Late registration has closed here on Day 1b of the ACOP Warm-Up, the second of two Day 1 flights. Today saw 191 players sign up for the $25,000 (HKD) event, which added to the 167 who played yesterday means a total field of 358 players.
About 130 of the 191 who started Day 1b are still with chips. Among the fallen thus far today are Danny Wong, 14th-place finisher at the 2012 WSOP Main Event, who just went out in Level 5. He joins Timothy Finne, Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang, and 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event winner Olivier Speidel on the rail.
Here’s a quick look at some of the stacks from around the room as Level 5 comes to a close.
As recently discussed, Team Online Pro Randy “nanonoko” Lew is staying active, continuing to hover around the 40,000-chip mark.
Also doing well at present is Mike Watson. “SirWatts” had fallen to short-stacked status early on today, but has come back strong of late, including grabbing a significant boost (and a knockout) in a recent hand.
In that one the board read A♠8♣J♣9♥ when all of his opponent’s chips got into the middle. Watson saw his opponent turn over A♥A♣ for a set, but Watson had him beat with Q♠10♣ for a straight. The river brought a queen, and Watson now sits with about 40,000.
2012 APPT Macau Main Event champion Victorino Torres has about 35,000 at the moment. Current 2012 ANZPT Player of the Year points leader Mishel Anunu has about 26,000, as does “Elky” vanquisher Artem Lobus.
Nicky Jin, currently in second on the APPT Player of the Year leaderboard behind Yosuke Sekiya, has about 25,000 chips. And sitting at around 22,000 are 2009 APOY winner Kitty Kuo, Johnny Chan, and Team PokerStars Pros Raymond Wu and Eugene Katchalov.
Meanwhile Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin had chipped up early on, but has fallen back of late and is now battling with a stack of about 8,000.
We’ll come back in a little while with information regarding the prize pool and payouts for Event 8 of the Asia Championship of Poker, a.k.a. the Warm-Up.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.