It was a busy day of poker Friday in the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Main Event, with Winfred Yu, one of the infamous ‘Macau High Rollers’, bagging the overnight chiplead with 432,700.
For the second day in a row, Daniel Negreanu is near the top of the chip counts as a late surge pushed him into fifth place with 338,100. There’s a lot of poker to be played, but Negreanu’s eyes are squarely focused on a second final table in Melbourne and a chance at his fifth career bracelet (as well as over $1 million).
Negreanu isn’t the only pro near the top of the counts as Rupert Elder (373,400) finished the night in second place place while Jim Collopy (191,600), Benny Spindler (192,500), Jonathan Karamalikis (184,600), Oleksii Kovalchuk (183,300), Dan Shak (165,600), Jonathan Duhamel (164,300) and Erik Seidel (161,000) put together strong days as well.
Just after players returned from dinner, the final numbers for the Main Event were revealed by WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. With a few late entries, the field reach 405 players, meaning the final 40 players will each earn at least $20,392. Players who reach the eight-handed final table will lock up at least $82,721, with the next seven players each earning at least six figures. All of the remaining players have their eyes on the top prize, though, was the winner will receive $1,038,825, the title of first WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event Champion, and, of course, the gold bracelet.
More than 60 percent of the field was eliminated on Day 2, as Mike Leah, Mohsin Charania, Phil Hellmuth, Marvin Rettenmaier, Brendon Rubie, Jackie Glazier, Jean-Robert Bellande, Sam Trickett, Phil Ivey and Australian poker legend Joe Hachem were each among the casualties. Graeme Putt, the only player to make two final tables so far at WSOP APAC, will not be making it three as he went out as well.
It’s going to be a long Day 3 in Melbourne as play will resume at 12 pm, with seven 90 minute levels scheduled to be played. Here are the top ten stacks when play resumes Saturday afternoon.
- Winfred Yu – 432700
- Rupert Elder – 373400
- George Tsatsis – 365,800
- Guden Yasar – 350,300
- Daniel Negreanu – 338,100
- Martin Dimitrov – 252,000
- Mark Betts – 238,300
- Kahle Burns – 231,200
- David Yan – 230,700
- Balleur Gaetan – 213,900
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