Day 3 of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event, which originally attracted 493 entries, started with 41 players, but over the course of nine hours was slowly whittled down to the final table of seven.
Of course, what everyone wants to know is who is still in contention for the title. It will be Yat Wai Cheng who will return on Sunday with the chip lead, bagging up an impressive 2,833,000. Cheng played extremely well throughout the day and then stormed to the lead when he won a monster pot against Fan Zhao without even going to showdown.
Close behind are Weiyi Zhang (2,721,000) and Zhenru Xie (1,840,000), making the trio the only players over a million in chips. The final table also consists of one player from Hong Kong (the leader - Cheng), one from the Philippines (the short stack - Florencio Campomanes) and five players from China.
Final Table Draw
|1||Chun Liang Kuo||467,000|
|4||Yat Wai Cheng||2,833,000|
The Day 3 action was quick with 16 players hitting the rail before the first break. None of those eliminations were more surprising then that of ZiaoHua Fu, who started the day as the overwhelming chip leader. What started as a 120 big blind stack, was dwindled down to nothing in an hour and a half.
Firstly, Fu was rivered holding the against Cheng Ho’s when the spiked on the river. He then found himself doubling up Nicolas Cardyn holding the same hand when he ran into pocket kings. From then on he kept doubling up the short stacks until he didn't have any chips left to defend.
From then onwards some big names started to bust including Ronald Chun Long Yu (23rd) who ran his into Cheng’s pocket kings and couldn't improve. Daniel Lee (22nd), Wending Luo (20th), Dapeng Mu (17th), Cardyn (13th), Alex Lee (11th) and eventual final table bubble boy Cheng Ho (8th) took their leave in due time.
Ho committed himself holding and was in great shape against Zhang’s , but was out flopped and sent home agonizingly close to making in through to Day 4. On Sunday, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the action as the final table looks to play down to a winner, who will take home a first-place prize of HK$2,525,000.
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