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Ivey Out, Steicke Leads at APT Macau
APT Macau's third and final starting day drew a crowd of poker superstars to the Chinese gaming Mecca Thursday.
A total of 101 registered for the day, including eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey, Online legend Tom "durrrr" Dwan, 10-time WSOP bracelet holder Johnny Chan, four-time WSOP bracelet winner John Juanda, three-time WSOP bracelet winner and high-stakes cash pro Chau Giang, J.C. Tran, Nam Le and David “Chino” Rheem.
“I’m very excited by the quality of the players in our Main Event this year and without a doubt, it is the strongest player field ever for a poker event in Asia,” said APT Chief Executive Officer Jeff Mann.
Combined with significantly smaller groups from the first two starting days at the City of Dreams entertainment complex in Macau, a total of 161 players entered the HK $32,500+ HK $2,500 event creating an HK $5.075 million prize pool with HK $1.678 million (USD $215,000) reserved for first.
Ivey busted out early Thursday as a total of 68 players from all three starting days pushed through to Day 2.
2009 Aussie Millions $100k High Roller champ and Hong Kong resident David Steicke has the chip lead, with two-time WSOP finalist Anthony Roux and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Jesper Hougaard right behind.
APT Macau runs through Nov. 14.