MPCC: Level 7 & 8 updates
Live updates from day 1, level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 75) & level 8 (400-800, ante 100) 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.
7pm: Ace goes bang for Tang
"Just call me the suckout king!" quipped Devin Tang as he scooped up one of the biggest pots of the tournament midway through level eight in the Macau Poker Cup Championship.
There was a huge crowd around table 12 with Christopher Koo all-in, Tang all-in and John Chong all-in. It was down to Daoxing Chen to join the party, but he declined the invitation and it was off to the races.
Koo showed red kings, Chong red jacks while Tang sweated his A-8. Chen shrieked with delight after folding the other two kings, and Tang joined the celebrations when the board fell A-Q-4-2-4. That took him to more than 40,000 chips, while Koo took down a sidepot of more than 60,000 with his kings.
6.30pm: Casualties mount
The ladies have taken their seats for their MPCC event while the HKD $20,000 buy-in Main Event ticks into level eight, with blinds up to 400/800 with an ante of 100.
Recent departures include Aussie young gun Daniel Neilson (who featured in last night's Tournament of Champions thanks to his sixth-place on the MPC leaderboard) and Phillip Willcocks, who placed eighth in the recent APPT Cebu Main Event.
Andrew Scott, the affable Aussie now based in Hong Kong, has also been KOed. He shoved with K-10 onto a K-5-4 with two hearts, and was called by an opponent with flush and open-ended straight draws, with the heart-breaking heart landing on the turn.
6pm: One down, one to go for Chan
Terrence Chan is one of the great travellers on the poker scene, and has been a great supporter of events in Macau since the first APPT Macau event back in 2007. Coming off a win in the WCOOP on PokerStars earlier this year, the Hong Kong-based Canadian won the Heads-up Challenge as part of the MPCC last week.
Chan's holding a smidge under 40,000 as players return from their second break of the day, and is well placed for another deep run here. The current chip leader is Sweden's Robin Backstorm, who is up to 66,000 while Kevin Clark of New Zealand is on 62,000.
PokerStars Macau Tournament Director Danny McDonagh has confirmed that 19 of the 157 players will receive a payout, roughtly equating to about one in eight entrants. There'll be a dinner break of 45 minutes after the conclusion of level nine.