Macau Poker Cup opens with success despite typhoon fears
by Fred Leung
PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa had a successful opening to the September edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) which runs from September 1-5. The MPC kicked off with 167 players in the $2,000 KO Bounty event which set a record for that tournament. This was particularly impressive considering the T1 typhoon warning delayed travel plans for many players and cancelled flights from Korea. Ironically, it was Korean Jinduk Kim that won the opening preliminary event.
Team PokerStars Pros from Asia are looking good in the side events as Bryan Huang from Singapore placed 7th in the Charity Event which now has him trailing fellow Team Pro, Raymond Wu from Taipei, by only 128 points on the Asia Player of the Year Leaderboard. Huang has been the hottest player in Asia with a win in the PokerStars Macau Emperor Series, runner-up finish in the July's Red Dragon event, and final tables in ANZPT Queenstown and the recent Manila event.
Team Pro Tae Joon Noh from Korea leads the remaining 19-player field heading into the $3,000 NLH - Day 2 final and is joined by China's Celina Lin.
Please click HERE for the 2010 Asia Player of the Year Leaderboard.
It appears as though weather won't affect Asia's premiere poker series as the PokerStars Macau poker room is buzzing with players. Friday's Deepstack event set its own record with 186 players and all signs point towards another big Red Dragon main event which begins Day 1A at 8:10 PM later in the evening.
Players can still qualify to the Red Dragon $2,000,000 Guarantee event at PokerStars Macau.
For complete Macau Poker Cup schedule please click HERE
Live reporting of the Red Dragon event is available at Poker News Asia