HKD$100,000 ACOP Main Event
HKD$100,000 ACOP Main Event
Day 3 completed

Day 3 Ends with Final 22 Players in the Money; Kanaan Leads

[user68268] • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Michael Kanaan
Michael Kanaan

Day 3 of the 2012 APPT Macau: Asia Championship of Poker Main Event has concluded with the bubble bursting on the very last hand of the day.

Just 22 players remain, and all of them are officially in the money here in Macau. With each player guaranteed HKD$173,000, Michael Kanaan leads the way by a narrow margin. His finishing stack of 627,500 just barely eclipses the 626,500 for Andrew Gaw.

Other notables still remaining are Mike Watson, Day 1 chip leader Gary Lam and Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu. Wu finished the day with 227,000.

The penultimate Day 4 will kick off tomorrow at 3:10 p.m. local time here at the Grand Waldo Hotel in Macau, and the goal will be to reach the final table. However long that may take, PokerNews will be right here with the coverage, so don't miss out. Until then, enjoy your night, but don't party too hard. We've got that taken care of.

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Day 4 Seating Assignments and Chip Counts

Happy_Freaked • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
TableSeatNameCountryChip Count
11Jacques ZaicikUK159,000
12Michael WatsonCanada515,000
13Gary LamMacau296,000
14Alan SassUSA100,500
15Tsugunari TomaJapan108,500
16Ying Kit ChanHong Kong385,500
17Yuri IshidaJapan99,000
18James McCartyJapan104,000
21Andrew HinrichsenAustralia 82,000
22Tom AlnerUK158,000
23Zhongwei WangChina241,500
24Raiden KanMalaysia441,500
25Tri HuynhCanada84,500
26Seungsoo JeonKorea265,500
27Xing ZhouChina299,000
31Paolo CompagnoSwitzerland 256,000
32Michael KanaanAustralia627,500
33Aaron LimAustralia237,000
34Andrew GawPhilippines626,500
35Raymond WuChinese Taipei227,000
36Henry Hung Tu WangChinese Taipei145,000
38Ping LinChina62,000

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Michael Kanaan au 627,500 -32,500
Andrew Gaw ph 626,500 -13,500
Mike Watson ca 515,000 55,000
Raiden Kan 441,500 56,500
Ying Kit Chan 385,500 240,600
Xing Zhou cn 299,000 -86,000
Gary Lam mo 295,000 10,000
Seungsoo Jeon 265,500 -44,500
Paolo Compagno 256,000 6,000
Zhongwei Wang 241,500 6,500
Aaron Lim au 237,000 37,000
Raymond Wu cn 227,000 62,000
Jacques Zaicik 159,000 4,000
Tom Alner gb 158,000 -12,000
Henry Wang au 145,000 -23,000
Tsugunari Toma jp 108,500 -41,500
James McCarty 104,000 4,000
Alan Sass me 100,500 -24,500
Yuri Ishida jp 99,000 -15,000
Tri Huynh 84,500 -270,500
Andrew Hinrichsen au 82,000 -28,000
Ping Lin cn 62,000 -43,000

Linh Tran Bubbles ACOP Main Event

Linh Tran bubbles
Linh Tran bubbles

On the very next hand after James McCarty doubled through him, Aaron Lim finished off the day by bursting the bubble. In order to send everyone into the money, Lim eliminated Linh Tran on the following hand.

Action folded to Tran in the cutoff seat, and he raised all in for 38,000. Lim reraised all in from the button, and everyone else folded. Lim held the {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, and Tran the {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}. Tran was the player at risk and looking to double up.

The flop came down {9-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and just about closed the door completely for Tran. He now needed running aces, kings or threes to double up.

After the {5-Diamonds} hit the turn, Tran was officially drawing dead. The river completed the board with the {J-Clubs}, and the day was over.

Linh Tran ca Busted

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McCarty Doubles On the Bubble


From the cutoff seat, James McCarty raised all in for 48,500. Aaron Lim requested a count from the small blind, thought for a minute, then called. Everyone else got out of the way, and it was McCarty's {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} at risk against the {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for Lim.

The board ran out {K-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, and despite a heart sweat on the turn, McCarty doubled through.

Aaron Lim au 200,000 -50,000
James McCarty 100,000 30,000

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Happy_Freaked • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

There were just five minutes remaining in the level, but tournament director Danny McDonagh just announced there would be added time. Hand of hand play has been going on for the last 40 minutes and that has chewed up quite some time off the tournament clock. An additional 15 minutes will be played before the day is done, regardless if the bubble bursts.

Tran Dodges The Flush


Linh Tran was down to just 22,500 when he moved all in from the small blind. Aaron Lim called almost immediately and took a shot at bursting the bubble. When the hands at the other tables were completed we witnessed the following showdown.

Linh Tran: {Q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Aaron Lim: {Q-Spades}{3-Spades}

The board ran out {10-Spades}{6-Hearts}{8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} and Tran survived this crucial all in. Everyone was rooting for a spade to appear, but the bubble did not burst.

Aaron Lim au 250,000 -25,000
Linh Tran ca 46,000 6,000

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