Dennis Huntly's expletives have sent us to the end of Day 1b of the PokerStars.net 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!
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 was in the lead against .
"Hold, hold," said Huntly. And his hand held on a flop of . It even held on the turn. When the river fell , 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."
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 against Peter Nielsen's . Marvanek was stoked to pair kings on a flop of , and even more thrilled to see a blank hit the turn. But he knocked the table in anger and frustration when the river fell 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.
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' was on the worse end of it against . 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 . His opponent, Kyle Cheong, tabled a pair and a gutshot straight draw, . Neilson's aces were still best when the turn came , but the river made a straight for Cheong and put an end to Neilson's day.
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 , 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 . He was up against and had his aces hold up on a blank turn and a somewhat scary four-sided river.
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: