Day 1b of the 2013 PokerStars.net Asia-Pacific Poker Tour Macau Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HK$100,000 Main Event kicked off at PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams with 110 hopefuls looking to join the 77 Day 1a survivors on Wednesday for Day 2. After four 90-minute levels of play, Satrya Teja bagged an impressive 83,300 in chips to top the 92 surviving players.
End-of-Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
|7||Cheryl Xiao Peng||70,025|
|10||Edward Chun Ho Yam||63,450|
The HK$100,000 (approximately $12,900) buy-in and whopping prize pool guarantee attracted players from all across the world as Brandon Meyers, Keith Gipson, Joel Micka, Michael Tureniec, David Vamplew, Praz Bansi, and Tom "hitthehole" Middleton joined the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Celina Lin, Raymond Wu, and Randy Lew, Macau veterans Kitty Kuo, Hung-Sheng Lin, Yu Kurita, Akira Ohyama, and Roger Spets as well as reigning champion Xing Zhou.
The Team PokerStars Pros would all endure the tournament in different ways as Lew chipped up early and never looked back as he finished the day with 44,900. Early on, Lew cold four-bet the and got two streets of value on an board before flopping a set of tens on Tureniec. For Lin, she would be put to a potentially tournament ending decision early and then hover around average for the majority of play before bagging 15,425. Wu, on the other hand, had the worse of all three Team Pros as he was log-jammed on a tough table that featured Vamplew and former Aussie Millions champion Lee Nelson. Wu’s day came to an end after committing all in holding on a flop, but unfortunately running into Liang Shi’s .
Speaking of Aussie Millions champions, there would be three of them in the field. Nelson arrived late before ending with 36,850 as Mervin Chan quietly built his stack to 44,600 by day's end. Oliver Speidel, however, wouldn’t be so fortunate as he lost a big pot after bet-folding the river only to run his into the preflop. After the was spread, he was sent to the rail.
Joining Speidel on the rail throughout the day included Ivan Zalac, Raj Ramakrishnan, Micka, and Meyers. However, some notables managed to sneak into Day 2 including Bansi (80,100), Kunimiro Kojo (77,350), Zhou (62,350), Tureniec (53,700), LuLu Tang (54,000), Kurita (52,525), Tom Grigg (40,425), Billy "The Croc" Argyros (39,925), Kuo (38,850), and Devan Tang (18,225).
Day 2 will see 169 players return to the felt at 5 p.m. local time with the PokerNews Live Reporting team providing all the live updates from PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams. But until then, check out Sarah Grant's guided tour of Macau:
*Lead photo by Kenneth Lim Photography and courtesy of PokerStars LIVE Macau.