PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour came to China this week to kick off the Macau Main Event, the first major poker event ever in China, and a virtual cornucopia of poker stars took the field in Asia to vie for the title. Among the big names taking the field were Isabelle Mercier, Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem and John Juanda.
Many players from Team PokerStars were in Macau for the event, including Mercier and Hachem. Joining them were Bertrand ‘ElkY' Grospellier, Vanessa Rousso, Hevad ‘Rain' Khan, Tuan Lam and Lee Nelson. Nelson's day ended early when Mischa Peters drew out on him, catching the nut flush on the river as Nelson's top pair failed to hold up. Tuan Lam and Vanessa Rousso joined him on the rail later, as they were both eliminated on Day 1.
The Hachem brothers, Joe and Tony, both took to the felt in Macau, with Joe catching pocket Aces twice in the first orbit and making it through to Day 2. Tony was less fortunate than his World Champion brother, and he was eliminated late on Day 1. Among other notable eliminations on Day 1 were John Juanda, Chad Brown and Jeffrey Lisandro.
1990 WSOP Main Event Champion Monsour Matloubi made an appearance in Macau, but his run at the title ended when his lost a coin flip against Aaron Schumacher's . The flop of gave Schumacher the full house, and Matloubi couldn't catch runner-runner to stay alive.
With play winding down for Day 1, German Tobias Schulze took down a huge pot that put him on top of the leader board. His opponent moved all in preflop with and Schulze made the call with pocket Jacks. No King on the board for his opponent, and Schulze took possession of the chip lead, leading a band of notables like Bertrand ‘ElkY' Grospellier and Joe Hachem at the top of the leader board. Other notable pros making it through Day 1 included Hevad ‘Rain' Khan, Bill Chen, Masa Kagawa and Isabelle Mercier.