Calvin Tan leads MPCC Event 1, Day 1

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PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa got a solid start to the Macau Poker Cup Championship 2011 as 186 players came out for the weekend launch of Event 1: $8,800 NLH.

The opening event will see 22 players make the money with the eventual winner taking home HKD $357,240 of the HKD $1,458,240 prize pool -- easily surpassing the HKD $1,000,000 guarantee.

"It's certainly a solid start to the schedule and particularly so with plenty of great poker tournaments like EPT London and ANZPT Darwin running at the same time," said Fred Leung, PokerStars country manager. "The early result is fantastic and really shows how much the region supports PokerStars Macau. Certainly this bodes well for the Main Event next week."

Singapore's Calvin Tan leads the 38 surviving players after Day 1 with 114,700 chips. Hong Kong's Sau Chin Ng (111,100) and China's Jun Wei Liu (101,200) round out the top three stacks.

Other notables advancing to Sunday's Day 2 final include Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin (25,600), PokerStars sponsored player Justin Chan (64,700), number three Asia Player of the Year-ranked Hung-Chang Lin (61,800), number six-ranked Ion Sang Song (14,200), and reigning Red Dragon winner Patrick Lee (23,000) who's currently ranked number 11.

"This side event is almost as big as the Red Dragon event was when I won it two years ago." said Celina Lin. "The speed at which the MPC grows each year is unreal. I'm well aware of how much tougher it is to make the final table with the increasing fields so hopefully I get there tomorrow (Sunday) and get a good start to the week."

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Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin

The live 3x Turbo Rebuy Main Event Satellite takes place Sunday at 6:00 PM (HKT) and guarantees five seats to the HKD $20,000 Main Event.

Macau Poker Cup Championship 2011 Schedule
(All figures in HKD)
- Friday, Oct 7 @ 8:10 PM - Event 1: $8,800 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee), Day 1A (Day 1B, re-entry allowed)
- Saturday, Oct 8 @ 8:10 PM - Event 1: $8,800 NLH ($1,000,000 Guarantee), Day 1B
- Sunday, Oct 9 @ 6:00 PM - 3x Turbo Rebuy Main Event Satellite (5 Seat Guarantee)
- Monday, Oct 10 @ 8:10 PM - Event 2: $5,000 KO Bounty ($500,000 Guarantee) [2-day event]
- Tuesday, Oct 11 @ 2:10 PM - Event 3: $1,000 Charity Event + 2 Rebuys ($50,000 Added Prizes)
- Wednesday, Oct 12 @ 2:10 PM - Event 4: $20,000 Main Event ($4,500,000 Guarantee), Day 1A
- Wednesday, Oct 12 @ 6:00 PM - Event 5: $2,500 KO Bounty
- Thursday, Oct 13 @ 2:10 PM - Event 4: $20,000 Main Event ($4,500,000 Guarantee), Day 1B
- Thursday, Oct 13 @ 6:00 PM - Event 6: $4,000 NLH
- Friday, Oct 14 @ 2:10 PM - Event 7: $3,000 NLH ($300,000 Guarantee)
- Friday, Oct 14 @ 6:00 PM - Event 8: $10,000 6-Handed [2-day event]
- Saturday, Oct 15 @ 2:10 PM - Event 9: $6,000 NLH ($600,000 Guarantee)
- Saturday, Oct 15 @ 8:10 PM - Event 10: $50,000 High Rollers [2-day event]
- Saturday, Oct 15 @ 8:10 PM - $1,000 Ladies Event
- Sunday, Oct 16 @ 2:30 PM - Event 11: $1,000 Rebuy ($150,000 Guarantee)

For the complete Macau Poker Cup Championship schedule please visit the PokerStars Macau website.

Zenix
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