APPT Macau Main Event

Play Resumes

That was actually a fifteen-minute break. Cards are back in the air.

Break Time

Players are on their last break of the day. We'll be back in ten minutes.


We're down to two figures in players remaining. With just over an hour to go in the day, the field has been cut almost in half, to 99 players. At the halfway point of Level 4, one of the floor supervisors announced his prediction that we would finish with 71 players. If that is to be the case, the pace of eliminations is going to need to pick up in Level 7.

A Tale Of Two Champions

Mansour Matloubi and Johnny Chan
Mansour Matloubi and Johnny Chan
An interesting point of note is that we have two World Champions in our field today, and they are now sitting side by side. Of course every poker fan knows the name Johnny Chan -- the 1987 and 1988 World Champion. Chan followed those wins with a 2nd place finish in 1989.

A year later it would be Mansour Matloubi, a name a little less familiar to most, who took down poker's biggest title with his win in the 1990 WSOP Main Event. Matloubi was born in Iran but now resides in London, England. He was the first non-American to win the big dance, and continues to promote the expansion of the game of poker as it evolves in the Asian regions.

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I Will Show If You Call

With two limpers in the pot, Edward Sabat made it 1,500 to go from the button. The blinds folded before the under the gun player moved all in for 28,000.

Sabat went into the tank. "I think my tens are going to suck out again! I feel good about it." he quipped as he looked over his opponent. "Will you show if I fold?" he asked.

His opponent replied "I will show if you call!"

Sabat eventually folded pocket eights face up, which proved to be a good fold as his opponent revealed {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}!

Ron Kluber Eliminated

Ron Kluber won't be back for Day 2.
Ron Kluber won't be back for Day 2.
There wasn't much luck for Ron Kluber today. Short on chips, he shoved all in on a flop of {10-?} {10-?} {K-?}. His lone opponent snap-called with {A-?}{10-?}. Kluber was in very rough shape indeed, tabling {A-?} {6-?}. To add insult to injury, the turn was the case ten to make quads for his opponent. A river nine completed the board.

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Joker Makes Judah's Chips Disappear

Mel Judah
Mel Judah
Bertrand "The Joker" Grospellier has been short on chips almost since the get-go today. With about 6,000 chips in the middle, he moved all in for 3,000 against Mel Judah on a flop of {A-Diamonds} {8-Hearts} {3-Spades}. Judah called with {10-Spades} {10-Hearts}, a hand in second place to Grospellier's {A-Hearts} {Q-Hearts}. The turn and river were both baby diamonds, the {6-Diamonds} and the {3-Diamonds}.

Grospellier now has 12,000, while Judah has slipped to 9,000.

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A Steicke One For Saab

With 5,000 in the pot on a board of {9-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{3-Clubs}, David Steicke fired out 2,150 from the big blind before David Saab made it 5,000 from the button. Steicke then bumped it up to 8,000 and Saab gave it up.

Saab fell to 23,000 while Steicke, who made the final table of the 2007 APPT High Rollers Event, now up to 46,000.

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