Jonas Kronwitter has been mumbling to himself for a couple orbits now, unable to find anything close to a poker hand with which to get his short stack into the pot. In the first of two blind hands we picked up, the table folded around to Brian Green who moved all in from the small blind, putting Kronwitter to another decision in the big. Kronwitter squeezed his cards slowly, then angrily open-mucked , turning back to complain once again to his railbird friends.
On the next hand, the table again folded around to the blinds, and this time Kronwitter shoved his 96,000-chip stack into the middle. In the big blind, Victorino Torres counted out the chips and tanked it up for a minute or two before making the call with the covering stack. With Kronwitter now at risk (and finally smiling, oddly), the cards were turned up:
The flop brought a huge, "YES!" from Kronwitter as it rolled out , vaulting him into the lead with trips. The turn and river filled out the board, and that spells a much-needed double up for the German pro. He's back over the 200,000-chip mark but still the short stack in the room.
Wee Yee Tan open shoved for 173,000 when it folded to him on the button, and Albert Kim called in the big blind. Kim was far in front with to Tan's . But Tan took over the lead when the flop came and filled up on the turn. The river didn't change anything, and Tan doubled through Kim.
John Chong raised to 28,000 preflop from middle position. Binh Nguyen flatted on the button and the two took a flop of . Chong checked his action before Nguyen fired 45,000. Chong immediately announced that he was all in and quickly Nguyen called.
Nguyen held top pair and a backdoor flush draw with the . Chong held bottom pair and a flush draw with the .
The cameras rushed as the crowd of onlookers gathered around the table. The turn card was dealt and the hit the felt, giving Chong a flush. If he hit his flush, Nguyen wanted him to do so on the turn so that he could have a chance at the redraw. The river was the though and that wasn't what Nguyen needed.
Nguyen won the last stop on the APPT two months ago in March in Manilla. He finished this run in 13th place, an astounding run in back-to-back APPT events.
A few hands after taking a 280,000-chip pot from Kai Paulsen, Kenny Nielsen tangled with Victorino Torres. Nielsen raised to 28,000 under the gun, and it folded all the way around to Torres, who defended his big blind.
Flop: - Torres checked to Nielsen, who bet 30,000. Torres called.
Turn: - Torres check-called another 55,000.
River: - This time, Torres decided to take the reigns, betting 75,000. It took Nielsen a good three minutes to decide what to do, but he made the right decision. As soon as he called, Torres tapped the table and went to muck. He waited to see Nielsen's before giving up his cards though. Nielsen is nearing 700,000.
TJ Vorapanich was all in for his last 51,000 after John Chong raised to 25,000 from the small blind. Vorapanich was in the big blind. He had the and was surprisingly dominating the of Chong. After the board ran out to the turn, the river nailed the felt with a and gave Chong the elimination of Vorapanich.
In the biggest pot of the entire day, Jeppe Drivsholm crushed Mikhail Mazunin and took over the tournament chip lead. It was already a pricey hand when they got to the turn of a board. Mazunin bet, Drivsholm raised an additional 122,000, and Mazunin moved all in. Insta-call from Drivsholm, who had the stone nuts with . Mazunin was drawing dead with . After the meaningless on the river, the stacks were counted, and Drivsholm just had Mazunin covered with 460,000. Mazunin could only stagger away, stunned to be going from sizable stack to out in 15th place.
Five players saw the flop of in a multi-way limped pot. Samuel Aronov was first up and checked. Binh Nguyen was next and checked as did Albert Kim. John Chong also checked and then TJ Vorapanich moved all in. Aronov tanked and then moved all in himself, for less than what Vorapanich bet. Everyone else folded quickly after.
Vorapanich flopped an open-ender with the . Aronov showed the for top pair. His top pair held up as the turn and river came the and . Aronov was the player all in and doubled up to just about 490,000. Vorapanich was left with 60,000.
Brendon Rubie moved all in for his last 30,000 or so from early position and was called by Keith Hawkins. Rubie held the and Hawkins the .
The flop came down and Rubie picked up a gutshot straight draw. The turn added the and now Rubie had a double-gutter. The river wasn't one of Rubie's outs though when the fell and he was eliminated from the event. Rubie was the last Australian standing.
After a raise, reraise, and shove preflop, Jeppe Drivsholm was all in with against Brendon Rubie's . Rubie's loud Aussie rail rushed over to help their friend sweat the board. The flop brought the , giving Rubie a better flush draw than Drivsholm. "Nine of diamonds! Nine of diamonds!" screamed Eric Assadourian. The turn wasn't what the asked, but the did give him additional Broadway outs. Tony Hachem started calling for other cards, but Assadourian loudly insisted that they still wanted the nine of diamonds. And they did get a nine on the river, but sadly for Rubie, it was the . Drivsholm doubled up to over 300,000, while Rubie was crippled to under 40,000.