Jonathan Duhamel will be 3rd of 50 when he takes his seat again in the World Poker Tour €2,700+€300 (~$4,200 CAD) No Limit Hold’Em event, while Terrence Chan will begin his third day of play with an average stack and 106 players remaining in the Pokerstars.net Asian Pacific Poker Tour $27,600+$2,400 HKD (~$4,000 CAD) event.
Starting in Macau, a couple of headlines have surfaced already; the big news being the first siting of Phil Ivey playing major tournament poker since his announcement of sitting out the WSOP this past summer. Ivey has already been sent to the rail, but nobody doubts that his name will once again be brought up often in the poker media over the next little while. Besides Ivey’s appearance, the real news was record breaking attendance for the APPT event; according to PokerStarsBlog.net, a total of 575 players from 54 countries and 6 continents turned out to take a shot. Terrence “Unassigned” Chan is one of our Canadian players who made the trek, first chronicling the trip by tweeting “finally arrived in Macau, basically a full day since walking out the door in Vancouver. Hoping I can sleep for 12 hours straight now.” Things got off to a rough start for Terrence after having Aces cracked in the $5,000 HKD Turbo, but that is all behind him now deep into the Main Event. Only 70 players will make the money while many here at home sleep in, with play continuing until just 9 players remain for Day 4. We’ll keep an eye on Chan’s progress over Saturday’s Day 3.
A little rough math puts the APPT Macau Main Event prize-pool at just over $15,500,000 HKD or about $2,300,000 CAD for those readers that are alright with a ballpark figure.
Jonathan Duhamel on the other hand is in a little better shape than most going into his Day 3 of the Marrakech Main Event; 274 players began to build a prize-pool of $1,094,670 according to WorldPokerTour.com and just 50 remain. Jonathan kept friends and fans in the loop Friday via some perfect Franglais & Pokernese, updating his status to read; “3e/50 going into Day 3 of WPT Marrakech! J’ai 365k, average is 165k!” Jonathan told us he wouldn’t be slowing down in his “Passing The Torch and World Championship Crown” interview; he’s clearly sticking to that plan here.
This event is also scheduled to crown a winner in 4 days of play and it appears that a little better than half of those players remaining for Day 3 will make the money.
We will also be watching to see how things pan out there; in the meantime, “Good Luck” to them both, and to any others of our own we may have overlooked!