APPT Macau Main Event

Huang Clipped

Catching the action on the {K-Hearts}{4-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} board and a pot of around 10,000 sitting in the middle, Yury Kerzhapkin threw out a single yellow 5,000-denomination chip.

His lone opponent Bryan Huang deliberated over a decision for nearly three minutes before sliding in 12,000 to effectively put Kerzhapkin all in.

Kerzhapkin obliged tabling {7-Spades}{6-Clubs} to behind Huang's {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}, but when the {7-Hearts} fell on the river, Kerzhapkin doubled through to 35,000 as Huang slipped to 9,300 in chips.

Recent Eliminations

Now on the rail
Now on the rail
With three separate events being played simultaneously in the Grand Lisboa poker room, action has been fast and intense, and consequently we have missed a few eliminations.

The short-stacked Wooka Kim, Dinh Le and JC Tran have all fallen to the rail as players jostle for position as we count down to the last few hands.

Quinn Do Doubles Up

Doubling up from 2,400 doesn't mean much when the blinds are 300 and 600 with an ante of 50, but every little bit helps. Quinn Do opened all in for 2,400 and was called by Josh Pang Ang.

"Chop?" Do jokingly offered Ang, moving to pull his bet back.

"I don't mind," Ang replied. "I'm behind."

Do: {A-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds}
Ang: {K-Hearts} {Q-Hearts}

Ang was indeed behind, and stayed behind on every street {5-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} {8-Clubs} {5-Spades} {10-Hearts}. Do's fives full of tens dragged the pot, giving him 5,800 chips.

Prizepool and Payout Information Released

Danny McDonagh and crew have just released the numbers everyone has been waiting for. The 429 players who registered for this year's APPT Season 3 inaugural event here in Macau generated a total prizepool of HKD $16,130,400 or roughly $2,081,000 USD.

The top 48 finishers will leave Macau with more than they came with (pending they haven't spent too much time at the baccarat tables or at the spa), while the tournament's eventual winner will take home over half a million dollars.

Click here for complete prizepool and payout details.

Yury Kerzhapkin Doubles

Yury Kerzhapkin in action
Yury Kerzhapkin in action
We are unsure of exactly when the money went into the middle, but on a board of {Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades}{6-Clubs}{2-Clubs} we found Yury Kerzhapkin doubling through Dinh Le.

Kerzhapkin held {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for a flush to double to over 19,000, while Le's {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} were outdraw to see the 2007 Macau Asian Poker Open Champion crippled to 7,700 in chips.

A Scalp for Scott

Andrew Scott was all smiles after sending Zhi Hong Ma to the rail. The two were heads-up by the turn, {8-Clubs} {K-Spades} {9-Diamonds} {7-Hearts}, with 10,000 chips in the middle already. Scott had placed his whole stack of 25,000 chips in the middle. It was effectively a bet of 15,000, the total number of chips Ma had left.

Ma tanked, and tanked, and tanked some more. There was a three-way all in at a neighboring table that drew lots of attention, but still he tanked. Finally he slammed his whole stack down into the middle.

"I have two pair," Scott calmly said. He showed down {9-Spades} {7-Clubs}. Ma dejectedly showed {K-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds}. The river safely blanked {4-Hearts} to give Scott a stack of about 50,000 chips.

Chip Counts

Here are some of the top counts:

Theo Tran - 85,500
Sida Yuen - 85,000
Michael Woo - 77,000
Tony Hachem - 57,000
Corwin Cole - 50,000
Joe Hachem - 46,600

To see who are few others are fairing - check out our Chip Counts page.

Cole Cruising

Corwin Cole is seated to the left of the chip leader, Sida Yuen, and at least for now he's loving it. The two clashed in a pot that had 10,000 chips in it by the river. With the board showing {Q-Clubs} {10-Diamonds} {K-Clubs} {10-Clubs} {K-Spades}, Yuen bet 7,225. Cole took about 60 seconds before he re-raised all in. Yuen had Cole covered but didn't even think about calling. He quickly folded.

Cole is up to 50,000 in chips.

Lee Nelson Eliminated

Lee Nelson in happier times
Lee Nelson in happier times
"I just knocked out Lee" said fellow Team PokerStars Australia Pro Tony Hachem with a slight hint of sadness in his voice.

Hachem opened to 1,300 from early position before Nelson moved all in for roughly 5,500 from the button. Hachem made the call and the cards were tabled.

Nelson: {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}
Hachem: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}

The flop of {4-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{J-Clubs} gave Nelson a flush and backdoor straight draw to go along with his two overcards, but when the {6-Hearts} fell on the turn, followed by the {5-Diamonds} we lost Nelson to the rail.

As Hachem raked in the pot to climb to over 57,000, Terrence Chan commented that if Nelson had folded he too would have gone broke with his short stack and pocket eights.

'Not Johnny' Chan lives on as 'JB' continues his hot 2009 form!