Danny Tang leads the final five players into Day 2 of Event #5: $50,000 Short Deck in the Super High Roller Series Europe at Merit Crystal Cove Resort and Casino in North Cyprus.
Tang holds a commanding lead with more than double that of Lun Loon in second, with Jason Koon trailing in third while Paul Phua and Seth Davies round out the final table. All five returning players are guaranteed a min-cash of $112,000.
The tournament drew 32 entrants to generate a prize pool of $1,600,000, from which the winner will take home $640,000.
SHRS Europe Event #5: $50,000 Short Deck Day 2 Chip Counts
*RankPlayerCountryChip Count( 1Danny TangHong Kong5,100,000 2Lun LoonMalaysia2,300,000 3Jason KoonUnited States1,165,000 4Paul PhuaMalaysia625,000 5Seth DaviesUnited States500,000
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Phil Ivey jumped in shortly after winning Event #4: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, but his bid to win another Short Deck tournament was cut short early when he got it in with king-jack and ran into the pocket aces of Wai Kiat Lee. PokerGO Tour points leader Ali Imsirovic was eliminated on the same hand when his ten-nine couldn’t improve.
Tang holds the chip lead in part thanks to Lee’s elimination, which came in seventh when Tang’s ace-king caught a straight to crack Lee’s pocket queens. Other players who got close but came up short include Chris Brewer, Stephen Chidwick, and Cary Katz, who busted out on the bubble to end the day when Loon’s king-jack outdrew his pocket queens.
Cards go in the air for the Day 2 finale on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Cyprus time and 6 p.m. ET.
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Where to Watch the Final Table?
The final table will air on Tuesday, April 12 with David Tuchman and Brent Hanks providing the commentary on the PokerGO YouTube channel. Play is expected to go live on YouTube at 7 a.m ET and 4 a.m. PT.
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