MPCC: Level 5 & 6 updates
Live updates from day 1, level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 25) & level 4 (200-400, ante 50) 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.
5.30pm: Celina has the eye of the Dragon
She's the princess of poker in this part of the world, and Celina Lin is never been more determined to put in a good display for her legion of followers in the Macau Poker Cup's marquee event of the year.
After scoring her breakthrough win here in the Red Dragon event held in July, her confidence has stepped up another notch and she's leading the way for the PokerStars.net Team Asia Pro contingent today with 30,000 in chips.
A sleepy Bryan Huang is on 22,000; Tae Jun Noh (who looks ready for a trip to the skifields) holds 27,000 while Jonathan Lin (10,000) and Raymond Wu (12,000) are hanging on.
We've also just farewelled the player on top of the Macau Poker Cup leaderboard, Taipei's Kitty Kuo. Her stacked had fluctuated wildly before running K-J into the pocket queens of Phil Lau. The flop came Q-x-Q to give Lau quads, and Kuo could only smile meekly as she gathered her personals. That leave Kuo's lead vulnerable ... any takers?
5pm: Smoke 'em if ya got 'em
It's amazing how quickly the poker players of Macau and China have embraced the popular aspects of the game. There are no shortage of "so sick" and "one time" shrieks throughout the room, but at least it's in English as Chinese is not allowed to be spoken in the act of play.
However, it's hard for westerners to readjust to the smell of cigarette smoke that wafts into the poker room from the adjacent gaming tables, where smoking is permitted. Playing poker here is a half-a-pack habit.
Metaphorically speaking, no-one's smoking the field after the opening six levels of play with the biggest stacks around the 50k-mark. Ira Blumenthal, who final-tabled the very first APPT event back in 2007, just acquired the bulk of Tim Eduard's chips to climb above 50,000 while Jeppe Drivsholm's stack is also north of 50k after almost fours of play.