Jason Coe Leads Day 1A In Red Dragon

by Fred Leung

TheMacau Poker Cup, hosted by PokerStars Macau at Casino GrandLisboa, began Day 1A of the Red Dragon tournament on Friday, September 3. Ahealthy field of 135 players entered the first of two Day 1s for Asia'spremiere poker series' main event.

JasonCoe from USA has 112,200 chips to lead the remaining Day 1A field of 41 playerswho survive to Day 2.


Alsomaking it through to Day 2 include PokerStars sponsored Devan Tang from HongKong with 37,300. Tang was the chip leader for the majority of the 9 levels butlost over half his stack when his KK couldn't hold up against AT.

"Theplayers coming to MPC are getting better but I like it. Going up against proslike JC Tran brought my game to a higher level." said the former MacauPoker Cup Championship Main Event winner. "I still think I can win (theAsia Player of the Year) and just need one big final table and I'm upthere."

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CurrentAsia Player of the Year (APOY) leader and Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu waseliminated from 1A and could watch his 5-month reign on top of the standings dissapear.With the Red Dragon likely to award over 2000 points to the winner, the top50-60 players on the APOY list could potential pass Wu for the number one rank.

Otherhopefuls that didn't survive the evening include Team PokerStars Pro CelinaLin, PokerStars sponsored JC Tran and former Red Dragon winner Wing CheongChong.

Pleaseclick here for the 2010 AsiaPlayer of the Year Leaderboard.

Day1B is expected to well exceed 1A in field size and the second flight includesTeam PokerStars Pros Bryan Huang and Taejoon Noh. Other notables are PokerStarssponsored Nam Le, Quinn Do, Neil Arce, Victor Chen, Justin Chan, and defendingRed Dragon champion Kenichi Takarabe.

Day1B begins at 12:10 PM on Saturday, September 4.

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Brad Willis
@BradWillis in PokerStars Macau