A total of 384 players from around the globe turned up on both Day 1a and Day 1b, and 180 of them made the cut to the second day of play in the five-day long tournament. South Africa’s Charles Lum will go into the second day of play as the chip leader after he finished Day 1a with a stack of 158,500 chips. Not far behind the South African is New Zealander Matt Carter, who is just four thousand chips behind with 154,100 following his solid play in the first starting flight.
Hong Kong’s Tomaz Yip had the largest chip stack of the players who turned out for Day 1b, with 133,500 to his name after it was all said and done. Yip will go into Day 2 fourth on the overall chip ladder behind Lum, Carter and China’s Nan Hong, who has 149,300 chips to his name after a strong performance from him on Day 1a.
Hong was the winner of what is arguably one of the biggest hands in the Main Event thus far when eliminated a player and put another down to his last 6,000 chips after a showdown between the three. Hong’s starting hand of Pocket Aces was actually behind after the flop, after the eliminated player hit a two pair. Things went Hong’s way after the turn and river, however, when two Tens rounded out the board, which gave him the higher two pair and a bucket load of chips.
Yip was not the only player who finished the last starting flight with a significant stack. Bjorn Li also had a good first day at the Main Event, notching up a total of 122,300 in time for Day 2, while Lue Yan is not lagging too far behind with 109,500 to his name. Not all of the household poker names are in Las Vegas right now; a few of them have turned out in this event as well. One of those is American player and beauty Lacey Jones, who made the cut to Day 2 with 17,700 chips. PokerStars Team professionals Vivian Im, Jay Tan and Jordan Wesmorland will also return for the second day of play. Notables from the first starting flight who made the cut to Day 2 are GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions Warm-Up winner Nick Wong, 2013 APT Philippines Main Event winner Trung Tran and 2013 ANZPT Sydney Main Event Winner Dinesh Alt. All of these players will hope to continue their glory from past events over the next three days in Macau.
Day 2 of the APPT Macau Main Event is set to get under way later this afternoon at PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams.