MPC23: Yang the one to chase on Day 1c

272 went in, 64 came out.

That was the story here today for Day 1c of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon feature event.

It was the third of four Day 1 flights and it did anything but disappoint. 272 took a shot today - that's more than double yesterday's field of 135. They battled it out across 12 levels of 40 minutes a piece and the 64 who made the cut will join the 21 from Day 1a, 28 from Day 1b and however many qualify tomorrow.

A few big stacks began to emerge later in the day but ultimately it was China's Yidong Yang who rose to the top before the end of play. Yang ended with a stack of 149,600 in between Day 1a's chip leader Saehoon Lee with 158,900 and Day 1b's top finisher Zoe Liu 131,700.

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Day 1c chip leader Yidong Yang

Trailing Yang closely are Korea's Tony Jung (2nd place) with 146,000 and China's Bote Lin (3rd place) who finished up with 134,000.

Kosei Ichinose and Vivian Im were the only two left flying the flag for the PokerStars contingent. Ichinose finished the day in the top 10 with 123,900 in chips, and after taking a couple of hits late into the night, Im is currently sitting on 29,300.

MPC23 Red Dragon Day 1c Top Ten

Yidong Yang (China) - 149600
Tony Kyungsik Jung (Korea) - 146000
Bote Lin (China) - 134000
Huafeng Gu (China) - 128800
Kosei Ichinose (Japan) - 123900
Hui Liu (China) - 122000
Lu Lin (China) - 118700
Karan Punjabi (Australia) - 112100
Jun Bao (China) - 95800
Kejian Mu (China) - 94900

Click here for end of Day 1c chip counts

The survivors will get a day to rest before the official Day 2, and while they'll be thanking the run-good Gods, those who hit the rail throughout the day will have to wait until next time.

Team PokerStars Pros Aditya Agarwal, Yaxi Zhu, and Randy Lew all faced elimination earlier in the day. Teammate Celina Lin also found the rail in the dying stages of night.

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Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal on Day 1c

So that's three flights in the books and only one left to play. Day 1d is almost guaranteed to be the biggest yet with a horde of familiar faces among the field.

The fourth and final Day 1 flight begins 7:00pm Tuesday here at PokerStars LIVE Macau. As usual we'll have everything you need here on the PokerStars Blog.

Brad Kain
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour