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The eastern hemisphere is where all poker energy is currently focused at where the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at the City of Dreams complex in Macau is playing host to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau 2018. The series is now fast approaching its conclusion with the two starting flights of the APPT Macau Main Event done and dusted.
The second opening flight of the Main Eventi.e. Day 1B drew a new lot of 179 players, which combined with the 153 entries from Day 1A took the entry count to 332 entries with registrations still open until the end of Level 9 on Day 2 today. By the end of play yesterday, 114 players survived Day 1B and will join the 90 Day 1A qualifiers for Day 2 action today.
Among Indian challengers, Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal (80,000) along with Ashish Gupta (56,700), Sumit Sapra (48,500), Sahil Chutani (40,800), Kunal Punjwani (28,700) and Benjamin Murry (21,700) have made it through to Day 2 of the Main Event.
Running alongside the Main Event were the Single Day High Roller event which was won by Germany’s Marius Gierse for HK$2,431,000 and the HK$15,000 NLH event which was taken down by Australia’s David Wang for HK$480,100.
The second opening flight of the APPT Macau Main Event attracted 179 players and by the end of play, 114 among them were successful in their quest to lock a seat for Day 2 and will now join the 90 qualifiers from Day 1A today.
Notables in the field included India’s sole PokerStars Team Pro Aditya Agarwal joined by other Red Spade badge holders Celina Lin and Randy Lew and all three managed to advance to Day 2. Of the three, Agarwal bagged the strongest stack of 79,200 in chips. Lin finished the day with 23,400 while Lew bagged 16,700.
Kolkata based Agarwal was a man on a mission and looks keen to add a deep run in the event. The first major pot Agarwal got involved in saw Xin Jin open to 525, Agarwal called to see the flop . Jin fired 500, Agarwal called and dealer burned and turned the . Agarwal check-called again, and the river completed the board. This time, Agarwal fired a bet of 5,200 and Jin made the call, Agarwal turned over for full house and with that climbed up to 36,000.
At level 3, Agarwal was once again seen in action when he eliminated Ming Zheng and accumulated a stack of almost 60,000! Agarwal opened , Zheng 3-bet holding and Agarwal four-bet. Zheng called and the flop came . Agarwal continued betting. Zheng 3-bet to 15,300 leaving just 75 chips behind. Agarwal called and then set Zheng all-in for his remaining chips on the turn. The river blanked out and Agarwal scooped in the pot.
By the time the bags were pulled out, Agarwal had 79,200 chips to start Day 2. Even as we publish this report, Agarwal has already taken his seat on Day 2 and chipped up on the very first hand of the play. The hand is question saw Jan-Eric Schwippert opening for 1,400, Agarwal called from the button and the small blind called as well. The flop came on which Agarwal bet 1,700 and got only one caller in Schwippert. The turn arrived , Schwippert check-called 4,800 and the river completed the board. This time, Agarwal cut out a big stack, and slided 24,000 in the middle to send Schwippert into a deep tank and the latter finally let go of his hand. Agarwal was over the 100,000-mark the last time we checked.
Alongside Agarwal, a number of other Indians have made it to Day 2 of the Main Event including Ashish Gupta (56,700), Sumit Sapra (48,500), Sahil Chutani (40,800), Kunal Punjwani (28,700) and Benjamin Murry (21,700).
Other known faced who advanced to Day 2 include China’s Quan Zhou (47,200), Germany’s Manig Loeser (32,300), Tom Alner (28,500) and Belgium’s Davidi Kitai (25,500).
Some of the notables who came up short included India’s Raghav Bansal, France’s Fabrice Soulier, Jack Wu, Malaysia’s Michael Soyza, and UK’s Jack Salter.
Topping the field after Day 1B was Hong Kong’s Joshua Zimmerman who will resume Day 2 as the overall chipleader with a stack of 158,200. China’s Lin Wu (157,200) and Korea’s Seung Yong Yi (137,500) rounded up the top three stacks.
Top 10 Stacks at the End of Day 1B
1. Joshua Zimmerman – 158,200
2. Lin Wu – 157,200
3. Seung Yong Yi – 137,500
4. Lester Edoc – 122,800
5. Jinxi He – 113,200
6. Jeffrey Lo – 113,200
7. Dragoljub Martinovic – 93,800
8. Maximilian Lehmanski – 92,700
9. Zheng Shen – 88,700
10. Shuize Cai – 87,500
Single Day High Roller
A total of 38 high rollers (32 unique entries + 6 re-entries) entered the Single Day High Roller event generating a HK$7,150,080 prize pool with the top six places reaching the money. The winner emerged in Germany’s Marius Gierse who defeated USA’s Aaron Been to walk away with HK$2,431,000 top prize.
As expected, the event saw a huge list of notables with the likes of Kristen Bicknell, Michael Addamo, Wayne Zhang, JC Alvarado, Sam Greenwood and Luc Greenwood, all in attendance.
Among the aforementioned, only Alvarado managed to make money though.
Final Table Recap
China’s Xiaoyang Luo and Spain’s Lander Lijo first exited in ninth and eighth place respectively.
Wayne Zhang then departed in seventh place to officially bubble the money, guaranteeing all remaining six, a HK$501,000 payday.
New Zealand’s Thomas Ward was the first to walk out in the money followed by Hong Kong’s Danny Tang.
China’s Xixiang Luo then exited in fourth place to take play three-handed. Incidentally, Mexico’s JC Alvarado lost his lead and headed out next after losing two big pots to Gierse.
Both Gierse and Been were chasing their first title and the former began with an overwhelming chip lead of 3-1.
Been managed an early double-up but eventually settled for the second spot. The final hand of the event saw Gierse open, Been’s re-raised and Gierse called to see the flop which got checked around. On the turn , Been bet and got the call. The river filled the board and Been jammed holding for a missed straight draw while Gierse turned over for a rivered straight to win the title!
Final Table Results (HKD)
1. Marius Gierse – HK$2,431,000
2. Aaron Been – HK$1,680,000
3. JC Alvarado – HK$1,073,000
4. Xixiang Luo – HK$822,000
5. Daniel Tang – HK$643,080
6. Thomas Ward – HK$501,000
Australia’s David Wang won his second PokerStars LIVE Macau title after outshining the 141 runners in the HK$15,000 NLH Event and banked the top prize worth HK$480,100 after defeating China’s Wenling Gao heads-up. The event saw the total prize pool of HK$1,846,395 shared by the top 15 places.
India’s Raghav Bansal was seen in action at the event but unfortunately missed the money bus. Other notable names who couldn’t make money included PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin, Taiwan’s Chen An Lin and China’s Juicy Sixao Li.
Canada’s Linh Tran made the money but missed out on the final table.
Final Table Recap
China’s Yifu Zhai and Taiwan’s Du Ming Tsai were the first to fall in ninth and eighth place respectively. Australia’s Bobby Zhang then exited in seventh place followed by Japan`s Takao Shimizu.
Germany’s Paul Hoefer (5th) and Australia’s Phachara Wongwichit (4th) then followed suit and the heads-up battle between Wang and Gao began after Henri Buhler departed in third place.
Wang eventually prevailed over Gao to win the title!
1. David Wang – HK$480,100
2. Wenling Gao – HK$323,100
3. Henri Buhler – HK$212,300
4. Phachara Wongwichit – HK$166,200
5. Paul Hoefer – HK$129,400
6. Takao Shimizu – HK$110,800
7. Bobby Zhang – HK$92,295
8. Du Ming Tsai – HK$73,800
9. Yifu Zhai – HK$55,400
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