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2014 APPT Season 8 ACOP Main Event Day 2: Mizzi Leads Final 62 Players

Sorel Mizzi

After the field of 291 had been whittled down to 62 on Day 2 of the 2014 APPT Season 8 ACOP Main Event, Sorel Mizzi emerged as the chip leader with an impressive 439,900 in chips. Mizzi finished a long way ahead of second place Terry Gonzaga, who bagged up 309,700. Rounding out the top three was Gabriel Le Jossec with 301,800.

Top 10 Day 2 Chip Counts

1Sorel Mizzi439,900
2Terry Gonzaga309,700
3Gabriel Le Jossec301,800
4Jorn Walthaus295,100
5Terrence Chan284,400
6Sunny Jung273,200
7Michael Tureniec239,700
8Tore Lukashaugen233,000
9Ami Barer226,300
10Raiden Kan224,200

With five players buying in at the start of the day, the final number of entrants tallied at 291 with 179 players taking their seats at the start of Day 2. With registration closed, the tournament director confirmed the record field had generated a total prize pool of HK$27,092,100 ($3,494,000), easily surpassing the guarantee and proof of the enduring and growing popularity of this event. The eventual winner will take home a very impressive HK$6,300,000 ($812,000). With 31 places paid, a min-cash will be worth HK$202,000 ($26,050).

It was in the second level of the day that Mizzi would double through Sam Cohen during a preflop all in. Cohen tabled the {K-}{K-} only to find she had run into the {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs} of Mizzi. An overkill board of {6-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{7-Spades} saw Mizzi grab the lead and he never relinquished it. Mizzi had actually been at risk of elimination on Day 1 at the hands of Cohen and that proved to be the turning point for him.

Gonzaga had his own slice of luck when he was involved in a three-way all-in clash before the flop in the first level of the day holding the {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. He was up against the {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs} and the {5-Spades}{5-Clubs} of his two opponents, but he was saved as the board ran out {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{2-Spades}.

Other notables who will be returning for Day 3 include reigning champion Sunny Jung (273,200), Michael Tureniec (239,700), Joseph Cheong (179,500), Scott Davies (166,600), Celina Lin (135,100), Daniel Colman (130,400), and Mike McDonald (125,400).

Colman had started the day third in chips, but he struggled to get anything going in the first few levels and slipped down the leaderboard. A table change seemed to help matters, and he applied pressure in a number of spots late on in the day, particularly when he shoved the river of a {k-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{3-Hearts}{k-Spades}{4-Spades} board against Jason Mo, who had the clock called on him before folding. Colman showed the table the {a-Spades}, but left them guessing what his other card was.

Following the result of the prize pool announcement, PokerNews' Remko Rinkema spoke with APPT President Danny McDonagh about the numbers and poker in Macau. Check out that video below:

Play for Day 3 will resume on Thursday at 3 p.m. local time. As always, be sure to check in with PokerNews for all of the latest updates.

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