The AU$1,650 No-Limit Hold'em Terminator event reached the final table here at the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific with Nelson Maccini leading the final nine, but all eyes will be on Brandon Shack-Harris on Day 3 as he has retaken the WSOP Player of the Year lead and looks to really put some distance between him and the rest of the pack, namely George Danzer.
Starting the day in the money with the remaining 27 players guaranteed a AU$2,020 payday, the plan was to play down to the final table, with the potential to continue on to the final six if time permitted. Fady Alam (27th), Dylan Hortin (26th), and Josh Barrett (23rd) were swiftly out the door before another rapid fire of eliminations saw Ismael Bojang (20th), Peter Aristidou (19th), and Daniel Neilson (18th) all hit the rail.
Play then slowed up as Richard Lyndaker (17th), Mikel Habb (16th), Mike Watson (13th), and Darian Tan (11th) all found themselves on the rail before Alan Schubert became the final-table bubble boy when his was outdrawn by the , leaving the final table.
As mentioned, leading the final nine is Maccini, who won a monster pot early in the day when he flopped top set against an overpair and then used that momentum to rocket to a stack of 266,800. Andrew Dales (196,000) and Scott Calcagno (189,700) are the only other two big stacks, but plenty of notables still remain, including the aforementioned Shack-Harris.
Australian poker stalwarts Joe Cabret and Tony Hachem still remain, but it is Shack-Harris stealing the headlines as he has now taken back the lead from Danzer in the WSOP Player of the Year race; and if things go his way, he may be joining Danzer in capturing two bracelets in 2014. Danzer had leapfrogged Shack-Harris in the first event of the series here in Melbourne, Australia, but his time at the top only lasted a couple of days and he'll have some work cut out for him to get back there.
Below is a look at how the final table for this event will stack up tomorrow, in seating order, and note that outside of Shack-Harris, everyone remaining is an Australian player:
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be back at Crown Melbourne at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon to provide hand-for-hand updates until the champion is crowned, and we'll see you then.