The sun has now set on another day of action in the ACOP Main Event, and of the 157 survivors from day 1, only 65 will return for day 3. The final figure for 1st place money, reached a mouth watering USD$760,000 as the field size grew to 260, but it's fair to say that the organisers will have been hoping to see a similar number to last year's 291 competitors. Despite that fact, a prize pool of USD$3,120,000 is still a serious amount of money for any poker tournament.
Notable names still in contention
Our article about day 1 detailed the exciting prospect of numerous notable names still in the hunt for this title, and quite a few of those names still remain. We did lose John Juanda today, along with Xuan Liu and Joe Hachem, but there are a number of notable names still in contention. After starting today with the chip lead, Yasuhiro Ojiri had a difficult day, slipping back to 64,300 by the time play had concluded. Bryan Huang (54,300) and Adrian Brion (61,000) were left fairly short, but still alive at the end of today. They will be hoping to turn things around when play commences tomorrow. Further up the leader board, Isaac Haxton has been more or less treading water with (77,200) but remains a very dangerous player. Erik Seidel is also still healthy enough, with (96,800.) Raymond Wu will be pleased with his progress today, bagging up (113,200) and Mikhail Shalamov will be feeling the same, as the biggest chip stack of the three remaining Pokerstars sponsored players. He takes (161,400) into tomorrow. High Roller regular, Christoph Vogelsang also takes a strong stack of (127,100) into day 3.
Yuguang Li Chip leader
Of all those who gained ground today, none can quite match the man who has climbed into the chip lead, with a commanding (440,300.) That man is former Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon winner, Yuguang Li. He also took down the High Roller event in that same festival, and will be a serious force heading into tomorrow.
Yuguang Li (Photo Kenneth Lim courtesy of PokerStars)
The top 10 counts are as follows:
1- Yuguang Li – 440,300
2 – Zhou Zhou – 294,400
3 – Yat Wai Cheng – 288,500
4 – Zhengye Yao – 266,300
5 – Billy Argyros – 261,300
6 – Ningdan Shi – 254,000
7 – Michael Addamo – 227,200
8 – Shunu Zang – 207,100
9 – Peiran Liu – 201,000
10 – Patrick Mahoney – 185,300
Article by Craig B.