When play began on the event's second day, just after 2 p.m. local time, there were 30 players left and Hong Kong rounder David Steicke led them all. By the time it all wrapped up just before 2 a.m., not much had changed in that department.
Steicke, who made the final table of this very event last year and followed that up by bubbling the final of the APPT Macau main event just a few days ago, continued his all-out assault on the felt today, crushing everyone in his path on the way to a $391,500 stack.
He must be a high roller because there's no one even close going into Tuesday's final nine.
No one is going to argue that Eric Assadourian isn't a high roller. The fiery Aussie might get pretty pissed if you try.
After all, he won this event in its first season last November and was looking to cement his big-time status and add a second PokerStars APPT Macau High Roller trophy to the mantle - until he bubbled the final table tonight. He got short and shoved with a weak ace running smack into Nam Le's pocket kings.
With more than $4 million in career earnings on the tournament circuit, Nam is definitely a baller, and with Assadourian's chips now in his stack, he'll start the final table with $107,000 in chips. But Nam isn't the only Asian-American poker superstar to be rolling into the High Roller final.
While Do and Le bring a lot of star power to the final nine, the next Asian-American with a seat brings still more.
Back-to-back WSOP Main Event champ Johnny Chan, one of the biggest names in the game, managed to survive perpetual short-stack status all day long to get through to Tuesday with $60,500, and APPT organizers could not be happier.
Canadian Wei Will Ma is no beginner when it comes to this high-stakes poker thing. Ma burst on to the scene with a win in the Grand Prix de Paris back in 2007, taking home $574,068 for his efforts. And while he plays only a select few tournaments, there's little doubt he knows exactly what he's doing.
He'll be doing his best to prove that when he joins the final nine with $186,500 in chips tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Australian Andrew Scott's career tournament poker earnings amount to around $20k, but he definitely qualifies as a high roller, having won $15 million counting cards on blackjack tables across the globe. He now runs a blackjack school back home and, coming into the final table with $226,000 in chips, he'll be looking to make this APPT High Roller Event his successful transition into the world of poker.
Poker people in this part of the world are certainly familiar with Ivan Tan. The Singaporean made it all the way to second place in the first installment of the PokerStars APPT Macau main event last year, cashing $129k+. He'll be looking to better that when things get going Tuesday, starting with $61,000 in chips.
PL.com and APPT fans will also remember Charles "Chucky" Chua from our coverage of the main event final table two days ago here. He made quads twice on Day 2 to luckbox his way into the final, then chugged half a bottle of whisky before sucking out on the competition a few times on the way to a second-place finish.
His luck still hasn't run out and he'll head into the High Roller final itching to show he belongs, with $47,000 in chips.
Finally, PokerStars will be happy that SuperNova VIP Van "Sirens" Marcus has also made the final table here. The Aussie has about a half million in live tournament earnings to go with all those FPPs online, and he certainly proved he can hang with the big boys over the last couple of days. He'll be eager to make a move, though, coming into tomorrow with just $43,000.
Things will get rolling under the lights just after 2 p.m. Macau time with pieces of the $10 million HKD prize pool on the line here at the Grand Waldo, and PL.com will be all over it like white on rice. A rather appropriate simile, considering the sheer amount of the sticky stuff we've consumed here in the People's Republic.