MPCC Day 1a: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

6:20pm: Ten-minute break

6:10pm: Getting aggressive

Recently joining the table of Julian Powell and Dan Neilson is fellow Aussie Joel Dodds as the boys sit three in a row on table 12. It's certainly creating an interesting dynamic as the boys flex their muscle with some aggressive raises.

First it was Powell who raised to 800, and with Dodds calling in position, the big blind squeezed to 2,800. Powell called as Dodds escaped with the flop arriving 2♠T♠9♣. The big blind led out for 3,500 but Powell popped it to 10,000 to take it down.

A few moments later and it was Dodds' turn to three-bet preflop as he made it 2,550 following a raise in middle position and a call from Powell. The flop landed a rather scary J♣T♦Q♦ and action checked to Dodds who deliberated before moving 5,700 into the middle. The middle position player folded and Powell flashed the 5♣ and reluctantly folded with a wry smile.

5:55pm: Plenty of side action at the MPCC

While the focus of the week is on the MPCC Main Event, there are a whole range of side events and satellites running throughout the week to keep players entertained.

The PokerStars Macau poker room is currently buzzing as a capacity field have fronted up for Event #4 in the series. The event is a HK$2,500 Bounty Event and it's about to kick off in a few minutes time. For those in Macau looking for some action tonight there are also Phase 2 and Phase 3 satellites running from 9:00pm local time.

5:40pm: Must be nice!

With a raise to 1,200 in front of him Jin Hua Li decided his best move was all in. Action folded to Julian Powell in the cutoff who asked for a count.

"I think I want to gamble here!" exclaimed Powell as Li's stack was counted out at 14,275. Powell splashed the pot with a call as the original raiser folded K♦J♦ face up.

Li showed A♦Q♣ as Powell revealed that he wasn't really gambling at all as he opened A♥A♠.

The board bricked out T♣6♣8♦6♠2♥ to eliminate Li and move Powell up to a comfortable 38,000.

5:20pm: Level up, blinds 150-300, ante 25

5:00pm: Foo's fight ended by Dunst

After coming off a big WSOP campaign, Tony Dunst has travelled over from Las Vegas with a few buddies to unleash on the upcoming events in Asia. And he's off to a good start.

Dunst is up to over 40,000 in chips after recently taking care of Singaporean Ricky Foo.

Foo finished second in the recent PokerStars Macau Emperor Series, but his MPCC tournament came to an end when he was short stacked and all in with six-seven as he made a straight on the K-8-5-4-K board but it was no good as Dunst pocket eights filled up to take the pot.


Tony Dunst in the thick of the action at the Macau Poker Cup Championship

Also recently eliminated from a nearby table was Hong Kong's David Steicke who lost his battle with his short stack.

4:50pm: Limp-shove works for Lin

Yu-ping Lin from Taiwan had just found a fortunate double up through American Matthew Schwarmann. Lin limped from early position before Schwarmann made it 700. Dave Ewing called on the button, as did the big blind before Lin put in the old limp-shove. Schwarmann was the lone caller as he opened A♥A♠ to have Lin in trouble with J♠J♦. That is, until the board was spread J♣9♣9♦K♥2♣.

"I f*#@ing hate poker!" exclaimed Schwarmann as Lin doubled to 25,000 to leave Schwarmann on the short stack.

4:40pm: Lisandro on fire

One of the quirks of casinos in Macau is that patrons are freely allowed to smoke inside. Yep, at the tables, in the hallways and, as one gentleman kindly shared with us yesterday, even in the elevators of the hotel. Yep, that's right, the smoke wafts through the room to fill our lungs with toxic goodness.

However one man who is giving off smoke all of his own is Jeff Lisandro as the Australian Poker Hall of Fame Legend has just found a massive double up much to the dismay of the remaining nine players on his table.

Catching the action on a flop of 9♣T♥3♦ it was Albertus Stegemen from Norway who led out with a bet of 1,200 from the big blind. Lisandro was on the button and he responded with a raise to 3,000. Stegemen decided to stick around to see the 6♠ on the turn.

Stegemen checked and Lisandro fired 3,500. Again Stegemen called as the J♦ completed the board on the river. Stegemen checked again and Lisandro made it 5,500 to go. Stegemen instantly declared himself all in, and just as quickly Lisandro made the call.

"You win," sighed Stegemen as he opened A♣J♣ for a rivered pair, but Lisandro held T♣T♦ for a perfect triple ten to double through. Lisandro is now up to 48,000 and will be a dangerous man with a stack in hand.


Five-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro is striking fear into the hearts of his opponents

4:20pm: Play resumes

The players are back following the break with Roger Spets (46,000) and Ivan Tan (40,000) our early chip leaders as 97 of our original 102 entrants are still alive.

It's just been announced that we'll be playing just six levels today before play wraps up for the day.