Day 1b of the 2015 PokerStars.net APPT ACOP Main Event is in the books. There were several players jockeying for the chip lead during the last level, but Yasuhiro Ojiri ended the 94 survivors as tournament's overall chip leader with 149,900.
Top 10 Day 1b Chip Counts
|3||Tse Jui Tsai||Chinese Taipei||129,600|
The Day 1b field saw a few of the PokerStars Team Pros bust in the second half of the day, including Team PokerStars SportsStar Ronaldo busting PokerStars Team Online Pro Randy Lew. It happened when Lew, who had been battling a short stack for hours, moved all in for 5,725. Ronaldo was the only caller and the cards were on their backs.
The board ran to see Ronaldo come from behind. The two players shook hands and off went Lew.
Unfortunately, Ronaldo hit the rail himself a short time later when he got all in with pocket sixes against pocket aces. PokerStars Team Asia Pro Celina Lin was also eliminated on Day 1b after a series of unfortunate run outs and a bad turn card ended her day prematurely.
Meanwhile a majority of the PokerStars Pros booked their seats into Day 2. Isaac Haxton (71,800), Aditya Agarwal (12,800), Kosei Ichinose (18,100), Bryan Huang (38,900), Yaxi Zhu (28,600), Vivian Im (53,500), and Mikhail Shamalov (100,500) will all return tomorrow as part of the 157-player field at 2 p.m. local time.
This year's ACOP Main Event turnout (255 entrants) is slightly behind last years, which saw 291 entries and yielded a $6.3-million HKD ($810,000 USD approx) first-place prize. Registration for the single-entry tournament will remain open for the first 90 minutes of Day 2, so the exact player count and prize pool will be released after registration closes.
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