After 10 hours of poker at the City of Dreams Casino, a final table has been reached at the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event. The penultimate day began with 49 players on Saturday, and the field was slowly whittled down to the final nine.
Kenneth Leong will return Sunday with the chip lead after bagging 2,012,000 in chips. Leong made a late charge and won a massive pot toward the end to secure his name at the top of the list.
FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS
Day 3 began on the money bubble with only one more player needing to be eliminated to reach the money, and it was a brutal exit for Manuel Blaschke. After opening the pot and getting called by Vladimir Troyanovskiy, a ten-high board saw him throw out a continuation bet and then snap-call the all in from his opponent. He confidently tabled his pocket aces and was in great shape against Troyanovskiy’s jack-ten; however, a jack on the river saw him exit the tournament floor almost instantly.
Yan Cui had the most chips coming into Day 3, holding a slight lead over David Man and Jay Tan. Man hit the rail in 20th place, with Cui following a short while later in 16th, but Tan was able to navigate her way to the final nine.
Tan was the last woman standing after three were eliminated during the day. PokerStars Team Pro Vivian Im was eliminated in 39th place, and Sixiao “Juicy” Li left in 19th place. But it was Mei Ngok who had most of the players talking. Ngok was one of two very short stacks as play began on Day 3, but she held her nerve throughout the hour-long hand-for-hand bubble before maneuvering her stack through the day, eventually finishing in a very respectable 17th place.
Some prominent players who managed a deep run include Jordan Westmorland (42nd), Bobby Zhang (41st), Justin Chan (38th), Matt Carter (34th), Michael Mariakis (28th), Tomaz Yip (18th), Andrew Scott (14th) and Troyanovskiy (11th).
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