MPCC: Level 13 & 14 updates
Live updates from day 1, level 13 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 500) & level 14 (3000-6000, ante 500) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. Click refresh to see the latest updates below.
12am: Close calls for Team Pros
PokerStars.net Team Asia Pros Bryan Hung and Raymond Wu are livin' on the edge with just four players to fall before the bubble bursts in the MPCC Main Event. Both have survived several double-ups to maintain their hopes of an in-the-money finish.
Wu was down to just 1400 in chips when the blinds were 1000/2000 but has clawed back to just over 100,000 while Huang just doubled through Henry Wang with pocket sixes against A-Q to build his stack back above 150,000.
Terry Fan picked off another scalp when his pocket sixes held up against the A-6 of Andrew Ling and remains the chip leader on 380,000 while "Victor" Chih-yen Chen has climbed to more than 300,000 and into second spot on the chip count.
11.30pm: Bubble bounces closer
We're 10 spots short of the money and the end of play on day one in the first Macau Poker Cup Championship at PokerStars Macau inside the luxurious Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. As the song goes, "Saturday night's alright for fighting", and there's no shortage of stoushes as the short stacks continue to commit their chips at every opportunity.
There are three PokerStars.net Team Asia Pros - Tae Jun Noh, Bryan Huang and Raymond Wu - still in the field, along with other notables Terry Fan, Singapore's Ivan Tan and PokerStars Macau regular "Victor" Chih-yen Chen. Terry Fan remains the chip leader on 340,000.
11pm: Terry's on top
Players are back from what should be the final break of the night, with 36 players chasing one of the 19 spots in the money. More than 50 players have been eliminated in the three 40-minute levels since the dinner break, and with numerous short stacks clinging to their tournament life, the pressure mounts heading into level 13.
Terry Fan has been among the chip leaders for much of the day and remains the man to catch on 330,000. He's well placed for another final table after finishing fifth in the APPT Cebu Main Event last month.
PokerStars.net Team Asia Pro Tae Jun Noh has stormed back from less than 30,000 in chips to more than 220,000 (he eliminated Terrence Chan with aces against nines on the last hand before the break).
A top-five finish in the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event will allow the Korean youngster to overtake Kitty Kuo for the title of Asian Player of the Year.