HKD$100,000 ACOP Main Event
HKD$100,000 ACOP Main Event
Day 1 completed

Lam Leads After Day 1 of ACOP; Cheong Has Solid Day

[user68268] • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Joseph Cheong and Tom Alner
Joseph Cheong and Tom Alner

Day 1 of the 2012 APPT Macau: Asia Championship of Poker HKD$100,000 Main Event has come to a close after a short day on the felt today. The buy-in was a fairly hefty one, but a very solid field of 184 runners came out for action and generated a prize pool worth HKD$17,305,200. Topping the pack as the early favorite to take home the HKD$4,240,000 first-place prize was Yue Hin Lam with 122,525 in chips.

Lam was all over the place early, but doubled up on the following hand to really get the momentum going. From middle position, Marc Convey raised to 425 to start off the action. Shengqing Zhu called from the cutoff seat, and Richard Chow called on the button. Then, Lam reraised to 1,775 from the small blind. After the big blind folded, things got a bit tricky.

The dealer began to pull in all the original bet amounts of 425. Then, Convey and Zhu called the reraise, and the dealer pulled those in, but Chow was still to act. After a couple minutes of reconstructing the pot, Chow made the call and all four saw a flop.

The flop came down {A-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, and action checked around to Chow. He bet 2,300, and the three-bettor Lam moved all in for 11,875. After a fold came from Convey and Zhu, Chow thought for a minute, then called. Chow held the {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for a combo draw, but Lam had flopped trips with the {5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. The table seemed to be quite surprised with the two hands that were turned over in this big, three-bet pot. The turn was the {Q-Clubs}, and the river was the {9-Hearts}. Lam's trips held up, and he won the pot to more than double his stack.

There weren't a ton of tables in play on Day 1, but there were plenty of notable faces filling up the seats all around the tournament room of PokerStars Macau at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex. Of those in the field were plenty of Team PokerStars players. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, Raymond Wu, Bryan Huang, Angel Guillen, Viviam Im, Celina Lin and Max Lykov represented Team Pro, while Randy Lew and Naoya Kihara were sporting the Team Online patch.

Other notables in the field were Joseph Cheong, John Juanda, Johnny Chan, David Steicke and Jeff Rossiter. Cheong and Rossiter played late into the night yesterday in the HKD$25,000 Warm-Up event. Rossiter went on to win the event for HKD$1,777,000, while Cheong took third place. In the event, Rossiter was the one who exited first, and Cheong finished on 101,850 in chips. Juanda and Chan were also eliminated on the day.

Cheong was the beneficiary of an early double up that really got his day off to a fast start. According to Cheong, one player raised to 275 from early position, then Cheong reraised to 825. The original raiser reraised to 2,525, and Cheong called.

The flop came down {7-}{4-}{2-} with two diamonds and one heart. Cheong's opponent bet 2,600, and Cheong made the call to see the {A-Hearts} land on the turn. With two hearts now joining the two diamonds on the board, the first player checked, and Cheong bet 5,600. The player raised, then Cheong reraised all in. His opponent called with {A-}{K-} for top pair, top kicker, but Cheong's {5-}{3-} held a hammerlock on the hand with a wheel. The river blanked off, and Cheong doubled up.

With a tad under 150 players remaining, play will resume tomorrow at 5:00 PM local time here in Macau for Day 2. PokerNews will be on hand for all of the action, and we hope to have you right here following along.

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Gary Lam mo 122,525
Mike Kim 103,900
Joseph Cheong us 101,850 6,850
Rahul Byrraju in 90,750
Seungsoo Jeon 89,225
David Martirosyan 86,975 16,975
Brendon Rubie au 86,550 11,550
Xing Zhou cn 80,525
Hung Cheng Hung 78,100
Nicky Tao Jin 76,750
Tom Marchese us 75,500 25,500
Edmund Lee 75,250
Celina Lin cn 72,575 45,575
Yuri Ishida 72,225
James McCarty 69,850
Marcus Lau 69,000
Tri Ba Huynh 68,850
Victorino Torres mp 68,075 8,075
Katsuhiro Muto 67,825
Kenny Shih us 67,450 28,450
Carlos Chang 63,425
Darren Elias us 61,725 10,725
Derek Cheung 60,300
Danny Wong us 60,100 28,100
Richard Renyong Hu 58,825

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Guerin Takes Out Chouity


The 2010 EPT Monte Carlo champion Nicholas Chouity has just been eliminated. Didier Guerin was kind enough to give us the information, and the hand went as following.

Chouity raised from middle position to 700 and Guerin three-bet to 2,000 from the hijack. The action was folded back around to Chouity who tanked for a long time before four-betting to 3,700. Guering did some tanking as well, before he put in the call.

The flop brought out {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and Chouity bet 2,200. Guerin raised to 5,800 and Chouity made the call.

On the turn the {4-Hearts} showed up and Chouity checked. Guerin put his opponent all in for right around 18,000 chips, and eventually he made the call with {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}. Guerin showed {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} and took down the pot after the river brought a blank. The young Aussie moved up to around 65,000, but as of right now he's sitting on 55,000 chips.

Didier Guerin au 55,000 15,000
Nicholas Chouity Busted

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Thirty More Minutes

Happy_Freaked • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

There is no break, and play continues into the fifth level on the structure sheet. Just 30 more minutes are to be played today before everyone heads over to the player party.


Cheong Gets There


A big roar was just heard in the tournament room as Joseph Cheong won big all in. We rushed over to the table, and Cheong explained what happened.

Cheong raised under the gun to 725 and two players made the call. The flop brought out {A-Spades}{Q-}{3-Spades} and Cheong checked. The first caller bet 2,000 and the second one opted to raise to 5,000. Cheong had {A-}{Q-} and he decided to three-bet to 14,400. The first player moved all in for a total of 15,875, and he was called in two spots.

On the turn a red {9-} showed up, and Cheong put his opponent all in for right around 16,000 chips. After a while he folded, and later claimed to have had {K-Spades}{J-Spades}.

Cheong was up against {3-}{3-}, and hit a {q-} on the river to complete his full house. He took down this big pot and is closing in on the six-figure mark.

Joseph Cheong us 95,000 11,000

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