Pakani Lisawad Leads Day 2 of PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event

After six levels of Day 2 play at PokerStars Championship Macau, just 151 remain in contention to battle it out for the massive HK$ 20,796,000 (~US$ 2,676,731) prize pool. Thailand’s Pakani Lisawad leads.

On Day 2, 26 new entrants anted up the HK$42,400 buy-in before late registration closed at 4:30 p.m. to bring the total number of players up to 536 for the Championship’s Asian debut.

With a staggering HK$3,130,000 (~US$402,874) on offer for first place in addition to the trophy and the title, the competition for the hallowed money spots will be fierce as just 103 of the remaining field will get paid, with a min-cash good for HK$ 62,500 (~US$ 8,044).

When you consider the fact PSC Macau is nearly double the buy-in of the May 2016 APPT 10 Macau Main Event, which attracted 533 runners and the Championship replaced, this is an impressive feat.

It is still far too early to tell who will be joining U.S. professionals Christian Harder and Kenneth Smaron on the Pokerstars Championship Main Event throne, though the man best positioned to do so is Pakani Lisawad who bagged up 301,200 in chips at the close of play.

Lisawad began the day as one of the shorter stacks with 47,600 in chips but pulled out all the stops to power into pole position as play progressed, flopping two pairs early on to send 2015 APPT Champion Tony Cheng to the rail.

Sitting just behind Lisawad with a stack of 275,700 is France’s Ivan Deyra who finished the day with a very respectable 275,700. Hong Kong’s Chuanshu Chen (272,700), Belarus’ Kiryl Radzivonau (243,200) and France’s Fabrice Soulier (243,000) round out the top five.

Full end-of-day chip counts and the Day 3 seat draw will be available as soon as we have them, so watch this space.

Notables who failed to make the cut included Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal and Team Online’s Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew who both departed early on in proceedings.

Other big names who failed to go the distance were HK$400,000 Super High Roller Champion Steve O’Dwyer and the U.K.’s Jack Salter, who was unable to recreate the run of form that saw him go deep in the HK$206,000 Single Re-Entry Shot Clock.

Salter departed alongside brother Louis, with Canada’s Daniel Dvoress, Australia’s Kelvin Beattie and U.S. pro Isaac Haxton also failing to make the cut.

Some of the bigger stacks moving forward to Day 3:

Player Country Chip Count
Pakinai Lisawad Thailand 301,200
Ivan Deyra France 275,700
Chuanshu Chen Hong Kong 272,700
Kiryl Radzivonau Belarus 243,200
Fabrice Soulier France 243,000

With action concluded for the day, players are headed to Pacha at Studio City for the PSC Macau Player Party, either to drown their sorrows or to celebrate making Day 3. Regardless of which, this promises to be a fun time for all though some may regret any excess come April 6.

Day 3 of the PokerStars Championship Macau begins at 12 p.m. local time (GMT+7) and PokerNews will be on the floor to bring you all the action as it happens from the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at the City of Dreams complex so join us then as we see who has got what it takes to triumph.

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