APPT Macau Main Event
APPT Macau Main Event
Day 1b completed

Good Game, Day 1b

Kristoffer Myhre
Kristoffer Myhre
Dennis Huntly's expletives have sent us to the end of Day 1b of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event. It was a day that started very slowly, then picked up speed at a breakneck pace through the second half of the day.

125 runners were in the field for Day 1b, just a shade more than the 119 that turned out yesterday. We're not sure how many were left at the end of the day; when the last six hands were called, 65 remained but a few more hit the rail before the bags were brought out.

The player of the day was young Kristoffer Myhre, who rocketed to the top of the counts in the middle part of the day by cracking pocket aces twice. The second time his 50,000-chip stack collided with Team PokerStars Asia Pro Tae Joon Noh's stack. The hand ended Noh's day and propelled Myhre to six figures in chips.

From there Myhre relentlessly bludgeoned his table, eventually ending the day in the chip lead with a staggering 183,400 chips. Other players over the century mark include Peter Nielsen (141,500), Roel Pijpers (125,500), Darkhan Botabayev (124,500) and Kyle Cheong (118,300).

There's one more Day 1 flight scheduled for 12:15pm local time tomorrow. See you then!

Huntly Crippled

On the very last hand of the night, Dennis Huntly, in his own words, "got f*cking rivered again." After an opponent opened all-in for 10,000, Huntly also moved all in for 14,400 total. Once all others folded, Huntly was delighted to see that his {A-Diamonds} {10-Clubs} was in the lead against {J-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds}.

"Hold, hold," said Huntly. And his hand held on a flop of {Q-Spades} {7-Hearts} {3-Hearts}. It even held on the {k-Spades} turn. When the river fell {A-Clubs}, Huntly clapped his hands and cheered.

"No, no, my friend," said the player on Huntly's right. "He made a straight. Don't tell me you were rooting for an ace on the river!"

Huntly looked back at the board and visibly deflated. "No," he replied. "I was hoping for a jack."

Huntly ends the night with 4,450 chips.

Marvanek Knuckles Under at the End

With just 13,000 chips left in his stack Michael Marvanek was in double-up-or-go-home mode. He got his stack in the middle with {K-Spades} {J-Spades} against Peter Nielsen's {5-Clubs} {5-Spades}. Marvanek was stoked to pair kings on a flop of {k-Diamonds} {9-Clubs} {7-Clubs}, and even more thrilled to see a blank {9-Spades} hit the turn. But he knocked the table in anger and frustration when the river fell {5-Hearts} to make a full house for Nielsen.

"Come on!" said Marvanek in disgust. His protests were no good. The pot was pushed to Nielsen and Marvanek's day ended a few hands early.

A Brutal Two Minutes for Team Australia

At one table, Van Marcus found himself in a strange hand with an opponent. Marcus opened with a raise and the opponent seemed to mean to call. But he threw in one chip too many and was forced by a floorperson to make at least a minimum raise. Marcus tried to take advantage by shipping all in when the action came back to him and was immediately snap-called. Marcus' {7-?} {7-?} was on the worse end of it against {k-Clubs} {k-Spades}. When no help arrived on board for Marcus, he was forced to pay off 34,650. That dropped his stack all the way to 14,000.

At the next table over, Dan Neilson was all in with the best starting hand, pocket aces, on a flop of {6-?} {2-?} {4-?}. His opponent, Kyle Cheong, tabled a pair and a gutshot straight draw, {5-?} {6-?}. Neilson's aces were still best when the turn came {J-?}, but the river {3-?} made a straight for Cheong and put an end to Neilson's day.

Cheong now has about 104,000 in chips.

Agarwal Climbing

Aditya Agarwal starting to chip up
Aditya Agarwal starting to chip up
Catching the action on the flop of {A-Spades}{3-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}, Aditya Agarwal made it 8,200 following a bet of 3,000 from an opponent in early position.

However it would be a player sitting dormant in the blinds that would check-raise all in to prompt a fold from the original aggressor before Agarwal made the call.

Agarwall: {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{8-Spades}

With Agarwall having his opponent drawing very slim, the {3-Diamonds} and {5-Hearts} on the turn and river would change little as Agarwal climbed to 83,000 in chips.

Tan Doubles Up

We approached Ivan Tan's table to see a three-way pot develop. With about 8,000 in the middle before the flop, Young Phan checked to Tan, who fired out 4,000. On a dry board of {J-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} {2-Clubs}, it was surprising to see the third player in the hand respond by moving all in for a bit more than 20,000 chips. That was enough to fold Phan; Tan made an easy call with {A-Hearts} {A-Clubs}. He was up against {10-Hearts} {10-Spades} and had his aces hold up on a blank {6-Diamonds} turn and a somewhat scary four-sided {9-Hearts} river.

Tan now has about 57,000 chips.

Potter Flops Nuts To Double

Catching the action on the river with the board reading {4-Hearts}{2-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, we found James Potter all in for his last 13,050.

With the pot sitting around the 24,000-chip mark, Potter's lone opponent sat in the tank for over three minutes before making the call.

Potter quickly rolled over his {6-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for a flopped straight, and once his opponent mucked, Potter raked in the pot to double through to over 50,000 in chips.

Top Stacks

We're down to eight tables now, on roughly the same pace that the tournament was on yesterday. We should finish the day with close to 60 players remaining. A scan of those eight tables reveals the following big stacks:

Kristoffer Myhre - 165,000
Roel Pijpers - 129,000
Darkhan Botabayev - 117,000
Peter Nielsen - 95,000