2022 APL Million Main Event final table line-up
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official: the final table of the 2022 APL Million Main Event has been set!
Heading into tomorrow’s grand finale with the chip lead is Queensland’s Nathan Monk, joined by fellow New South Welshmen Tony Tavella, and Adrian Pacheco, who has been running hot as of late after scoring his biggest career cash to date back in June.
Victoria is also well represented through Ria Renfrey and Jason Lee, but the APL Million title could be heading overseas if Ryan Hong, Chao Li, Kenny Wang or Ruiyang Wong find their one time!
Be sure to tune in to playapl.tv for the feature table broadcast tomorrow from 1pm AEST to witness all the action unfold as we find out who will be crowned our new APL Million Main Event Champion!
Dylan Desmarchelier eliminated in 10th place ($29,095)
A few hands into the level, Nathan Monk opened under the gun for 320,000. Action folded to Dylan Desmarchelier in the big blind. Desmarchelier sent forth 750,000 for his all-in, and a crowd gathered round to watch the board play out.
Desmarchelier’s A♠9♦ was ahead of Monk’s A♣6♠ for a fleeting moment as they waited for the board, with Monk calling to the dealer for “Clubs! Just give me all clubs!”
Monk didn’t need a club, as the flop fanned out 6♣5♠2♠.
The turn of 7♠ gave Desmarchelier hope for a flush of his own. Though it was not to be, as the final card, the J♦, ended his run, finishing as the final table bubble.
Level 30: 80,000/160,000 (160,000)
Dylan Desmarchelier is running on fumes as he found himself acting on the small blind, submitting the last of his 510,000 chips into the middle. Nathan Monk, current chip leader with a comfortable 9,125,000 in chips, easily made the call from the big blind.
Dylan showed A♠7♦, as Monk flipped up 7♠9♦.
The board 10♥3♣A♣9♥6♦ gifted Dylan a much-wanted double-up to cling on, with just under ten big blinds, as we hover on the bubble for the final table.
Day 3 payouts
|16||Wen Jie Sun||$15,085|
Paul to the wall
Paul Donovan opened to 365,000 from UTG+1, with the blinds folding to Nathan Monk who raised to 750,000. Donovan went all-in for 1,500,000, and was quickly snapped-off by Monk.
Nathan Monk: A♠10♠
Paul Donovan: K♣Q♣
Donovan couldn’t keep the dream alive past the window card as the board ran out K♥A♦10♦10♥5♣, bowing out in 11th place for $23,710.
Edmonds edged out
Gareth Edmonds put the last of his 1,200,000 into the middle from under the gun, finding a caller in Nathan Monk on the next seat over.
Edmonds’ A♦J♦ was not good enough to compete with Monk’s A♣K♦, which easily steamed ahead like a hot knife through butter on a board of 8♥5♣3♥2♣J♥, eliminating Edmonds in 12th place for $23,710.
Level 29: 60,000/120,000 (120,000)
Ruiyang Wang raised to 200,000 from under the gun, UTG+1 Chao Li pushed all-in for 680,000, then the Hijack, Chris Gureckis also moved all-in for 130,000!
Both blinds Nathan Monk and Ryan Hong, as well as Wang, all called the 680,000.
Two players were all-in, and another three were involved in a side pot, for a hand that had a crowd swarming to see a hand that theoretically could have resulted in going from having 13 players, to a final table.
The blinds checked to Wang to bet 300,000. Monk called and Hong folded.
Turn: 3♦, River: J♥
Both the turn and river saw action check through and all four players turned their cards face-up. The at-risk Gureckis having the worst of it, going in 13th place, whilst Li claimed a near quadruple-up!
Mingos: reduced to min ‘n’ goes
Pre-flop action for a huge hand began with John Mingos making it 200,000 from the hijack. Nathan Monk re-raised to 775,000, leaving Mingos to move all-in for a total of 3,180,000 and Monk called.
This left Mingos with a measly 75,000. Eventually finding its way to Monk’s stack anyway. Leaving Mingos to depart in 15th place for a $19,400 pay day.
Roy Agresta, the pre-flop aggressor
A short-stacked Roy Agresta decided to get his chips in the middle with a lovely suited-connected holding, 5♥4♥, not a bad hand to go up against A♠K♣ with.
Unfortunately, Ruiyang Wang found the better runout and was able to pair-up stronger than Agresta.
The 3♥Q♣K♠4♦Q♦ spread sending Agresta home in 17th for $15,085.
Kwan-Poon Ho has hit the rail, falling as the latest victim to add to Ryan Hong’s collection of scalps.
Mario carts his chips away
We have hit the final two tables, after losing Jordan Batis in 20th place, and waving goodbye to Amin Chehade’s friendly card protector.
Each player eliminated from now will walk away with a minimum of $15,085. The tension is buzzing as each of these players are within reach of a Main Event Final Table seat.
Ruiyang Wang holds the current chip lead, with 7,200,000 nestled in his stack.
Day 3 will play down until a final table, so we are nine eliminations away from Day 4!
Level 28: 50,000/100,000 (100,000)
Day 3 payouts
All-in and the chip Monk
Nathan Monk is one of the first competitors in the tournament to fight back against the dominance of Ryan Hong.
Pre-flop, Monk raised from the small blind, and Hong defended his big blind.
Monk lead for 200,000 and Hong flatted. The turn, A♣, prompted a larger bet from Monk, making it 475,000. Hong called once again to see the 4♥, this time Monk risked the entirety of his remaining 630,000.
Hong tanked for over a minute before eventually making the call. Monk turned over his A♦7♠ to which Hong nodded to signal that Monk had the winning hand.
Hong showed J♦10♣ whilst Monk reeled in his newfound chips.
Taner Ates pushed all-in for 1,145,000 after a series of raising between himself and Ryan Hong.
After the pre-flop action, it came at no surprise to see what they had when the cards turned face-up.
Davidson vs Goliath
Ryan Hong’s monster stack continues to grow, the Day 2 top stack responsible for another elimination on Table 74.
Hong opened the action to 160,000 which around to Jonathan Davidson, who pushed all-in. Davidson’s total of 530,000 was quickly matched by Hong sending Davidson’s fate up to the runout.
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
William Liu raised pre flop for 120,000, only for Nathan Monk to reply with a shove for 1,202,000. Liu called with A♣K♦, up against Monk with a more suited A♥K♥. Any hopes of a possible chop quickly diminished on the flop with a flush draw, and as the board ran out 7♥4♥Q♠Q♥4♠, Liu’s stack was dangerously crippled to 20,000.
After doubling up in the next few hands, Liu found himself once more pushing his stack under the gun for 140,000. He found three callers in Nathan Monk, Ryan Hong and Amin Chehade, who all checked to the river on a board of 5♣2♦8♦Q♣J♦.
William Liu: K-7 off suit
Ryan Hong: A♠10♠
Nathan Monk: 6♦6♥
Amin Chehade: K♣J♠
Amin scooped up the pot, sending Liu to the rail in 25th place for $9,485.
Another round of payouts
Rest of Day 2: 93rd-77th place
|88||Win Meng Tan||$5,170|
Brad Plummer’s deep run in the Main Event has come to a close on our Feature Table.
Tony Travella opened the action from the hijack to 120,000. Plummer woke up to A♦K♣, and with 905,000 left to work with, he went all-in.
Travella called off with Q♥Q♦ and the two went racing. The spread 8♥J♦9♦9♠7♦ enabling Travella to hold and chip up.
Level 26: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Sgherza scrambled, Taylor tails behind
33rd and 32nd place in the Main Event have been awarded to Jay Sgherza and Clint Taylor respectively.
Sgherza’s A♣7♥ went down to George Iordanou’s 8♦8♠ on K♠4♦2♦3♣K♣.
Taylor found the river to be unkind after having Jason Lee put him all-in on the turn. Taylor’s A♣9♣ was ahead on 8♣9♥J♠5♣ until Lee’s double-gutshot draw completed with his 9♦7♣ with the river bringing the 10♦.
The Tsai’s and lows of poker pt. II
Alex Lee hit the rail in 35th place, his K♦10♦ failing to outplay Ryan Hong’s A♣8♦ on a A♠5♣K♠9♥7♥ spread.
Hong remarked, “Natural nine, can’t let it go!” Garnering a chuckle from the members of Table 74.
In the same breath, Table 72 witnessed Charles Tsai’s disappointment after doing his best to push Wen Jie Sun off a hand, to no avail.
Action folded to Sun, who limped the small blind with J♥9♥. Tsai awoke to A♣Q♥ in the big blind and bumped it up to 175,000. Sun responded with a re-raise to 375,000 before Tsai moved all in for a total of 1,070,000.
Clock had to be called on Sun before he eventually found the call. Tsai couldn’t believe he’d been called and the disbelief turned to frustration as a flush draw flopped and completed on the river on 8♥7♦7♥3♠5♥.
Tsai was left with crumbs and thus was eliminated the following hand, his pocket Sevens going down against Tens.
|Wen Jie Sun||2,030,000|
A Hayes-y finish
John Mingos found a victim with his A♥K♥ when Simone Hayes moved all-in to see she was in trouble with K♣J♣.
A board of 3♦3♣5♥A♦4♦ ensured it was the final hand Hayes would play in the Main Event.
Mingos was also responsible for the dismissal of Simon Wahesh.
So if your name begins with the letters S, I, M, O, and N, you best steer clear of John Mingos!
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)
Bang Bang, Ruiyang!
We head back over to Table 75, where a quick succession of knock outs have played out in a couple of hands as Ruiyang Wang runs hot.
We quickly caught up with Daniel Gabriel who recounted the hand: Gabriel opened for 80,000, with a raise from Wang spurring him to declare, “All in.” Wang insta-called and sadly for Gabriel, was holding a monster in the form of pocket Aces. Gabriel was outmatched, with his Ace-King offsuit finding only dead air on a clean board.
Not long after, Wang raised under the gun, with Beau Polley in late position getting the last of his stack in with 440,000 pre-flop, only to be snapped up by Wang.
Beau Polley: J♦10♣
Ruiyang Wang: 7♣7♥
Wang hit the board early with 7♠4♠J♠, the third window prompting sympathetic groans from the players as Polley also hit for the pair but was still well behind. The remaining streets offered little comfort to Polley as the dealer tabled A♥9♦ to complete the board.
More payout updates
It’s A-mi-n, Mario!
Ryan Hong raised from mid position to Amin Chahine on the button who subsequently jammed 410,000 all in pre-flop, with the action folding back to Hong for the call.
Hong laid up Q♣K♥ in front of his sizeable stack, watching as Chahine flipped over Q♥Q♦.
With the board running out 4♠4♦J♦4♥2♦, Chahine was chuffed for the double up, prompting a player on the table to exclaim, “He got a one up!” / “He got an extra life!” pointing at Chahine’s card protector, a Mario figurine.
The Tsai’s and lows of poker pt. I
Charles Tsai spiked a win after his tournament life was at risk with A♥K♦ against the K♠K♣ of Jamie Sadler.
The window card on a board of A♣3♣5♥9♦J♣ gave Tsai the win and a double-up, whilst Sadler was left with 30,000 to see him knocked out the next hand.
Batis-m of fire
Jordan Batis is building his stack chip-by-chip as Day 3 progresses, and a bust-out in his favour certainly has helped.
Mena Tawfik put his stack at risk with 9♥9♠ against Batis’ A♥K♠, a classic flip.
A pleasant flop turned (and rivered) dire for Tawfik on a board that spread Q♣8♥5♥A♣K♥.
Denis Jankovic couldn’t have put his chips in quicker if he tried, after waking up to A♥A♦ with an all in from Toby Hart in front of me.
If 8♦8♣ wasn’t in trouble before, it certainly was after the flop delivered Jankovic a set on 4♣2♦A♠.
The runout of Q♦,7♠ confirmed Hart’s fate and sent him to the payout desk.
Aces also proved fruitful for Paul Donovan, his A♠A♦ also earning him a scalp to further his chip count. The board of 4♣5♠5♦6♥7♦ helping Donovan eliminate J♠10♣.
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)
Rypinski and Lynskey get it in-ski
An all-in pre-flop saw Alex Lynskey eliminate another player – Sydney Champs 2022 $1,100 NLH winner, Slav Rypinski.
The short-stacked Rypinksi ripped-it-in to Lynskey, who woke up with a monster to call-ski.
Alex Lynskey: K♣K♦
Slav Rypinski: J♣10♣
Kwan-Ho Poon and Wayne Clinch found all the chips in the middle on the flop, with Clinch at risk.
His Q♣4♣ was in good shape against Poon’s K♦Q♦ on 4♦8♣Q♠.
The runout 6♥,K♥ served a river cooler to Clinch to end his Main Event run.
Will-ing them to hold
Alex Lynskey opened 10♠8♠ from the lojack for 60,000, as Will Davis shoved over the top for all of his 247,000. Lynskey could afford to make the call, and did so to see he had two under cards to Davis’ J♠J♦.
Davis praying to win with the hand that plagues so many, the K♥Q♥10♦ flop was ok until the turn placed a 8♦. Lynskey’s two pair held on the 5♣ river to send Davis home.
Travis Endersby finds himself another big cash in the 2022 APL Million Series, this time felted in 52nd place and recounting his elimination to our reporter.
His all-in from the cutoff with A-8 was called-off by Day 2 chip leader, Ryan Hong, who woke up to pocket Queens in the big blind and held on the 5-6-7-7-6 board.
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (30,000)
Sydneysider, Declan Russell suffered a rough cooler after defending his big-blind and flopping a monster against Adrian Pacheco.
John Mingos opened pre-flop to 50,000 and found callers from Pacheco in the cutoff, Wayne Clinch in the small blind and Russell, who paid the extra 26,000 to see a flop with his J♠7♥.
The dream flop of J♦J♥9♥ appeared for Russell, and he allowed the action to check to Pacheco, who lead for 80,000. Clinch called before Russell raised to 225,000.
A call from Pacheco took them heads-up to a turn of Q♣, Russell took his time before moving all-in, sending Pacheco into the deliberation station. A minute passed before Pacheco called and showed K♠J♣, out-kicking Russell and sending him out with the river, 3♣, not able to save him.
Chao says “ciao” to Chau
Chao Li raised the action to 55,000 and was met with an all-in from Chau Bui, for a total of 216,000.
Li called to see he had Bui crushed, his Q♥Q♦ well ahead of 8♦8♥.
The clean 5♠6♦3♦5♦6♥ board granting Li the chips and the knockout.
No chocolates for Claire
Paul Donovan spiked a set on a flop of 10♣7♣5♦ with his 7♥7♦ to eliminate Michael Clair.
The runout of J♥,A♣ no good for Clair’s Q♦10♦ who was sent packing.
Rufil routed, double glee for Lee
Jamas Rufil, Alexander Antonios and William Handley have all been confirmed as our latest eliminations from The APL Million Main Event.
Earlier on Table 75, Rufil jammed the last of his stack in with K♣5♣, only to run into Beau Polly’s Q♥Q♣ which improved to two pair on the board of 6♦6♠A♥3♥8♠.
Handley and another player then found themselves all-in pre-flop over on Table 77, only to discover that they were in a world of hurt against Jason Lee.
Whiteman wiped out, Grimes cleans up Moloney
Still no signs of slowing in the Main Event, with Paul Whiteman the latest to have departed after he open-shoved for his last 250,000 with A♥J♣, but was outkicked by Paul Donovan’s A♣Q♦, despite both players turning two pair on the board of 6♠A♦K♥K♣5♠.
Then over on Table 73, Damien Moloney got his last 244,000 in with Q♠J♦, but Dan Grimes woke up with A♣K♦ and turned an Ace on the board of 6♣4♦7♠A♦9♣ – and incredibly, after the chips were cut down, it was discovered that Grimes had exactly the same amount!
Updated Day 2 payouts
Level 22: 12,000/24,000 (24,000)
Plenty of action across the felt on the outer tables in the Main Event, with Metin Gul amongst those to hit the rail as we move into Level 22.
Gul put himself at risk with A♥Q♦, however Chin Wang’s A♣3♣ flopped the wheel on the board of 5♦2♣4♣7♠2♥.
Toby Hart then woke up with K♦K♣ and snap-called after an opponent ripped in their last 208,000 holding A♣J♠, with neither hand improving on the 7♠5♣Q♦6♦2♥ board.
Show me the money!
Time now to begin bringing you the first round of payout results from yesterday, to ensure that we get everyone’s name in lights from this history-making, record-breaking APL Million Main Event.
These lists will be updated regularly and once rego staff have received each player’s respective payout slips, so if you still have one and see a DNR next to your ranking and still have your receipt, head over to collect your winnings as soon as you can!
|=174th*||Shao Kang Chien||$2,010|
Awerbuch busto, McLean out
Chad Awerbuch and Troy McLean have just been confirmed as our latest eliminations from the Main Event.
Awerbuch was the first to go from Table 74 after open-shoving for his last 225,000 with A♠10♥, only to lose the flip for his tournament life against William Liu’s 9♠9♦ that filled up by the turn on the board of 4♥A♥A♣9♥2♦.
Then over on Table 72, McLean ripped in his remainder after a pre-flop button raise from Collin Tran; Tran called and showed K♠J♠, which jagged another Jack on the board of J♥8♣4♦5♦K♣.
Chin nicked, Melia cut
After Michael Barker’s elimination over on the PlayAPL.tv feature table, the cry of “all in, call” went up from Table 78, where Andrian Chin had ripped in the last of his stack with A♠K♥, ahead of Ruiyang Wang’s K♣Q♣.
A Queen in the window, however, was enough to end Chin’s day early as the board was spread 3♦9♥Q♥8♦3♥.
Our reporter then wheeled around to Table 76, where Darren Melia had jammed pre-flop holding A♠Q♣, but he lost the flip for his tournament life against Brad Plummer’s 5♠5♥ after the board ran clean 6♦K♠6♥7♦10♥.
Shuffle up and deal!
Cards are now in the air for Day 3 of The APL Million Main Event!
Returning with the chip lead is Ryan Hong, who bagged up 3.258 million, followed by Daniel Gabriel, Qing Ye, Brad Plummer and Ruiyang Wang.
Alex Lynskey, Chin Wang, Dylan Desmarchelier, Chad Awerbuch and APL Million NLH 6-Max Champion Travis Endersby are all back in action, but the big story brewing right now is that of Kiavash Arbabi, who won the last APL Million Main Event in Sydney back in 2020 and is primed for another deep run – and if all goes well – an unprecedented back-to-back victory.
Tournament staff have confirmed we’ll be playing through one-hour levels and right through until we reach our final table tonight.
APL MILLION MAIN EVENT – BY THE NUMBERS
|Recommencing Blinds||10,000/20,000 (20,000)|
|Average Stack||676,434 (34 BBs)|
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)
The best is yet to come
Hello everyone and welcome back to PMA‘s Live Reporting coverage of The APL Million!
Today is shaping up to be yet another massive day of poker, which includes the ever-popular Monster Stack and Day 1 of the $5K High Roller Shot Clock Challenge.
Word on the street is that there is a huge wave of poker’s elite from across the Eastern seaboard on their way to Southport Sharks to play the latter, which has now all but assured us of exceeding a series prize pool total of $5 million (as it stands, the current running total is just over $4.6 million).
But just before the APL team went through the plan of attack with Major Events Director Joel Williams, Full House Group CEO Brayden Haynes also addressed the dealers, personally thanking them for all their tireless efforts with a significant increase to their pay packets for today and tomorrow.
“Honestly, what we’ve been able to achieve here over the last couple of weeks – and as we’ve built and grown the APLPT over the last 18 months – has just blown us away,” said Haynes, “and we want to make sure that we’re giving you what you deserve.”
It once again proves beyond doubt that the popularity of Australian poker is as high as it’s ever been, and with more and more major events on the horizon for the remainder of 2022 and beyond, it also presents a great opportunity for the entire industry to work together to secure the game’s future.
That being said, we’re about to get cards in the air for The Big Dance, so stay with us as we bring you all the action. See you soon!
Day 3 seat draw
Play will resume at 12:30pm AEST, with recommencing blinds at 10,000/20,000 (20,000). Please ensure you have your photo ID with you for verification purposes.
Should you have any queries regarding your seat allocation, please approach a team member from the APL. Best of luck to all players and may the flop be with you!