It’s been another super fast day here in Macau. Earlier on, the Main Event got down to the final six in less than seven hours, and this High Roller has just got down to a final table before the end of Day 2.
80 players returned at midday today, and perhaps thanks to the 30-second shot clock, now just eight remain.
While Dan Smith was chip leader for much of the day, his main competitor for pole position throughout was Raghav Bansal. The man from New Delhi, India, has had a string of Macau cashes of late, most notably a runner-up result in the Macau Poker Cup for $137,587 in February. Bansal would end the night at the top of the counts, and will lead the final table with 1.787 million coming back at 8K/16K. Smith meanwhile ended fourth in chips with 1.238 million.
Our overnight chip leader was Nick Petrangelo, and he had a smooth ride today too, ultimately finishing with 1.45 million. Similarly, Canada’s Troy Quenneville finished fifth in chips at the end of Day 1, and rode that stack to finish second in chips tonight with 1.698 million. Here are the full counts:
|Ben Lai||Hong Kong||990,000|
Of course, where there are survivors there must be victims. Team Pro Felipe Ramos managed a deep run in this thing, but lost a flip with pocket queens against Sergey Lebedev’s big slick to send him out in 21st.
Another notable was Daniel Dvoress, who was having a good day early on, seemingly picking up aces every hand. But his night would come to an early finish when his pocket kings were cracked by Adrian Attenborough’s pocket jacks. He busted in 18th, and immediately went to hop into the other HK$100K which started tonight (known as the ‘trip saver’). In fact, that’s what most people who busted did.
John Juanda just missed out on the money, but he wasn’t our bubble boy. That honour fell to Zdravko Duvnjak, who was ousted when he shoved the K♠10♣ into Sosia Jiang’s K♣J♣. A jack on the flop sent him out empty-handed.
From there we lost Morten Mortensen, Martin Kozlov, Dmitry Yurasov, Nariman Yaghmai, Lee Wai Kiat, Danny Tang, Ramos, Yan Shing Tsang, Dvoress, Zhong Wang, Shuo Li, Adrian Attenborough, Yang Wang, Xiaoyang Luo to bring us down to 12.
The next elimination would be the man who finished third – behind Steve O’Dwyer and Fedor Holz – in the Super High Roller, Manig Loeser. The German got into a pre-flop raising war with Quenneville which ended with all his chips in the middle. He got it in good with the A♦K♦ versus A♣Q♦, but the K♠J♥8♠10♥2♥ runout gave Quenneville broadway.
Michael Addamo exited next in 11th. His A♣7♣ couldn’t hold against Petrangelo’s K♠Q♠. Then Ryan Yu was felted by Smith, and finally another Super High Roller final tablist James Chen busted in ninth to end the night a level ahead of schedule.
Play resumes at 12:30pm local time tomorrow, and from there we’ll be playing down to a champion. Get some rest and join us back here on the PokerStars Blog then!
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Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
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