The field decreased by three more just before the end of Level 18, while Tom Alner of the UK had an especially successful level to move up over 800,000 and into first position. Just 13 remain to start Level 19 (4,000/8,000/1,000).
Three more down
Paolo Compagno of Switzerland was undone after jamming an 8♦7♣9♣ flop with K♦9♠ only to be quickly called by Andrew Hinrichsen holding J♠10♦ for the flopped straight. No miracles came on fourth and fifth streets for Compagno, who was out in 16th.
The last player from Macau, Yue Hin “Gary” Lam, was knocked out in 15th after committing his short stack with 10♦9♦ and finding himself up against the A♠J♣ of Henry Wang, then watching the community cards fail to improve his hand.
Ping Lin followed Lam to the rail shortly thereafter. The Chinese player had gotten his chips in with Q♣2♣ versus his fellow countryman Xing Zhou’s 10♦9♦, then the flop brought both a nine and a deuce to pair both. No further help came for Lin, who went out in 14th.
All three players earned $259,500 (HKD) for their finishes. Lin’s cash made him one of two players to have made the money in both the ACOP Warm-Up and the ACOP Main Event after his 18th-place finish in the Warm-Up, good for $75,900 (HKD). (Andrew Gaw also barely made the money in the Warm-Up.)
Wu renews focus
During the break, Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu spoke a little about how Day 4 has gone thus far for him. The Chinese Taipei player presently sits with a stack of 133,500 which places him 12th of 13.
“I’ve been a little card dead today,” Wu explained. “I’m just trying to find a spot to double up.”
When asked about which players were proving difficult to play against, Wu mentioned Alner and Andrew Hinrichsen, both of whom have made significant moves today after being relatively short early on.
He also mentioned the two Mikes — Kanaan and Watson — as being especially tough players as well. But he’s returned from the break with a renewed spirit.
“Just let me get a stack of 400,000,” Wu said. “Then we can play.”
Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Wu as well a little earlier to discuss his Day 4. Take a look:
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.