The first day of the HK$100,000 High Roller Event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour at the PokerStars LIVE Macau at City of Dreams started fast and furious with six levels of late registration. During that period, players could also purchase up to a maximum of two rebuys and 30 of these additional bullets were added to the prize pool.
In total, there were 75 unique entries and after the completion of level 12, only 30 of them bagged chips for the final on Sunday with Steve O'Dwyer leading the field of survivors on 941,000 chips.
The Irish-American High Roller expert was a big stack for most of the day and jumped into the lead in a turbulent last level. He is followed by Liang Yu (685,000) and Shashank Rathi (644,000), whereas PokerStars Team Online member Randy Lew (464,000) and PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin (158,000) also advanced.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
|5||Shing Fung Lo||513,000|
|6||Leo Yan Ho Cheng||475,000|
Other notables include Tom Alner (304,000), Sunny Jung (267,000), Tore Lukashaugen (262,000) and JP Kelly (203,000). Among those to take a shot but failing to bag up chips were World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event champion Scott Davies, Devan Tang, Aaron Lim, Chane Kampanatsanyakorn and PokerStars Team Pro Bryan Huang.
Regarding Kampanatsanyakorn, he picked the wrong spot to shove with pocket eights, while Huang busted against Lew. It happened in Level 8 (1,500/3,000/500) when Huang got it in from the button with the and Lew reshoved from one seat over with . The board failed to give Huang the winning hand, and he headed to the rail.
The top 11 spots will get paid at least HK$293,000, whereas the winner will take home a stunning HK$2,492,500 along with a shiny silver PokerStars trophy. Day 2 will kick off at 14:30 local time with Level 13 (6,000/12,000/1,000). The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back then to provide all live updates, so be sure to check back then.
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