Alvin Peh wins Event 2 at Macau Poker Cup
PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa is on it's way to the biggest Macau Poker Cup (MPC) ever as the first 2 events have already surpassed all expectations. The MPC runs all week from February 21-27 and already attracted 139 players for the opening Charity event.
Expectations were high entering Wednesday's Event 2: KO Bounty but few would have predicted the final count of 248 players and prize pool of over HKD $500,000. The numbers are all the more impressive considering no poker side event in Macau has ever reached the 200-player mark.
"We forecasted record numbers for all the side events which have a very loyal following." says Roberto Wong, Business Manager for PokerStars Macau. "However, I think I'd be lying if I said that I knew we would sellout every seat before the tournament even began. This is a wonderful surprise."
Winning the record side event was Alvin Peh from Singapore who picked up HKD $100,700 plus 10 bounties for a bonus HKD $5,000 in addition to the first prize money.
There was a good international mix of Team PokerStars Pros in the field including 'The flying Dutchman' Marcel Luske, Pieter de Korver from Holland, Bryan Huang from Singapore, Raymond Wu from Taipei, Celina Lin from China, and Dale Phillip from Scotland.
"I came to Macau last year and had a really good time." said an enthuisiastic Luske as he announced "Shuffle Up and Deal!" to start the KO Bounty. "I always planned to return to Macau and happy that the opportunity came so soon. I'm always excited to play the PokerStars events but Asia is truly a special and unique experience."
China's Yue Xu had dominated Event 2's final table but the tides turned when both players put their chips in chasing the same flush draw. Peh had the higher draw and ended up winning with two pair to cripple Xu. It ended soon afterwards as Xu moved all-in pre-flop with 76 and ran into Peh's pocket sevens. The black sevens were enough for the Singaporean to win the title.
Peh is a student of Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang and it only seems fitting that the apprentice passed the master for the temperary lead for Asia Player of the Year (APOY).
With the win, Peh holds a narrow 19 point lead over Huang for the number one rank on the APOY leaderboard.
Event 3: $3,000 NLH has opened registration and over 200 players are already entered before the 8:10 PM start time. The KO Bounty's record could very well be broken in less than a 24-hours.
PokerStars Macau is preparing for a frenzy Friday as there will be the conclusion of the 2-day $3,000 NLH tournament, Event 4: Deepstack at noon, the Raymond Wu Book Signing at 5:30 PM, and the much anticipated Red Dragon main event at 8:10 PM.