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The poker world has been swept away with the ongoing live action at the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room in the City of Dreams which is currently playing host to the ever-popular Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau 2018.
Now marching towards the halfway point, the series’ first Platinum Pass event – APPT National is now down to its final table, which will be played out today. Young Gun Sahil Chuttani came strikingly close to making it to the final day of the event, eventually finishing 11th place for HK$78,200 (~₹6.48 lakhs). Kolkata’s Arjjun Singh also managed to score with a 59th place finish for HK$21,700 (~₹1.79 lakhs).
Another featured event of the series – APPT National High Roller’s final day was played down simultaneously and creating history was Canada’s Kristen Bicknell who became the first female player to win a High Roller title in the series’ history.
Meanwhile, the highest buy-in event of the series i.e. HK$400,000 Super High Roller is also down to its final table with USA’s Alex Foxen leading the nine survivors.
In other side events, the HK$3,000 NLH event crowned a champion in China’s Shijian Tang who pocketed the HK$218,100 top prize, while India’s Shashank Rathi finished 40th for HK$4,700 (~₹38,966).
The one-day HK$1,500 Flipout Event’s winner was also a Chinaman named Fan Zheng who collected HK$15,000 post a heads-up deal with countryman Peng Yang.
The first of the four Platinum Pass events – HK$10,000 APPT National event drew a strong field of 689 runners to create a massive HK$6,014,970 prize pool with HK$1,293,200 reserved for the winner.
After Day 3 action, the field has dwindled down to the final eight, with Spain’s Paul Castrillon leading the way with a stack of 4,085,000. China’s Shuize Cai (3,380,000) and Jiaxiu Liu (2,585,000) round up the top three stacks.
Among Indians, Raghav Bansal (210,000), Benjamin Murry (121,200), Ronak Vyas (100,000), Arjjun Singh (80,300), Adda52 pro Kunal Patni (50,600) and Young Gun Sahil Chutani (39,500) managed to make it to Day 2 of the event.
Patni busted on Day 2 missing the money bus. He lost most of his chips when his pocket ten’s couldn’t improve against his opponents pocket jacks and he then shoved his seven big blind stack with Ax Kx and got snap called by chip leader who showed 10x 8x suited. A ten on the river eliminated Patni from the event.
From the Indian camp only Sahil Chutani and Arjjun Singh managed to score. Singh hit the rail in 59th place for HK$21,700 (~₹1,79,907) and the only Indian to make it to Day 3 was Young Gun Chutani who put up an impressive performance, narrowly missing the final table. Chutani was eliminated in 11th place and collected HK$78,200 (~₹6,48,329) for his finish.
On Day 3, Dominik Nitsche was the most accomplished player remaining but couldn’t make it to the final day and departed in 23rd place for HK$36,100.
Other notables who cashed but couldn’t advance to the final day include Hong Kong’s Jacky Wong (15th), Philippines’ Eugene Co (41st), former Asia POY Jack Wu (44th), Hong Kong’s Ben Lai (51st) and France’s Fabrice Soulier (61st).
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Paul Castrillon – 4,085,000
2. Shuize Cai – 3,380,000
3. Jiaxiu Liu – 2,585,000
4. Yue Hin Lam – 2,095,000
5. Haijian Qiu – 1,805,000
6. Chaofei Wang – 1,235,000
7. Yau Shern Yen – 1,180,000
8. Jae Kyung Joe– 870,000
APPT National High Roller
31-year old Canadian poker pro from Ontario Kristen “krissyb24” Bicknell made her first trip to Macau this series and created history by becoming the first female player to take down a High Roller event at APPT. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner Bicknell walked away with HK$2,192,000 after defeating 2016 GPI Player of the Year David Peters following a long and grueling 90-minute heads-up battle.
Post her win, she said, “I feel amazing! I really wanted to win that one and I definitely put all my focus and effort in today… It feels surreal to even play David Peters heads-up. It feels like a big step in my poker career.”
The event saw 117 entries (83 unique entries + 34 re-entries) creating an HK$8,714,160 prize pool with the top 17 places sharing in on the prize money.
Final Table Recap
In addition to Peters, the final ten also included defending champion Michael Addamo and UK’s Matt Moss.
Aussie Addamo was the first casualty on the final day followed by Alex Lindop who busted in ninth place.
Allan Bedwick was the next one to fall and was soon joined by China’s Wang Yong in seventh place followed by UK’s Matt Moss in sixth.
China’s Hongjun Zhao busted in fifth place followed by Felix Schulze who had a roller coaster ride throughout the day and eventually bowed out in fourth place.
Soon thereafter, David Peters sent France’s Klaus Pautrot packing to set up the heads-up match with a slight chip lead.
A level and a half after heads-up began, Bicknell managed to take over the lead with almost 4-million in chips to Peter’s 2.75-million and the former never looked back. The final hand of the event saw Bicknell bet, Peters 3-bet and Bicknell called on the flop . The turn opened the which got checked around and the river completed the board. Peters bet close to half his stack and Bicknell shoved with for a three-of-a-kind putting Peters on the spot. After tanking for a while, Peter eventually made the call tabling and had to settle for a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (HKD)
1. Kristen Bicknell – HK$2,192,000
2. David Peters – HK$1,480,160
3. Klaus Pautrot – HK$963,000
4. Felix Schulze – HK$797,000
5. Hongjun Zhao – HK$643,000
6. Matthew Moss – HK$507,000
7. Wang Yong – HK$388,000
8. Allan Bedwick – HK$292,000
9. Alex Lindop – HK$218,000
10. Michael Addamo – HK$179,000
HK$400,000 Super High Roller
When late registration period for the HK$400,000 Super High Roller event closed, the event had registered 49 unique entries and with the format offering unlimited re-entry option, a further 19 bullets were fired to take the total entry count to 68 generating a whopping HK$25,850,880 prize pool.
Day 2 of the three-day event saw 31 survivors reconvening and they were joined by new entrants – Dan Smith, Yuan Li and APPT National High Roller champion Kristen Bicknell.
With 11 of the top 20 ranked GPI players in the mix, including current GPI frontrunner and reigning Player of the Year Adrian Mateos and 2016 GPI POY David Peters, the penultimate day proved to be a real clash of the titans.
After the day’s end, only nine survive in contention for the monstrous HK$7,560,000 top prize.
USA’s Alex Foxen put on an epic show and will return on the final day with 7,055,000 (approx. 1/3 chips in play). While bagging his chips, Foxen told reporters, “I got given a very good situation today as the bubble lasted a really long time and I happened to have the table where there was a lot of pressure on everyone to fold a lot of hands so I was just able to pick up a lot of dead money and keep building my stack steadily without many showdowns. It was awesome to see Krissy [Bicknell] win yesterday and to have the chip lead in this at the same time was a lot of fun too. It’s been a cool first few days here [Macau] and hopefully I can finish this one off with a win and get the second trophy.”
The rest of the field is extremely close in chips with just over a single big blind the difference between the next five stacks. However, they do belong to some experienced players with Kahle Burns, Germany’s Christian Vogelsang, Finnish poker superstar Patrik Antonius, Canada’s Sam Greenwood and Germany’s Rainer Kempe, all in the running.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Alex Foxen – 7,055,000
2. Kahle Burns – 1,865,000
3. Christoph Vogelsang – 1,780,000
4. Patrik Antonius – 1,520,000
5. Sam Greenwood – 1,440,000
6. Rainer Kempe – 1,190,000
7. Brian Rast – 790,000
8. Shan Huang – 685,000
9. Isaac Haxton – 675,000
HK$3,000 NLH (One Entry Per Flight)
The HK$3,000 NLH event registered a field of 362 entries that generated a HK$948,078 prize pool and China’s Shijian Tang outlasted them all to bank the HK$218,100 top prize after defeating countryman Qien Huang heads-up.
India’s Shashank Rathi finished 40th for HK$4,700 (~₹38,966).
Final Table Results (HKD)
1. Shijian Tang – HK$218,100
2. Qien Huang – HK$137,500
3. Yunfei Hao – HK$85,300
4. Titi Suwito Tjiauw – HK$67,300
5. Anson Chen Yuen Law – HK$49,800
6. Tsz Chun Lo – HK$40,300
7. Yazhou Chen – HK$30,800
8. Ting Shum Kwok – HK$26,100
9. Yanyi Du – HK$21,800
The one-day HK$1,500 Flipout Event drew a modest field of 60 entries to generate a HK$78,570 prize pool and the winner emerged in China’s Fan Zheng.
Zheng defeated fellow countryman Peng Yang and collected HK$15,000 in comparison to Yang’s HK$31,370 following a heads-up deal
Final Table Results (HKD)
1. Fan Zheng – HK$15,000*
2. Peng Yang – HK$31,370*
3. Jie Weng – HK$11,800
4. Yu Fai Wu – HK$8,600
5. Jin Li – HK$6,300
6. Simon Mark Burns – HK$5,500
*denotes heads-up deal
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