APL Latest: Ladies Take Control of the Main Event

Total field size rising fast

The fourth starting day for the $1,000 buy in Main Event saw an anticipated spike in entries begin to arrive. Typically, later starting flights attract a higher number of entries in tournaments. The 119 players who hit the felt today reflect that fact, and organisers will undoubtedly be pleased with the increase. This brings the total number up to 294.

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119 players for Day 1D

Ladies in command of the Main Event

The female contingent in this Main Event enjoyed a promising day 1A when Zhang Chen Xu topped the chip counts at the end of first flight, but until today, Xu didn’t have any fellow ladies for company at the top. That all changed through the course of today, as Xu Hong Dan marched up through the leaderboard to bag up the biggest stack at the close of play. It has been refreshing to see a strong female turnout during the event, with a mixture of unknown players and better known pros. Juicy Li from team PKC was in attendance, as was Chan You pro, Aiko Wang.

Read more: A Quick Chat with Aiko Wang from Team Pro Chang You

Chip counts

Chip Counts (Top Ten)

– Xu Hong Dan – 385,000
– Li Han Bin – 217,000
– Li Hua Bing – 184,000
– Bao Jun – 165,000
– Chen Fan – 154,000
– Long Guo Jun – 150,000
– Liu Jie – 144,000
– Gao Wei – 129,000
– Deng Zhe – 120,000
– Ma Ze Dao 117,000


 Broken Dreams for Ron Tse

Ron Tse

Having originally been a resident of Hawaii, Ron Tse moved to the Philippines in order to study. His relocation also allowed him to pursue his passion for live poker tournaments, and he has already been grinding the low stakes tourneys and cashing with admirable regularity. Tse managed to notch up more than 10 cashes in 2016, and won his seat for this Main Event at Aces Poker in Manila.

He spent much of today building a big stack and making the most of this wonderful opportunity to compete for a piece of the $500K prize pool, but fell victim to a big preflop confrontation with QQ vs AQ vs AK later in the day.

Side Event: 88 players in the $500 Deepstack Event

Stephane Carrier
Stephane Carrier

Side events continue to attract a great number of players. 88 bought into the $550 Deepstack today. Action has been dominated by locals, but among them, French grinder Stephane Carrier made a great start to his trip to China. Fresh from his runner up finish at APT Cambodia’s Main Event just a few weeks ago, he decided to stop off in Beijing before heading to France. He managed to continue his good run of form by adding a 7th place finish here, adding $2100 to his bankroll in the process.

Players were still battling for the trophy in the early hours of the morning.

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of somuchpoker.com. He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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