Dia 1a Terminado
Dia 1a Terminado
A great call midway through the day propelled China’s Zigao Yu to the top of the counts on Day 1a of the PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event, ending the night with 162,400.
The first PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event ever kicked off early Monday afternoon at the City of Dreams resort. Day 1a got underway at noon local time with six 75-minute levels on the schedule. A total of 193 entries put up the HKD $42,400 buy-in throughout the day with 117 surviving through to Day 2.
Joining Yu at the top of the leaderboard was majority Day 1a leader Daniel Laidlaw from Australia (135,400) and Canada’s Ryan Yu (125,900).
Other notables securing a seat on Day 2 include Yan Li (107,700), Albert Paik (98,900), “Billy the croc” Argyros (96,800), Dong Guo (88,200), Bryan Huang (83,400) and Daniel Dvoress (65,000).
Many of the game's elite took a shot on Day 1a. Some familiar faces seen around the room were John Juanda, David Peters, Sam Greenwood, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Fabian Quoss, Davidi Kitai, Xuan Liu and Maria Ho.
Liu’s tournament came to an end when the Canadian pro ran into a wall. Well, two walls really, but mainly Vinay Agarwal’s. Liu had flopped top two-pair but unfortunately, Agarwal and another tablemate both flopped flushes, Agarwal’s being best.
Ho also fell victim to an early exit. Facing a call for her tourney life on the river, Ho slid her remaining chips in the middle only to see her opponent table a straight as she took her leave. Tom Alner, Philipp Gruissem, JC Alvarado and Nick Wong were also among the casualties on Day 1a.
The start of Day 1b will be pushed slightly ahead on Tuesday to give players a chance to fire away in the HKD $200,000 Single Day High Roller, which will commence at noon local time. Day 1b of the Main Event will start at 6:00 p.m. with six 75-minute levels on the slate.
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|Van Sang Nguyen||101,400||12,400|
|Lau Man Yuen||99,700||-5,300|
During the last five hands of the day, David Peters raised to 1,400 and picked up three callers including Vladimir Troyanovskiy on the button. Hua Li then moved all in with his short stack in the small blind and Shinobu Tanaka reshoved to get everyone else out of the way.
Li flipped over and Tanaka had the . The board came and Li was eliminated, while a frustrated Troyanovskiy bagged up less than the starting stack.
Russia’s Asker Aloev probably wishes the ‘last five hands’ announcement came five hands ago after taking a hit at the hands of Xiaoyang Luo almost instantly after this proclamation.
We caught the action on the flop in the three-way hand involving Aloev, Luo and Troy Quenneville, that latter of whom had just checked from the big blind.
Aloev led out for 3,500 and both Luo (button) and Quenneville made the call, keeping the action three-way to the turn. Quenneville checked again and Aloev tossed out three yellow 5k chips for a bet of 15,000.
Luo quickly moved all-in and after Quenneville got out of the way Aloev called just as fast and the cards were turned over.
While Luo was technically the at-risk player the fact he had turned a boat and left Aloev drawing to the decks two remaining queens minimized his chances of busting.
The river saw Luo earn the double and climb to around 42,0000 while Aloev dropped down to roughly the same.
Just when the last hands of the day were announced, Hui Shi was spotted all in for her last 26,425 on the turn. Less than half an hour ago, Shi had open-shoved from under the gun for around 16,000 and then doubled soon after. Her sole remaining opponent this time was Yuki Ko from two seats over, and the Korean spent a long time in the think tank.
Vladimir Troyanovskiy eventually called the clock on him and Ko dropped in the chips with less than 30 seconds into his one minute of consideration.
Shi needed to dodge a club in order to double, however the on the river gave Ko the nut flush and sent Shi to the rail just shy of making Day 2.
As the final level of the day draws near its end, here are the largest stacks we could find in the room at the moment.
The clock has been stopped with 15 minutes left on the level and the draw for the last hands of the night was made. There will be five more hands until bagging and tagging, the T-25 chips will be raced off prior to that as well.
On the heads-up flop of , Changhun Lee bet 5,600 in the big blind and Michel Abecassis called on the button. Both then saw the appear on the turn and Lee waved with his hand to see the stack of Abecassis. The Frenchman had around 18,000 left and Lee moved his big chips forward to announce all in.
After brief consideration, Abecassis called and turned over the . Lee only had and the on the river gave Abecassis even an eight-high straight. The Frenchman doubled for 18,425 and boosted his stack up to more than average.
We are a little less than 60-minutes away from the end of play and the action has slowed down a little. Over on Sam Greenwood’s table the Canadian is still busy plugging away at that crossword and action folded around to Russia’s Sergey Kogotkov in the small blind who elects to check his option.
Big blind Fabian Quoss decided to play for a little more though and raised it up to 1,700. Kogotkov shot Quoss a sidelong look before deciding to re-raise and makes it 4,000 to go.
It is Quoss’ turn to shoot his opponent a sidelong glance but after a few seconds the German elected to call and the two are off to a flop of .
Kogotkov continuation bet 4,500 and Quoss thought it over before sliding a single yellow 5k chip into the middle of the table and the dealer burns and turns the .
Neither player seemed too thrilled about it and the action went check, check to bring in the river. Both players are playing the sidelong stare-down game, attempting to eye each other up as the river comes off the top of the deck without being caught eyeing each other up. This makes for interesting viewing and it looks like Quoss won that battle as Kogotkov is the man to look away first.
Unfortunately for Quoss this is all he wins in this particular hand as Kogotkov was looking away to determine his bet size and leads for 3,500 and Quoss quickly folds.
Greenwood is still plugging away at his crossword as we leave, so it must be a tough one.