Sorel Mizzi will take the chip lead into Day 3 of the ACOP Main Event here in Macau having bagged up an impressive 439,900. Mizzi finished a long way ahead of second place Terry Gonzaga who bagged up 309,700. Rounding out the top three is Gabriel Le Jossec with 301,800.
With five players buying in at the start of the day the final number of entrants tallied at 291 with 179 players taking their seats at the start of Day 2. With registration closed the Tournament Director confirmed the record field had generated a total prize pool of HK$27,092,100 easily surpassing the guarantee and proof of the enduring and growing popularity of this event.
The eventual winner will take home a very impressive HK$6,300,000 (US$812,672). With 31 places paid a min-cash is worth HK$202,000.
It was in the second level of the day that Mizzi would double through Sam Cohen during a preflop all in. Cohen tabled only to find she had run into the of Mizzi. An overkill board of saw Mizzi grab the lead and he never really looked like relinquishing it. Mizzi had actually been at risk of elimination on Day 1 at the hands of Cohen and that proved to be the turning point for him.
Gonzaga had his own slice of luck today when he was involved in a three-way all in before the flop in the first level of play holding . He was up against and but was saved as the board ran out .
Other notables who will be returning tomorrow include reigning champion Sunny Jung (273,200), Michael Tureniec (239,700), Joseph Cheong (179,500), Scott Davies (166,600), Celina Lin (135,100), Daniel Colman (130,400) and Mike McDonald (125,400).
Colman had started the day third in chips but had struggled to get anything going in the first few levels slipping down the leader board. A table change seemed to help matters and he applied the pressure in a number of spots late on in the day, particularly when he shoved the river of a board against Jason Mo who had the clock called on him before folding. Colman showed the table the but left them guessing what his other card was.
Play will resume on Thursday at 3 p.m. local time. As always, be sure to check in with PokerNews for all of the latest updates.