APPT Macau High Rollers Event

Event Info

Prize Pool $701,818
Players 64
Players Left 64

Level Info

Level 17
Blinds 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 5,000
APPT Macau High Rollers Event
Day 2 completed

Vladimir Geshkenbein Claims the 2009 APPT Macau High Rollers Championship!

Vladimir Geshkenbein - 2009 APPT Macau High Rollers Champion
Vladimir Geshkenbein - 2009 APPT Macau High Rollers Champion
Dubbed "The Russian Bomber" by heads-up opponent Johnny Chan, Vladimir Geshkenbein is your 2009 APPT Macau High Rollers Champion.

Geshkenbein maintained the chip lead for the first half of the day, displaying an uber-aggressive style that left other players shaking their heads, and often chipless. When play hit the nine-handed money bubble, however, Geshkenbein hit a dry spell and dropped as low as 300,000 in chips.

Needless to say, he managed to rebound in stunning fashion and once he regained the chip lead, Geshkenbein steamrolled the rest of the final table en route to victory.

For his efforts, the next time Geshkenbein logs into his PokerStars account, he'll find a healthy $266,690 deposit waiting for him.

Congratulations to all of our finalists on a tournament well played.

That concludes our coverage of the Season 3 kickoff event of the APPT here in Macau, from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino.

Until next time, good night and good luck!

Johnny Chan Eliminated in 2nd Place ($154,400); Vladimir Geshkenbein Wins!

Johnny Chan eliminated in 2nd place
Johnny Chan eliminated in 2nd place
Johnny Chan limped in from the small blind and Vladimir Geshkenbein checked his option.

The flop fell down {8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Geshkenbein checked before Chan tossed in five red 25,000-denomination chips for a bet amounting to 125,000.

With the action on Geshkenbein, he announced all in to put Chan to a decision for his tournament life.

Chan turned his head to the side, before sliding in his remaining 800,000 into the middle.

Geshkenbein: {K-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Chan: {Q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}

"Chop is allright . . . just no Queen!" stated Geshkenbein as he stood up to see the rest of the board fill out.

As the rail of supporters and onlookers rose to their feet, the dealer would burn and turn the {7-Spades} to now give Chan additional outs to a chopped straight along with his Queen to stay alive.

"Now I think it's time to stand" stated a depleted looking Chan as he slowly stood up from his chair and shook Geshkenebein's hand.

With both players standing next to each other, Geshkenbein would launch his arms high into the air when the river landed the {K-Spades} to see him take the title and be crowned 2009 APPT Macau High Rollers Champion!

For the 1987 and 1988 World Champion Johnny Chan, he won't be going home empty handed as he collects a very respectable $154,400 for his second placing to improve on his seventh placing in this same event last year.

Chan Flushed

Chan slipping
Chan slipping
Johnny Chan limped in from the button and Vladimir Geshkenbein checked his option.

The flop fell down {8-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{K-Clubs} and Geshkenbein checked to Chan who opted to fire with a 40,000-chip bet.

Geshkenbein called, and both players checked the turn of the {J-Clubs} to see the river fill out a flush on the board with the {2-Clubs}.

After nearly sixty seconds of deliberation, Geshkenbein lead out for 90,000 and was quickly called by Chan.

Geshkenbein tabled his {J-Spades}{10-Clubs} for a flush, and Chan mucked his hand while slipping to 1,020,000 in chips.

Geshkenbein Takes Another One

Vladimir Geshkenbein opened the pot with a raise to 110,000 from the button and Johnny Chan made the call.

The flop came {Q-Hearts}{3-Spades}{5-Clubs} and Chan passed the first action to Geshkenbein who fired a continuation bet of 150,000 which was called by Chan.

4th Street brought the {8-Hearts} and Chan checked once more to Geshkenbein, who asked the dealer to spread the pot. He then fired another bullet -- this time making it 330,000 to go.

Chan let go of his hand and Geshkenbein raked in the pot.

Two Pair For Chan

Vladimir Geshkenbien opened on the button to 105,000 and Johnny Chan made the call from the big blind.

On a flop of {7-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{2-Hearts}, Chan check-called a 135,000-chip bet from Geshkenbein to see the {Q-Diamonds} land on the turn and checks from both players.

When the river fell the {6-Clubs} Chan checked, as did Geshkenbein to see Chan table his {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for two pair and the pot.

Break... Again.

The tournament clock has been paused once more while Vladimir Geshkenbein and Johnny Chan take a quick five minute breather.