APPT Macau Main Event

Farkye On Fire!

Kofi Farkye
Kofi Farkye
The players at Kofi Farkye's table are starting to get a little annoyed as he sits behind a massive stack of chips and continues to remain aggressive. In a recent pot, Farkye raised from under the gun to 1,550 and one particular player gave Farkye some friendly verbal warfare including, "You're eating steak tonight, when I've only got enough here for rice!" before reluctantly folding. The small blind was the only player to make the call.

The flop came down {K-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and the small blind checked to Farkye, who fired 2,175 and took it down. He flashed {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for the nut straight as the same player quipped, "You can add nuts to that too!"

A few moments later, Farkye was at it again, check-raising all in over the top of his opponent's 2,400 bet on a flop of {J-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. His opponent called with {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a flush draw as Farkye remarkably held the best hand with {K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. The turn was the {A-Diamonds}, completing the flush, but a fourth heart fell on the river, the {5-Diamonds}, giving Farkye a bigger flush to eliminate another opponent!

Farkye now sits behind 85,000 with a clear chip lead over the field as we approach the end of the day's play.

Caution Rules the Day

Play has definitely slowed down now that we've reached Level 7. It may be that players are traditionally on a dinner break after six hours of play, or it may be that the remaining players have realized that they are forty minutes away from making Day 2.

Demetriou Fighting to Stay Alive

Harry Demetriou recently opened a pot from the cutoff for 6,000 -- all of his chips.

"I know my luck's going to run out at some point," Demetriou said after Wooka Kim passed on the button. Both blinds also folded, with the big blind flashing {7-Spades} {2-Spades} as he did so.

"I need double-ups, boys!" Demetriou pleaded. "Not just the blinds."

Demetriou collected the blinds and antes pushed to him by the dealer, then pointed to another player at the table. "If he can do it, I can do it. I just need help from the rest of you."


Play Resumes

Cards are back in the air. Level 7 is the last level we will play before calling it a night and starting all over again tomorrow.

Break Time

Players are on their third and final break of the day. This one will be fifteen minutes.

Kerrigan Likes The Ladies

Tyronne Kerrigan
Tyronne Kerrigan
Tyronne Kerrigan doubled up, thankful that Sam Faqiryar's wild ways saw him move all in preflop holding {10-Spades}{9-Diamonds} as Kerrigan was looking down at {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}.

Kerrigan snap-called and the board of {3-Spades}{K-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} gave Kerrigan 35,000, leaving Faqiryar with only 6,500.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Michael "Timex" McDonald recently doubled up to 46,000, but then gave some back almost immediately thereafter. He raised preflop to 1,100 and was called by Steven Djingga and Guray Turkay. The flop came down {K-Spades} {10-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} and brought a bet of 3,000 from McDonald. Both of his opponents called.

All three players checked the {J-Spades} that hit the turn. McDonald led out for 9,000 on a river {10-Spades}. He got Djingga to fold, but Turkay made the call and tabled {10-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} for trip tens. That was a winning hand; it cracked McDonald's pocket aces.

McDonald slipped back to 32,000, while Turkay jumped to 43,000.

No Fear with an Overpair

Sam Faqiryar
Sam Faqiryar
At a press conference this morning, Joe Hachem remarked that, as a general rule, when Asian poker players sense weakness from an opponent, they have no fear about putting that opponent to the test. On a flop of {8-Spades} {3-Hearts} {6-Diamonds}, Sam Faqiryar recently put Yadong Liu to the test by check-raising Liu's 4,000-chip flop bet to 14,000, enough to put Liu all in. It was the wrong time to do so; Liu snap-called and tabled {10-Clubs} {10-Hearts}, a hand that was a commanding favorite over Faqiryar's {A-Clubs} {6-Clubs}. The board ran out {Q-Hearts} {3-Spades} to allow Liu to double up to 37,000 at Faqiryar's expense.