Main event
Main event
Day 1a completed

Day 1A Done

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After about 16 levels of play, we have a final eight with Bryan Huang leading the way. Here are the official chip counts from Day 1A and the players' seating on Sunday:

Wai Hong (Table 1, Seat 4)
Jason Coe (Table 2, Seat 4)
Bryan Huang (Table 2, Seat 5)
Jonathan Azoulay (Table 6 Seat 4)
Yang Bo (Table 15 Seat 5)
Liang Qifeng (Table 16 Seat 2)
Cheuk Hiu Yin (Table 16 Seat 6)
Ao Leong Un Man (Table 20 Seat 4)

Day 1B starts at 8:10 pm with plenty of action expected once again. See you all later!

Bryan Huang sg 226,000 16,000
Yang Bo 210,000 30,000
Jonathan Azoulay us 193,000 114,500
Wai Hong 138,500 -11,500
Ao Leong Un Man 133,000
Jason Coe 106,000
Cheuk Hiu Yin 76,500
Liang Qifeng 37,000

We Have Our Final Eight for Day 1A!

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At last, the bubble has been burst and the final eight who will be moving on to Day 2 have been decided!

Pre-flop, a short stack went all-in from the big blind and got a call from Jonathan Azoulay.

Jonathan: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Opponent: {9-}{9-}

A ten immediately came on the flop, which showed {10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}.

The turn was a {q-Diamonds} and the river only cemented the win as it brought the {10-Clubs}.

With that, Day 1A concludes with eight players advancing to Sunday's final round!

We'll have updated chip counts in a while, so stick around!

Tags: Jonathan Azoulay

Aggression Pays Off

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Wai Hong
Wai Hong

After going all-in and bluffing everybody else off the pot with nothing but {2-Hearts}{3-Clubs}, Wai Hong decided to go all-in again for 52,000. This time around, he got two callers:

Wai: {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Opponent 1: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Opponent 2: {a-Spades}{3-Spades}

Wai was looking way behind as the other two tabled better hands but he surged ahead on the flop of {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}.

The {10-Spades} on the turn sealed it for him, eliminating one player while leaving the other severely short stacked.

Wai is now at about 151,000.

Tags: Wai Hong

Level:
16
Blinds:
6,000/12,000
Ante:
1,000

Roger Rong Hits The Rail

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Roger Rong
Roger Rong

Roger Rong, who had been one of the bigger stacks early on, is out after going all-in for his last 2,500 in chips. Action went to Jason Coe, who declared he was all-in as well. Everybody got out of the way and the cards were tabled:

Roger: {3-}{9-}
Jason: {j-}{q-}

Both players did not connect with the board and we lose one more player.

Tags: Jason CoeRoger Rong

A New Big Stack Emerges

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Yang Bo
Yang Bo

Yang Bo has been laying low for most of the day but is now one of the chip leaders thanks to pocket kings.

Pre-flop, the small blind made a move and went all-in with {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and was probably feeling pretty down after seeing Yang call with {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}.

The board ran out {8-Spades}{4-Spades}{7-Spades}{j-Hearts}{2-Hearts}, giving both players no help and busting out the at-risk player with about 2 tables to go.

He is now up to about 180,000.

Tags: Yang Bo

Level:
15
Blinds:
4,000/8,000
Ante:
1,000

The Ugly Duckling Turns Into a Swan

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A.J. Brock
A.J. Brock

If they gave awards for the craziest hand of the tournament, we probably have a top-three winner right here even if there are still plenty of days to be played:

Pre-flop, the UTG+1 player limped in and Jonathan Azoulay raised all-in. A.J. Brock, with only 3,275 chips left, made the call and so did the UTG+1 player.

Jonathan: {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
A.J.: {3-Clubs}{4-Clubs}
UTG+1: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

A.J. was pretty much left needing a miracle, and that's exactly what he got as the flop came {7-}{3-}{3-}!

The turn came a {q-} and the river was a fourth {3-}, transforing what was by far the weakest hand pre-flop and turning it into quads!

With that win, A.J. moved his stack to about 19,000 while Jonathan chipped up via the bigger stacked player.

Tags: A.J. BrockJonathan Azoulay