Lew, Steicke Lingering in Final 15 at APPT Macau

Randy Lew
I am nanonoko.

India's Sangeeth Mohan holds the chip lead after Day 3 at APPT Macau but Team PokerStars Online pro Randy “nanonoko” Lew and high-roller specialist David Steicke will have something to say about whether he keeps it.

Playing down from just under 100 players into the money today at Casino Lisboa in Macau, just 15 players will return for Day 4 action tomorrow and a shot at the title.

Mohan, coming off a win at the Asian Poker Tour event in Goa a few weeks ago, is the favorite with over 2.4 million in chips, but experience wins poker tournaments and both Lew and Steicke have it in spades.

With over 3 million hands played online since 2008, Lew has closed out more than his share of tournaments and with a stack of 845,000 (10th out of 15) has plenty of room to make a move tomorrow.

Steicke, who has a win at the $100k High Roller at the Aussie Millions in 2009 and a recent second-place finish at the second Epic Poker League Event, sits just ahead of Lew with 886,000 coming into Day 4.

Aussies Jeff Rossiter and Josh Barrett, each with about 1 million in chips, are also still in contention.

Several notable players came up short in their quest for the final table today including Day 3 chip leader Nathaniel Seet. Despite a massive stack heading into the day, Seet had virtually everything go wrong before he busted out in 38th.

Poker icon Johnny Chan, who had also positioned himself for a deep run after Day 2, hit the bricks as well and busted out in 60th place.

Also making the money but hitting the rail today were Aussie Grant Levy (25th), defending champ Victorino Torres (36th) and Canadian Terrence Chan (56th).

Action resumes in Macau at noon Monday and will play down to a winner. Follow the action live in the PokerStars blog.

The payouts for the final nine:

  1. $483,902
  2. $303,658
  3. $167,544
  4. $130,725
  5. $103,785
  6. $83,772
  7. $63,887
  8. $47,851
  9. $33,778
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