Main Event

Moose Makes Magic

Raemin 'Jake the Moose' Alexander has just seen his stack move a little higher toward the end of Day 1a action and we caught a hand which added to his stack.

An early position player shoved his short stack all in and a flurry of cards were sent into the muck before the play was on Alexander in the big blind. Before Alexander looked at his cards, he moved his trademark moose card protector a little to the left. When he had seen what he was holding, Alexander immediately made the call and tabled his {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}.

The all-in player would need some help as his {9-Spades}{6-Spades} was well behind. The {2-Spades}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} board was no help as Alexander took down the pot and added to his stack.

Raemin Alexander 48,000 9,000

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Get This Money

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey raised to 2,000. The hijack seat called and then play folded to Jackson Zheng in the big blind. He also called.

The flop produced the {J-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}. All it took was a continuation bet of 4,000 from Ivey after Zheng checked and he won the pot. The hijack seat and Zheng quickly folded the flop.

Phil Ivey 70,000 5,500

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On to the Next One


From middle position, Phil Ivey raised to 2,000. The small blind put in a three-bet to 5,500 after play folded to him. The big blind folded, Ivey checked on the small blind's stack and then folded himself.

Phil Ivey 64,500 6,500

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Dong Replaced

Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalkis is no longer in his seat, his spot now filled by a new player. With his exit, the 2010 APPT Sydney champion will not find similiar success here in Macau.

Jonathan Karamalikis Busted

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Wu Drops Some Back

Raymond Wu
Raymond Wu

Team PokerStars Asia's Raymond Wu raised to 1,600. The button and big blind called to see the flop come down {A-Clubs}{J-Spades}{6-Diamonds}. Action checked to the button and he fired 2,200. Both the big blind and Wu called.

The turn was the {K-Diamonds} and action checked to the button again. He bet 6,200 this time. The big blind folded and then Wu tossed his cards in as well.

Raymond Wu 90,000 54,000

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Lucky Me


From the button, Phil Ivey raised to 2,000. The player in the big blind made the call and the two of them took a flop of {A-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Clubs}. After the big blind checked, Ivey bet 3,000. The big blind called.

The turn was the {7-Diamonds} and both players checked. The river completed the board with the {5-Clubs}. They both checked again.

The big blind showed the {5-Spades}{3-Hearts} for a rivered pair of fives and Ivey mucked his hand.

Phil Ivey 58,000 -17,000

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Zheng Stacking Up

Jackson Zheng is currently sitting behind one of the largest stacks in the room and we caught the action in a hand which recently added to his growing stack.

It was a raised pot which saw four players, including Phil Ivey, watch as a {3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop hit the felt.

Ivey checked, along with two players behind him, before Zheng fired out 3,500. Ivey got out of the way, while the player to his left decided to check-shove. The action was back around on Zheng and he made the call.

Zheng: {5s4s}
Opponent: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}

Zheng had flopped the nut straight, but would need to dodge some clubs if he was going to stay alive in the 2011 APPT Macau Main Event.

The {j-Hearts} on the turn and the {5-Hearts} on the river would be good for Zheng as he sent his opponent to the rail and started stacking up his new found chips.

Jackson Zheng 125,000 63,000

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Vos Heading Home

Mark Vos is the latest elimination. Vos was struggling to gain momentum for a large portion of the day and can now be seen heading to the rail.

Mark Vos Busted

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Break Time

• Level 6: 300-600, 50 ante

The remaining players have been sent on what will most likely be the last 10-minute break of Day 1a at the 2011 APPT Macau Main Event.