Main Event
Main Event
Day 3 completed

Yaxi Zhu Leads Final 24; Sunny Jung Looks for Title Defense

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
Yaxi Zhu - Chip Leader
Yaxi Zhu - Chip Leader

On Thursday, the final 62 players returned to the felt for Day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Season 8 Asia Championship of Poker. After six full levels of play, just 24 players remain. Leading the field heading into Day 4 and the only player with over one million in chips is Yaxi Zhu, who bagged an impressive 1.019 million to end the day.

Zhu consistently thrived throughout the day, but truly hit her rush in the final level. A large confrontation that allowed her to soar into the chip lead occurred with just 30 minutes left in the day. During this hand, Zhu opened with a raise and found calls from Vladimir Troyanovskiy on the button and Mike "Timex" McDonald in the small blind. The trio took a {4-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} flop and action checked to Zhu who continued out for 18,000. Troyanovskiy folded and McDonald stuck around to see the {10-Clubs} on fourth street. McDonald checked, Zhu continued her aggression for 39,000, and McDonald came over the top with a check-raise to 110,000. Zhu called and the {A-Hearts} finished off the board. McDonald moved all in for approximately 240,000 and was instantly called by Zhu who rolled over {Q-Hearts}{j-Spades} for the nut straight. McDonald's {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs} was pulled into the muck and Zhu soared to the chip lead.

Zhu, of course, was not the only player to thrive on Day 3. Konstantin Pogodin is close behind with 901,000 in chips. Rounding out the top three is Meng Dian Peng who put 834,000 in the bag.

Reigning ACOP champion Sunny Jung will also return for Day 4, bagging 822,000 in chips which is good for fourth place overall. Jung pocketed HK$4,352,000 for his victory just one year ago and is now a mere 23 eliminations away from a bigger payday and a title defense. Other notable players to survive the day include Joseph Cheong (527,000), Raiden Kan (405,000), Terrence Chan (365,000), start-of-day chip leader Sorel Mizzi (362,000), 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion Dimitar Danchev (361,000), Ami Barer (252,000), PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin (91,000), and Byron Kaverman (73,000).

The day began with each returning player hoping to be among the top 31 players and score a guaranteed cash of at least $HK202,000. Unfortunately for exactly half of the returning field, that was not the case. Players like PokerStars Team Pro Raymond Wu, Jack Salter, Connor Drinan, Scott Davies, Dan Smith, Buyanjargal Bold, Billy Argyros, and Daniel Colman all saw an unfortunate end to their day before the money was reached.

The money bubble burst when EPT 10 Barcelona High Roller champion Thomas Muehloecker fell at the hands of Zuo 'ST' Wang. Muehloecker found himself all in holding {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} against Wang's {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}. A runout that read {j-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} ensured that the bubble would burst and Muehloecker would be the last player to leave the tournament empty handed.

Players will return on Friday at 3 p.m. to play down to an official final table. Be sure to check back in with PokerNews as we provide all of the updates from the tournament floor.

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Day 4 Seat Draw and Chips (full)

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Table 20

SeatPlayer
1Bodo Sbrzesny
2-empty-
3Gabriel Le Jossec
4Sorel Mizzi
5Raiden Kan
6Jorn Walthaus
7Terrence Chan
8David Douglas
9Yaxi Zhu

Table 22

SeatPlayer
1Sunny Jung
2Ami Barer
3Konstantin Pogodin
4Celina Lin
5Dimitar Danchev
6Stephane Blouin
7Kai Yat Fam
8Meng Dian Peng
9-empty-

Table 23

SeatPlayer
1Zuo "ST" Wang
2Jian Zhang
3Michael Tureniec
4Tore Lukashaugen
5Byron Kaverman
6Joseph Cheong
7Vladimir Troyanovskiy
8Ronald Chun Long Yu
9-empty-
Yaxi Zhu CN 1,019,000 79,000
Konstantin Pogodin ru 901,000 51,000
Meng Dian Peng cn 834,000 109,000
Sunny Jung kr 822,000 -18,000
Joseph Cheong us 527,000 52,000
Gabriel Le Jossec ca 488,000 -72,000
Tore Lukashaugen no 419,000 14,000
Raiden Kan HK 405,000 135,000
Terrence Chan ca 365,000 -10,000
Sorel Mizzi ca 362,000 -43,000
Dimitar Danchev bg 361,000 1,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru 351,000 46,000
Zuo 'ST' Wang CN 351,000 -19,000
Jorn Walthaus nl 272,000 -8,000
Ami Barer ca 252,000 -18,000
David Douglas gb 179,000 34,000
Ronald Chun Long Yu HK 152,000 -38,000
Bodo Sbrzesny at 114,000 -111,000
Jian Zhang us 94,000 -21,000
Celina Lin cn 91,000 1,000
Kai Yat Fam SG 77,000 -43,000
Byron Kaverman us 73,000 -37,000
Stephane Blouin CA 53,000 -47,000

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Two More Hands

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Tournament staff has announced two more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening.

Mike McDonald Eliminated in 25th Place (HK$202,000)

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
Mike McDonald - 25th Place
Mike McDonald - 25th Place

Yaxi Zhu raised to 12,000 from the cutoff and found calls from Vladimir Troyanovskiy from the button and Mike McDonald from the small blind. The flop came down {4-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and McDonald checked. Zhu continued for 18,000 prompting Troyanovskiy to fold. McDonald, however, stuck around.

The {10-Clubs} hit the felt on the turn and McDonald checked for a second time. Zhu continued her aggression with a bet of 39,000. McDonald came over the top with a check-raise to 110,000 and Zhu flatted.

The {A-Hearts} finished the board and McDonald moved all in for about 240,000. Zhu snapped him off, rolling over {Q-Hearts}{J-Spades} for the nut straight. McDonald tabled {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs} before his cards were pulled into the muck. He was eliminated in 25th place and Zhu assumed the chip lead with about 940,000.

Yaxi Zhu CN 940,000 350,000
Mike McDonald ca Busted

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Huge Pot For Pogodin

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Sunny Jung opened the action and Konstantin Pogodin flat called before Michael Tureniec three-bet squeezed. Jun opted to fold but Pogodin moved all in and got a call from Tureniec.

Pogodin had got tricky with {q-Hearts}{q-Spades} but was up against the legitimate {a-Spades}{k-Spades} of Tureniec.

The board ran out {10-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Hearts} and Pogodin scored a massive pot off the one time chip leader

Konstantin Pogodin ru 850,000 410,000
Michael Tureniec se 220,000 -385,000

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Troyanovskiy Shoves the River

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Vladimir Troyanovskiy opened the action for 13,000 and Byron Kaverman three-bet to 33,000. Troyanovskiy thought it over and made the call.

They both checked the flop of {6-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and saw the turn come the {10-Diamonds}. Troyanovskiy check-raised Kaverman’s 26,000 bet to 66,000 and Kaverman made the call.

The river was the {a-Diamonds} and Troyanovskiy shoved for 130,000. Kaverman had 150,000 left and thought for a long time, checking his cards several times before folding. Troyanovskiy emerged from under the hood he had been hiding in and greedily grabbed his chips back before the rest were pushed to him.

Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru 240,000 90,000
Byron Kaverman us 150,000 50,000

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