December 03, 2007 - Back to Back Finals In Macau, China!
After 3 hours of delay at the airport, I finally arrived in Hong Kong. That was my first time there and I was really excited about it. I heard from friends that Hong Kong is a shopping paradise. I knew my schedules are booked solid for the next few days, but I was hoping I could squeeze a little time in between meetings to go and pamper myself. :).
It seem like when work starts, it will never stop. I had an interview with Prestige Magazine as early as 10am, followed by a 30 min recording with Bloomberg TV. During the recording, we discussed about poker and the life of the poker diva. I'm not spoiling it by going into too much detail, so do watch out for that episode! Right after that, I had to do 2 interviews with the local newspapers before I can headed back to my room at JW Marriott Hotel. What the day! The next morning, the crew from Capital, the leading documentary programme of France, joined us in Hong Kong. They would be following us throughout the events in Macau as Alex, Fabrice, and myself will be appearing in their 60-minute documentary.
The next morning, we headed to Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia. It was a 45-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong to Macau, and Alex just could not resist snapping pictures along the journey. When we arrived at the Venetian, I was totally surprised it looked almost identical to The Venetian in Vegas. Home sweet home! Haha. This is sure going to be fun. There was Opening Night Party held at The Waldo Casino. I managed to catch up with many of the pros in the poker circuit.
Day 1 of the Main Event was a roller-coaster ride for me. My chip stack was moving up and down, but I did manage to go into Day 2 with an average stack. I had a much better run on Day 2 and did not take any big hits. I was below average in chips going into Day 2 but managed to double up my chips the first round with 10 10's against A K. I kept my chips pretty steady the entire night and finished Day 2 with 232,000 and off I go... TO THE FINAL TABLE!! whoohoo :)
The chip leader, Dinh Le, played well in the final table. He made very good use of his chips to dominate the table and I was having a cold run of cards. There was one hand where I had A8 suited and raised it to 35k in middle position. Everyone folded and action got to Dinh Le in the small blind. He re-raised up to 90k, and after going into the tank for few minutes, I decided to fold. I later found out he had Aces on that hand. Phew! The cold run continued after that hand and soon I was short stacked. I picked up A6 and pushed all-in from late position. Guillaume Patry called from the big blind, and showed 72 (off)!! The board came 8 3 7 J 7 and I was eliminated in 7th place. Well, I was going to have the 15k High Roller Event the following day, so I wasn't going to think about that bad beat and just go get a good nights rest in my room. Anyway, I would like to congratulate Dinh Le for winning this event.
The 15k High Rollers Event featured quite some big names. There was even once where Nick Schulman, Jeff Lisandro, Scotty Nguyen, Guillaume Patry, Vanessa Rousso and John Juanda were all at my table. This was not an easy field of players and I had to battle through to about 4:30am to lock myself a back-to-back final table. However, I was the short stack in the final table and was busted in 8th after my A10 did not hold up against my opponent's AQ. Although I'm quite disappointed for not able to win either event, but I'm satisfied with my overall performance in this APPT Macau. Let's just hope I will win this next year when APPT is back in Macau! :)
I'm now in Vietnam, and heading to Danang tomorrow to do more charities. It will be a good break for me as well. After that, I'm flying back to Vegas on the 8th for the Bellagio Five Diamond Event. Till then, take care!