Jian Yang takes down opening MPC event
The opening event of the Macau Poker Cup Championship was won by China's Jian Yang who received HKD $357,240 for his efforts. The tournament easily surpassed its guarantee with a total prize pool of HKD $1,458,240.
Singapore's Calvin Tan entered the Day 2 final as the chip leader amongst the 38 competitors. Tan would eventually reach the final table which included the likes of Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin, number three-ranked Asia Player of the Year "Arron" Hung-chang Lin, and PokerStars sponsored player Justin Chan.
No time was wasted as four players, including Tan and Chan, were eliminated within the final table's first level.
Aaron Lin's bid for his third title this season ended as he busted in 4th place ensuring the title would go to one of the three remaining players from China. Celina Lin found herself outkicked in a large pot with Xin Rui Lu that crippled her. Yang finished off the PokerStars pro soon afterwards in 3rd place.
The heads-up play began with a slight edge for Yang but his lead would become 10-to-1 entering the final hand. Lu moved all-in with K-3 and Yang made the call with suited Q♦8♦. The board ran 2♦9♠7♦2♣T♦ giving Yang the flush and title.
"I've played in a couple of MPCs (Macau Poker Cup) before." said the 48-year old from Beijing through a translator. "I'm so happy to win this event and hope to do as well in the Main Event."
Arron Lin's 4th place finish nearly upstaged Yang's victory as Lin now occupies the No. 2 position for Asia Player of the Year (APOY).
Arron's brother, Hung-sheng "Shaq", is the top-ranked player making this a truly fearsome family duo. Together, they have three titles, 13 final tables, and over HKD 1.3 million in prize money this season so far.
"My brother and I decided to play all the tournaments at PokerStars Macau this year and I'm very happy with my No. 2 rank right now." said Arron, the older of the two. "I'm not intentionally going after my brother in particular. We have a good relationship and I'm happy for him. I'm just trying my best with the remaining events in the year to get the best result possible."
Xin Rui Lu and Celina Lin -- not related to the brothers -- move up to No. 9 and No. 23 respectively after both made their 4th final table appearances this year.
The next MPCC tournament is Event 2: $5,000 KO Bounty and takes place Monday at 8:10 PM (HKT). The two-day event awards HKD $1,000 for each eliminated player and has a HKD $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.
For more information, visit the PokerStars Macau website.