Many notable pros survive APL Main Event Day 2; Canlin Chen in the lead

The Asia Poker League Reloaded resumed another day of thrilling poker action at the Beijing Poker Club with Day 2 of the Main Event seeing 250 players out of the 911 total entries returning to the felt. With less than half of the field seeing a payout, 108 players to be exact, this meant that many would fall before the money was reached. And many did. By the end of scheduled play, the bubble had burst hours ago and only 32 players remained. Among them were distinguished pros and a young rising star from China, Canlin Chen.

Chip leader Canlin Chen with 1,675,000

Canlin Chen

It was an exceptionally good day for Canlin Chen who went from ranked 8th in Day 1C to the top of the chip counts at the end of Day 2. Chen amassed a towering 1,675,000 stack, which is a sizable lead from his closest competitor. While Chen has yet to win a big event, he has been making his presence known in the tournament circuit. He entered the charts in July of 2016 and since then, has already claimed a six digit score. Earlier this month, Chen finished 3rd at the PokerStars Championship Macau HK$206K High Roller event for a US$177,862 payout. If he keeps with this momentum, he may just take it all the way to the finish line.

Ladies in contention: Li Yan and Team PKC Li Si Xiao

PKC Li Si Xiao

Players, railbirds, and media are always abuzz when there are notable pros at the tables, especially when some of those are well known female players such as Li Yan and Team PKC Li Si Xiao. Both ladies are still in the running for the title with Yan high in the chip rung – in fourth position – with 1,005,000 in chips. As for Xiao, she will have to pick up some pots to boost up her 370,000 stack.

Korean pros Steve Yea and Alex Song in the battle

Steve Yea

 While the field had an expected heavy local turnout, there was still a good showing of international players. From Korea, Steve Yea of course and Alex Song. Both players have their work cut out for them if they want to catch up to the leaders. Yea is sitting with a low 280,000 in chips and Song with better, holding a stack 425,000.

Final Day on Saturday, April 21st

The final table was originally planned to take place on Sunday, April 22nd however due to the pace of the game, it was decided that they would trim it down one day with the Final Day taking place tomorrow, Saturday, April 21st.  Players will be battling it out for a lion share of the CNY 4,555,000 (US$660,674) prize pool.

Chip counts of the final 32 players:

Canlin Chen 1,675,000
Li Chengbei 1,105,000
Zhao Yu 1,060,000
Li Yan 1,005,000
Xue Wenyi 1,000,000
Cui Jiabin 895,000
Zhang Dayong 856,000
Ouyang Bo 800,000
Huang Chuan 720,000
Du Guowei 705,000
Ding Boji 620,000
Zhao Jianpent 620,000
Ma Kangyuan 575,000
Liu Shiwei 565,000
Wang Hui 560,000
Dong Xiaoqiang 535,000
Yao Ruigang 460,000
Li Xiang 430,000
Wang Zhong 430,000
Alex Song 425,000
Wang Huan 395,000
Wang Guo Feng 380,000
Li Si Xiao 370,000
Liu Yangyang 365,000
Zhao Gang 365,000
Cai Ying 335,000
Steve Yea 280,000
Li Linwei 270,000
Wang Peng 115,000
Wang Zibo 105,000
HWAL 50,000
Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we are onsite for the Final Day of the APL Reloaded Main Event. We will have updates and results as soon as it concludes.

Article by Triccia David

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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