MPC23: Tsai leads final table charge

The MPC23 Red Dragon final table is set!

It's been an exciting day here at PokerStars LIVE Macau and after six-and-a-half levels of action only nine players remain. Those lucky few will return tomorrow where one will be crowned the MPC23 Red Dragon champion!

Leading the way for our final nine is Taiwan's Tse Jui Tsai. After a slow start to the day, Tsai scored a big double up by cracking Shao Po Liu's pocket kings with ace-jack. Not long after he was at it again, eliminating Wenlong Jin to add more to his stack. He'll start the final table with a stack of 2,495,000.

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Final table chip leader Tse Jui Tsai

It was a wild start to the day with a lot of players across the tournament floor getting their stacks in with the hopes of doubling up. As more and more players were eliminated and those still left found themselves deeper-stacked things slowed down a bit.

Today saw 39 eliminations as we edged closer to the final table. Jiwan Park, Victor Chong and Team PokerStars Pro Kosei Ichinose were all sent to the rail. Ichinose ran his ace-ten into the pocket kings of Marin Yum and couldn't outdraw her for a 19th place finish.

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Team PokerStars Pro Kosei Ichinose

The title of final table bubble boy today went to Qi Luo. He found himself all in and chasing an ace against Yuefeng Pan's pocket jacks. Luo did end up finding an ace on the river, but unfortunately for him it completed a Broadway straight for Pan.

And that's how the day came to a close. You can find the final table seating draw and chip counts below. Click here to check out their player profiles.

Final Table Seating Draw
Seat 1: Tse Jui Tsai (Taiwan) - 2,495,000
Seat 2: Yue Feng Pan (China) - 1,945,000
Seat 3: Bin Wen Ren (China) - 1,715,000
Seat 4: Xong Xin Liu (China) - 540,000
Seat 5 : Huafeng Gu (China) - 1,310,000
Seat 6: Ming Min Wu (China) - 1,115,000
Seat 7: Long Wen Zhu (China) - 1,490,000
Seat 8: Shao Po Liu (China) - 1,425,000
Seat 9: Zhixiong Tan (China) - 2,110,000

The final nine will be battling it out for the best looking trophy in poker and the HK$2,108,000 first place prize from 3:00pm tomorrow. We hope you can join us for the exciting conclusion to this Red Dragon right here at the PokerStars Blog.

Brad Kain
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour