MPC23: Day 1c live updates

10:30pm: Yang out in front

Third time's a charm.

Approximately 68 players made it through the 12 levels today for the third Day 1 flight.

At this stage it looks like Yidong Yang may be the chip leader after bagging up 149,600. We're just running all the numbers and should have confirmation shortly.

We'll have all the information and a full recap of Day 1c here at the PokerStars Blog!

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Yidong Yang is the suspected chip leader for Day 1c

10:15pm: The closing stages

The tournament clock has now been paused as players finish off the last few hands of the night.

Let's see if there are any last minute eliminations and who ends up as the overall chip leader for Day 1c.

Stay with us!

10:00pm: Some super stackers

Well there's not long now until the end of Day 1c here and a few big stacks have emerged among the field.

The average chip count is 60,000 but some of the players have amassed substantially more than that at this point. Here's a look at some of the big stacks.

Yidong Yang - 144,000
Kosei Ichinose - 128,000
Lu Lin - 144,000
Lin Bote - 130,000
Hui Liu - 104,000

Time will tell if one of these players ends the day as chip boss or whether someone else finds a few pots in the closing stages tonight.

9:50pm: Level 12 begins, blinds 1,000/2,000 (300)

9:45:pm: The end is near

We're 5 minutes out from the final level of the day now and at this point we've lost just under 200 players.

There are 74 remaining from the starting field of 272, including Team PokerStars Pros Vivian Im, Kosei Ichinose and Celina Lin.

We'll check out a few of the bigger stacks around the room as soon as the blind level ticks over. Stay with us to see who survives the last 40 minutes of play!

9:25pm: Gait outta here

Martin Gait recently round himself all in preflop for 22,400 and at risk against Che-li Lin.

Gait: Q♥J♥
Lin: A♦T♦

Gait was behind but live, however, the runout failed to save him when the board came 8♣4♣6♣A♠8♥.

Lin moves up to around 66,000 in chips as Gait hits the rail.

9:10pm: Level 11 begins, blinds 800/1,600 (200)

9:00pm: Lucky ladies for Gait

The United Kingdom's Martin Gait just scored a double up after getting his Q♠Q♥ all in against an opponent's A♣J♥.

The board ran out 7♠5♠8♥T♠3♥ to see Gait's pocket queens hold and his stack improve to 24,800.

8:45pm: Im rakes another one

Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im just had the majority of her stack in play during a recent hand.

By the river the board read 6♣4♦J♠5♥4♠ and being in the small blind it was on Im to act first.

She opted to bet 7,000 for over half of her remaining stack. Her opponent asked to see how much she had left and upon seeing it was only 5,000 he folded ace-king face up.

Im now has a total stack of 27,400.

8:30pm: Three levels to go

Players are back among the action here after their last scheduled break.

Only three levels remain in Day 1c and as we move into Level 10 blinds will be 600/1,200 with a 200 ante.


8:20pm: 10 minutes away from the felt

The remaining 117 players have just gone on their last break of the night.

They'll be back in 10 minutes for the last three levels of play.

Stay tuned!

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8:10pm: Field diminishing before break

We're fast approaching the third and final break of the night and the field has thinned dramatically since the start of the day.

Of the starting 272 there are approximately only 117 still in the running.

After the break players will have only two more hours to survive through to Day 2. Stay with us to see who can make the cut!

8:00pm: Lin climbing

On a flop of 7♠T♦A♠ Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin had an opponent covered and got stacks in with a dominating hand.

Lin: A♦Q♣
Opponent: A♥J♦

Lin held through the T♣ turn and the 5♣ river to eliminate a player and climb to a stack of 23,700.

7:40pm: Level 9 begins, blinds 500/1,000 (100)

7:35pm: Good fold by Im

After some action preflop between Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im and an opponent on the button the flop landed T♠A♥8♠.

The action was on Im but before she could act, the other player made an out-of-turn bet of 9,000. Im only had 13,000 so the decision was effectively for the tournament life.

"I'll show you my hand. I never bluff." Her opponent said.

Im folded K♣K♠ face up and in turn was shown A♣K♦ to confirm she made a good fold.

7:25 Bad luck for Lew

Team PokerStars Pro Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew had just shy of 11 big blinds and moved all in under the gun for his last 8,700.

The player two to his left made the call and when it got to the big blind, who only had 5,800 on top of the original jam, he said "Call...actually all in". The dealer informed him he could only call due to his verbal announcement and he accepted as players saw a flop of 2♥5♦3♥.

The player in the big blind then pushed the last of his stack in and the decision was back to the preflop caller. Shaking his head he tossed in a call and cards were turned on their backs.

Lew: 7♣7♥
Big blind: A♥Q♦
Third player: A♣9♣

Lew was in pretty good shape to triple up and stay alive - just needing to fade an ace, queen, nine and a four to avoid his opponents making a straight.

The 3♠ turn was safe for Lew but the 9♥ river meant the worst hand would take down the pot and send two players, including a Team PokerStars Pro, to the exit.

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A bad string of luck for Team PokerStars Pro Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew

7:00pm: Level 8 begins, blinds 400/800 (100)

6:55: Chip stack update

The action is thick and fast today as we've lost close to 100 players already.

Here are the stacks of some of the players still in contention.

Kosei Ichinose - 41,800
Celina Lin - 24,600
Aditya Agarwal - 18,200
Vivian Im - 14,700
Randy Lew - 6,125

We're getting deeper into Day 1c now. Let's see who can run it up and who falls by the wayside.

6:45pm: Killer Kosei

Team PokerStars Pro Kosei Ichinose is steamrolling the competition so far today.

Kosei just administered an elimination after he faded a three outer.

Kosei: T♠T♦
Opponent: K♦T♥

He needed to avoid a king to win the healthy-sized pot and did just that as the board ran out 2♣7♦2♥3♠T♣. Kosei made tens full of deuces on the river just to make sure and sent the other player to the rail.

With that hand the Team PokerStars Pro moves up to 41,800 in chips for almost twice the current average.

mpc23 kosei.jpgTeam PokerStars Pro Kosei Ichinose is running hot

6:20pm: Back to the tables

Players are in their seats and cards are back in the air as we enter the second half of Day 1c.

Registration is officially closed so the total entrants will stay at 270.

It's now level 7 so blinds are 300/600 with a 75 ante.


6:10pm:Time for a break

Players have stepped away from the tables momentarily for their second break of the Day.

There are an estimated 220 left out of the 270-player starting field.

Play resumes in 10 minutes time.

5:45pm: No more Nakai

Japan's second all-time WSOP bracelet winner Takahiro Nakai was just sent to the rail after getting his short stack all in preflop against two players.

Nakai got his last 3,675 in before seeing a flop of 8♥9♦Q♠.

The two other players checked and the dealer turned the 6♠. The player first to act led for 3,000 which was called and the river landed the K♣.

Both players checked again and the last aggressor tabled 8♦8♣ for a flopped set. The other players mucked and Nakai flashed Q♦J♦ for a flopped top pair but it wasn't good enough to keep his tournament hopes alive.

5:45pm: No luck for Yaxi

Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu was eliminated after somewhat of a tough beat.

She found herself all in for her last 8,950 with the board reading 2♠6♣Q♣6♠. Zijun Liang called to put her at risk and the two players tabled their cards.

Zhu: Q♥T♥
Liang: A♠5♠

Zhu only had to dodge a spade or an ace but the dealer found the 9♠ on the river to complete Liang's flush and send the Team PokerStars Pro packing.

The hand brought Liang's stack up to 34,200.

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Team PokerStars Pro Yaxi Zhu at the table today

5:30pm: Level 6 begins, blinds 200/400 (50)

5:25pm: Twice as big!

It's official.

Today's flight has just reached 270 entrants - that's exactly double yesterday's field from Day 1b.

With 45 minutes left until the tournament is locked out we could also still see a couple of late newcomers.

The staff here at PokerStars LIVE Macau are almost certain tomorrow night's flight will blow this one out of the water too, with well over 400 players expected to try their luck.

5:10pm: Quad kings for Kosei

Team PokerStars Pro Kosei Ichinose recently took a seat here in this feature event. In hand not long ago he opened the action with a raise to 700 from the hijack.

The three players on the button and in the blinds all made the call and the flop was K♥K♠T♥.

It was checked around to the player on the button and with the blinds out of the way Ichinose called to see the 6♣ turn.

Ichinose checked again before facing a bet of 1,250. After a moment he popped it up to 2,700 which sent his opponent into the tank. A call would leave the player with only 3,800 behind but he decided to come along.

On the 9♦ river Ichinose flicked in 4,000 for enough to cover his opponent, who called it off to see he was crushed. Ichinose tabled K♦K♣ for flopped quad kings.

The Team PokerStars Pro moved up to 26,200 in chips while his opponent left the tournament area eliminated.

4:50pm: Level 5 begins, blinds 150/300 (25)

4:35pm Chen finds the rail

On a board of 8♣5♣T♦9♠ Ke Chen found himself all in for his last 8,400.

The decision was on Zhifeng Yao who gave it quite some thought. Shuffling his chips and studying his opponent Yao ultimately called it off.

Yao: T♠8♠
Chen: A♣J♣

Yao held two pair and was in front but Chen could catch a straight to stay alive. Unfortunately for him it was the 9♥ on the river and he was sent to the rail here in Level 4.

4:30pm: Adi amps up the pressure

The hand started with an under the gun raise from Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal and a player in middle position made the call, as did the small and big blinds.

The T♥Q♠Q♦ brought checks all around before the K♦ turn.

When it was checked to the player in the big blind he bet 800 in chips. Agarwal next to act clicked it back to 2,200 and with the two other players out of the way, the big blind made the call.

It was checked to Agarwal on the J♦ river who wagered 3,000.

His opponent threw his hand away and Agarwal took it down.

4:10pm: Back to the action

And we're back with Day 1c of the MPC Red Dragon!

It's now Level 4 so the antes have been introduced. Blinds are 100/200 (25).

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4:00pm: Back in 10

The estimated 250 players currently in the field have now gone on their first break of the day.

Play will resume in 10 minutes.

3:45pm: Ooi at risk

Eng Tee Ooi just put his tournament life on the line but managed to avoid danger and pick up some chips.

There was an under the gun raise to 500 and after two players called the bet, Ooi moved in for a total of 7,600 in chips.

The rest of the table promptly folded and Ooi chipped up.

3:35pm: Sim finds a flush

After a raise in the hijack to 450, Samba Jae Kyung Sim made the call, as did the player in the small blind, and Gab Yong Kim in the big blind.

The flop landed 6♠T♦2♠ and after three checks, Sim bet 1,000. With the other two players out of the way, Kim raised it up to 2,300 and was called.

The 5♦ rolled off and when both players checked the dealer flipped the T♠.

Both players checked again and Kim showed T♥8♥ for rivered trip tens but Sim revealed 7♠9♠ for a flush on the end.

Sim now sits with around 18,000 in chips.

3:20 Level 3 begins, blinds 100/200

3:10pm: Plenty of players

It's only two levels into this Red Dragon Day 1c and already the field is almost twice as big as yesterday's flight.

There are currently 260 players registered today whereas Day 1b was capped at 135.

The tournament screen also says that two people have been eliminated already.

We're 10 minutes away from Level 3 now. Let's see how big the field can get!

2:55pm: Nanonoko scoops one

Team PokerStars Pro Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew opened the action with an under the gun raise to 250 before a player in middle position popped it up to a total of 625.

The player on the raiser's direct left cold-called and Lew flicked in the difference before a flop of 4♦A♦6♠.

The action checked around and the three players saw the 2♦ turn.

Lew then led with a bet of 775 which was met by a call from the preflop reraiser and a fold from the third player. The T♦ river brought the fourth diamond and when both players checked Lew tabled A♥T♠ for a rivered two pair.

Lew's opponent mucked and the Team PokerStars Pro moved up to a little over start stack.

2:40pm: Level 2 begins, blinds 50/100

2:30pm: Lin loses some

Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin found herself on the losing end of a recent hand against the players in the big blind.

Lin was under the gun plus one and after her opponent checked on a flop of 6♠4♣4♦ she made a bet of 275.

Her opponent check-raised to 675 and after Lin opted to stick with it the dealer turned the T♦.

The player in the big blind led for another 1,200 and Lin called to see the K♠ river. Lin's opponent then made it 3,000 to go and Lin called to see the bad news.

Lin tapped the table as the K♦Q♥ was tabled and good enough for the player in the big blind to win the pot.

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Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin on Day 1c

2:15:pm: The pros are out to play

We're only 15 minutes into the first level of Day 1c here and the field is scattered with notable players.

The Team PokerStars Pro contingent are out in full force with Aditya Agarwal, Celina Lin, Vivian Im and one of two recent editions to the roster, Yaxi Zhu, all among the action at the moment.

Also spotted were Japan's second WSOP bracelet winner Takahiro Nakai and Australian WSOP bracelet winner and APPT champion Aaron Lim.

It's already a star-studded field and with four hours late registration we'll be on the look-out to see if any more familiar faces enter the building.

2:00pm: Play commences!

Fred Leung from PokerStars LIVE Macau just grabbed the microphone and announced for dealers to get the cards in the air.

Just like the other flights this will be a day of 12 levels - 40 minutes each. Late registration is open for the first four hours of play so including breaks we'll be wrapping up around 10:30pm.

Yesterday's field of 135 has already been surpassed with 182 currently at the tables and more expected as the day progresses.

Blinds begin at 25/50 and players start with a 15,000 chip start bank.

Let's go!

MPC23 Red Dragon Day 1c set to begin!

We're back again at PokerStars LIVE Macau as we approach the start of Day 1c.

Day 1b saw 135 players pull up seats and you can find all the information from yesterday right here.

Today's flight is expected to be the biggest yet and rumour has it some Team PokerStars Pros will be playing today. For more on that and all the live updates stay with us here at the PokerStars Blog!

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Brad Kain
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour