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Final Table Set in Macau

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.