APPT Macau Main Event

Marvanek Doubles

Michael Marvanek in action
Michael Marvanek in action
Michael Marvanek has found a much needed double following a live mis-click from his opponent.

With Marvanek looking down at {A-Spades}{K-Spades} and a raise to 3,500, he moved all in for his last 8,375 and was called by his opponent holding {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}.

The board ran out {10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} to see Marvanek double through to over 17,000 in chips.

The Shape of Raymond Rahme

The hand itself was not all that noteworthy. In a somewhat small pot, with the board showing {9-Hearts} {10-Spades} {8-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} {K-Spades}, Raymond Rahme bet 3,000. His opponent called, prompting Rahme to table {A-Diamonds} {K-Hearts} for two pair, kings and eights. It was no good; his opponent showed down {K-Clubs} {10-Clubs} for two pair, kings and tens.

What made the hand noteworthy was the banter afterwards. Chris Moneymaker was very surprised that Rahme's opponent merely called that small river bet. "If I have king-ten there you're in bad shape," Moneymaker remarked. But Moneymaker didn't have king-ten. As a result Rahme still has 25,000 chips.

Chen Sent Packing

Andrew Chen eliminated
Andrew Chen eliminated
Andrew Chen has recently been eliminated when he moved all in on a {k-?}{7-?}{6-?} board holding top pair.

Chris Moneymaker made the call holding {8-?}{5-?} for a straight draw, and once the turn and river were burned and turned, Moneymaker would fill his straight and send Chen to the rail.

"Ay yah yah.... Come on, Chris!"

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker
Shortly after doubling up, 2003 WSOP Main Event champ Chris Moneymaker gave a few chips back in a hand that may have left a sour taste in his mouth.

With the board showing {6-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and about 3,500 already in the pot, action was checked to Moneymaker who fired a 1,500 bet from the button. His lone opponent then check-raised to 3,000 and Chris made a quick call.

Both players checked the {7-Spades} turn, sending the action straight to the river, which brought the {2-Hearts}.

Moneymaker's opponent quickly dropped a single 5,000 chip into the middle, prompting Chris to remove his sunglasses and start talking.

"I want to make a sick call so bad," he said. "Will you show me if I fold?"

"Don't understand," his opponent replied.

Chris attempted to explain what he meant using a combination of hand movements and alternate language, but his opponent wanted no part of it.

"Just play," he quipped.

Eventually Chris gave up and tossed his hand into the muck, only to watch his opponent turn over {4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for complete air.

"God bless..." Chris muttered after the hand. "Aye yah yah... Come on, Chris! Good hand, sir."

Despite the loss, Chris was left with a very manageable 38,700 in chips.

Julian Powell Eliminated

Julian Powell before elimination
Julian Powell before elimination
Julian Powell has been telling a sad tale to mate Jonathan Karamalakis all day about how he just can't get anything going. It appears to have finally caught up to him. Powell's seat is empty with no chips in front of it, and we spotted Powell heading over to the far side of the room to chat with some mates in the side event. He is busto.

Santo Doubles

Santo saved by his fellow Aussie
Santo saved by his fellow Aussie
In a blind versus blind battle, we found Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis firing out 1,125 at a {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop.

His lone opponent in the big blind; Luke Santo, pushed it up to 3,125, only to have Karamalikis re-raise to 8,125. Santo committed his last few thousand and the cards were tabled.

Karamalikis: {A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Santo: {7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}

The turn and river landed the {9-Hearts} and {j-Hearts} to see Santo double through to over his starting stack as Karamalikis slips to 7,675.

Moneymaker Doubles Up (Almost)

Chris Moneymaker more or less doubled up in probably the best way possible -- without going to showdown. With the board showing {J-Spades} {J-Diamonds} {9-Clubs}, moneymaker's opponent somehow got to the point where he put 12,000 chips in the middle. We're not sure if it was one bet or a series of bets and raises. We do know that when Moneymaker moved all in for about 5,000 more, his opponent snap-folded!

Moneymaker showed his obvious hand -- trip jacks with {Q-Hearts} {J-Hearts} -- as his opponent sighed loudly and made an unintelligible comment about pocket aces. The result of the hand increased Moneymaker's count to 44,000.

Scoreboard Update

Here are a few select chip counts from around the room:

Chris Moneymaker - 20,800
Raymond Rahme - 28,300
Julian Powell - 12,800
Young Phan - 38,000
Dennis Huntly - 34,500
James Potter - 13,375
Rami Boukai - 28,600