorrow when we return to play down to our champion. Play resumes at 12:30pm local time and we’ll be here with live updates, photos, and an interview with whoever comes out on top. Until then, good night from Macau! –JK

Place Name Country Prize (HKD)
15 Felix Schulze Germany $272,000
16 Chin Wei Lim Malaysia $245,000
17 Hon Cheong Lee Hong Kong $245,000
18 Raghav Bansal India $218,000
19 Sam Greenwood Canada $218,000
20 Michael Addamo Australia $218,000
21 Hui Wang China $200,000
22 Daniel Dvoress Canada $200,000
23 Takashi Ogura Japan $200,000
24 Thi Xoa Nguyen France $182,000
25 Jinghui Ying China $182,000
26 Manig Loeser Germany $182,000
27 Shan Huang China $182,000

Day 2 Coverage Archive

• ENTRIES: 14 of 195 remain (inc 78 re-entries)
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12:20am: Zhuang catches river against Mu
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (Ante 2,000)

We picked up the action on the turn with Q864 face-up on the felt and Yan Zhuang moving all-in for 255,000. Dapeng Mu made the call for basically all of his remaining chips.

Mu: QJ
Zhuang: A8

Zhuang was looking for a club, an ace or an eight and nailed it on the 5 river. Mu was left with just 15,000, while Zhuang climbed to 620,000. Mu managed to win three of the next five hands, amazingly enough, to avoid a late-night elimination and chip back up to 374,000. –MS

12:18am: Five more hands
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Chip leader Kristen Bicknell has drawn the card to determine the number of hands we’re playing to finish the night. It’s five. –JK

12:15am: And that’s why you don’t limp pocket kings
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Felix Schulze just learned the hard way why slow-playing big pairs can come back to bite you in the ace.

Dominik Nitsche limped from the hijack and Schulze did the same in the cutoff. Jan-Eric Schwippert called in the small blind and James Chen checked in the big blind.

The flop came out 652 and Schwippert led out for 35,000. Nitsche called and Schulze moved all-in for 160,000. Schwippert insta-called and showed 62 which had seriously out-flopped Schulze’s pocket kings.

The turn was the 10 and the river was the 6, making Schwippert a full house and eliminating Schulze in 15th. –MS

Slow-playing kings bounced Felix Schulze in 15th

12:10am: 15 minutes left
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Webster Lim is out in 16th and we’re down to the last 15 minutes of play on Level 20. –JK

Webster Lim, out in 16th

11:55pm: Redraw
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (Ante 2,000)

Seat Table 1 Table 2
1 Stephen Chidwick Dapeng Mu
2 Javier Gomez Jimmy Guerrero
3 Dominik Nitsche Albert Paik
4 Felix Schulze Xin Fan
5 Kristen Bicknell Yan Zhuang
6 Jan-Eric Schwippert Xia Lin
7 James Chen Justin Bonomo
8 Wenling Gao Webster Lim

11:50pm: Bicknell busts Lee in 17th
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Kristen Bicknell just busted Ivan Hon Cheong Lee to move up to over 1.7 million. We picked it up on the turn with the board reading 10329 and Bicknell betting 65,000.

Kristen Bicknell

Lee jammed for 240,000 and Bicknell called.

Bicknell: 22
Lee: KQ

Lee needed a jack or a diamond but got neither on the 7 river. Lee is out in 17th place for HKD$245,000 and we’re now redrawing to the final two players. –MS

Kristen Bicknell keeps stacking up

11:40pm: Bansal busts (18th place)
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Raghav Bansal was shortstacked but now he’s got nothing thanks to Wenling Gao.

Bansal opened to 100,000 from under the gun with about 70,000 behind and Gao shoved from one seat to his left.

It folded back to Bansal who auto-called and turned over J10. Gao was in a dominant position with KK and the board didn’t change a thing.

Gao is now on 710,000 and we’re down to the final 17. –MS

Wenling Gao, Raghav Bansal’s conqueror

11:35pm: Zhuang doubles through Fan
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (Ante 2,000)

Xin Fan opened to 33,000 and Yan Zhuang jammed all-in for 310,000. Fan made the call and we saw his A8 was racing Zhuang’s pocket sevens.

The board ran out without improving either hand and Zhuang doubles to 630,000. Fan is now down to 425,000. –MS

11:30pm: Bonomo busts Greenwood in 19th
Level 20 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (Ante 1,000)

Sam Greenwood and Justin Bonomo had already reached the turn of a 694Q board by the time we arrived at their table.

Greenwood checked there and called Bonomo’s bet of 50,000, bringing the 9 on the river. Greenwood checked again and Bonomo quickly stuck out a stack of 25,000-denomination chips, more than enough to set Greenwood in should he call. Greenwood asked the floor if he would only get new time-bank chips at the final table, and when they told him yes he made the call.

Greenwood: Q4
Bonomo: AQ

Greenwood had turned two pair only to be counterfeited on the paired river, putting Bonomo’s kicker into play. With that, he departed in 19th place (HKD$218,000). Bonomo’s now on 1.24 million and leading the field once again. –JK

11:25pm: Big river value for Chidwick
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

Brit Stephen Chidwick just won a big pot to move back up to around 1 million.

We arrived on the river with the board reading 87429 and Chidwick betting 200,000 into Webster Lim.

After 30 seconds of thought Lim made the call and Chidwick showed AQ for the nut flush. Lim was left with 175,000 after the hand. –MS

11:20pm: Last level for tonight
Level 20 – Blinds 8,000/16,000 (ante 2,000)

We’re moving on to our final level of Day 2. One more hour and we’ll pack it in for the night. –JK

11:15pm: Bicknell and Bonomo clash; Addamo out in 20th
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Kristen Bicknell and Justin Bonomo are two of the big stacks at this stage in the tournament and they’re sitting directly beside each other at one of the three remaining tables.

Moments ago they clashed in a big pot with Bicknell coming out on top.

We picked it up on a three-way flop of K44 with Bonomo, Bicknell and Sam Greenwood. Bicknell bet 30,000 and Bonomo was the only caller. The Q came on the turn and Bicknell fired 55,000.

Bonomo called and the river was the 9. Both players checked and Bicknell turned over K2 for top pair. Bonomo mucked without showing.

Bicknell jumped to a little more than 1.1 million, while Bonomo fell to 820,000. But moments later Bonomo open-shoved with A7 and Michael Addamo called all-in with 55. The fives stayed ahead until the turn and river, which were both aces to give Bonomo the pot and bust Addamo in 20th place. That boosts Bonomo back to 1.04 million. –MS

Adios, Addamo

11pm: Recent chip counts
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 2,000)

Here are the top five chip stacks in the room with 20 players remaining. –JK

Name Country Chip Count
Kristen Bicknell Canada 1,400,000
Jan-Eric Schwippert Germany 1,000,000
Xin Fan China 960,000
Justin Bonomo USA 850,000
Stephen Chidwick UK 720,000

10:45pm: Chen doubles through Bansal
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 2,000)

Raghav Bansal’s pocket kings just suffered at the hands of James Chen.

We arrived with a 684 flop with 100,000 chips already in the pot and Bansal having raised Chen’s initial bet. Chen jammed for 298,000 and Bansal snap-called with the cowboys, only to see that Chen had flopped the nuts with 75. The 3 turn was no help, the K just salt in Bansal’s wound. Chen’s on 680,000 now, Bansal 270,000. –JK


10:40pm: Consider that a Dvoress
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Daniel Dvoress just busted and it started with Albert Paik opening to 27,000 from the button. Dvoress called in the big blind and the flop came out 732. Both players checked and the J came on the turn.

Dvoress bet 31,000 and Paik called. The river was the #Ks and Dvoress bet 15,000. Paik made the shape of a triangle with his fingers, referring to the triangular all-in button, and started pushing his 189,000 stack into the middle.

Dvoress went into the tank and counted down his stack, seeing that he’d have a single 5,000 chip left if he was to call and lose.

After using one time bank chip he opted to call and turned over 47 for a pair of sevens. Paik tabled KQ for a better pair on the river.

On the next hand Michael Addamo opened to 24,000 from the hijack, Dapeng Mu called on the button, Dvoress was all-in in the small blind and Sam Greenwood called in the big blind.

The flop came KQ8 and Mu bet out 75,000. Everyone folded and Mu turned over 108 for third pair. It was ahead of Dvoress’s 64 and the neither the turn nor the river changed that fact.

Daniel Dvoress is out in 22nd and will receive HK$200,000. Meanwhile, on Table 2, Hui Wang dropped the rest of his stack in 21st to take us down to 20 players. –MS

Daniel Dvoress, out in 22nd

10:30pm: Ogura o-gone
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

We didn’t see the full hand, just Takashi Ogura leaving the table. He lost his stack to Xin Fan, who showed down A10, and departed in 23rd place.

10:25pm: Nguyen lost
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

Thi Nguyen just busted in 24th place, cashing for HK$200,000, after losing a preflop all-in flip against Raghav Bansal.

Bansal opened to 24,000 from middle position and Nguyen re-raised to 65,000 from the button. Bansal moved all-in and Nguyen called. Bansal had ace-king against Nguyen’s pocket queens and he paired up to send Nguyen to the exit.

Nguyen may be out but her family’s still in. Husband Jimmy Guerrero is looking to spin up his short stack at Table 1. –MS

No win for Nguyen

10:20pm: Two more levels
Level 19 – Blinds 6,000/12,000 (ante 2,000)

We’re back in action here at PokerStars LIVE Macau in the City of Dreams. Kristen Bicknell’s big win just before the last break makes her our new chip leader with 1.19 million, just ahead of Stephen Chidwick (1.04 million) and Jan-Eric Schwippert (1.01 million).

10:05pm: Paik attacks, can’t beat Bicknell’s rockets
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Albert Paik is covered up with a hoodie and a pair of dark sunglasses, and yet you can still see how despondent he is after tangling with Kristen Bicknell.

Bicknell opened the action before the flop for 22,000 in the cutoff seat. Fold around to Paik in the small blind, where he reraised to 70,000. Bicknell was having none of it and repopped to 170,000. Paik didn’t take long before five-bet shoving, and he looked sick when he saw what Bicknell snap-called his shove with.

Paik: AK
Bicknell: AA

The 95674 board didn’t come close to threatening the aces and Bicknell pulled in a massive pot. She’s up around 1.2 million now, while Paik, who’s been on a monster stack essentially all of Day 2, slips to around 210,000.

We’re on the final break of the night now. Chip counts coming in momentarily. –JK

Rockets propel Kristen Bicknell at Albert Paik’s expense

9:55pm: Gao catches boat
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Wenling Gao just won a big pot to move up to 590,000. She opened to 23,000 from under the gun plus one and got calls from the small blind and Hon Cheong Lee in the big blind.

The flop came out K104 and Gao fired 17,000. Lee was the only caller and the turn was the 2. Lee check-called again, this time 25,000, and the 10 hit the river.

Lee checked one final time and Gao pushed out 110,000. Lee called immediately but could only shake his head when Gao turned over KK. Lee showed a ten and tossed his hand in the muck. He now has 415,000. –MS

9:35pm: Redraw
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

With 24 players left we’ve redrawn table assignments — three tables with eight players apiece. Stephen Chidwick currently leads the way with approximately 1.3 million. –JK

Stephen “Chip Leader” Chidwick

9:35pm: Ying unlucky to bust
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Jinghui Ying rode a shortstack into the money and picked a great spot to take a stand. Unfortunately for him the deck refused to play along.

Dapeng Mu opened to 20,000 and Ying jammed for 74,000 from the button. Mu wasted zero time making the call.

Mu: A10
Ying: JJ

The flop hit Mu hard, coming A105 and the turn and river failed to save Ying. He’s out, Mu now has 482,000 and we’re down to 24 players. –MS

9:34pm: Schwippert bests Bicknell
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Kristen Bicknell was over 1.1 million and even though she slipped a bit, including a recent hand against Jan-Eric Schwippert, she’s still on around 930,000.

Bicknell raised to 24,000 from under the gun plus one and Schwippert called from the big blind. The flop came out J54 and Bicknell fired 32,000.

Schwippert called and the 6 hit the turn. Schwippert checked again and Bicknell pushed 65,000 across the line. Schwippert thought for a moment before cutting out chips and check-raising to 155,000.

Bicknell didn’t take long to fold and now Schwippert is on 570,000. –MS

9:30pm: Huang gone
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Shan Huang is gone and we’re all the worse for it. We didn’t catch the hand but we did catch him telling Dominik Nitsche all about it on his way out of the room. “Dominik! I bust,” he said. “I move in with ace-jack, I run into a monster hand. King-jack.” And so the APPT Macau $100,000 High Roller continues with a diminished entertainment factor. –JK

9:22pm: Chen chases Loeser
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Manig Loeser’s tournament is over. He opened the action all-in on the button with K9 and James Chen called in the small blind with Big Slick. One ace on the board was all it took to send Loeser packing with a min-cash. –JK

9:15pm: Roger Spets bubbles in 28th
Level 18 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (ante 1,000)

Left short after that last loss to Kristen Bicknell, Roger Spets moved in from the small blind on the first hand of Level 18. Yan Zhuang called in the big blind to put Spets at risk:

Spets: 97
Zhuang: 108

The KJ6410 board never hinted at helping Spets and he became the last player to leave this tournament with nothing to show for his efforts.

Everyone else who busts from this point forward will take home at least HKD$182,000. –JK

Roger Spets: bubble

9:10pm: Bicknell kneecaps Spets
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

On the last hand of Level 17 Kristin Bicknell won a big pot from Roger Spets, leaving him running on fumes as we continue hand-for-hand bubble play.

It looked to have started with a raise from Spets from under the gun and a call from Bicknell in the big blind.

They both checked the 865 flop and Kristen fired 30,000 on the 7 turn and Spets called. The river was the 5 and Kristen bet 100,000.

Spets used two of his time bank chips and fixed Bicknell with an intense stare before finally making the call.

Bicknell turned over Q9 for the straight and Spets was left with just 60,000. Bicknell told Spets after the hand that it was a tough spot because she would have fired all her hands on the river. She moved up to 1.12 million. –MS

9:05pm: Greenwood doubles through Zhuang
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Yan Zhuang opened for 18,000 in the hijack and Sam Greenwood moved in for 123,000 on the button. Zhuang didn’t look like he liked his position but he made the call anyway.

Zhuang: 96
Greenwood: 1010

Zhuang hit the 677 flop but couldn’t find another six on the turn or river, giving Greenwood the double to 275,000. –JK

Sam Greenwood

9pm: O’Dwyer brutally unlucky to bust
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

American Steve O’Dwyer has a long list of victories in high rollers here in Macau but he won’t be making a deep run in this event thanks to a brutal hand moments ago.

O’Dwyer opened to 16,000 from the hijack with 320,000 behind and when it got to Stephen Chidwick he announced all-in. Chidwick had close to three times O’Dwyer’s stack.

O’Dwyer only thought for a moment before placing one stack of chips in the middle, indicating a call.

O’Dwyer: AK
Chidwick: AQ

It looked like O’Dwyer was poised for a big double-up, until the flop hit the felt.

It came Q72 and O’Dwyer winced like he stepped on a tack. The turn was the 9 and the Q river twisted the knife even deeper.

O’Dwyer, clearly in shock, stood up and left the table. Chidwick just stacked his chips which now total 1,280,000. –MS

Brutal for O’Dwyer

8:45pm: Addamo doubles through O’Dwyer
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Michael Addamo was short and now he’s a little less short after a brave all-in call moments ago. Steve O’Dwyer shoved when it got to him on the button and after a bit of thought, Addamo called in the big blind for 60,000.

Addamo: 88
O’Dwyer: J7

The board missed both hands and Addamo doubles to around 130,000. We’re still two eliminations off the money. –MS

8:42pm: Bicknell sets up
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

With lots of stalling two spots from the money, the decision has been made to go hand-for-hand. Not much action to go around, other than the recent hand between Shan Huang and Kristen Bicknell.

Huang opened for 18,000 on the button and Bicknell calle din the big blind to see a 738 flop. Bicknell check-called 26,000 and Huang said, “You must have a good hand.”

“I do,” Bicknell said as the 2 fell on the turn. Bicknell check-called again, this time for 66,000, and the river was the 9. Bicknell checked one more time and Huang said, “I don’t think I can bluff anymore, I check.” Bicknell rolled over 22 for the turned set, good enough to take the pot. –JK

8:33pm: Been bounced
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

A case of bad timing cost Been. He open-shoved around 15 big blinds from the small blind holding A2 but Stephen Chidwick has pocket eights in the big blind, called, and a blank board was forthcoming. Hand for hand play will commence when one more player goes. –MC

8:30pm: Gao semi-bluffed, not happy about it
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (Ante 1,000)

We arrived with a mountain of 5,000 chips already in the middle and the flop reading A73 in a hand between Wenling Gao and Yan Zhuang.

Zhuang had moved all-in and Gao was deep in the tank thinking things over. Gao had about 260,000 and after using all three of her time bank chips she ended up folding.
Zhuang showed 89 for the flush and inside straight draws and it was very clear that Gao was not happy about being pushed out of the hand. Zhuang is now on 520,000. –MS

8:25pm: Lee doubles through Paik
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

A whole bunch of stuff happened in the following hand that you would expect.

Tasing into the massive chip leader from early position. Ivan Lee did that for 13,000. Albert Paik then three-bet big. You’d expect that. But then, Lee shoved for 253,000. Risky. And Paid snap called with kings – how did he find that hand?

Paik: KK
Lee: AK

You had to feel sorry for Lee until another unexpected thing happened. The board ran QKJ510 to give him a straight! Poker, eh. Paik dropped to 770,000. –MC

8:23pm: Loeser doubles through Buhler
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Manig Loeser opened the action all-in for 70,000 under the gun with 44, and Henri Buhler, holding only another 25,000 chips himself, moved in over the top with AQ. A king-high board gave Loeser the double and left Buhler is dire straits as we approach the money bubble.

Manig Loeser – hanging in there

Edit: Buhler busted moments later running J4 into aces. –JK

8:20pm: Ogura-coaster
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Takashi Ogura is riding up and down the lower portion of the leaderboard here in the post-dinner session. First he open-shoved with Q7 from the small blind, trying to pick off the blinds and antes, but Webster Lim called with AQ in the big blind and hit the ace-high flop to trim Ogura’s stack to about 70,000.

Two hands later Ogura open-shoved again, this time for 61,000. Daniel Dvoress called with A9 and had the advantage over Ogura’s 107, but a seven on the flop put Ogura back on 130,000. –JK

8:10pm: Fan cans Hong
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

The first hand back from the dinner break took us one step closer to the money. We arrived to see Xin Fan all-in, turning over QJ as Xin Fan called with AJ. The board was all blanks, sending Hong to the rail five spots short of a min-cash. –JK

8:05pm: Back at it
Level 17 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (ante 1,000)

Cards are back in the air where four more levels are scheduled for today. Five players will leave disappointed in the coming period, below you’ll see a list of the only four players below 100k. Full, updated counts can be found by clicking here.

Webster Lim Malaysia 99,500
Xia Lin China 96,000
Michael Addamo Australia 85,000
Manig Loeser Germany 81,500
Nan Hong China 64,000

7:05pm: Dinner break
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

The remaining 32 players are taking a 60-minute dinner break. The bubble sweat will be real once they return as only 27 will get paid. We’ll have full, official chip counts for you upon our return as well. –MC

7pm: When Paik’s away, Nitsche comes out to play
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

APPT Seoul 2016 champ Albert Paik is the chip leader right now, and he’s doing what a chip leader should do: opening a lot of pots and putting pressure on his opponents. He opened four or five hands in a row just now and won three of them either preflop or with a c-bet.

So imagine Dominik Nitsche’s delight to see Paik finally fold a hand. That let Nitsche, who is on Paik’s left, come in for an open of his own to 15,000, and he got one caller in Thi Xoa Nguyen from the small blind. The two saw an 8[29 flop, and both opted for a check.

The 4 turn couldn’t inspire any betting, but when the Q river landed Nguyen led out for 15,000. Nitsche picked up calling chips and after a seconds put them over the line, but mucked when Nguyen showed her J9 for a pair of nines.

She’s up to 540,000 now, while Nitsche sits with 300,000. –JS

6:50pm: Chidwick vs. Schulze
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Stephen Chidwick and Felix Schulze have two of the largest stacks at their table. They also have just one player (Aaron Been) seated between them, so a confrontation between them is a standing possibility.

Moments ago Schulze opened the action for 13,000 on the button and Chidwick called in the big blind to take a 3J7 flop. That brought the A on the turn and another check from Chidwick. Schulze fired a modest 11,500 and then, after some thought, called Chidwick’s check-raise to 50,000. Both men then checked the K river and Chidwick showed A9 to take the pot with a pair of aces.

Not much there, but the back-and-forth between these two leaves the possibility of a monster pot wide open. Chidwick’s at 445,000 now, Schulze at about 430,000. –JK

6:35pm: Schulze moves Mu
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

Felix Schulze opened the cutoff to 12,500, and that got a call from Stephen Chidwick in the small blind. Dapeng Mu sat in the big, and Mu knew what he was going to do…


He made it 47,000, but the squeeze couldn’t squeeze Schulze off his hand. The German made the call, and Chidwick let it go making it heads up to a pretty looking 543 flop. Mu chose not to c-bet though, and that let Schulze retake the betting lead.

He went very small, just 28,000, but that was enough to move Mu off the pot. Schulze is up to 540,000 now, while Mu sits with 309,000. –JS

6:25pm: Huang picks off Greenwood’s bluff
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (ante 1,000)

“I have chips too!” Shan Huang told Kristen Bicknell. It’s pretty obvious to her — she has a great view from across the table, and she watched the hand go down that gave Huang’s stack a big boost.

It was a blind-versus-blind affair, with Sam Greenwood in the small and Huang in the big. We showed up with the board already showing 10J107 and Greenwood in the middle of betting 40,000. Huang made the call and the river was the 2. This time Greenwood bet 111,000, representing more than half of Huang’s remaining stack. Huang looked genuinely perplexed but he tossed a chip across the line for the call just as his shot clock ran out.

Greenwood showed down 86 — a bluff with a busted straight draw. Huang’s trips with 108 took down the pot to boost him to about 440,000; Greenwood’s down to about 160,000. –JK

Shan Huang

6:15pm: Big river, bigger pot for Bicknell
Level 16 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (Ante 1,000)

Recent APPT Macau National High Roller champion Kristen Bicknell is up to 685,000 after a massive pot that saw Xuming Qi eliminated.

We arrived on the turn with the board reading K948. Bicknell had bet 100,000, enough to put Qi all-in. Qi was deep in the tank and used all three of his time bank chips to give himself enough time to figure it out.

As the clock ran down for the final time he pushed his stack across the line and saw he had made the right call. But, as we all know, making the right call doesn’t guarantee a positive outcome.

Bicknell: A2
Qi: JJ

The dealer burned and turned the 6 on the river, making Bicknell’s flush and sending Qi to the rail. –MS

Kristen Bicknell

6:05pm: O’Dwyer rising
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

The winningest poker player in the room — $21 million man Steve O’Dwyer — is building a competitive stack in search of his second Macau high roller score in the last six months.

Arriving at O’Dwyer’s table, we found a 6AJ109 board, about 110,000 chips in the pot, and Javier Gomez first to act. Gomez checked and O’Dwyer took about 10 seconds to bet 67,000. Gomez couldn’t contend with that and folded, sliding to 155,000. O’Dwyer now has 480,000. –JK

Steve O’Dwyer when times were tougher

6pm: Rough road for Chen gets smoother
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (Ante 500)

Sometimes in poker all your preflop raises get through and sometimes you have a level like what we had been seeing from James Chen. On the bright side, things got a lot better for him moments ago.

Earlier this level Chen lost a big preflop race to double up Justin Bonomo and since then we’ve seen him try to take aggressive lines only to have his opponents turn up the heat even further.

Chen raised to 11,000 from the cutoff and Raghav Bansal re-popped it to 38,500 from the small blind. Jimmy Guerrero was in the big blind and four-bet to 112,000. Chen and Bansal both let it go.

James Chen

On the next hand Chen opened to 11,000 again, this time from the hijack, and Henri Buhler three-bet to 28,000 from the cutoff. Chen called and the flop came down A33
Buhler bet 20,000 and Chen folded.

About an orbit later Chen, Buhler and two other players got involved in a multi-way pot that saw Chen turn a straight and Buhler turn a set. The money went in and Chen doubled up to his current stack of 365,000.

Buhler is down to 125,000 after that hand. –MS

5:55pm: Chidwick chipping up, Schwippert slipping
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

Even in a high roller field, Stephen Chidwick — an $11 million man in lifetime tournament earnings — is one of the more dangerous players who could build up a big stack. He’s not quite there yet but he’s certainly on the right path.

We arrived with the turn just having been dealt on a Q105J board and Chidwick sliding 37,000 chips across the betting line. Jan-Eric Schwippert took half his shot clock and then made the call. The river came 9 and Chidwick didn’t think too long before setting out a stack of orange 5,000-denomination chips and declaring himself all-in.

That put Schwippert in a bind, as Chidwick had him more than covered. In the end he folded to leave himself with 128,000. Chidwick’s up to 367,000 and climbing. –JK

Stephen Chidwick

5:40pm: Bonomo almost triples, Pellicer busts
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (Ante 500)

We arrived at Justin Bonomo’s table moments ago to see all five community cards and three hands face-up on the felt. The dealer was counting down Bonomo’s stack, Pedro Pellicer was getting out of his seat to leave and James Chen was cutting out chips from his stack.

Bonomo: QQ
Pellicer: AJ
Chen: AK

The board: 54863

Bonomo was all-in for 223,000 and after doubling that from Chen and picking up Pellicer’s entire stack, Bonomo is now on 545,000. Pellicer is out and Chen is down to 215,000. –MS

Pedro Pellicer out

5:25pm: Greenwood Fans the flames
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

Xin Fan was down to less than 10 big blinds and opened the action all-in from the hijack. Sam Greenwood got a count on Fan’s stack — 45,500 — and then called in the cutoff, leaving him heads-up with Fan after the rest of the table folded around.

Greenwood: AQ
Fan: AK

Greenwood got no help from the A8J95d] board, boosting Fan’s stack to a still shaky 95,000. –JK

5:20pm: Nguyen orders a double-double, dethrones Paik
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (Ante 500)

Thi Xoa Nguyen had an eventful few hands, starting at the end of the last level and continuing when she returned from the break.

Just before the break she was all-in preflop with pocket queens against pocket jacks, flopped a set and rivered a full house to double up to 225,000.

As Level 15 began we were back at her table watching her open to 18,000 when it folded to her in the small blind. Albert Paik, the soon to be former chip leader, three-bet to 55,000 from the big blind and Nguyen jammed all-in for around 230,000.

Paik insta-called and turned over AJ which was flipping against Nguyen’s 99. The flop came out with a jack in the window but, luckily for Nguyen, there was a nine right behind it.

The turn and river changed nothing and Nguyen doubled again, this time to 470,000. Paik, meanwhile, is knocked down to 392,000. –MS

5:12pm: Double for Dvoress
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

Daniel Dvoress was toward the bottom of the leaderboard going into the most recent break. He’s still not near the top but he’s in considerably better shape after doubling through Yan Zhuang. Dvoress’s AK made trips on the 9AAJ4 board to top Zhuang’s 55 for the double to 250,000. –JK

5:05pm: Quick counts as play resumes
Level 15 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (ante 500)

We’ll have full chip counts coming your way soon, but in the meantime here’s a quick eyeball-count of the biggest stacks in the room. –JK

Albert Paik: still leading

Albert Paik – 650,000
James Chen – 520,000
Kristen Bicknell – 500,000
Wenling Gao – 480,000
Yan Zhuang – 420,000
Felix Schulze – 400,000

4:50pm: Break time
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

The second break of the day has rolled around. The 43 remaining players will be back for more in 15 minutes.

4:45pm: Record-breakers
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

The PokerStars LIVE Macau High Roller entry record was set last year when 180 entered, so that record was broken here today. Many thanks to all the players, especially those listed below who had at least four entries:

First Name Last Name Country Number of Entries
JC Alvarado Mexico 5
Daniel Dvoress Canada 5
Shan Huang China 5
Lander Lijo Spain 5
Rainer Kempe Germany 4
Chin Wei Lim Malaysia 4
Adrian Mateos Spain 4
Dominik Nitsche Germany 4

4:40pm: Chen chased, Huang triples
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

“I never get this lucky,” Shan Huang just told his table. It didn’t seem like they agreed with him, exactly, but nobody’s lining up to shoot him down either.

The short-stacked Huang got the action going with an all-in bet of 52,000 in the hijack. Alvan Zheng called from the the cutoff and then had to call again when Pete Chen jammed for 107,000 in the big blind. That set up a three-way showdown:

Chen: 99
Zheng: 1010
Huang: AK

The board fell K8Q57, felting Chen and tripling Huang’s stack to 162,000. Zheng, meanwhile, got the consolation of the 110,000-chip side pot. –JK

4:35pm: No Lim-ping
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

How often do you see an open-limp in a High Roller tournament? Not particularly often, and if you do there’s a good chance someone’s trapping.

Not this time, though. Oliver Weis limped in second to act and Daniel Dvoress joined in for the minimum. The action then folded around to Chin Lim in the small blind, and he didn’t take long to jam for 90,000. Weis didn’t want any of that action, nor Dvoress. That puts Lim back up to 104,000. –JK

4:25pm: Chen backs into big pot
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

James Chen moved up to about 450,000 after he backed into a flush versus Justin Bonomo and got paid. Around 150,000 lay in the middle by the time the board was completed as 103478. Bonomo checked from the small blind and used two time bank chips before calling a 115,000 bet. He mucked and dropped to 175,000 after Chen opened K6. –MC

4:20pm: Greenwood kicked in the shins
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

Kicker problems cost Sam Greenwood a small pot; he’s still doing well on 310,000 though.

Xuming Qi min raised from under the gun and was called by Greenwood in the small blind. Shan Huang was in the big blind and folded after he said he didn’t think he could get lucky again so soon.

Both players checked a 99J flop before Greenwood led for 14,000 on the turn. Qi called and then both players went back to checking on the 8 river. Greenwood’s QJ lost out to Qi’s KJ who moved up to 95,000. –MC

4:10pm: Huang’in around
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

This tournament was nearly worse off for the loss of Super High Roller runner-up Shan Huang. Then he caught just the card he needed.

Huang shipped his last 32,500 in under the gun and Xuming Qi, next to act, called the bet. While the rest of the table were deciding whether to join in, Sergio Aido walked by — on his way out of the room, as it turned out. “Watch this hand,” Huang told Aido. “We can leave together.” The other players got out of the way and the cards went on their backs:

Huang: A4
Qi: A10

The 78J flop and 2 turn had Huang on the verge of elimination, but Aido didn’t fear for Huang’s chances. “River!” he said as he began to walk away from the table — and the incantation worked. The 4 fell on the river, the table (including Qi) cheered for Huang, and the entertaining Huang got to stick around for at least a while longer. –JK

Shan Huang

4:05pm: Gao very happy now
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

It’s amazing how quickly you can forget a bad beat or a missed opportunity. Wenling Gao is now full of smiles with a stack sitting at around 460,000.

There’s also an empty seat next to her. It belonged to Isaac Haxton moments ago, but he’s gone. She gave the thumbs up when asked if this was her doing.

Haxton joined the following on the rail this level: Danny Tang, Paul Hoefer, Mladen Vukovic and Kuisong Wu.–MC

4pm: Oh yeah, Ogura
Level 14 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (ante 500)

Takashi Ogura just shaved a few chips off Shuo Li’s stack early on our new blind level.

Li (in the cutoff) and Ogura (on the button) took a 434 flop, which Li checked. Ogura bet 13,000 and Li came back in for a raise to 35,000.

Ogura didn’t look particularly happy about the check-raise, but after winding his shot clock nearly all the way down he still decided to come along for the 9 turn. Li checked once again, though curiously after using one of his two time-bank chips. Ogura took about 20 seconds to decide on a bet of 70,000. Li checked his cards again, thought it over, and then opted for the fold.

Ogura’s up to 300,000 now, Li down to 310,000. –JK

3:55pm: It started with a limp…
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

And ended with a Haxton double up.

David Steicke limped in from the cutoff before Javier Gomez raised to 11,000 off the button and Haxton shoved for 100,000 from the small blind. Wenling Gao was in the big blind and used a time bank chip before making a painful looking fold (she said she folded tens after the hand). Steicke folded and Gomez made the call.

Haxton: JJ
Steicke: A8

The board ran 871026 and Gomez dropped to 165,000. Gao seemed more upset than Gomez though after the missed opportunity to make a set and win a big pot. She was congratulated for her good fold though. –MC

Isaac Haxton x 2

3:45pm: Shuo ’nuff
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

With the re-entry portion of the tournament now well in the rear-view mirror, an all-in bet has a lot more weight than it did in the first 12 levels. Just ask Albert Paik. We arrived to his table to see a mess of chips in the middle, a JQ39 board, and Paik’s 43,000-chip bet re-raised all-in by Shuo Li for a few hundred thousand chips more. Paik used a time-bank chip to extend his shot clock by another 30 seconds but eventually decided to save his chips for another spot.

Paik drops to 540,000, while Li climbs to 380,000. –JK

3:40pm: No more entries I’m afraid
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

They’ve gone and they’re not allowed back anymore. Nick Petrangelo, Rainer Kemper, Maria Ho, Lijo Lander, Alex Foxen, Billy Argyros and Kahle Burns have all hit the rail this level. –MC

Nick Petrangelo: gone

3:30pm: Paik’s peak
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

Albert Paik has got more than four-times average (670,000) after he over-bet the river with a flush and got paid.

He was heads-up with another big stack, Shuo Li, and they had made it to the river of a 10427K board with around 50,000 in the middle.

Li (big blind) checked to face an 85,000 bomb from Paik (cutoff). Li used a time bank chip before calling to see Paik’s Q9 for a flush. He mucked and dropped to 240,000. –MC

3:20pm: Monster pay-day
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

Tournament staff have confirmed the payout schedule for this tournament. Here’s the nuts and bolts:

Entries: 195 (inc. 78 re-entries)
Prize-pool: HK$18,154,500
Places paid: 27
Min-cash: HK$182,000
First prize: HK$4.021 million (US$512,444 approx)

3:20pm: Peters falls by the Wei-side
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

David Peters has earned over US$2 million in Macau over the years. He likes the place, but it can’t always go his way. He’s out of the High Roller after losing a flip to Mian Wei. We missed how much Peters was all-in for but all the chips went in preflop.

Wei: KQ
Peters: JJ

The board ran Q787K to make Wei two pair. He moved up to 155,000 as Peters made a quiet departure. –MC

3:15pm: Foxen left with crumbs
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

The Super High Roller champion Alex Foxen is going to have to pull off a miracle to win this High Roller event. He has fewer than 10,000 chips now after losing with A9 to Nick Petrangelo’s AJ. Petrangelo doubled up, leaving Foxen with fumes. — HS

Nick Petrangelo: Double through

3:12pm: Bicknell silences Argyros
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Kristen Bicknell finished the job on Billy Argyros, all but doubling her stack in the process. They got it in as a race: Bicknell’s 1010 against Argyros’s AJ.

Kristen Bicknell: Ends the Croc’s run

Although the board featured a couple of over-cards to the tens–it came 3Q5K9–Argyros couldn’t hit. That send him home and put Bicknell beyond 100,000. — HS

3:10pm: A queen keeps Qi out of Croc’s jaws
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

Xuming Qi has doubled to a smidgen over 100,000 after winning a flip against Billy Argyros.

The Aussie chatter-box opened to 8,000 from middle position and called after Qi three-bet all-in for 48,000 from the small blind.

Qi: AQ
Argyros: 99

The board ran 7JQ74 to send the pot Qi way. Argyros dropped to 55,000. –MC

3pm: Bell tolls for Tollerene
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

It’s been a rough day for Ben Tollerene. And now it’s over. He got the last of his chips in as an under-call after Jinghui Ying had already committed his covering stack. Tollerene was in great shape for a double with K10 to Ying’s K9. But the dealer put the 10A4J6 board out there and Tollerene couldn’t survive.

Ben Tollerene: End of the road

Adrian Mateos is also among the early fallers in this freezeout period. — HS

2:55pm: Stay in your seat, Heidorn
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

Robert Heidorn was halfway out of his seat after a bad flop, but he soon settled back into it with a smile as the turn card gave him a more than a double up.

James Chen had opened 6,000 from the cutoff before Xin Fan moved all-in for 76,000 from button and Heidorn called all-in for 23,000 from the small blind. Chen folded.

Heidorn: 66
Fan: AQ

The board ran Q4A67 to make the German a set on the turn. –MC

2:50pm: The not so secret seven
Level 13 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

Seven players have made it to the freezeout faze of the tournament amassing stacks worth greater than 300,000. They are:

Albert Paik – 560,000
Felix Schultz – 408,000
Dapeng Mu – 380,000
Justin Bonomo – 376,000
Yan Zhuang – 370,000
Sam Greenwood – 356,000
Shuo Li – 335,000

Registration is now closed and we’ll have details of the prize pool with you when we know it. There were a lot of re-entries. –MC

2:35pm: Break time; registration closing

That’s the end of Level 12 and players are taking a 15-minute break. There’s 15 minutes left for registration in this one, and then it will finally be a freezeout. — HS

2:35pm: Mateos out again in three-way all-in
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Adrian Mateos has busted for the second time today after suffering in a three-way all-in. Dominik Nitsche suffered too but he was left with 54,000. That left Jan-Eric Schwippert as the big winner, moving past 200,000.

The hand was already completed by the time we got to the table. A 5JQ62 board lay at rest and the hands were still visible in front of the players…

Nitsche: 1010
Mateos: 10J
Schwippert: KK

Adrian Mateos: Faller

That left only five players at the table so the action was paused until a new player was balanced from another table. Four of them were young Germans and started chatting away in their native tongue. The fifth was Erik Seidel and he watched them chatting away before bursting out into laughter, “Four young Germans and me – not good!” he mused. –MC

2:25pm: Paik unstoppable
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

There truly is no stopping Albert Paik in this tournament. He has just now felted Rainer Kempe and has built his stack to about 550,000 in the process.

Details are scarce, but I do know the two hands. Paik had ten-eight; Kempe had ace-queen. When you’re running good…

Rainer Kempe: Frown tells the story

Paik is the clear chip leader in this event. — HS

2:20pm: Weiss takes out Karlic
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Some German on German action has seen Oliver Weiss take out Gerald Karlic. All the chips went in preflop.

Karlic: AJ
Weiss: QQ

The board ran 874J6 to see the queens hold. After a countdown of the stacks, Weiss’ 46,500 was deemed just the largest and he moved up to 110,000. –MC

2:15pm: Peters pays off Ogura
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Everyone is playing tricky with aces in this event, it seems. Takashi Ogura just managed to get a full double-up, and some, after playing cute with the bullets (though one suspects the outcome would have been the same, however he’d played them).

The hand began with an open to 5,200 from Rainer Kempe. Ogura opted to call on the button, which earned him a squeeze to 20,200 from David Peters in the small blind.

Kempe gave up at this point, but Ogura contemplatively amassed his total 50,700 and pushed them over the line. Peters called quickly.

Peters: JJ
Ogura: AA

A couple of table-mates gasped and chuckled at how Ogura played his aces, but they yelped a bit when the first four cards off the deck were 5QK10. But the 7 river missed Peters and kept the aces out front.

David Peters: Pays off aces

Peters has around 50,000. Ogura a little more than double that now.– HS

2:10pm: They keep coming back for more!
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Pedro Pellicer has bought back in for the second time today, and third time in total. Quan Zhou and Patrik Antonius meanwhile are having their second go. They make up some of 71 re-entries of the 186 total entries so far. –MC

2:05pm: Tollerene short on second Day 2 bullet
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Ben Tollerene has dropped down to 12,300 after he was caught bluffing on the river by Jan-Eric Schwippert.

Around 14,000 had made it into the middle by the time the board rested as 275Q10. Schwippert led from the big blind and then made a considered call call-in for 26,100 after Tollerene shoved from under the gun. Tollerene opened KJ and lost out to Schwippert’s Q8. –MC

2pm: Sevens not lucky for Petrangelo
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

I’m sure we’ll be seeing last year’s finalist Nick Petrangelo enter again after he was taken out by Paul Hoefer. We only caught the last seconds of the hand when the board had already been washed but we know that Hoefer’s pocket nines stayed ahead of Petrangelo’s pocket sevens. Seeing as the pot put Hoefer up to 75,500, we’re assuming all the chips went in pre-flop. –MC

1:50pm: Xin not a Fan of Chen
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

James Chen has climbed up to 195,000 after he turned a straight in a three-bet pot versus Xin Fan, who dropped to 76,000.

Chen opened from under the gun and called after Fan three-bet him from the next seat. The flop spread 452 and Chen check-called 12,500. The 6 turn was checked to the Q river where Chen led for 36,500. Fan used two time bank chips then called but mucked upon seeing Chen’s 33. –MC

1:45pm: Gomez takes out Tollerene
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

A bought of bad timing cost Ben Tollerene his tournament life.

He three-bet all-in (for what we think was 25k) from the small blind after Javier Gomez had raised off the button. The Spaniard snap called.

Tollerene: KQ
Gomez: KK

The board ran a tame 8551010 and Gomez moved up to 150,000.

In other news, Pedro Pellicer and Kristen Bicknell are back in, whereas Takashi Oguru is a fresh entry. Bicknell was re-drawn at the same table as boyfriend, Alex Foxen, but he was quickly balanced to another table. Billy Argyros though that was just as well. –MC

1:40pm: Paik brings the pain
Level 12 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Albert Paik is now up to around 400,000 in chips after scoring a dramatic double knockout.

It started when Tao Wang open-pushed for 27,400 and Xinbiao Zhu then re-shoved from the small blind for 87,000. Paik looked down at his cards in the big blind and called, putting both of them at threat.

Paik: AK
Zhu: 77
Wang: A8

Albert Paik: Busting two

It was now all down to the dealer, who put the 396KQ board out there, and that king on the turn was curtains for Zhu and Wang. Paik is crushing. — HS

1:30pm: The queen of poker rivered by a king
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

When you look down at pocket queens in the big blind after the button has shoved, you’re loving life. Doesn’t mean you still will by the time the river is out.

Luc Greenwood moved all-in for 32,200 from the button and was snapped off by Kristen Bicknell.

Bicknell: QQ
Greenwood: KJ

Luc Greenwood: Leaves Bicknell in trouble

The board ran 63A3K and Bicknell was left with just 1,600. –MC

1:20pm: There’s always room for a few more
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

We’re up to 170 entries (59 of them re-entries) after Erik Seidel, Jinghui Ying and Xiang Zhu sat down. You’re all welcome! –MC

1:10pm: Zhuang casually making quads with aces
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Adrian Mateos will have to retry after he ran into Yan Zhuang’s monster.

The overnight chip leader (that’s Zhuang, by the way) played aces very casually and moved up to 391,000 after making quads.

Zhuang just limped in from the hijack and then called after Mateos moved in for 51,100 from the small blind. Daniel Dvoress and others at the table laughed when the cards were flipped up…

Mateos: 44
Zhuang: AA

Zhuang didn’t seem to get all the fuss but even he said wow after the board ran K73AA to make him quads. –MC

1pm: Haxton on the double
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Mladen Vukovic has dropped down 53,000 after he doubled up Isaac Haxton.

They were heads-up to the turn of a Q787 board where a small pot turned into an all-in one, with Haxton at risk with his remaining 45,400.

Haxton: AQ for top pair and nut flush draw
Vukovic: 109 for an open-ended straight and inferior flush draw.

Isaac Haxton: A double

The 2 river changed not a thing and Haxton moved up to around 110,000. –MC

12:50pm: Up to 165 entries
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Adrian Mateos, Jan-Eric Schwippert and Lijo Lander are fresh entries for today whereas JC Alvarado, Chin Lim and Manig Loeser have busted today before re-entering straightaway. The total number of entries has swelled to 165. –MC

12:45pm: Paik three-bets Tollerene
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Ben Tollerene opened to 4,000 and was then faced by a three-bet from Albert Paik in the big blind. Paik made it 11,500. Tollerene called, but gave up after Paik put a further 11,000 out there after the K63 flop.

That’s not much of a hand, but it had some relevance about 10 minutes later. Paik busted Tollerene to boost his stack to around 200,000. — HS

12:40pm: No glass Chin for O’Dwyer
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Steve O’Dwyer has moved up to 175,000 after he took out Chin Lim in the first few hands. All the chips went in preflop.

Lim: A10
O’Dwyer: AQ

The board ran 278J4 to see O’Dwyer’s hand hold up. –MC

12:40am: Five more in already
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Daniel Dvoress, Canlin Chen, Alex Foxen, Raghav Bansal and Ben Tollerene are new or re-entries with fresh 50,000 stacks. More are on their way as well. –MC

12:35pm: Shuffle up and deal
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Cards are in the air. Ten 60-minute levels are scheduled for today. There are some new and re-entries waiting to get in. They’ll be assigned seats and will be allowed to sit down for the second hand of the day. Details on who they are coming right up. –MC

11:40am: Bumper High Roller continues onto Day 2
Level 11 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

A total of 152 entries (42 of them re-entries) means that the prize pool has already swelled to around HK$15 million and the re-entry/registration period remains open for the first two levels of play, plus the first break. Welcome to Day 2 of the HK$100,000 – APPT High Roller inside the PokerStars LIVE Macau, City of Dreams!

Here are the players that will occupy the top 5 spots when play recommences:

1. Yan Zhuang (China) – 330,000
2. Sam Greenwood (Canada) – 327,000
3. Kuisong Wu (China) – 288,700
4. Justin Bonomo (USA) – 279,800
5. Dapeng Mu (USA) – 269,600

Justin Bonomo: having a good week

We all know poker is a game of skill with some luck mixed in there, but there’s always room for a little gamble if one so desires to take that approach. Expect one to be many during the first couple of levels – they’ll be a large percentage of today’s field who’ll want to still be in the hunt when the tournament moves to a freezeout format from Level 13 onwards.

Cards will be in the air from 12:30pm. –MC

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PokerStars Blog reporting team on the $100,000 High Roller: Marc Convey, Jason Kirk, Matt Showell, and Howard Swains. Photography by Joe Giron/PokerPhotoArchive and Kenneth Lim of Kenneth Lim Photography.

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