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Day 1c completed

The Final Flight Has Landed

The third and final starting day is in the books, and that's all she wrote for the Day 1s at the 2010 APPT Macau!

Today's flight was the big one as a total of 170 runners turned up, doubling the field size from the first two starting days. That put the total field at a respectable 342 runners, generating a first-place payout of HK$ 3,246,200 to the eventual winner.

Right now, Darren Judges is the one setting the pace toward that top payout spot. After a midday charge to the top of the board, Judges never looked back as he banged his gavel and punished his table, sending player after player to the exit shaking their heads. Judges bagged up 173,800 chips at the conclusion of play, and that puts him well ahead of his nearest challenger, and well ahead of anyone from Day 1a or Day 1b. Brendon Rubie appears to be in second place with 114,375 at night's end, and the late-breaking German Ralf Westphal is right in the mix as well.

Tomorrow will see the survivors from the three Day 1s all together under the same roof and ready for the run to the money. We'll have somewhere around 160 players returning for Day 2, and we should come awfully close to bursting the money bubble at 40 by the time all is said and done. Play kicks off at 12:15pm local time once again, and we hope you'll join us right back here to pick up the story.

Until then, goodnight from Macau!

Lesson Costs Lerner

With only a couple of hands left in the night, Lisawad Pakinai found himself all in with {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} against Aaron Lerner's {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. Pakinai was calling for spades after the {8-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop, but the turn was even better than a spade, the {10-Hearts}. The river was a brick, and Pakinai took a chunk out of Lerner's stack. He and the Canadian pro had been at the same table all day and become quite friendly. "See, I told you'd make Day 2," Lerner joked. Pakinai looked like he felt genuinely guilty and promised to give Lerner 1% of himself. "Give it to charity," Aaron said. "Give it to the Tony Hachem IRS fund." Hachem, a few seats over, didn't laugh, but he didn't protest the idea either. After shipping 11,000 to Pakinai, Lerner had about 35,000 to take with him to Day 2.

Tags: Lisawad PakinaiAaron Lerner

The Never Ending Hand

Warning: This hand took forever to play and was extremely anti-climactic.

The under-the-gun player min-raised to 1,200, and the next two guys to act flat called. Then Li Xin Cai made it 6,700 to go. On her immediate left, Kenny Shih cold four-bet shoved. Action instantly folded back to the original raiser (the only part of the hand that happened quickly). He asked for a count and learned that Shih was all in for a total of 21,700. After some thought, he folded, as did the next player. Then the second flatter started his tanking. It took him two minutes to give up his hand. Clearly, Cai hadn't used that time to figure out what she was going to do. It took her another three minutes to make the call. Finally, showdown! {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} versus {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}. The board ran out a chop, and everyone waved goodbye to ten minutes of their lives they'll never get back.

Tags: Kenny ShihLi Xin Cai

All Ins All Over the Place

Usually when they stop the clock at the end of the night and draw a number of hands to play, the action comes to a halt. But today, the attitude has been more double-up-or-don't-come-back than please-let-me-blind-into-Day-2 . Just after the TD announced there were five hands left, madness ensued.

There was even a three-way all in for a ton of chips on one table. Eric Lachappelle had the biggest stack and the best hand with {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}. A slightly smaller stack was in bad shape with {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}, and Tristan McDonald was looking for a triple up with {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. The {a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{7-Clubs} flop didn't change anything, but the {q-Hearts} on the turn made all the difference in the world to McDonald. The river was the {2-Clubs}, eliminated the man with pocket nines. McDonald went from very short to 40,000, and Lachappelle won enough from the side pot to profit from the hand.

Tags: Eric LachappelleTristan McDonald

Judges with Another Death Sentence

Darren Judges
Darren Judges

Darren Judges has been steamrolling his opponents today. After a flop of {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, an opponent checked to Judges. He fired abet of 6,000 and then the player moved all in for 26,275. Judges took a little time to think things through and then made the call. He held two red tens against his opponent's two black fours.

The turn brought the {2-Spades} and the river completed the board with the {Q-Spades}. Judges' tens held tough and he was able to send another player to the rail. Judges looks to be approaching the 200,000-chip mark and barring an astounding collapse, should be the overall chip leader going into Day 2.

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We just witnessed the tail end of an enormous pot between two Germans, Ralf Westphal and Peter Triphaus. A heap of chips went into the pot on a turned board showing {J-Diamonds} {9-Clubs} {5-Diamonds} {7-Hearts}, each player committing their full stacks of close to 50,000. We weren't sure who was at risk until the countdown, so for the time being it's cards up, gents:

Westphal: {7-Diamonds} {9-Diamonds}
Triphaus: {K-Spades} {J-Clubs}

Westphal was well ahead with his two pair plus the flush draw, and Triphaus was looking for an offsuit king or jack to keep him in the hunt. The river was the {A-Diamonds}, though, improving his fellow countryman to the winning flush and sending a pot of more than 115,000 chips in his direction.

When the chips were counted down, Triphaus is left with just 2,600 to work with.

Tags: Peter TriphausRalf Westphal

Hachem Makes Rags Work

Tony Hachem has been complaining (loudly and frequently) about how card dead he's been all day. That hasn't changed. Instead, he found a way to double up (while complaining) with {6-Spades}{3-Hearts}. A player in early position limped, Hachem completed the small blind, and the big blind checked his option. The cheap flop came {a-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, and it checked around. The free turn card, the {6-Clubs}, was exactly the gift Hachem needed. He checked, as did the other two players. After the {q-Spades} on the river, Hachem bet 3,000, leaving himself 3,000 behind. The big blind folded, and Mr. Limper put Hachem all in. Tony's trip sixes were good for the double up against his opponent's {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}. The Aussie's got almost 14,000 now.

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Trinh Takes One Off Lee


With roughly 9,000 chips in the pot, Sarah Lee fired 2,900 after Lam Van Trinh checked to her on the board of {8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. Trinh then check-raised to 8,075 after a couple minutes in the tank. Lee tanked herself, but eventually folded her hand and dropped back to 32,000 chips. Trinh moved up to 51,000. He showed the {Q-Clubs} after the hand.

Tags: Lam Van TrinhSarah Lee