MPCC Day 1b: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

8:30pm: MPCC Day 1b wraps up

That brings an end to the day's proceedings from the PokerStars Macau poker room in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. The second flight of the Macau Poker Cup Championship has seen approximately 85 players navigate their way through six levels of play to reach day two action tomorrow.

It looks like the chip lead has gone to the Russians as PokerStars qualifier Oleg Gersten bagged up around 114,000 in chips for the heaviest bag in the room. Close behind were Nick Wong (103,000), Kent Del Rosario (100,000), Nigel Jones (99,000), and Steve Yea (84,000).

Others to make it through safely included the Hachem brothers, with Tony (44,000) ending the day ahead of Joe (20,000), while Yann Pauchon (63,000), Tom Grigg (55,000), Guillaume Patry (42,000), Kenneth Leong (29,000), Michael Mariakis (26,000) and Tony Basile (8,000) will all return tomorrow.

We'll have a complete wrap of the day's play including a full list of updated chip counts for you shortly.

8:25pm: Hachem and Wang chop it up

As the final four hands were announced on each table, Tony Hachem was again in the middle of the action late in the day.

Catching the action on the turn on a board of 8♠Q♠Q♥6♣, Ted Wang led out for 5,500 from the big blind before Hachem declared himself all in. Hachem covered Wang who deliberated for some time before calling off his last chips.

Wang opened Q♦5♠ for trips but he found himself outkicked by Hachem's Q♣J♥.
"Nothing stupid..." Hachem pleaded with the dealer but the river was revealed as the 8♥ to give both players a full house as they chopped it up!

"At least it wasn't a five I guess!" sighed Hachem.


Tony Hachem is ending the day with a rush

8:10pm: Yann making moves

With a limp and a raise to 2,100 in front of him, Yann Pauchon flat called on the button as his two opponents came along to see a flop of 9♣8♥8♦. Action checked around and the 2♣ bricked the turn. Play checked to the preflop raiser who made it 4,000. Pauchon quickly popped it up to 10,000 as the early position limper got out of the way.

Pauchon's opponent thought for a few moments before laying his hand down as Pauchon proudly showed A♥Q♣ for just ace-high.

"I had the same hand as you bro!" said the EP-player as Pauchon's move collected him the pot to move up to 60,000.

8:00pm: Hachem winning when he misses

Tony Hachem raised the button to 1,400 before the small blind re-raised to 3,500.

"I have a big hand you know?" chirped Hachem before he made the call to see a flop of 3♠A♦6♠. Both players checked and the 9♥ hit the turn. The small blind led out for 5,000 and Hachem snap-called as the 4♣ fell on the river.

Action checked to Hachem who quickly splashed 6,500 into the middle. His opponent didn't waste any time in folding as Hachem proudly slammed K♠J♠ on the table for a busted flush draw.

"I missed!" exclaimed Hachem. "Sometimes you can't win if you don't bet!"

The PokerStars Team Australia Pro looks set to reach yet another day two as he's up to 40,000 chips.

7:45pm: Gersten flushes Chang

Russian Oleg Gersten had stormed into the chip lead following a huge clash with Tony Chang.

Chang's aggressive approach has been getting him in all sorts of spots today but this time his pocket nines ran into Gersten's flopped flush as three diamonds hit the flop when the chips went in. Chang had the 9♦ but couldn't improve on the turn or river and he was eliminated as Gersten jumped up to 125,000 in chips.


Oleg Gersten has jumped into the chip lead late on Day 1b

7:30pm: Level up, blinds 300-600, ante 50

7:20pm: Jones in control

As we approach the last level of play our chip leader is Nigel Jones from the United Kingdom who is approaching 100,000 in chips.

As we were counting his tower of chips there were a few heated moments on this table featuring Jones.

He exchanged a few words with the player to his right who folded out of turn, for the third time according to Jones. The dealer was involved in the discussion as the hand was played out. The very next hand there was more confusion as the UTG-player thought he was in the big blind and put 400 in the middle. Once Jones had raised to 1,350, there wasn't much the UTG-player could do. It looked like Jones was taking advantage of the situation but as the table folded around Jones flashed pocket tens to show he had a real hand.

7:05pm: Grigg clubs Mariakis

One man who was hoping to move up the Asia Player of the Year leaderboard was Michael Mariakis but he's just taken a significant hit as Tom Grigg doubled through.

Mariakis led out with a bet of 3,000 on a flop of A♠7♣Q♣ before Tom Grigg moved all in for a total of 11,500. A third player folded as Mariakis matched the bet and opened A♦J♠ for top pair. Grigg was drawing with his T♣9♣.

The turn was a great card for Grigg as the 8♠ gave him additional outs to a straight, but the river K♣ completed his flush. Mariakis slammed his fist on the table in disgust as the third player commented that he also folded clubs. Following on from his runner-up result at the APPT Auckland, Grigg is now back in contention with around 27,000 chips.

6:45pm: Bryan busto

PokerStars Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang has left the door ajar for someone to replace him at the top of the Asia Player of the Year leaderboard after recently being eliminated from the tournament.

Huang was relatively short when he moved his last chips in with ace-ten against an opponent's dominant ace-jack. Huang received no help and headed over to jump into the No Limit Holdem side event which recently kicked off.

6:30pm: Play resumes

The players are back for the last two levels of play before we wrap it up for another day.

Our chip leader at the moment appears to be Korean sensation Steve Yea. With an APPT Manila final table under his belt in 2007, Yea has gone from strength to strength with a string of cashes throughout Asia and a couple of WSOP results to his credit. Yea is currently sitting with 75,000 chips.