Ivey Busts, Seet Runs Wild at APPT Macau

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey's return to tournament poker has been a relatively short one as he busted on Day 2 of APPT Macau yesterday.

The man everyone was surprised to see at the felt on Day 1 managed to build his chip stack slightly from the 51,000 he started the day with but couldn't get any momentum going.

After bleeding down to just a few big blinds, Ivey three-bet all-in with K 9 and couldn't catch up to his opponent's A J.

Ivey left the tournament floor quickly, presumably to get back into the nosebleed-stakes cash games which have included Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius and Andrew Robl, among others.

Singapore's Nathaniel Seet, on the other hand, will be around a lot longer.

Seet has run away with the chip lead after Day 2, bagging up 774,500 to end the night - five times the average chip stack.

Primarily a live cash-game pro in Singapore, Seet still has a number of impressive poker tournament cashes on his resume including a win at a high rollers event in Manila in 2008.

A distant second in chips to Seet is Korea’s Danny Park with 478,100.

Notably in the top 5 is Hong Kong-based high-stakes specialist David Steicke.

Steicke has several huge cashes in high roller events in Asia and Australia and is positioned for a big cash here with 372,400 in chips heading into Day 3.

The marquee name left in the field is still 10-time bracelet winner Johnny Chan, who remains in the hunt with a decent stack of 244,400.

Also still in the game:

Reigning APPT Macau champ Victorino Torres (296,600), Jose “Nacho” Barbero (257,400), Terrance Chan (166,000), Team PokerStars Online Pro Randy “nanonoko” Lew (144,000) and India’s Amit Varma (116,700).

Champion Australian jockey Shane Dye is also still in the event and sits with 250,000.

About 100 players are still alive and will play down to the money at the PokerStars Macau poker room starting at 12:00 pm Saturday.

Follow the action live in the PokerStars blog.

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