APPT Macau Main Event

Chuck Truck Looks Three Lanes Wide

All the other players are just speed bumps in the path of Charles Chua right now. He bet 10,000 on the turn of a {7-Clubs} {A-Clubs} {10-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} board. Emad Tahtouh, his lone opponent, tanked before making the call. On the river {7-Hearts}, Chua bet 20,000. Tahtouh snap-called with {K-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} for trips but couldn't beat Chua's {8-Clubs} {8-Spades} for a full house.

Tahtouh slammed the table in frustration. "What a f*cking river!" he shouted.

Men Nguyen Eliminated by Ole Johan Steinvik

School is over for The Master
School is over for The Master
Men "The Master" Nguyen has crashed out of today's tournament in dramatic fashion. After all the chips were in the middle preflop against Ole Johan Steinvik, Nguyen appeared to be in good shape with his {A-?}{A-?} against Steinvik's {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}.

However the flop fell {3-Spades}{Q-Spades}{J-Spades} to give Steinvik a set of queens and the lead in the hand. The turn brought the {8-Diamonds} and the river the {J-Clubs} to end the day for "The Master."

Steinvik is now up to 130,000.

Tahtouh Chips Down

Emad Tahtouh open-shoved from the button for roughly 100,000. The big blind looked down at {2-Diamonds} {2-Hearts} and decided to gamble for his stack of 20,000. Tahtouh showed {K-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} and didn't improve on a board of {5-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds} {3-Clubs} {J-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds}. He slips to about 80,000.

Chiu Doubles With Top Two

David Chiu
David Chiu
On a board of {K-Spades}{6-Spades}{A-Clubs}{3-Clubs} David Chiu fired out 9,500 from the button before the player in early position check-raised all in for 20,000 more. Chiu made the call with {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} for top two pair to have his opponent drawing dead with {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}.

The river was a meaningless {10-Clubs} giving Chiu the pot to jump to over 60,000.


Somebody Nail These Players to Their Seats!

As we near the completion of the fourth level of play today, only 80 players remain. 128 players have gone out in the first four hours, making it seem inevitable that we will hit the money today.

Troy Perry is the latest casualty. He opened for 3,700 from middle position. Edward Sabat made it 12,000 to go from the button, bringing a call from Perry, who then shoved all in on the flop of {4-Diamonds} {9-Diamonds} {7-Clubs}. Sabat snap-called with {K-Hearts} {K-Spades}; he had to dodge Perry's up and down straight draw with {6-Spades} {5-Spades}. The turn and river bricked out {10-Hearts} {J-Spades} to send Perry to the rail.

"The rich get richer!" said Carter Gill as Sabat stacked up another pot. Sabat has about 170,000.

Chip Leaders Stick Together

Chip leaders J Choi and Andre Wagner seemed content to avoid each other in the knowledge that they were the only real threat to each other's survival in this tournament.

In a recent pot we were hoping for some big fireworks, but both players checked down a board of {Q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{5-Spades}. Choi's {J-Hearts}{9-Spades} out-kicked the {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts} of Wagner to collect the small pot.

Both seemed relieved that their table just broke, and just as the floor staff joked about calling in a taxi to move all of their chips to the new table, they discovered they could split the fare as they were once again sent to the same table!