MPC24: Ukraine's Kamel Mokhammad back on top for Day 2
Eliminations and cold hard cash were the main features today.
The poker room is dying down here now as Day 2 of the MPC24 Red Dragon has wrapped but not long ago PokerStars LIVE Macau was electric with excitement.
We had 259 returning from our record 1,075-player field and again the herd was thinned dramatically. After six levels of play it was only 55 who survived proceedings - they'll be back tomorrow for the official Day 3 where we'll play down to a final table.
Of those 55 it was Kamel Mokhammad who climbed to the top of the chip counts. Mokhammad is already a familiar face after finishing atop the leader board on Day 1b. He continued to run it up today and bagged up 905,000 when all was said and done.
Today also saw the money bubble burst as 135 players locked up a $HK22,300 payday. The unlucky 136th spot went to Wing Cheong Chong who got his money in good holding A♣J♣ but couldn't hold against his opponent's A♦4♥ when the latter found a runner-runner flush.
Also finding the rail today were our two remaining Team PokerStars Pros. Kosei Ichinose and Chen-an Lin returned today but couldn't outlast the night. Ichinose moved all in over a button-raise with K♠T♠ but he couldn't improve against his tablemate's A♣J♥.
While these players all left us today, the remaining 55 will return tomorrow for the penultimate day. Some who made the cut include Wayne Zhang (246,000), Leon Tsu (201,000), Tom Alner (171,000) and Takashi Ogura (160,000).
Here's how the top 10 finishers stack up.
MPC23 Red Dragon Day 1c Top Ten Chip Counts
Kamel Mokhammad (Ukraine) - 905,000
Yiu Wah Kwok (Hong Kong) - 715,000
Tianhong Su (China) - 712,000
Chien-jung Huang (Taiwan) - 641,000
Inaki Joseba Santos Armendariz (Spain) - 628,000
Huitong Cao (China) - 579,000
Chia-chi Liu (Taiwan) - 542,000
Chong Yu (China) - 539,000
Weihang Chen (China) - 532,000
Yuexin Wang (China) - 503,000
So that's all from us here tonight. We hope you can join us tomorrow when 55 continue to chase the $HK2,360,000 top prize and the illustrious Red Dragon trophy. The action begins at 3:00pm local time and the goal is to play down until a final table is set.