Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
The HK $1,000,000 Main Event of the 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Macau played out over the course of nine levels this afternoon at the Galaxy Macau Hotel in Taipa, Macau. A total of 73 entries were received throughout the day with Stephen Chidwick leading 43 survivors.
The action kicked off at 1 PM local time on Wednesday attracting the likes of Erik Seidel, Fedor Holz, John Juanda, Richard Yong, Winfred Yu, and the top poker players in the world including former Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event champions Manig Loeser (Montenegro), Koray Aldemir (Manila), and Wai Kin Yong (Manila).
Seidel, who sits in second place on the all-time money list is still in the hunt and if the American poker legend is able to make a deep run he could pass Daniel Negreanu for first on that prestigious list. Seidel is just over US $1,000,000 behind Negreanu and the way this event is shaping up, Seidel may be able to finish as low as third place to get the job done.
Wai Kin Yong, Loeser, and Aldemir all survived though the latter two required a second bullet. Loeser, who is the current defending champion ended with 333,000 while Yong closed out the action with 130,000 and Aldemir bagged 136,000.
Juanda busted late in the day and chose not to re-enter this evening. Holz is moving on to Day 2 sealing 632,000 in his bag for tomorrow. Richard Yong will continue on as well with a stack of 554,000 and Winfred Yu is safe closing with 226,000.
Day 1 belonged to Stephen Chidwick though as he bagged the chip lead building a stack of 924,000 by day’s end. The UK’s Chidwick made the most of his second bullet after busting early in the day when his aces got cracked by Seidel, moments after Seidel took his seat. Chidwick left for a period of time and returned with a vengeance.
Finishing with the second-best stack was Canadian Timothy Adams who mustered a healthy pile of 903,000 chips. Justin Bonomo (817,000), Matthew Moss (798,000), Wiktor Malinowski (755,000) round out the top five on the leaderboard.
Not all is lost for anyone who wasn’t able to survive the day or not able to make it to the registration desk in time. Late registration and unlimited re-entry remain open until the end of the break following Level 10 on Day 2, approximately 2:10 PM.
Day 2 gets underway at 1 PM local time and play will continue until a final table of nine is formed. Those nine finalists will return to action on Friday at 1 PM to play down to a winner.
|Yat Wai Cheng||Hong Kong||226,000||3||4|
|Wai Kin Yong||Malaysia||130,000||3||6|
|Winfred Yu||Hong Kong||226,000||6||5|
|Stanley Choi||Hong Kong||168,000||7||5|
|Elton Tsang||Hong Kong||472,000||8||4|
It's unclear how many bets it took to get there but Adrian Mateos raised to 60,000 in the small blind and called a shove from Elton Tsang for 289,000.
"Gamble, Gamble," Tsang shouted as the board ran out and Tsang's pair held to win the race and double up.
The tournament staff has paused the clock and Winfred Yu has drawn a three. Each table will play three more hands before players bag for the night and get their Day 2 seating assignment.
Richard Yong opened to 13,000 from early position and David Peters called on the button. Rainer Kempe three-bet 43,000 out of the big blind and Yong flatted.
Peters four-bet jammed all-in for 130,000 total and both of his opponents folded.
"I've never seen anything like that before," said one of their tablemates as Peters raked in a pot worth almost a full double up.
In October of 2016, Elton Tsang took down the €1,000,000 Bog One for One Drop at the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza in Monte Carlo.
Tsang defeated Russian Anatoly Gurtovy heads up to claim a monstrous €11,111,111 top prize.
Tsang has entered today's Main Event finding himself seated beside Steffen Sontheimer and Stefan Schillhabel.
Stanley Choi has joined the field here late on Day 1. Choi made a deep run in the 6-Max event yesterday but ultimately fizzled out in ninth place for HK $614,000.
Meanwhile, Dan Smith, Koray Aldemir, and defending champion Manig Loeser required another bullet and are back in action with a fresh stack.
Play on Day 1 has entered Level 9, the final level of the night. As the clock winds down the tournament staff will pause the clock and draw for however many hands each table will play to close out Day 1.
Once each table has completed their hands, the remaining players will bag their chips and move on to Day 2 on Thursday at 1 PM.
Anyone who busts during the final level has the option to re-enter this evening or can wait until anytime before registration closes before Level 11 starts on Day 1