HKD$100,000 ACOP Main Event
HKD$100,000 ACOP Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Andrew Gaw Leads After Day 2

Happy_Freaked • Level 10: 600-1,200, 100 ante
Chip leader Andrew Gaw
Chip leader Andrew Gaw

A total of 140 players returned for Day 2 of the 2012 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 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!

Tags: Andrew Gaw

Day 3 Table and Seat Draw

donpeters • Level 10: 600-1,200, 100 ante
11Raiden Kan95300
12Andrew Hinrichsen49600
13Ping Lin105200
14Tom Alner134200
15Motoki Jinno78100
16Linh Tran94400
17Michael Marvanek39300
18Henry Wang201100
21Angel Guillen17200
22Tom Marchese131200
23Sparrow Cheung38100
24Ying Kit Chan144900
25Michael Kanaan188500
26Marc Alexandre Emond30900
27Kenny Shih91000
28Gabriel Le Jossec57000
31Rahul Byrraju169500
32James Mccarty98600
33Michael Watson69300
34Tri Huynh138700
35Edmund Lee214600
36Victorino Torres45000
37Gijsbert Verheijen16700
38Aidan Tam77300
41Jay Tan41200
42Nicky Tao Jin63700
43Zuo Wang40100
44Victor de Guzman15400
45Jacques Zaicik80900
46Tsugunari Toma215100
47Paolo Compagno171500
48Yury Kerzhapin73500
61Alan Sass84000
62Yury Gulyy81300
63Marcus Lau50900
64Sebastien Clot10400
65Aaron Lim82100
66Andrew Gaw329200
67Tsuyoshi Ishibashi86300
68Yue Hin Lam303900
71Yuri Ishida107900
72Hung Cheng Hung56300
73Andrew Scott42900
74Raymond Wu144900
75Zhongwei Wang109300
76Bjorn Li40100
77Seungsoo Jeon93400
78Paul Klann53500
81Celina Lin29900
82Vivian Im33700
83Xue Wu60500
84Robert Schneider172300
85Anton Astapau126000
86Xing Zhou298000
87Patrick Lui56100
88Rui Chen42800

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Andrew Gaw ph
Andrew Gaw
ph 329,200 64,200
Gary Lam mo
Gary Lam
mo 303,900 18,900
Xing Zhou cn
Xing Zhou
cn 298,000 -2,000
Tsugunari Toma jp
Tsugunari Toma
jp 215,100 43,100
Edmund Lee
Edmund Lee
Henry Wang au
Henry Wang
au 201,100
Michael Kanaan au
Michael Kanaan
au 188,500 101,500
Robert Schneider
Robert Schneider
Paolo Compagno
Paolo Compagno
171,500 30,500
Rahul Byrraju in
Rahul Byrraju
in 169,500 78,750
Ying Kit Chan hk
Ying Kit Chan
hk 144,900
Raymond Wu cn
Raymond Wu
cn 144,900 -27,100
Tri Huynh
Tri Huynh
Tom Alner gb
Tom Alner
gb 134,200 200
Tom Marchese us
Tom Marchese
us 131,200 18,200
Anton Astapau by
Anton Astapau
by 126,000
Zhongwei Wang
Zhongwei Wang
Yuri Ishida jp
Yuri Ishida
jp 107,900
Ping Lin cn
Ping Lin
cn 105,200
James McCarty
James McCarty
Raiden Kan hk
Raiden Kan
hk 95,300
Linh Tran ca
Linh Tran
ca 94,400
Seungsoo Jeon
Seungsoo Jeon
93,400 4,175
Kenny Shih us
Kenny Shih
us 91,000 11,000
Tsuyoshi Ishibashi
Tsuyoshi Ishibashi

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Bagging and Tagging

donpeters • Level 10: 600-1,200, 100 ante

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 {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} to have Sass on the ropes with the {5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. The flop, turn and river ran out {9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts}, and Sass doubled.

Then, Sass got all the money in with the {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} on the {9-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop against Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen. Guillen held the {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts} for one overcard and a flush draw. The turn was the {3-Spades}, and river the {9-Spades}. 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 {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} before bagging up 10,700 for the night.

Alan Sass me
Alan Sass
me 84,000
Jay Tan hk
Jay Tan
hk 41,200 -23,800
Angel Guillen mx
Angel Guillen
mx 10,700 -44,300

Tags: Angel GuillenJay TanAlan Sass

Five More

donpeters • Level 10: 600-1,200, 100 ante

Each table will play just five more hands before the night is over.

More for Alner


Aaron Lim, Tom Alner and Jay Tan were all in action on the {J-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop. All three players checked the flop to see the {6-Diamonds} pair the board on the turn. Lim checked first on the turn, then Alner bet 4,600. Tan called, and Lim folded.

Then, the {10-Diamonds} completed the board on the river. With two pair now on board, Alner bet 9,200. Tan folded, and Alner won the pot.

Tom Alner gb
Tom Alner
gb 150,000 10,000
Aaron Lim au
Aaron Lim
au 85,000 -17,000
Jay Tan hk
Jay Tan
hk 66,000 -2,000

Tags: Aaron LimJay TanTom Alner