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APT Macau Main Event
APT Macau Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Set the Final Table!

Inwook Choi - Leads APT Macau Main Event
Inwook Choi - Leads APT Macau Main Event
It took nine full levels of play today to reduce the field of 88 players down to our final nine. It was a day with some wild pots, but in the second half of the day the story was Inwook Choi. He built his stack, and built it, and built it some more. After winning a huge pot from J.C. Tran with just a pair of deuces, Choi will take the chip lead to tomorrow's final table.

Here's how they'll be arranged:

Seat 1: Casey Kastle (130,000)
Seat 2: Winfred Yu (61,000)
Seat 3: David Steicke (876,000)
Seat 4: J.C. Tran (444,000)
Seat 5: Adrien Allain (482,000)
Seat 6: Michael Woo (64,000)
Seat 7: Inwook Choi (934,000)
Seat 8: Chris Chau (143,000)
Seat 9: Crister Hallbrook (132,000)

Play is supposed to kick off at noon tomorrow. See you then.

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Kentaro Araki Eliminated in 10th Place ($16,966)

Kentaro Araki - 10th Place
Kentaro Araki - 10th Place
With David Steicke relentlessly pounding on his poor tablemates with a near 10 to 1 chip advantage over his closest opponent, when Steicke folded from under the gun, it was someone's chance to make a move.

Kentaro Araki grabbed the opportunity by moving all in for his last 60,000 or so, with Chris Chau deciding to make a gambling call in the big blind.

Araki: {2-Clubs}{2-Hearts}
Chau: {K-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The board fell {10-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and Chau spikes a pair of tens to take the pot. Our final table is set! Araki is eliminated in 10th place for $16,966 in prize money.

Tags: Chris ChauKentaro Araki

Tran Rockets Back Into Contention

J.C. Tran has quickly recovered his lost chips. We didn't catch the action but arrived at the table to see Tran's {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} raking in the pot on a board of {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{K-Hearts}. His opponent was Michael Woo who we believe might have been on a straight draw with {6-?}{7-?} as he slips to around 120,000. Tran is now back to 360,000.

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Araki Runnered by Steicke

Kentaro Araki check-called bets of 46,000, 66,000 and 66,000 from his lone opponent, David Steick, on a board the developed {4-Clubs} {10-Diamonds} {2-Hearts} {A-Clubs} {Q-Spades}. He was very reluctant to make the last call but made it anyway.

"You're not going to like this," said Steicke as he turned over {K-Hearts} {J-Diamonds} for the runner-runner nuts. Araki did indeed react in disgust as he mucked his hand. He has slipped below 100,000 chips as a result of the hand.

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Tran All In and Chops

J.C. Tran was all in for his tournament life on a board of {8-Spades}{7-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{A-Spades} after check-raising all in over the 40,000-chip bet of Michael Woo.

Woo made the call but both players tabled the same hand - {A-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for Tran and {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for Woo. The river was the {Q-Spades} and Tran survives as they chop it up.

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Simon Craig Eliminated in 12th Place ($16,966)

Simon Craig - 12th Place
Simon Craig - 12th Place
The action folded to Simon Craig in the small blind who raised it up to 24,000. Kentaro Araki was in the big blind and he announced that he was all in, with Craig making a quick call for his tournament life.

Araki: {6-Spades}{7-Spades}
Craig: {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}

Craig tabled big slick but Araki had live cards that came good on a board of {Q-Spades}{2-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. Araki's pair of sevens take it down to eliminate Craig in 12th place for a collect of $16,966.

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Right Read, Wrong Result for Tran

The biggest pot of the tournament so far just took place on Table 1. With 130,000 already in the pot, Inwook Choi bet 85,000 on a board of {3-Diamonds} {2-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} {8-Spades}. His lone opponent was J.C. Tran, who thought things over and then called.

A crowd of on-lookers pressed closer to the table to see the {Q-Hearts} hit the river. Choi still had to act first. He cut out two stacks of orange (5,000) chips and pushed them over the betting line, a total bet of 200,000. Tran took thirty seconds and then wordlessly did the same thing.

Choi didn't immediately open his hand, perhaps not believing that Tran had called him. Then he disgustedly turned over {J-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds}, a busted flush draw that was nothing more than a pair of deuces. Tran looked at Choi's hand, asked, "Pair of deuces?", then nodded and mucked his hand! It appeared that Tran had put Choi on the right type of hand -- a busted flush draw -- but wasn't counting on Choi also having a pair of deuces to go along with it.

Choi is now the far and away chip leader of the tournament.

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Tran Straightens Choi

After firing 30,000 on the turn, Inwook Choi checked the action over to J.C. Tran on the river on a board of {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{8-Clubs}.

Tran fired out 50,000 and Choi went into the tank before making a crying call. Tran flipped {Q-Diamonds}{10-Spades} for the rivered straight to collect a nice pot.

Choi slips to 500,000 with Tran up to 420,000.

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