The aim for Day 4 of the 2015 Asia Championship of Poker Main Event from Macau was to make the final table of nine and then play on until six remained. The first half of the target was reached, but, 30 minutes into Level 26, play was suspended with seven remaining. The eliminations were sparse, and that had a lot to do with the even spread of chips across the remaining players.
At the end of play, Connor Drinan was on top. He started the day as chip leader and ended it on 1.755 million in the same position.
Final Table Chip Counts
|7||Hsien Kui Yang||370,000|
Drinan won lots of little pots on Day 4, but also benefitted from winning two big ones, both with full houses.
He took most of Wat Yai Cheng's chips when he flopped a set and rivered a full house. Cheng turned a straight and couldn't get away from it on the river.
Then, Drinan flopped a set and rivered a full house versus Patrick Mahaoney. Drinan managed to get in a river raise that was called, and that landed him another pile of chips.
Mahoney started the day third in chips, but he was left short after the confrontation with Drinan. From there, he earned the unfortunate tag of "final table bubble boy" when he moved his short stack in with pocket threes, but Hsien Kui Yang was behind him with pocket jacks.
Guoliang Wei was the first player out at the final table. He ran queens into aces to be left with fumes and busted the very next hand. The only other player to fall from the final table was the last Russian standing, Sergey Lebedov. He three-bet all in with ace-queen, but couldn't come from behind to beat Thomas Ward, who had raised with pocket jacks.
Play will resume on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m local time tomorrow and will continue until a champion in crowned. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting team back here for what promises to be a fun day on the felt.