MPCC Day 3: Levels 17 & 18 (blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000)
2:10pm: Ten-minute break
2:08pm: Dodds gets involved
It was a wild end to the level for Australian Joel Dodds. After sitting patiently for most of that level, Dodds decided to get involved by moving all in on a flop of 2♥3♥A♥. His opponent was Richard Hu, who had bet 100,000 as Dodds moved in for just 103,500 more. Hu decided to fold as Dodds collected a nice pot without showdown.
Moments later, Dodds was in the action again in a battle of the blinds with William Pastout. They saw a flop of 4♠9♣5♠ and Pastout bet 37,000 from the small blind before Dodds added 50,000 to the bet in the big blind. Pastout responded by moving all in and Dodds quickly gave it up as the players went on break.
Pastout is up to 460,000 with Dodds back down to 260,000.
2:00pm: Omori on the rail
We've lost one of our Japanese players as Ryoichi Omori has fallen in 14th place. Omori ran ace-jack into the ace-king of Nelson Sheu in consecutive hands and was sent to the rail.
1:55pm: Seet king of the table
After a long time between eliminations, we've finally lost another player as Kyle Cheong became our 15th place finisher. Nathaniel Seet opened to 22,500 from the cutoff before Cheong moved all in for 215,500 from the button. Julian Hasse asked for a count before folding his small blind, but Seet snap-called.
The board fell 9♠2♣J♦J♠5♠ to give the chips to Seet and send Cheong to the cashier.
"See you in the cash games!" chirped Seet as he's now up to 750,000 in chips for the biggest stack on his table.
1:40pm: Wee Yee Tan pushing the action
Still very little action to report as fifteen players remain defiant. It really has slowed right down now, and players continue to take a long time over their decisions.
Maksim Semisoshenko and Takashi Ogura have moved their short stacks in preflop but received no action, while all the big stacks seem to be over on table one.
The biggest stack of them all belongs to Wee Yee Tan who seems to be the most aggressive, and potentially the most volatile player at the table. And it's working for him. We recently saw him check-raise William Pastout on a flop of 2♥8♦A♦ before moving all in on the 6♥ in a big overbet. Pastout raised his eyebrows and folded. Tan is up to 750,000.
1:15pm: Play slows
After a rapid start to the day, play has tightened up a little over the past fifteen minutes as players are treading carefully in the knowledge that one misstep could be their last!
Nathaniel Seet is looking dangerous after he took down a pot with a flop check-raise against Chi Chen, while Nelson Sheu found a double up for his short stack when his pocket tens held against Wee Yee Tan's king-nine.
The short stack of the field is currently Maksim Semisoshenko with 80,000.
1:10pm: Level up, blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000
12:55pm: All Hung out
Hung-cheng Hung may have a name to impress, but his stack is not so impressive right now after his last chips were taken by William Pastout.
Hung moved his last 120,000 or so with K♣Q♣ and Pastout called with A♣7♠. The board landed A♦9♥A♠J♥Q♦ to give Pastout trip aces and eliminate Hung in 16th place.
12:45pm: Potts' remarkable week comes to an end
Wee Yee Tan opened with a raise to 21,500 from under the gun before Japan's Ryoichi Omori moved all in for 153,000 more. Play folded to Bill Potts in the big blind who also declared himself in for around 40,000 in total. Tan then went into the tank before he quipped, "I'll let you have it" as he tossed his cards into the muck.
Omori showed the A♠, and Tan replied, "I had one of those too!" But we're guessing he couldn't match Omori's kicker, as he opened A♠A♣ to leave Potts drawing to two outs with his T♥T♠.
The board ran out 2♦2♠3♣8♥2♣ and Omori takes it down to eliminate Potts in 17th place. The New Zeleander has had a week to remember of some serious illness during the week that saw him spend some time in local hospital. However he courageously checked himself out to come and play in this event and it's been worthwhile as he pockets HK$57,500 for his efforts.
12:35pm: Aces for Cheong
Kyle Cheong has found a double up through Nathaniel Seet with all the chips in perflop. Seet made the call with 8♥8♣ as Cheong tabled A♥A♠.
The board ran out Q♠9♦6♥5♥T♠ to double Cheong to 180,000. Seet is still well placed with 350,000.
Final Two Tables
Seat 1: Hung-cheng Hung
Seat 2: Richard Hu
Seat 3: William Pastout
Seat 4: Joel Dodds
Seat 5: Bill Potts
Seat 6: Wee Yee Tan
Seat 7: Kelly Flynn
Seat 8: Ryoichi Omori
Seat 1: Kyle Cheong
Seat 2: Julian Hasse
Seat 3: Takashi Ogura
Seat 4: Kristian Lunardi
Seat 5: Chi Chen
Seat 6: Louis Kudlak
Seat 7: Maksim Semisoshenko
Seat 8: Nelson Sheu
Seat 9: Nathaniel Seet
12:22pm: Top-top not enough for Lui
Just prior to the redraw for the final two tables, Patrick Lui's tournament also came crashing to a halt. It was a flop of 5♣T♣9♦ that saw the chips go into the middle with Lui holding ace-ten for top pair, top kicker, but he found himself in trouble against Richard Hu's Q♥Q♣.
The turn was the 2♥ and river the 5♦ to see Lui depart in 18th place.
12:20pm: Schoepfer succumbs
As Kristian Lunardi found a double up on one table, another short stack in Frenchman Ben Schoepfer failed to do likewise.
Schoepfer was all in preflop with K♥9♣ but was dominated by the K♠J♦ of Nathaniel Seet which held on the board of 4♠K♣A♥3♦8♦. Schoepfer is out in 19th place as the players redraw for the final two tables of play.
12:15pm: Lisandro eliminated in opening minutes of the day
Just moments after we mentioned the threat of Jeff Lisandro, the Australia Poker Hall of Fame Legend found his chips all in during a massive hand with Wee Yee Tan.
The flop was T♥3♠K♥ as Lisandro pushed with A♥9♥ for the nut flush draw, but he ran into the T♣T♦ for a set of tens for Tan. The turn was the 4♠ and river the 5♠ to see Lisandro crash to the rail in 20th place and jump tan up to 660,000 and the chip lead!
12:10pm: The stage is set
The stage has been set for a thrilling finale here in the PokerStars Macau poker room as the Grand Lisboa Casino plays host to the final day of play in the Macau Poker Cup Championship.
After two days of plays, our field of 254 has been reduced to just 20 who will battle it out to become Asia's newest poker champion.
It's an International affair today with 11 different countries represented. Kelly Flynn will enter the day with the chips lead, while five-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro undoubtedly the biggest threat still in the field. Can Lisandro claim an historic victory in Asia to further enhance his status as one of the world's best players?
The players are in the seats and the word has been given to shuffle up and deal!