Henry Wang Wins Event 3 at Macau Poker Cup
The action is heating up for PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa who are hosting the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon from August 6-14.
Leading the headlines on the fourth day of the 9-day schedule is Taiwanese poker pro Henry Wang who beat the 195-player field to capture the Event 3: Deepstack title earning HKD $ $63,718 in the process.
Tuesday also marked the start of Event 4: $4,000 NLH. The 2-day tournament attracted 137 runners in a field with 8 of the Top 16 players on the Asia Player of the Year (APOY) rankings -- this includes Taiwanese brothers Hung-Sheng and Hung-Chang Lin who are No. 1 and No. 6 respectfully; Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im (No. 5); Macau's Ion Sang Song (No. 4); and, Malaysian Raiden Kan (No. 10)
"Obviously more pros are making their way to PokerStars Macau as the side event buy-ins get bigger and the Thursday Day 1A of Red Dragon approaches." said Robin Lim, PokerStars Senior Events Manager. "The poker room is electric and that means a big number for the main event. It should easily be around 480-player average in 2011 and challenge the record of 509 players."
The Red Dragon main event boasts a HKD $3,000,000 guarantee and runs from August 11-14.
Day 2 of Event 3 began with 22 in-the-money players to claim their share of the HKD $260,715 prize pool. Wang made it look easy as he built a 4-to-1 chip lead after 15 minutes of heads up play against Australian Bruce Nguyen.
In the final hand, Wang moved all-in with pocket eights and Nguyen made a curious call with T7 for his tournament life.
The lack of patience proved fatal for Nguyen who -- despite making two-pair on a board of 2-8-Q-7-T -- would lose to Wang's three of a kind.
Wang is a familiar face on the Asia-Pacific poker scene. It's his 1st title after 3 cashes on the Asian poker circuit in 2011. The win moves him into the APOY Top 30 at No. 24.
Event 5: $5,000 KO Bounty has a HKD $500,000 guarantee and begins on Wednesday, August 10 at 2:10 PM HKT.