Japan’s Yu Kurita opens for 18,000 from UTG+1 and action folds around to David Steicke in the big blind who three-bets to 48,000, Kurita four-bets to 118,000 and Steicke snap calls leaving just 14,000 behind to chuckles from the rest of the table.
The flop comes down 4♥ 3♥ 7♥ and strangely Stiecke checks leaving Kurita to put him all in for the last of his chips. Steicke does make the call and is in front, his J♥ J♠ leading Kurita’s A♦ Q♦.
With no Ace or Queen making an unwelcome appearance on the turn and river Steicke scoops the pot to move up to 248,000 in chips while Kurita drops down to 155,000.
With Pocket Queens, Nicandro Filart shoved all in over the top of Mustafa Fawaz’s preflop raise. The short-stacked Fawaz made the call with A? 10? but Filart completed a full house with three Jacks arriving on the resulting board. His stack moves up to 320,000 and we’re another player closer to our final table 10.
Conrad Coetzer raises to 17,000 from the cutoff and David Steicke three-bets to 33,000 from the button before Franklin Acfalle four-bet shoves for 53,000 in total. While Coetzer steps out Steicke is priced in for the call and tosses in the additional 20,000.
Steicke is in pretty bad shape however, his J♣ Q♦ well behind to Acfalle’s J♥ J♠ and will need to hit one of the deck’s three remaining Queens. The board runs out 10♣ 7♦ 7♣ 2♥ K♣ to give Acfalle the double up – he’s now up to 140,000 while Steicke drops down to 135,000.
Players are now on a 40-minute dinner break.
Divan Le Roux opened the action the previous hand for 12,000 from the hijack but folded when Binh Nguyen moved all in from the button. Undeterred, Le Roux tries again the next hand and makes it 12,000 to go from the cutoff. This time he is re-popped by Ryan Hong who three-bets to 29,000 from the button, but is re-popped in turn when Japan’s Yu Kurita four-bets all in for 106,000 in total.
Le Roux asks Hong how much he’s playing (around 140,000) before five-bet shoving for 340,000. Hong takes the hint and folds and the cards go on their backs.
Yu Kurita: A♣ Q♠
Divan Le Roux: K♥ K♦
The tournament’s sole remaining female player will need some help to stay in and duly receives it when the board runs out A♠ 5♣ Q♥ 9♠ 9♣. While both players have two pair Kurita’s Aces-up see her scoop the 256,000-chip pot while Le Roux drops down to 230,000.
The seemingly unstoppable freight train of Oliver Speidel caught a slight bump in the tracks in the form of Conrad Coetzer. The two came up against each other after Speidel called Coetzer’s 95,000 shove with 5♦ 5♣ but was dominated by the South African’s J♠ J♦.
A board of A♥ 9♠ 4♠ 10♦ J♥ saw Coetzer return to life with a set of Jacks and Speidel take a slight hit. However, it’s not enough to relinquish the chip lead and he plays on like he barely felt it.
A few hands later we look back at Speidel’s stack and it’s sitting at around 570,000.
Hong Kong’s David Steicke opens the action with a raise to 16,000 from the cutoff and a short-stacked Michael Cua moves all in from the small blind for his last 25,000. Unfortunately for Cua, while Stiecke was just trying to steal from late position Mustafa Fawaz wakes up with a hand in the big blind and moves all in to isolate. Steicke bows out and the cards go on their backs.
Michael Cua: J♣ 8♠
Mustafa Fawaz: A♣ Q♦
Cua needs to hit if he is to stand a chance of repeating his 2010 APT Philippines victory, but it Fawaz who catches a piece of the 3♣ 10♥ 8♦ A♦ K♠ board and we lose Cua who departs in 18th place.