From the clouds, Jones flops big and bags up chip lead in Macau

We started out today with 150 players and a long way from the money, but within seven levels of play we find ourselves perched precariously on the edge of the cash as 43 players survived to reach day three of the Macau Poker Cup Championship. Only 38 of those will go home with profit in their pocket as we're setup for an exciting day of poker tomorrow.

The story of the day surfaced in the dying minutes as Australian Will Jones captured the biggest pot of the tournament in dramatic fashion to steal the chip lead.

It started with a raise from under the gun by Victor Chong and finding three callers to a flop of 3♣3♠9♦. A raising war erupted and when the dust settled Jones' 9♥9♠ left Chong's 6♥3♥ drawing to the case three. The turn and river bricked out and, just like that, Jones was a surprise chip leader as he bagged up an impressive 387,400.


Jones finished 4th in the recent ANZPT Melbourne Main Event and has been based over here in Macau for some time, grinding away on the lucrative cash game tables. He will admit that he hasn't been running great of late, but perhaps that will all change around swiftly with one big tournament score.

Others to enjoy good days on the felt were Sunny Jung, who carried his overnight lead throughout the day, only to be pipped at the post by Jones, Scotland's Gordon Huntly, Japan's Seijiro Machi, Richard Hu, Raiden Kan and Gabyong Kim.

The number one ranked player in the Asia POTY, Hung-sheng Lin is also still in contention, as is PokerStars sponsored Justin Chan, Nobuhiro Yabuuchi and Singaporean Ivan Tan.

Some of those unable to finish the day includes the last of Team PokerStars in Raymond Wu and Vivian Im. Wu pushed with his ace-jack into an opponent's ace-king, while it was a failed bluff attempt that saw Im out the door. They were joined by the likes of John Tech, Andrew Scott, Kwan "Spiderman" Mah , Neil Arce, Hirotoshi Nakabo, David Steicke and the defending champion Julian Hasse.


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The players will once again be back at 12:10pm tomorrow (GMT+8) to play right down to the final table. As we mentioned five players will miss the money so expect a few nervous moments early in the day until the bubble bursts. Enjoy your evening and we hope that you will join us again tomorrow.