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

Table Draw

Table 6
Seat 1: JJ Liu
Seat 2: Gap Young Kim
Seat 3: Takashi Ogura
Seat 4: Grant Levy
Seat 5: Danny Huynh
Seat 6: Choon Siang Tan
Seat 7: Vladimir Geshkenbein
Seat 8: Derek Cheung

Table 15
Seat 1: Johnny Chan
Seat 2: Jonathan Karamalikis
Seat 3: Nicholas Wong
Seat 4: Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Seat 5: Ikeuchi Kazuki
Seat 6: In Wook Choi
Seat 7: Neil Arce
Seat 8: Michael Marvanek

Down To Two Tables

With the tournament seeing nine bust outs and two broken tables in a little over a level and a half - we are now down to the final two tables.

Only one will reach the money, and understandably after the initial onslaught of eliminations, play has began to slow down.

Currently players are slowly starting to jostle for position as they make their run at the $266,690 first prize, coveted trophy and title of APPT Macau High Rollers Champion for 2009!

Terrence 'Not Johnny' Chan Eliminated

"I've seen better days..."
"I've seen better days..."
Terrence Chan has just been eliminated from the High Roller's Event by Australia's Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis, who played the hand back for us:

Neil Arce opened the pot with a raise to 15,000. Chan then bumped it to 44,000 and when the action got around to Karamalikis, he kicked it up to 100,000. Arce surrendered, returning the action to Chan who moved all in for just over 200,000. Karamalikis made the call holding pocket queens and Chan tabled two jacks.

For a moment it looked like Chan would catch a break after spiking a set of jacks on the flop, but Karamalikis resucked on the turn, spiking a third queen to win the pot and send Chan to the rail.

After the hand, Karamalikis stacked up 760,000 in chips to move into the overall chip lead.

Marvanek Triples, Le Eliminated

Allan Le now on the rail
Allan Le now on the rail
We found a three-way all in pot brewing with both Allan Le and Michael Marvanek at risk.

Nicolas Wong: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}
Marvanek: {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades}
Le: {K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}

The flop of {3-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} kept Marvanek in the lead, but when the {2-Diamonds} fell on the turn, Marvanek would have to sweat a diamond as Le already started making his way to the rail.

Although the river would land a red card, it would be the {9-Hearts} to see Le eliminated and Marvanek triple to 270,000 in chips.

Will Ma Walks

Will Ma on the rail
Will Ma on the rail
Will Ma three-bet all in over a Neil Arce preflop raise, and once Arce made the call, the cards were tabled.

Ma: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Arce: {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}

The flop of {Q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{9-Spades} saw Ma surge into the lead with top set, and leave Arce only drawing to running cards for a straight or Quads.

When the {10-Spades} landed on the turn, Arce would need one of the six remaining Kings or eights to make a straight that wasn't a spade.

Unfortunately for Ma, he will be unable to replicate his 2008 final table when the {k-Diamonds} was dealt on the river to see him hit the rail as Arce climbs to 260,000 in chips.

Lee Nelson Eliminated

Lee Nelson eliminated
Lee Nelson eliminated
Lee Nelson managed to find himself all in preflop holding {Q-?}{J-?} against Gap Young Kim's {A-?}{4-?}.

The board ran out {2-?}{4-?}{2-?}{9-?}{K-?} and the Team PokerStars Pro hit the rail as Kim hits the 700,000-chip mark.

Cheung Crunches Chan

A sombre Daniel Chan
A sombre Daniel Chan
After losing a previous hand to JJ Liu to drop to around 80,000, Daniel Chan called the all in button push from Derek Cheung for his tournament life.

Chan: {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}
Cheung: {K-Hearts}{6-Hearts}

The board ran out {3-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs} to see Cheung river a set of trips to knock out Chan while climbing to 190,000 in chips.

Chen Crumbles

Andrew Chen eliminated
Andrew Chen eliminated
With the action folding round to Gap Young Kim in the small blind, he bumped it up with a raise and Andrew Chen defended his big blind.

Bets were exchanged on a {6-?}{8-?}{9-?} flop before the rest of the money went in when the turn landed the repeat {6-?}.

Chen: {10-?}{7-?}
Kim: {6-?}{9-?}

With Chen drawing dead thanks to Kim's turned full house, he would make his way to the rail before even having a chance to see the river land.

Kim has now surged back into the chip lead with roughly 630,000 in chips.

Elton Tsang Eliminated

Elton Tsang before elimination
Elton Tsang before elimination
Elton Tsang saw his last 30,000 all in preflop against Yevgeniy Timoshenko.

Tsang: {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}
Timoshenko: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}

The board ran out {7-Spades}{6-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} to see Tsang hit the rail and Timoshenko climb back to where he begin the day.