MPCC: Level 9 & 10 updates
Live updates from day 1, level 9 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100) & level 8 (800-1600, ante 200) 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.
9pm: Devin in post-dinner heaven
We suspect that chilli may have been the dominant ingredient of the meals ordered by players in the Macau Poker Cup Championship judging from the carnage since the dinner break. It's level 10 on day one here at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino, where less than 70 players are spread across just nine tables in PokerStars Macau heading into the evening session of play.
The big mover in the past 30 minutes has been Devin Tang, who just took out another player when he rivered an ace to overtake an opponent's pocket 10s to climb to 115,000. The cry of "all-in, call" continues as the number of players remaining ticks down by the minute.
8pm: Dinner warms the hearts of the frozen field
It's a windy and cold Macau evening - and that's inside PokerStars Macau. Those who feel the cold are doing it tough midway through day one of the Macau Poker Cup Championship, with all manner of clothing being sourced to keep out the cold.
Well-known poker media identity Kyle Morris is buried under a hoodie and cap while Tae Jun Noh has again donned a woollen beanie that wouldn't look out of place on a halfpipe.
In the meantime, we've lost almost half of the field in the first six hours of play - 81 remain, 77 have been eliminated and we're off to sample one of the magnificent dining options at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Pork buns anyone?
7.30pm: Fan blows Chang away
After a pedestrian afternoon, the gloves are well and truly off as the blinds start to bite in level nine of the Macau Cup Poker Championship here at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino.
The jump from 400/800 to 600/1200 signalled the start of frenetic action, with Taipei's terry Fan the main beneficiary as he became the first player to break the 100,00-chip barrier when his A-7 cracked Carlo's Chang's A-K when a seven sailed down the river. Fan, who placed fifth in the APPT Cebu Main Event, holds 110,000.
PokerStars.net Team Asia has suffered its first elimination of the tournament with the short-stacked Jonathan Lin departing. Celina Lin has recovered to 26,000, with Raymond Wu (seated to her immediate right) on 25,000 and Tae Jun Noh on 33,000.