From the cutoff seat, Jeppe Drivsholm raised to 80,000 only to have Chong Cheong reraise from the button to 225,000. Action fell back on Drivsholm and he had a decision to make. Eventually, he mucked his hand, leaving himself with about 1.55 million chips. Cheong now has nearly three million chips.
|Prize Pool||12,730,608 HKD|
|Blinds||25,000 / 50,000|
Cole Swannack and Jeppe Drivsholm were heads up in a raised pot when the dealer laid out an action flop: . Drivsholm bet 185,000, and Swannack moved all in for around another 400,000. Drivsholm called quickly, but his wasn't the best hand. Swannack led with . On the turn, Swannack dodged all of Jeppe's outs, and with one to come, Cole and to sweat an ace, seven, or deuce. Even better than a blank, the on the river filled Swannack's boat, and he sailed safely through to a much-needed double up. Swannack's up to 1.25 million. Drivsholm's in second place in the counts now with 1.65 million.
For the first time today, newly super-short Kenny Nielsen moved all in for his last 301,000 after Cole Swannack folded under the gun. Action folded back to Chong Cheong, who thought a moment before smiling and Nielsen and giving him a pass. Every round of blinds at this level is worth 60,000, so he gained 20% of his stack.
From the small blind, Victorino Torres raised to 75,000. Jeppe Drivsholm called from the big blind, opting to defend once again against a raise from Torres in this spot. The flop came down and both players checked. After the turn came the , Torres fired 100,000 and won the pot.
Victorino Torres raised to 100,000 and then Chong Cheong called from the small blind. The flop came down and Cheong led with a bet of 125,000 to take down the pot. Torres is now under 600,000.
From the small blind, Victorino Torres raised to 100,000. Jeppe Drivsholm wanted a count on his stack and found that Torres had about 700,000 behind. Then, Drivsholm moved all in. It would have been a massive pot if Torres called, but he folded and cut his losses. Drivsholm has now taken the chip lead.
Jeppe Drivsholm raised, and Chong Cheong called. Nothing we haven't seen twice an orbit yet. Then Kenny Nielsen reraised, definitely a new move from the tightest player at the table. But Victorino Torres wasn't intimidated. He cold four-bet shoved for just under 500,000. Drivsholm and Cheong snap-mucked, and Nielsen followed suit, tapping the table and nodding at Torres as he took down the big pot without needing to see a flop.
With the elimination of Brian Green, the remaining five players are on a short break once again. Be back in a little bit. As you can see by the counts, Chong Cheong and Jeppe Drivsholm have really distanced themselves from the rest of the pack.
|Kenny Nielsen||PokerStars Qualifier||580,000||-220,000|
It didn't start out like a game-ending hand for Brian Green. Jeppe Drivsholm open limped, and Green checked his option in the big blind. The flop fell , and Green bet 100,000. No big deal. Then Drivsholm raised to 500,000. Ok, that was a big deal for Green, who didn't have too much more than 500,000 in his stack. Not about to back down from the Dane's aggression, Green moved all in, and Drivsholm called.
Bad news for Green. His was out-kicked by Jeppe's . The turn and river were no help, and the Costa Rican headed to the rail in sixth place. Still, the trip worked out well for a guy who thought he was playing a PokerStars satellite for an event in Peru and ended up in Macau by accident.
Drivsholm is now up to 2.35 million.