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

Takashi Ogura Eliminated in 14th Place

Takashi Ogura
Takashi Ogura
Australian Team PokerStars Pro Grant Levy moved one big step closer to joining the million dollar man club with the recent elimination of PokerStars Macau satellite winner Takashi Ogura.

The two traded raises before the flop before eventually getting it all in; Ogura with {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and Levy with {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}.

The pro-Levy {10-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop left Ogura in bad shape, drawing to to one of the two remaining non-heart queens, or one of only a few non-heart running straight combos. Unable to hit either long shot after the board filled out {3-Clubs}, {5-Diamonds}, Ogura exited the tournament area empty handed, just six spots outside the money.

Vladimir Over One Million

Gap Young Kim opened to 21,500 and Vladimir Geshkenbein made the call from the small blind.

Geshkenbein checked the {2-Spades}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop to see Kim fire out 26,000. Geshkenebein called before both players checked the {2-Diamonds} on the turn to see the {9-Diamonds} fall on the river.

With the action on Geshkenbein, he lead for 55,500 and after some deliberation, Kim made the call.

Geshkenbein tabled his {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} which would be good enough to take the pot down and see Geshkenbein further his chip lead while being the first player to surpass a million chips - now sitting with 1,140,000.

Choon Siang Tan Eliminated in 15th Place

Choon Siang Tan - 14th Place
Choon Siang Tan - 14th Place
During the last hand before the break, Choon Siang Tan was eliminated from the tournament by J.J. Liu.

Australian Team PokerStars Pro Grant Levy opened the pot with a raise to 15,500 and seated two seats to Grant's left, Tan moved all in for a total of 108,500. Action then made its way around the table to Liu who asked for a count. Given the total by the dealer, J.J. counted out the required amount of chips to make the call and dropped them into the middle. Levy laid down his hand (which he told us afterwards was two black nines), leaving Tan and Liu in a race for the pot:

Liu: {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Tan: {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}

The {8-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{2-Spades} board was kind to Liu, but not so much for Tan who would end up our 15th place finisher.

Liu stacked up just over 400,000 in chips after the hand.

Break Time

The remaining 15 players are now on a 10-minute break.

Geshkenbein Passes 900k

Vladimir Geshkenbein in action
Vladimir Geshkenbein in action
Choon Siang Tan opened to 17,000 from early position and was me with a call from Vladimir Geshkenbein, Derek Cheung, Takashi Ogura and Grant Levy.

Ogura lead out for 40,000 on the {2-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades} flop, and only Tan and Geshkenbein made the call.

The turn landed the {6-Spades} and Ogura checked to have Tan fire 60,000 with Geshkenbein calling as Ogura folded.

Tan would check the {10-Spades} on the river and after asking for a count, Geshkenbein fired out 80,000 to prompt a fold from Tan as he soared to 920,000.

Chan Chips Up

Johnny Chan
Johnny Chan
Johnny Chan opened to 15,000 before Jonathan Karamalikis made it 40,000 to go.

Chan made the call before check-calling 40,000 on the {8-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} flop.

The turn of the {K-Spades} was checked by both players to see the {9-Hearts} fall on the river, and an all in push from Chan follow.

Karamalikis threw his cards into the muck at the sight of Chan's 80,000-chip bet as the two-time World Champion pushes to 270,000 in chips.

Ikeuchi Kazuki Eliminated in 16th Place

Ikeuchi Kazuki
Ikeuchi Kazuki
Ikeuchi Kazuki of Japan became our most recent casualty moments ago after losing a race to Neil Arce.

Kazuki opened the pot with a raise to 16,000 and when the action reached Arce, he tossed a major stack of yellow $5,000-chips into the middle to put Kazuki all in. Short-stacked, Kazuki made the call for about 90,000 more and tabled {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}; Arce showed {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}.

A seven-high board ensued and Arce took down the pot, increasing his chip stack to right around 360,000.

JJ Slips

JJ Liu opened to 18,000 and both Takashi Ogura and Choon Siang Tan made the call.

Ogura's 30,000-chip bet would be enough to take the pot down on a {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{Q-Spades} board.

The following hand, Liu opened to 15,500 and after a 50,000-chip re-raise from Tan, let her hand go.

Liu has now slipped to 265,000 in chips.