Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Andrew Gaw Leads After Day 2
A total of 140 players returned for Day 2 of the 2012 PokerStars.net APPT Macau: Asia Championship of Poker Main Event at the Grand Waldo Hotel in Macau. Just 56 hopefuls remain after six levels of play, and those will return tomorrow when the hunt for the money will be on. Andrew Gaw leads the pack with 329,200 in chips, while plenty of big name pros still have a good chance.
The PokerStars Party at D2 last night was a great success, but most players needed a bit more time to recover from all the free drinks. The day kicked off at 5:00 PM local time, but Jordan Westmoreland did not show up until two hours into the day. Ultimately, he survived the party night, but not the poker day as he was eliminated on Day 2. This was long after two world class players were already knocked out though.
Defending champion and PokerStars Team Online member Randy 'Nananoko' Lew started the day with little chips and could not make a comeback. Lew ran his ace-jack into Timothy Finne's ace-queen, and this meant a new champion was going to be crowned at the end of this event. Finne also did not survive the day.
The other big pro that was knocked out rather quickly was Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier. Grospellier Ended up all in preflop against John Conkright in a very favorable situation for the Frenchman. Grospellier tabled ace-jack and was up against Conkright's king-jack suited. A king on the flop spelled disaster for Grospellier, who was left empty handed.
About halfway through the day, we also saw Didier Guerin exit the tournament. The young Aussie explained how he shoved the river with a set of nines, but he was called quickly by a straight. Guerin's was thrown off by the big bet size of his opponent, and that cost him dearly.
Jorn Walthaus was knocked out not long after Guerin, and he was even more unlucky. Walthaus hit the nut flush, and last year's runner-up Jimmy Pan decided to go for a check-raise on the river. Walthaus called and saw that Pan had rivered a straight flush. Walthaus was knocked out on the very next hand when his sixes ran into Pan's queens.
Tom Marchese was involved in a lot of pots today, and ended up with a 131,200-chip stack to show for. Marchese knocked out Michael Benvenuti with treys against ace-ten, and later on he also took Dominik Nitsche's last chips with aces versus jacks. Professional third-place finisher Joseph Cheong (third in the ACOP Warm-Up for USD$94,317 and third in the 2010 WSOP Main Event for $4,130,049) did not have a good day today as he was knocked out when his ace-king couldn't beat Raymond Wu's aces.
Team PokerStars' Max Lykov and Naoya Kihara were long gone when their colleague Bryan Huang was eliminated. Huang got his money in with an open ended straight draw but that wouldn't beat Xing Zhou's top pair top kicker. The Team Pros had a very tough day as also Eugene Katchalov was knocked out. Wu (144,900), Vivian Im (33,700), Celina Lin (29,900) and Angel Guillen (10,700) will be the only members of the team to return on Day 3 to defend the PokerStars honors.
The Australian honors will not be defended by Jonathan Karamalikis, who was knocked out close to the end of the day. He got his money in good with pocket kings, but his opponent ended up making a straight with ace-jack.
Yesterday's chip leader Yue Hin Lam also had a very good day as he heads into Day 3 with 303,900. Make sure to tune back into PokerNews.com tomorrow at 3:10 PM local time as the tournament heads into the crucial stages. The goal will be to play down to the money, or until the end of the 16th level, whichever comes first. For now, good night from Macau. Don't party too hard!
Day 3 Table and Seat Draw
|2||4||Ying Kit Chan||144900|
|2||6||Marc Alexandre Emond||30900|
|2||8||Gabriel Le Jossec||57000|
|4||2||Nicky Tao Jin||63700|
|4||4||Victor de Guzman||15400|
|6||8||Yue Hin Lam||303900|
|7||2||Hung Cheng Hung||56300|
Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)
Bagging and Tagging
All tables have finished up their last five hands, and the players are bagging up their chips for the night. A complete recap will be posted shortly.
Sass Ends On a High Note
Alan Sass was discussing how he could simply bust this tournament and go play big cash games elsewhere, but with the finishing run he had on Day 2, he'll be back and healthy for Day 3.
After Jay Tan raised to 2,500, Sass reraised all in for 18,500. Tan made the call with the to have Sass on the ropes with the . The flop, turn and river ran out , and Sass doubled.
Then, Sass got all the money in with the on the flop against Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen. Guillen held the for one overcard and a flush draw. The turn was the , and river the . Both missed Guillen, and he was left with under 10,000 in chips.
On the next hand, Guillen raised all in from under the gun for 8,600. This was also the last hand at the table for the night, and Guillen received no callers. He showed the before bagging up 10,700 for the night.
Each table will play just five more hands before the night is over.
Klann and Guillen Play a Small One
Action folded to Paul Klann in the small blind, and he raised to 2,500. Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen called from the big blind, and the flop came down . Both players checked.
The landed on the turn, and both players checked again to see the fall on the river. Klann bet 3,800, and Guillen folded.
Updated Chip Counts
More for Alner
Aaron Lim, Tom Alner and Jay Tan were all in action on the flop. All three players checked the flop to see the pair the board on the turn. Lim checked first on the turn, then Alner bet 4,600. Tan called, and Lim folded.
Then, the completed the board on the river. With two pair now on board, Alner bet 9,200. Tan folded, and Alner won the pot.