MPCC: Level 3 & 4 updates
Live updates from day 1, level 3 (blinds 100-200) & level 4 (100-200, ante 25) 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.
4.30pm: Clark making his mark
The official entry for the inaugural Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event has been confirmed at 158 - an excellent number, which further underlines the growth of poker in the world's gaming capital. The prizepool will be HKD $2,970,400, or just under USD $383,000, meaning the winner is assured a payout of more than USD $90,000.
But the dream of becoming that first MPCC champion is over for PokerStars Macau satellite winner Chi Keung Lau after he slammed in his remaining chips to the all-in of New Zealander Kevin Clark. However, Lau's top-pair with ace-kicker and gutshot straight draw was completely dominated by Clark's flopped flush, and the Kiwi shot to 40,000 after that hand.
Play is about to tick in level five, with 144 of the 158 players still seated in the glorious PokerStars Macau room on a packed Saturday afternoon here in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino.
4pm: Roar power on table six
An early nominee for loudest gathering in the room goes to table six, where Hong Kong duo Cho Fai Wong and Phil Lau are providing a hand-for-hand commentary of the action, and there's been plenty to report with the chip shuffling mostly in the direction of Yow Hui Ng of Singapore, who's on 40,000.
Through all the noise, Korea's Eric Yim is somehow catching a quick nap on table seven, and missed the action as Aussie Mitchell Carle committed his remaining chips with pocket jacks, only for Renyong Hu's A-6 to improve to a straight.
But we're yet to hear a sound from PokerStars Macau livewire Daoxing "Bao Bao" Chen. The player who infuriated and amused all at the APPT Macau Main Event final table back in September has quietly amassed a stack of 44,000 after three levels of play. But "Bao Bao", please don't disappoint your audience!
3.30pm: Who's that with the Team Pros?
Raymond Wu and Bryan Huang missed much of the opening level of the Macau Poker Cup Championship, and both look a little star-struck since taking their seats.
The PokerStars.net Team Asia duo played a few hands with our celebrity guests Chrissie Chau and Samantha Ko, but the real test was the uninterrupted blast from the hundreds of camera flashes with the Hong Kong paparazzi packed around the table.
Huang was quick to locate his sunglasses and win some early pots to take his stack to 24,000, while Wu is sitting comfortably just above his start stack of 20,000. Likewise, it's been a steady start for Korea's Tae Jun Noh and Celina Lin, but Jonathan Lin has slipped to 10,000 after the first three levels.
3pm: Seven not so lucky
Play has just ticked into the third level after the first two 40-minute levels in the Macau Poker Cup Championship here at PokerStars Macau in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino.
Three players bowed out in the opening 80 minutes, with the total field currently on 157 players for a prizepool of just under HKD $3,000,000, which will soon be confirmed by PokerStars Macau tournament director Danny McDonagh.
Some tables have attracted more focus than others, with table seven's line-up of Julian Cohen (fourth in the 2009 Vic Champs Main Event), PokerStars.net Team Asia's Tae Jun Noh, Hanbing "Marlboro" Wang (top 15 on the MPC leaderboard) and 2009 Aussie Millions $1000 PokerPro NLHE champion Mitchell Carle among the toughest.