The Asian Poker Tour Finale Macau 2016 wrapped up another exciting day at the Crystal Palace in Casino Lisboa with the Final 8 of the Main Event reached just minutes into the midnight hour. Hailing at the top with a dominating stack was China’s Lu Yunye with 4,390,000 in chips. At the the beginning of the final table Indian player Praveen Dwarkanath was on the 6th place with 660,000 chips, according to the recent updates Dwarkanath finished on 8th place for HK$70,800. Another Indian player TheSpartanPoker.com qualifier Vivek Rughani busted in 27th place for HK$23,600.
Dwarkanath ran well throughout the APT Main Event, even finding himself as the chip leader at the end of Day 2. He hit a couple of bad bumps towards the latter part of Day 3 to bring his stack below average. At today’s Final 8, Dwarkanath’s run for the title was put to a stop by poker pro Xi Xiang Luo.
Dwarkanath A♠ 8♥
Luo J♠ J♠
The board ran 5♣ 9♠ K♠ 10♣ 2♦ and with no improvement for Dwarkanath, he was the first casualty of the Final 8. Dwarkanath earned HK$70,800 (INR 6.16 lacs) for his deep finish.
Well, yesterday the bubble finally burst and it was an odd one with Jun Saito moving all in with 148k which was still a playable stack. Acting next was Xi Xiang Luo who called, and with everyone else folding, it was a showdown.
Saito 5♦ 9♠
Luo A♥ Q♥
The board ran 7♥ J♦ 3♥ 6♠ J♥ giving Luo a dominating nut flush and all of Saito’s chips. Players around the table expressed shock at Saito’s shove when they saw his hole cards. Saito qualified for the bubble protection and will be receiving the consolation prize of one free seat to the next APT Main Event of the same value.
When action resumed, short stacks hit the rail fast. The field quickly compressed down to two tables with Xiu falling in 19th place. Xiu’s stack took a heavy beating when China’s Qiao Qaio improved to a runner runner quads over his flopped set.
Day 1B chip leader, Korea’s Saehoon Lee, was also eliminated but not before losing a big pot to Dwarkanath that had players wondering what Lee could have had.
As more players fell, Korea’s SJ Kim shipped in all of Yin Min’s stack then was awarded a massive stack against Dwarkanath. The hand was definitely one that Dwarkanath could lose sleep on as it sent his stack way below average for the first time all day.
Just before the field broke down to the unofficial final table of ten players, the end of the day chip leader Yunye suffered a big drop to his stack after his A♣ K♣ lost to Zheng’s K♦ 10♠. Like Dwarkanath, Yunye experienced his first short stack moment however, he quickly recovered, doubling up through Macau’s Sam Keong Lon Cheong with pocket kings over pocket fours. Dwarkanath put the finishing touches on Cheong and the unofficial final table was reached with ten players remaining.
Entering the final ten with the largest stack was Kim sporting over 2m in chips. Japan’s Junya Nagano trailed close behind, followed by Zheng. Germany’s Fabian Geisel was the first one out, railed by Yunye in 10th place with pocket kings. This bumped up Yunye to the chip leader position. It took another two rounds before the next player hit the rail and it was a brutal one with Yunye delivering the painful blow. During the hand, Nagano and Yunye were all in on a flop of 9♥ 8♣ A♠. Nagano had A♣ Q♦ top pair while Yunye had better with 9♦ 9♣ set. The turn of 3♥ and river 3♣ gave Yunye a victorious full house to eliminate Nagano and complete the Final 8. Yunye had Nagano covered by only 35k.
In addition to the Main Event action, three side events will be shaking up the floor. The first one is the No Limit Hold’em 3 event with a buy-in is HK$5,500.
Super Deep Stack Turbo
The Deep Stack Turbo event saw China’s Yuen Shan Chu aka Hazel Chui win her second trophy of the festival. A few days ago, Chui won the No Limit Hold’em 1 Day event. Last night, she outlasted a field of 67 entries, defeating Japan’s Rintaro Yamamoto to run away with the first place purse of HK$18,000.
1) Hazel Yuen Shan Chui – HK$18,000
2) Rintaro Yamamoto – HK$11,100
3) Jacque Ramsden – HK$8,100
4) Jun Saito – HK$6,300
5) Son Hyun Woo– HK$5,500
6) Ci Yuan Huang – HK$4,700
7) Jinduk Kim – HK$4,200
8) Alexander Beresnve – HK$3,7000
9) Hon Man Wong – HK$3,400