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Day 1 Completed

Rory Young Leads After Seven Levels

Josh_Cahlik • Level 7: 300-600, 75 ante
Rory Young - Chip Leader
Rory Young - Chip Leader

That's all she wrote for Day 1 of the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour Season 8 Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. A grand total of 286 players came out for the action on the first day, and after seven levels of play the clock read that just 175 remain. When the dust settled, Rory Young bagged up the biggest stack of the night with 150,100 in chips.

Our PokerNews Live Reporting team spied Young holding a remarkably large stack roughly halfway through the fourth level. Young never relinquished that lead as the day progressed, and he finished the day as the man to catch heading into Day 2. Other stacks close to Young include 2013 Asia Player of the Year Jian Yang (147,600), Dong Guo (120,400), and Anson Yan Shing Tsang (101,600).

While the night ended with 286 entries, prize pool information has not yet been tabulated as registration remains open until the start of Day 2. The event offered a guarantee of HK$15,000,000, which has already been smashed through the stellar turnout on the first day.

Daniel Colman also made a big splash during the opening levels of the Main Event, building his starting stack to an impressive 102,900. Colman found a surge late in the evening, eliminating a player with pocket queens against pocket tens. Colman is continuing his legendary 2014 run hot off a seventh-place finish in the 2014 ACOP MBP Super High Roller. Colman's recent six-figure score netted him $373,932 in prize money, and he looks primed to make yet another deep run in the Main Event.

The field remains stacked with notable names heading into Day 2. Some of the players to return for the second day are Connor Drinan (99,000), Joseph Cheong (94,300), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (91,600), Sam Cohen (78,300), Terrence Chan (77,000), Jack Salter (59,500), Dimitar Danchev (52,500), Joe Hachem (50,200), Dan Smith (48,400), Kitty Kuo (39,500), Eugene Katchalov (39,400), Jonathan Duhamel (33,400), Naoya Kihara (33,000).

Also returning for Day 2 will be recent 2014 ACOP MBP Super High Roller champion, Steve O'Dwyer. While O'Dwyer did not make much progress on the day, bagging up just 30,100, he will return for Day 2 hoping to find a rush and make another deep run here in Macau.

While the aforementioned players survived throughout the day and were able to bag stacks for Day 2, others were not as fortunate. Some of the players to hit the rail before play concluded for the day were Paul Newey, David Steicke, Olivier Busquet, Chane Kampanatsanyakorn, Anatoly Filatov, Chance Kornuth, and Isaac Baron. Team PokerStars also had several casualties throughout the day. Among those to fall wearing the red spade were Isaac Haxton, Liv Boeree, Vivian Im, and Randy Lew.

Play resumes from fabulous Macau at 3 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Players will return to play five 90-minute levels with no dinner break. Afterwards, players are invited to attend the official ACOP welcome party, which will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel poolside area. As always, be sure to return to PokerNews for all of the updates from the tournament felt as this exciting event moves through its second day of play.

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Day 2 Seating Draw

[user162117] • Level 7: 300-600, 75 ante
11Yat Wai Cheng63700
12Thomas Zhang56400
13Joseph Cheong94300
14Shashank Jain26800
15Oerjan Skommo15500
17Julius Collman95300
18Chun Yin Joey Leung14200
19Fat Cheong Wong20400
21Fabian Quoss14600
22Jeffrey Chotikul9300
23Wei Zhang25900
24Cheng Peng71700
25Quan Zhou45700
26Billy "The Croc" Argyros42600
27Pakinai Lisawad97000
28Dejan Putoslemsek44700
29Ivan Soshnikov57200
31Chris Yeow Chung Chong84500
32Byron Kaverman17700
33Stefano Terziani69000
34Yueqing Zhou14900
35Vladimir Troyanovskiy32000
36Craig Cockburn13000
37Philipp Gruissem29400
38Kai Yat Fam65400
39Dmitry Kataev98500
41Vladimir Dobrolskii46700
43Finn Zwad26500
44Yuguang Li13600
45Jung Chou Lee4300
46Dimitar Danchev52500
47Christopher Park59300
48Yosuke Sekiya30000
49Alexander Moiseev83200
52Takashi Ogura37400
53Jang Hwan Lee34700
54Allen Chen Wang55600
55Dennis Huntly55000
56Samantha Cohen78300
57Kenneth Wong37200
58Jonathan Duhamel33400
59Ismail Erkenov73000
61Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier91600
62Takashi Yagura69100
64Thomas Ryoe Muehloecker43500
65Raymond Wu84600
66Joane Liu34300
67Anson Yan Shing Tsang101600
68Paul Nunes35200
69Rui Chen53300
71Heinz Kamutzki13500
72Man Hang Cheng64900
73Gregory Merson26000
74Aaron Lim28900
75Daniel Belov35800
76Gabriel Le Jossec60000
77Roger Flueckiger55400
78Zhongwei Wang42000
79Chi Tam Truong90600
81Kenneth Yuen Kiong Leong35300
82Celina Lin50100
83Alexey Bilyuchenko28300
85Joseph Hachem50800
86Hok Yiu Lee28000
87Leo Yan Ho Cheng70700
88Yoshitaka Okawa42300
89Henry Hung Tu Wang45600
91Mike Takayama73700
92Jonathan Karamalikis63500
93Daniel Smith48700
94Markus Garberg67400
95Jiazhou Liu41200
96Qinnan Wei81900
97Maxim Prokhorov36400
98Xiang Zhu47000
99Yuanji Dai57500
101Mustapha Kanit74400
102Anton Astapau31300
103Stephen O'dwyer30100
104Jason Mo67800
105Terrence Chan77000
106Ismael Bojang20600
107Xiongzhen Wu10900
108Pete Yen Han Chen48200
109Alan King Lun Lau66200
111Meng Dian Peng48700
112Bobby Zhang54900
113Geoffrey Mooney92300
114Ronald Chun Long Yu68100
115Kitty Hui-chen Kuo39500
116Kahle Burns60800
118Tobias Reinkemeier56000
119Yury Salikaev23500
121Konstantin Pogodin86900
122Xuan Xuan Liu81800
123Amit Roshanlal Jain48300
124Patrick Pavone35100
125Chunlei Zhou34900
126Edmund Chan76400
127Jorn Walthaus53200
128Buyanjargal Bold49500
129Guangcheng Chen73700
131Jian Zhang84600
132Terry Gonzaga26700
133Pratyush Buddiga24900
134Hon Cheong Lee38900
135Rodger Reynolds64300
136Devan Ying Seng Tang77700
137Kevin Kwan Bin Song41800
138Dapeng Wang33200
139Emanuael Seal11400
141Scott Davies33300
142Jack Zi Yang Salter59500
143Naoya Kihara33000
144Linh Tran36900
145Amichai Barer15200
146Shawn Buchanan52200
147Junzhong Loo27000
148Edison Minh Phuc Nguyen49900
149Kunal Patni79100
151Stephen Yibo Zhou63000
153Jeffrey Rossiter28400
154David Peters45100
155Sergey Lebedev7800
156Jordan Jon Westmorland21400
157Tore Lukashaugen60700
158James Sowers Jr36800
159Toby Lewis46500
162Eugene Katchalov39400
163Aledsei Christiakov36000
164Michael Mcdonald47500
165David Douglas20400
166Zuo 'ST' Wang87500
167Darren Judges9900
168Yoichi Fujiya43600
169Yimin Fang54500
191Masayuki Hakoda11800
192Thomas Ward76600
193Arman Petrosyan44100
194Ryan Hong64800
195Michael Tureniec87800
196Jackie Glazier16000
197Taylor McFarland32200
198Rory Young150100
199Henrik Tollefsen55700
201Nathanael Seet45700
202Raiden Kan55800
203Yaxi Zhu54300
204Andy Ying Kit Chan90900
205Bodo Sbrzesny41300
206Jarred John Graham40400
207Daniel Colman102900
208Dong Guo120400
209Kolja Luecking13500
211Aditya Agarwal18300
212Russell Thomas27000
213Atanas Kavrakov30600
214Andrew Gaw52000
215Beng Hooi Beh15400
216Connor Drinan99000
217Robert Schiffbauer63200
218Kristiyan Ivanov27200
219Huidong Gu82500
231Sorel Mizzi55200
232Winfred Yu44600
233Sunny Hyung Sun Jung57000
234David Kim86000
235Chang Hau Huang9100
236Shinobu Tanaka66900
237Stephane Blouin24300
238Jun Zhou15600
239Jian Yang147600

Official End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

[user162117] • Level 7: 300-600, 75 ante
Rory Young au
Rory Young
au 150,100
Jian Yang cn
Jian Yang
cn 147,600
Dong Guo cn
Dong Guo
cn 120,400
Daniel Colman us
Daniel Colman
us 102,900
Anson Yan Shing Tsang HK
Anson Yan Shing Tsang
HK 101,600
Connor Drinan us
Connor Drinan
us 99,000
Dmitry Kataev RU
Dmitry Kataev
RU 98,500
Pakinai Lisawad th
Pakinai Lisawad
th 97,000
Julius Collman
Julius Collman
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us 94,300
Geoffrey Mooney au
Geoffrey Mooney
au 92,300
Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier
Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier
Andy Ying Kit Chan
Andy Ying Kit Chan
90,900 60,900
Chi Tam Truong
Chi Tam Truong
Michael Tureniec se
Michael Tureniec
se 87,800
Zuo 'ST' Wang CN
Zuo 'ST' Wang
CN 87,500
Konstantin Pogodin ru
Konstantin Pogodin
ru 86,900
David Kim us
David Kim
us 86,000
Jian Zhang us
Jian Zhang
us 84,600
Raymond Wu cn
Raymond Wu
cn 84,600
Chris Yeow Chung Chong
Chris Yeow Chung Chong
Alexander Moiseev
Alexander Moiseev
Huidong Gu mo
Huidong Gu
mo 82,500
Qinnan Wei
Qinnan Wei
Xuan Xuan Liu (Xuan Liu)
Xuan Xuan Liu (Xuan Liu)

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Colman Wins Big

Yardley • Level 7: 300-600, 75 ante

There was a standard open to 1,500 from the player to Daniel Colman’s right before he raised to 4,000 and then picked up two other callers. The original raiser splashed the remainder of his chips all in and Colman nearly beat him to it. The other two players folded and cards were on their backs.

Colman: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Opponent: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}

The cards ran out {4-Spades}{3-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and Colman claimed a victim and won a very nice pot just before the end of the day.

Daniel Colman us
Daniel Colman
us 95,000 68,500

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Grospellier Gets Respect

Yardley • Level 7: 300-600, 75 ante

Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand Grospellier opened the action for 1,200, got a call from the button and then saw the small blind raise to 4,000. Grospellier and the player on the button called.

A flop of {9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and the three-bettor checked it to Grospellier who bet 5,500 and took it down.

Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
fr 93,000 18,000

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Five More Hands

Josh_Cahlik • Level 7: 300-600, 75 ante

Tournament staff has announced five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Danchev Raises Cheong

Josh_Cahlik • Level 7: 300-600, 75 ante

The board read {9-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} when we found Joseph Cheong and Dimitar Danchev engaged in the hand. Cheong had first action and he fired out a bet of 1,500. Danchev called to see a river.

The dealer produced the {8-Diamonds} to complete the board and Cheong moved 4,000 past the betting line. Danchev came over the top for 12,100 total and Cheong quickly tossed his hand away. Danchev pulled the pot and now has about 42,000 to his name.

Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us 93,000 -12,000
Dimitar Danchev bg
Dimitar Danchev
bg 42,000 8,500

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Narrow Double For Gruissem

Yardley • Level 7: 300-600, 75 ante

Philipp Gruissem led out from the small blind against one opponent on a flop of {5-Spades}{8-Hearts}{8-Spades} and was faced with an all-in. It was Gruissem who was at risk and he clearly didn’t like the spot as he sighed and said he would have liked to see another card before committing his chips. Nevertheless commit his chips he did and saw his opponent had {9-Spades}{7-Spades} and Philipp Gruissem flipped over his {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}.

The turn {q-Diamonds} and river {3-Hearts} were safe enough and Philipp Gruissem doubled his stack.

Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 38,000 5,000

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