For the first day of the APPT Macau Main Event, 222 hopefuls bought in for HK$25,000 (USD$3,219) with 311 taking their seats on day 1b. This generated a total prize pool of HK$11,891,230 (USD$1,531,129) from the 533 participants. This constitutes a very strong turnout, the largest that has been seen at this event since 2011 and shows that Asian poker remains in excellent health.
533 entries in the Main Event (Photo Kenneth Lim courtesy of PokerStars)
Day 1a saw plenty of action, with Leon Li-ta Hsu fresh off the back of taking down the PLO event for the second year in a row. He bagged up a very competitive stack for day 2, and sits with 80,000. Yifan Zhang is still in contention with 64,200 and Linh Tran still has 70,100 to work with. By the end of the day, it was Deok-yeong Lee from Korea who led the way with 162,800. China’s Yijun Lou is following closely with 162,000. Of those who didn’t enjoy quite such a great day 1, Vivian Im and Kosei Ichinose are the most notable names to have fallen.
With a larger field size, we saw more pros and names of repute gather for the second starting day. As play drew to a close, some of the notable names had chip stacks which were in good health too, while some were better described as having ground out their survival. Juicy Sixiao Li will be the one to watch tomorrow, as she has topped the leaaderboard across the first two days, bagging up 219,000.
Juicy Li (Photo Kenneth Lim courtesy of PokerStars)
Kitty Kuo sits with a comfortable 84,900 too, while further down the leaderboard Chen An Lin has 64,400. The Asian Player of the Year for 2015 Alan King Lun Lau is still in the hunt for this title, and has 33,700 while Celina Lin has 29,900. Sparrow Cheung also makes day 2 with 22,500.
Celina Lin (Photo Kenneth Lim courtesy of PokerStars)
Everything is still to play for tomorrow, as 219 players will compete for the 63 places that will be paid, with the top spot paying out HK$2,694,000 (USD$346,882.)
Day 1A & Day 1B Top 10
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In the other side events which have been reaching their conclusion today, Xiang Li proved triumphant in the HK$2,000 Turbo Deepstack, besting a field of 209 players to take home HK$86,937.