After three days of intensive poker, our APPT Macau Main Event field has been whittled from 533 all the way down to 7. The prize pool stands at HK$11,891,230 (USD$1,531,129) with HK$2,694,000 (USD$346,882) set aside for 1st place. Play is set to recommence tomorrow, with each of those 7 players still in with a shout of winning. One man is shouting a little louder than the rest however, as Alex Ward has a commanding chip lead and vast experience to call upon. Here’s how the final table will line up….
Jiayi Jin – 465,000
In seat 1 we have Jiayi Jin, a Chinese national whose enthusiasm for poker has seen him play his fair share of tournaments over the last four years. He works in banking as a day job, and starts play tomorrow with 465,000 chips.
Jiayi Jin (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)
Weijan Xie – 1,215,000
In seat 2 is fellow Chinese player Weijian Xie. Normally found working for a car business, he is still somewhat new to tournament poker, having never cashed in a live tournament before today. He clearly has a fair idea of what he is doing though, as he has accumulated an imposing 1,215,000 chipstack.
Weijian Xie (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)
Fu Ying – 1,110,000
In seat 3 is our third finalist who is also from China and will have a considerable 1,110,000 chips going into tomorrow. His name is Fu Ying, and although poker is not his main job, he has travelled to a number of big live events and will be an ever present threat tomorrow.
Fu Ying (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)
ZhiYi Feng – 685,000
Seat 4 is occupied by Zhiyi Feng, who has been playing poker for 8 years but has a regular job working as a financial manager. He is also from China, and will have his work cut out successfully managing his 685,000 chip stack tomorrow.
Zhiyi Feng (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)
Jian Guo Sun – 1,055,000
Seat 5 is filled by another Chinese player, Jian Guo Sun. He works in a coffee shop most days of the week, but has developed an interest in poker over the last couple of years. He doesn’t have any major results to his name, and this will be his first serious cash. He brings 1,055,000 chips into the final day.
Jian Guo Sun (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)
Alex Ward – 4,715,000
Seat 6 is where our overwhelming favourite and chip leader resides. Alex Ward has been a professional player for ten years, and has several live tournament wins to his name, including APT Cebu. Ward is from the UK, and will bring a serious advantage into tomorrow, with his 4,715,000 chips.
Alex Ward (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)
Bernard Vu – 1,420,000
Seat 7 is occupied by a player who may yet upset Ward’s potential dominance tomorrow. French player Bernard Vu is not short on experience, having played the game for the past 8 years. He has cashed in many major live events before and his experience will no doubt help him along as he seeks to put his 1,420,000 chips to work tomorrow.
Bernard Vu (Photo Kenneth Lim Courtesy of PokerStars)
In The Money
|Place||Last Name||First Name||Prize (HKD)|
|31||Chan||Douglas Hill Ming||$64,850|
|32||Chan||Matthew Weng Chih||$64,850|
|36||Chen||Neo Li Han||$64,850|
|43||Kat||Jeffrey Iok Seng||$58,950|