Main Event
Main Event
Dia 5 Terminado

Elliot Smith Leads Final Six Into PokerStars Championship Macau Final Table

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Elliot Smith
Elliot Smith

The PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event is down to a final table of six players with Canadian Elliot Smith leading the way.

It was a day that began with 16 players returning to the tables in the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room in City of Dreams. Less than seven hours later, just six remained with their eye on the HK$3,130,000 first-place prize and the title of PokerStars Champion — only the third since the new tour began.

Final Table Lineup

1Ayman Hata1,970,000
2Tianyuan Tang4,500,000
3Avraham Oziel1,735,000
4Yen Chen1,170,000
5Elliot Smith4,585,000
6Daniel Laidlaw1,855,000

The day began with Aymon Hata holding the chip lead. He lost his grasp on that lead throughout the day, but he had it again as the field consolidated to one final table. With nine players left, he held 2,950,000.

Hata added to his lead when he took out Fabrice Soulier just minutes into the final table. Hata’s {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds} held on against Soulier’s {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} and Soulier was eliminated in ninth place for HK$386,000. Hata chipped up to 4,150,000.

However, Tianyuan Tang had his eye on those chips, and he challenged the giant in an enormous pot where the two got in a preflop betting war. It ended with Tang five-bet shoving over Hata’s raise to 770,000 and getting a fold from his opponent. Then he showed {8-Clubs}{9-Spades} as he pulled in the heap of chips.

Tang didn’t keep the lead for long though. Elliot Smith got involved in a pot with Tang to take away a big chunk of chips. Smith bet out on the turn with a board of {6-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{6-Spades}{q-Hearts} and Tang folded after a a few minutes of thought, giving the chip lead to Smith.

Xuan Tan was the eighth-place finisher when he got it all in preflop against Tang and his {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} failed to hold against Tan’s {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} when Tang hit a queen on the river. Tan collected HK$386,000 for eighth place.

The day ended with Yan Li opening to 125,000 from under the gun and Elliot Smith three-bet to 300,000. Li jammed all in and Smith made the quick call, showing {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} over Li’s {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}. A queen appeared in the window to improve Smith to a set. Li was eliminated in seventh place for HK$521,000.

With just six players remaining, they bagged chips for a final day. They’ll return for Day 6 on Sunday to play down to a winner. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back to do hand-for-hand coverage all day, so follow along for every action right here on this page.

Tags: Avraham OzielAymon HataDaniel LaidlawFabrice SoulierTianyuan TangYan Li

Yan Li Eliminated in 7th Place (HK$521,000)

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Yan Li
Yan Li

Yan Li opened with a raise to 125,000 from under the gun and Elliot Smith reraised to 300,000 from the cutoff. Action folded around the table to fall back on Li and she pushed all in. Smith quickly called.

Li: {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}
Smith: {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

Li was in rough shape and needing to catch a card. However, her chances became even thinner when the window card gave Smith a set. The board fell {a-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{q-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} and Li's championship homes came to an end in seventh place for HK$521,000.

With her elimination, Day 5 has come to an end with the final six players currently bagging chips.

Elliot Smith ca 4,585,000 1,185,000
Yan Li cn Eliminado

Tags: Elliot SmithYan Li

Xuan Tan Eliminated in 8th Place (HK$386,000)

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Xuan Tan (left)
Xuan Tan (left)

A sick bad beat on the river has brought the Main Event seven-handed.

Xuan Tan opened to 135,000 from early position and Tianyuan Tang three-bet to 400,000, one seat over. Action folded back around to Tan who moved all-in for about 1,500,000. Tang made the call.

Tang: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Tan: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Tan was in great shape to score a massive double as the dealer begin to spread the flop. The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and Tang spiked a queen on the river to eliminate Tan. Tan banked HK$386,000 for eighth place.

Tianyuan Tang cn 4,600,000 1,690,000
Xuan Tan cn Eliminado

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Smith Takes the Chip Lead

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Aymon Hata opened to 110,000 from early position and received called from Tianyuan Tang and Elliot Smith. The three players were given a flop of {6-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{6-Spades}.

Smith checked from the big blind and Hata continued for 160,000. Tang called and then Smith check-raised to 400,000 getting a call from Tang only.

The {q-Hearts} fell on the turn and Smith led out with a bet of 500,000. Tang went into the tank for a few minutes, eventually finding a fold.

Smith is now the chip leader as the remaining eight players head on break.

Elliot Smith ca 3,400,000 750,000
Tianyuan Tang cn 2,910,000 -390,000

Tags: Aymon HataElliot SmithTianyuan Tang

Laidlaw Takes Some From Tang

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Daniel Laidlaw opened to 110,000 from the cutoff seat and Tianyuan Tang called in the big blind. The flop came {8-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Tang checked. Laidlaw bet 80,000 and Tang called.

The turn was the {5-Diamonds} and Tang took the reigns, leading out for 160,000. Laidlaw calmly called and the two players saw a river of {a-Diamonds}.

Tang checked this time. Laidlaw bet 250,000 and Tang tanked for half a minute before nodding in acknowledgement of what he judged to be a good hand and folded his.

Tianyuan Tang cn 3,300,000 -450,000
Daniel Laidlaw au 1,400,000 100,000

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