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Level 27 (blinds 40,000/80,000, ante 5000)
9.15pm: Mike Kim eliminated in 2nd place; Dermot Blain wins APPT Macau Main Event
It was only the fourth hand of heads-up play when Irish PokerStars satellite winner Dermot Blain announced that he was all-in, after which Mike Kim leaned back in his chair, grimacing. "Okay," he muttered as he turned up T♦ 9♠. Blain stood up and rolled over K♦ T♥ to have the Korean PokerStars Sponsored Player outkicked.
Both players hit the flop of 3♣ T♣ A♠, but Kim would still need that nine to take the lead. Blain cupped his hands over his mouth, turned away from the table and closed his eyes, but he needn't have worried as the turn and river bricked out J♠ 8♠, confirming him as the 2009 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event champion, taking home the championship trophy and a payout of HKD $4,194,000 (USD $541,081). Congratulations to Mike Kim, who takes home HKD $2,984,100 for his runner-up finish.
9pm: Daoxing Chen eliminated in 3rd place
In the biggest pot of the tournament, Dermot Blain raised it up to 220,000 from the button and Daoxing Chen called from the small blind as Mike Kim got out of the way on the big blind. The drama would then unfold on the flop which read 3♥ 9♣ A♣; Chen checked, Blain opened for 350,000, Chen re-raised to 1,350,000 and Blain announced that he was all-in. Chen snap-called, rolling up A♥ Q♠ but was devastated to see that Blain was ahead with A♦ K♠. The turn and river would blank out 5♥ A♠ and "Bao Bao" was eliminated from the APPT Macau Main Event in third place, receiving a standing ovation from his supporters on the rail. Blain has 7,390,000 in chips and goes into the heads-up battle with an eight-to-one chip advantage against Mike Kim, who holds just 920,000. He takes home HKD $1,855,000.
8.45pm: Chen on the charge
The remaining three players have settled back into their game, but since the elimination of Darkhan Botabayev, it's been Daoxing Chen controlling the game, taking two pots from Mike Kim in quick succession. Kim raised from the small blind and Chen called from the big blind. They checked it all the way on a board that read 9♣ 2♥ 4♣ Q♣ 6♦; the 7♦ 7♣ that Chen tabled would be good enough to take it down. A few hands later, Chen limped in from the small blind, Kim checked from the big blind and they both checked the flop of Q♠ 9♠ Q♣. It would go check-check on the turn of the 5♥; Kim would then check-call Chen's bet of 150,000, only to muck after Chen tabled A♦ J♣ for top pair on the river.
8.30pm: Arce leads with five remaining
Tournament officials have wisely decided to start the final table of the APPT Macau High Roller event in PokerStars Macau with the Main Event still occupying the feature table on the Grand Lisboa Casino floor. The final table comprised:
Grant Levy 1,428,000
Neil Arce 1,153,000
Gap Young Kim 760,000
Vladimir Geshkenbein 678,000
Johnny Chan 518,000
In Wook Choi 490,000
Danny Huynh 432,000
Nicolas Wong 224,000
Already, Wong has been busted by Neil Arce when his jacks held up against A-K. In Wook Choi finished sixth, following Gap Young Kim to the rail who was the seventh-place finisher. With five players remaining, it's Arce in the lead on 2.2 million ahead of PokerStars.net Team Australia's Grant Levy (1.65 million), Vladimir Geshkenbein (700,000), Johnny Chan (520,000) and Danny Huynh (430,000).
8pm: Darkhan Botabayev eliminated in 4th place
Kazakhstan has a poker hero of its own after Darkhan Botabayev finished a stunning fourth in the APPT Macau Main Event. His tournament life was snuffed out when Daoxing Chen raised from the small to 210,000, only to have Botabayev announce he was all-in for his last 850,000 in chips from the big blind. Chen snap-called tabling A♣ Q♣, well ahead of the T♦ 4♦ of Botabayev. The flop of 8♠ 5♦ 6♥ didn't improve either hand, but Botabayaev found a gutshot straight draw. He then had more outs to the flush then the J♦ appeared on the turn, but the river bricked out the 5♠ and the Kazakh was KOed in third place for HKD $ 1,290,500. With that, Chen is now on 2,845,000 in chips. Dermot Blain still holds the chip lead with 3,052,000 and Mike Kim is the short stack on 1,950,000.