APPT8 Macau Day 3: Back breaking multi-table action

May 24, 2014

“Carlos, you have to sit down,” APPT President Danny McDonagh quipped to Carlos Chang as he passed his table. At the time, Chang was standing behind his chair, leaning over it and peeling his cards preparing to bet.

“But my back hurts,” Chang replied.

“Bad luck, you can’t stand up like that, it’s as if you are trying to look at his cards,” McDonagh responded, gesturing to Michael Kanaan on Chang’s right.

Chang then took a knee on the chair, stretched out his spine against the back of the chair and asked McDonagh if that was okay. McDonagh said that it was better and would be fine for now.


Carlos Chang standing before Mr. McDonagh told him off

Seeing this scene got me thinking about the health of my own back. I’m probably too young to be whinging about back pain, but sitting at a desk writing about poker day in and day out can take its toll, just as perhaps it has taken its toll on Chang at the poker table.

But then I quickly remembered that I’m sitting in a flimsy small chair and Chang is sitting in the PokerStars LIVE Macau executive-style leather high back chairs – arguably (and by that I mean, definitely) the greatest poker chairs in any poker room I have been in the world. Chang’s back problems must be unrelated to these chairs. Luckily for me, I need to get up often to check out the action of the tournament, meaning I’m able to have a stretch as I wander around the tournament area.


Fit for a king

Right now more and more of the chairs are emptying up as the APPT8 Macau Main Event has been whittled down to just 32 players. Maybe If I’m lucky I will be able to steal one of these comfortable tournament seats and roll it over to the media desk.

Somehow I doubt it though. The PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room is going to need all the seats it can get as the side events keep rolling on and we edge ever-closer to the prestigious HK$100,000 (~US$12,000) High Roller event, which begins at 6:00 p.m.

One player who will need a seat in both the APPT8 Macau Main Event and the High Roller is Peter Chan.

“Peter Chan has just told me he is going to make the final table of the Main Event while playing in the High Roller this evening,” McDonagh told the room over the microphone.

Chan just nonchalantly smiled, quietly confident that his plan is full proof.


Peter Chan looking comfortable enough to multi-table

“I’m offering a bonus bottle of water to anyone who multi-tables the High Roller and the Main Event,” McDonagh joked to the room.

“Here is your bonus bottle of water,” McDonagh added, handing a bottle of water to Chan.

Not the best deal considering the water is free to all.

Plus, all the players in the Main Event have already locked up HK$49,000. They can certainly afford to buy their own water if they had to. If they make it to the top 16 players though, they will be guaranteed HK$100,000 – just enough to jump in the High Roller with Chan. And of course, lock up that bonus bottle of water.

Right now it is Jiajun Liu who is in the best shape in the Main Event as he won plenty of pots early and recently sent Fabien Parisel home when his A♥K♣ trumped Parisel’s J♥J♦. Despite his first name featuring two j’s, Jiajun Liu is not to be mistaken with prominent lady of poker JJ Liu. Especially considering JJ Liu was recently eliminated from the Main Event.

You can find out all about how JJ Liu was eliminated and how the other Liu is building a stack in the live updates section at the top of the APPT8 Macau page! As for me, I’m going to get out of my chair, stretch my legs again and look longingly at the comfy chairs the players are sitting in!


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