Another record for poker in Macau
What goes up, must come down. It's the gospel according to Blood, Sweat and Tears. Before that, a man called Newton wrote about it in a little something called the Theory of Gravity.
It's pure logic. A proven fact. A law of Physics.
However poker in Macau is currently defying all theories and bucking all trends as it experiences the poker boom that just keeps on giving.
Poker all around the world has undoubtedly hit a plateau and numbers have fallen across many of the world's poker tours. But not Macau. Once again, a major tournament series in the gambling Mecca of Asia has shown growth as a total of 308 players fronted up with HK$20,000 for the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event. This figure is a staggering 22% increase on last year's numbers. It's been a remarkable period for the PokerStars Macau Poker Room as more and more locals are embracing the game.
"It's the top end of my expectations," said Danny McDonagh, Director of Live Operations for Asia-Pacific. "With APPT Macau Season 5 following the MPCC in just one month it's easy for players to wait until November. The 22% increase in entries in the Main Event and new records just show how much the region has embraced the sport of poker and PokerStars Macau."
Day 1b belonged to China's Yue Qing Zhou who led the 92 surviving players from today's flight. Zhou was under the radar for most of the day until he got three hefty barrels worth of value from his nut flush against the seemingly unstoppable Elton Tsang to shoot to the top of the leaderboard.
Although one might argue that Marcus Lau was the man most in charge today. Lau was up into the six-figure club early in the day and was a chance to pad his stack by another 100,000 when his pocket kings had the pocket queens of Chang-hau Huang in deep trouble. However a third lady on the river was a devastating blow for Lau as he slipped back to the pack. Even more remarkable is that despite being rivered in such a massive pot, Lau still bagged up the second most chips for the day.
Gabyong Kim was a later mover, while William Te, Raiden Kan, Kai Paulsen, Gordon Huntly, Ivan Tan and Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im all made it through the day in good shape. Im was dented early when her set was cracked by an opponent's straight but she recovered well as the lone Team PokerStars Pro to bag up chips at the end of the day.
Bryan Huang didn't have much go right before he ran a full house into quads, while a similar fate met Celina Lin when her flopped flush was also not enough to get past an opponent's quads. PokerStars Team Online member Dale Philip rounded out the trio of stars to fall.
The players will return tomorrow with 150 players remaining in contention for the Macau Poker Cup Championship. It will be an earlier start tomorrow with a 12:10pm (GMT+8) kick off and we look forward to your company once again!