Today saw 61 of Macau's finest, high-rolling poker players enter the fray of the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino for the eagerly anticipated 2008 APPT High Rollers event.
Falling just short of the guarantee, the prize pool of HK$10 million was up for grabs and it didn't take long for the action to heat up as Celina Lin found out when her aces were cracked by Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the first level. The eliminations were steady throughout the day, with less than half of the original starts making it through to see day two action.
Survivors include Joe Hachem, Van Marcus, Mike McDonald, Julian Powell, Barry Greenstein and Terrence Chan. They will all be chasing the unstoppable David Steicke who amassed a huge chip lead and carried it through until the final cards were dealt.
The players will return at 2 p.m. tomorrow as they play down to a final table of nine players. We look forward to your company then!
The short stacks are taking their chances here at the end of the day. J.C. Tran moved all in preflop and was called by several players. Michael McDonald turned over the winner on a board when he showed . That knocked Tran out of the tournament.
Tyler Cornell also got it in the middle against McDonald, but he survived when his held up agaist McDonald's by flopping an ace and never looking back.
This tournament was scheduled to have a redraw at three tables, when twenty-four players remained. However, because we are so close to three tables already, TD Danny McDonagh made the decision that the Day 2 redraw will take the place of the three-table redraw so that we will have only one redraw tomorrow prior to the final table.
With time winding down on the day, Shawn Buchanan decided it was time to double up or go home. He got his chips in the middle with ace-queen against Andrew Scott's pocket sevens and couldn't connect with the board. He has been eliminated.
The flop came down in a hand contested between Danny Wong and Van Marcus. Wong checked it over to Marcus, who made it 3,300 to go. Wong quickly called.
Both players checked the turn. When the river fell a harmless-looking , Wong came out firing for 8,000. Marcus decided to look him up and called, but it wasn't a good choice. Wong showed and took down the pot.