MPC24: China's Chao Yang charges ahead on Day 1a

The Red Dragon took flight again today.

The feature tournament of this Macau Poker Cup 24 generated an electric atmosphere across the room here at PokerStars LIVE. When late registration was locked out it was a total of 205 who had posted up the HK$12,000 buy-in but when all was said and done only 49 remained.

Of those it was China's Chao Yang who rose to the top in the closing stages of Day 1a. Yang bagged up 168,700 at the conclusion of play to edge out Koen Breed in second spot with 152,300 and Shuang Hu who rounded out the podium on 137,300.

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End of day chip leader Chao Yang

Yang has a total of $33,004 in live earnings and with his showing today he is well on his way to adding some more to that tally. His biggest score so far was right here in Macau when he shipped the HK$3,000 Midnight Turbo event for $11,951 last year.

Joining Yang on Day 2 will be former chip leader Steven Cody (66,700), Japan's second-ever WSOP bracelet winner Takahiro Nakai (51,400) and reigning Asia Player of the Year Alan King Lun Lau (49,700).

While the survivors will have a two day respite before returning for the official Day 2, for everyone else it just wasn't to be. Three PokerStars Team Pros were in the running but only Chen-an Lin (50,000) managed to survive the day. Celina Lin was eliminated by way of a flip in the later stages and Aditya Agarwal registered late and failed to last the better part of half an hour before finding the rail.

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Eliminated: Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin

Also falling by the wayside were MPC22 champion Yuguang Li, Asia Player of the Year runner-up KC Wong and 2014 Asia Player of the Year Pete Chen.

MPC24 Red Dragon Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts
Chao Yang (China) - 168,700
Koen Breed (Netherlands) - 152,300
Shaung Hu (China) - 137,300
Yiu Wah Kwok (Hong Kong) - 136,100
Gang Wang (China) - 119,600
Yan Li (China) - 91,200
Takashi Ogura (Japan) - 88,900
Weichun Jiang (China) - 86,100
Soon Ann Gan (Malaysia) - 85,900
Yuexin Wang (China) - 79,200

Click here for full end of day chip counts

And that takes us to the second opening flight. That's expected to be even bigger than today and we look on track for another impressive MPC field. Things are just heating up and it's promising to be a spectacular week of poker.

Day 1b kicks off at 2:00pm local time on Monday. We'll be here again for all your live reporting needs. We hope you can join us!


Brad Kain
@PokerStars in Asia Pacific Poker Tour