In the APPT Macau 2018 Main Event, after day 2, the felt had only 93 survivors. These 93 players toiled very hard, the whole of Day 3 and finally, 27 players could survive the Day. Out of these 27 players, India can proudly declare that it has three competitors who made to the Day 4 – Poker Guru and Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal, Sahil Chutani and Australia based Indian origin player Ashish Gupta.

Sumit Sapra was also showing extraordinary performance at the felt but unfortunately was railed at the 32nd position. Although eliminated in the 32nd position, he could manage to cash HK$84,000 (~₹6.97 lakhs).

The Main Event registered a total 356 entries (153 entries on Day 1A + 179 entries on Day 1B + 24 entries on Day 2) that created a whopping HK$12,984,032 prize pool. The generated prize pool would be distributed among the top 41 players, assuring a minimum of  HK$71,000 for the achievers.

But the winner’s reward is too high to remain happy with being the runners-up. The winner would be awarded its a mammoth sum of HK$3,095,000 (~₹2.56 Crores) along with 2018 ACOP Main Event seat worth HK$100,000 and the coveted Platinum Pass worth $30,000.

After Day 4, only 13 players have managed to get the eligibility to play on Day 5. Poker pro Aditya Agarwal has been showing extraordinary performance till now and has got himself enlisted amongst the 13 finalists who would be playing on day 5. Agarwal entered the day 5 with 1,353,000 in chips, keeping his record of the second highest chip ownership, intact. Ashish Gupta is also one of the finalists who entered Day 5 with 709,000 in chips.

Unfortunately, our young gun Chutani conquered the felt to Day 3 but got eliminated on day 4 in the 15th position for HK$167,500 (~₹13.87 Lakhs).

The Day 5 is expected to be even more fierce as poker pros like Davidi Kitai and John Juanda have not left the felt yet.

Aditya Agarwal’s Day 4:

Agarwal battled a huge number of poker pros, starting with  Jiafei Yu, Joshua Zimmerman,  Seung Yong Yi, and lastly Daniel Carlsson on Day 3. Agarwal defeated Carlsson in the last hand,  thus bagging the eligibility to play on Day 4.

Agarwal didn’t let his performance drop on Day 4 as well. He dribbled all the prospective winners on the 3rd last day of the Main Event and managed to keep his position intact in terms of chips stacks. He will be beginning the Day 5 with the second highest chip stacks among all the finalists, after Thailand`s Phanlert Sukonthachartnant who leads with 1,481,000 in chips.

Even after the present position of Agarwal, he is likely to continue to play tight as there are two players- three-time WSOP bracelet winner from Belgium – Davidi Kitai  and Poker Hall of Famer and five-time WSOP bracelet winner John Juanda, who still remain in the game and can bar Agarwal from winning his first major live title.


Aditya Agarwal


Ashish Gupta is also glorifying India in the overseas with his game and skills. He has entered the penultimate Day with a healthy stack of 709,000.

Ashish Gupta’s Day 4:

Gupta had a thrilling game against Kitai and Chieng. Gupta’s    fought against Kitai and Chieng’s   
and  respectively. The board bricked and flipped      giving away the pot to Chieng followed by Kitai who finished at the 9th place and Gupta after him at the 10th place. 

Next Gupta went all in while playing against  Martin Gonzales. Both of them had high cards- Gupta with  A♣J♣ and Gonzales with  . After the board flipped its community cards,      , Gupta doubled his investment at the cost of Gonzales.

Chip Counts at the End of Day 4

1. Phanlert Sukonthachartnant – 1,481,000

2. Aditya Agarwal – 1,353,000

3. Martin Gonzales – 1,352,000

4. Lin Wu – 1,323,000

5. Davidi Kitai – 1,090,000

6. Jen Chun Chiu – 809,000

7. Ashish Gupta – 709,000

8. Max Lehmanski – 696,000

9. John Juanda – 579,000

10. Victor Chong – 507,000

11. Yong Cheng – 298,000

12. Pete Chen – 282,000

13. Alexandre Chieng – 200,000

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