5 Canadians Remain in Main Event
Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia had 135 players come through its doors on Thursday to resume play in the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Aussie Millions Main Event. By the end of play, just 30 remained, and there is some Canadian strength in the ranks.
Sitting on top of the pack is the man with one of the coolest names in poker, Raiden Kan. From Hong Kong, Kan has already booked a final-table finish in the $25,000 Challenge at this year's Aussie Millions. With 1,775,000 chips, he now leads the Main Event.
Right behind him is Canada's own Andrew Chen with 1,165,000. This European Poker Tour regular from Ontario has the 10th-highest live tournament earnings in Canada with $4.4 million in prizes over his career. Most of Chen's second-best stack came from a late double-up when he got it all in with over Day 2 chipleader Jan Suchanek's .
Another late Canadian double-up came from Ami Barer in the last hand reported of the day. Again receiving a donation from Suchanek, Barer held to and hit a set on the flop to double his stack just before bagging up for the night. He will come back for Day 4 with 443,000 chips as he continues his quest for what would be an incredible title defense, as he was the 2014 winner of this same event.
There are three other Canadians still in contention as well. Ryan Yu has 640,000 chips, Jonathan Roy is still in it with 467,000, and Mike McDonald brings up the rear with the shortest stack of the 30-player field with 160,000 chips.
Day 3 also saw the money bubble burst for this Main Event, as the top 72 players earn a prize. Terrence Chan was the only Canadian to collect a cheque so far. He finished in 49th for $20,000. Jonas Mackoff was also eliminated on Thursday, but didn't quite make it past the bubble.
When our five Canadian hopefuls return on Friday for Day 4 of the Main Event, they will be seated with some tough competition like Brian Rast, Richard Lyndaker, and Phil Ivey. Check back with PokerNews Canada at the end of play to see how our nation's contenders hold up.