Main Event
Main Event
Day 3 completed

Final Table Set in Macau

Cole Swannack
Cole Swannack

Done and dusted, that's just how we like it. And for the remaining nine players left in the field, they couldn't be happier having made the 2010 APPT Macau final table!

The day began with 44 players returning to action, just a few spots away from the money. Within the first couple levels of play, the bubble burst with the elimination of Takashi Ogura in 41st place. It was a steady pace all day long and action never really seemed to come to a complete halt like most other tournaments do the deeper they run.

Making the money were Brendon Rubie, Henrik Gwinner and Darren Judges, but all of them fell short of the final table. Team PokerStars Netherlands pro Marcel Luske also cashed and represented the host site as their only in-the-money finisher. Binh Nguyen won the last APPT stop in Manilla back in March and capped off an amazing back-to-back run with a 13th-place finish here in Macau.

The chip lead was occupied by only a few names throughout the course of the day. Chong Cheong (known until now as John Chong), Kai Paulsen, TJ Vorapanich and Jeppe Drivsholm all held the chip lead during the course of action today, but Cole Swannack stormed to the top of the chart at the end of the day thanks to a massive double up he earned from Cheong. Swannack finished out the day with 1.262 million chips and will be the player everyone's gunning for tomorrow.

Also making the final table is Albert Kim, who made a deep run in the 2008 WSOP Main Event. He finished in 19th place there and will be looking to show the world that his deep run there wasn't just a fluke.

Here's how the final table stacks up.

Seat 1: Victorino Torres - 396,000
Seat 2: Kai Paulsen - 528,000
Seat 3: Jeppe Drivsholm - 1,223,000
Seat 4: Keith Hawkins - 174,000
Seat 5: Albert Kim - 436,000
Seat 6: Chong Cheong - 904,000
Seat 7: Cole Swannack - 1,262,000
Seat 8: Brian Green - 970,000
Seat 9: Kenny Nielsen - 791,000

Play resumes tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. local time here at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Top prize is worth 3,246,200 HKD and you cn bet that all nine of the remaining players are licking their chops about it. We'll see you right back here at PokerNews then.

Wee Yee Tan Bubbles Final Table; Out in 10th Place

Wee Yee Tan
Wee Yee Tan

In early position, John Chong raised it up to 38,000, and Cole Swannack made the call next door. Action came around to the teeny-stacked of Wee Yee Tan, and he moved all in for 98,000 total. Chong quickly called, but Swannack announced an all-in reshove to try and get heads up against Tan. It worked; Chong shook his head and mumbled something in his native language before sliding his cards back to the dealer. It was good news for Tan, now looking for a triple up against just one set of hole cards.

Swannack: {A-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds}
Tan: {J-Clubs} {9-Hearts}

We couldn't tell what Chong folded, but he was standing behind his chair, glaring at Swannack and turning a certain shade of red as his head shook like it was on a spring. In any event, the flop was no fun at all for Tan, coming out {6-Hearts} {7-Hearts} {Q-Hearts}. The {3-Spades} on the turn left him drawing dead to the {3-Hearts} river, and Wee Yee Tan has been knocked off in 10th place. He'll pick up a check for 178,200 HKD on his way out the door, falling just one spot shy of a seat at tomorrow's final table.

Tags: Cole SwannackJohn ChongWee Yee Tan

Kronwitter Victim of Blind-on-Blind Warfare

Jonas Kronwitter
Jonas Kronwitter

Brian Green moved all in from the small blind with {q-Spades}{10-Spades}, and Jonas Kronwitter was happy to call in the big blind with {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Unfortunately for Kronwitter, the flop came {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{9-Hearts}. The {4-Spades} on the turn left Kronwitter with just the case ten on the river, but the {k-Spades} wasn't what he needed. He gets HK$178,200 for 11th place. After adding Kronwitter's 200k stack to his own pile, Brian Green is very close to 800k.

Tags: Brian GreenJonas Kronwitter

Tan Super Short


Jeppe Drivsholm raised preflop to 36,000 and John Chong made the call in the next seat. Wee Yee Tan also called and he was in the big blind. The flop came down {K-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and action checked around. The turn was the {9-Clubs} and Tan fired 56,000. Drivsholm called and Chong folded.

The river was the {9-Hearts} and Tan fired 105,000, leaving himself with 100,000 behind. Drivsholm put him all in and Drivsholm folded his hand. Drivsholm showed the {K-Spades} only and scooped in the pot. Tan is now the shortest stack in the tournament.

Tags: Wee Yee TanJeppe DrivsholmJohn Chong

A Broken Aronov

Samuel Aronov
Samuel Aronov

From the cutoff seat, Samuel Aronov opened the pot with a raise to 40,000. That folded the table to John Chong's big blind, and Chong quickly stacked out a reraise to 136,000 and slid it across the felt. Aronov didn't waste too much time moving all in for a bit over 300,000, and Chong quickly called to put his man at risk.

Aronov: {K-Diamonds} {J-Hearts}
Chong: {A-Clubs} {10-Hearts}

The flop was dry and the turn was a disaster, and the board of {5-Clubs} {8-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {A-Diamonds} {2-Spades} left Aronov drawing dead by fourth street and resigned to his 12th-place finish. He'll pocket 178,200 HKD for his work over the past three days.

Tags: Samuel AronovJohn Chong

Chip Counts


Here's a look at the 12 remaining stacks left in play. Cole Swannack is leading the way.

Cole Swannack nz 1,152,000
Jeppe Drivsholm 905,000 5,000
Kenny Nielsen 710,000 10,000
Kai Paulsen 695,000 145,000
Chong Cheong 621,000
Brian Green us 520,000 -100,000
Victorino Torres mp 465,000 40,000
Albert Kim 418,000 -355,000
Wee Yee Tan 360,000 -15,000
Samuel Aronov 360,000 -130,000
Jonas Kronwitter at 200,000
Keith Hawkins 175,000 -17,000

Break Please

Cocktails, anyone?
Cocktails, anyone?

With twelve left, it's time for another break. Please let the water girls/stunning models in six inch platform heels sit down.

Oopsie for Chong

Say hello to your new chip leader, Cole Swannack
Say hello to your new chip leader, Cole Swannack

Samuel Aronov raised from under the gun to 32,000. John Chong flatted on the button and then Cole Swannack reraised to 92,000. Aronov folded, but Chong came along for the ride. And what a ride it was about to be for Chong.

The flop came down {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and Swannack fired a bet of 104,000. Chong instantly announced all in and Swannack called equally as fast. Chong held the {A-Spades}{9-Spades}, but was crushed by the {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} of Swannack.

The turn brought the {4-Spades} and the river the {5-Diamonds}. Chong couldn't find another nine and was forced to ship over a massive portion of his stack to Swannack. Swannack was all in for 458,000 total on the flop and now is the new chip leader with about 1.15 million chips. Chong was left with 621,000.

Tags: Cole SwannackJohn Chong