Ioan Lazar wins Event 2: $5,000 KO Bounty

ps_news_thn.jpgPokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa is hosting the Macau Poker Cup Championship 2011 and after a three prelimenary tournaments all eyes are now on the Main Event which takes place from October 12-16 and comes with an impressive HKD $4,500,000 guarantee.

Last year's Main Event was won by Germany's Julian Hasse who outlasted the 254-player field on his way to winning the HKD $1,064,000 first prize. It's expected that both the field size and prize money will well exceed those figures this week.

"The opening events have been solid," said Danny McDonagh, Director of Live Operations in Asia-Pacific, "but the real fun now begins. This is by far the most anticipated MPCC we've ever had and I can confidently predict another record breaking tournament this week."

Event 2: $5,000 KO Bounty was won by Australian Ioan Lazar who beat the 124-player field and collected HKD $109,740 plus another HKD $4,000 in bounties for his 2-day effort.


13 players heading into the Day 2 final were all in the money for a piece of the HKD $546,840 prize pool. PokerStars player Terry Fan had the chip lead entering the day and that continued to a final table that included top Asia Player of the Year ranked Hung-sheng "Shaq" Lin but they would be eliminated in 4th and 9th place respectively.

American Aaron Jacobs would fall in 3rd place to set up a heads up match between Laraz and China's Wenjie Zhang. After 3 unsuccessful all-in attempts to finish off Zhang, the Aussie finally found a hand that would hold. Laraz pushed his big stack with Ks5s and was called by Zhang's Td9s.

The board ran Kh-Th-8c-7s-Ac and the pair of kings sealed the victory for the 29-year old technician.

"I won my main event entry via satellite in Australia and got me a chance to visit Macau for the first time." said Lazar. "It's great to win an event before I start off my main event tomorrow."

Event 2: $5,000 KO Bounty - Final Table Results
1. Ioan Lazar (Australia) -- $109,740
2. Wenjie Zhang (China) -- $71,900
3. Aaron Jacobs (USA) -- $48,600
4. Terry Fan (Chinese Taipei) -- $40,200
5. Gary Pereira (Australia) -- $31,700
6. Koon Hung Tsui (Hong Kong) -- $27,500
7. Jun Chen (China) -- $23,300
8. Tai Tan (Singapore) -- $19,000
9. Hung-sheng Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- $14,800
10. Marcial Dias (Australia) -- $10,600

Japan's Seijiro Machi claimed the title in Event 3: Charity + 2 Rebuys and was awarded the HKD $68,600 first prize which also included an entry to the Main Event. Machi not only beat the 97-player field but also beat a final table that included both Taiwanese Lin brothers -- Shaq and Aaron who are ranked No. 1 and 2 respectively.

Machi's final hand was against well known local Roy Wan from Hong Kong. Machi moved all-in with Kh9d and was called by Wan's As 7d.

The board was 8c-6h-9s-Jh-8d and the paired nines gave Japan its first trophy in the early MPCC schedule. "This is my best result from all the events I've played in PokerStars Macau." said the 36-year old restaurant owner. "I will be playing tomorrow's main event. Hope my luck stays on!"

The Charity Event raised HKD $48,500 towards the MCDA -- a non-profit group providing education and therapy services to local Macau children with special needs.

Event 3: Charity + 2 Rebuys - Final Table Results
1. Seijiro Machi (Japan) -- $68,600
2. Roy Wan (Hong Kong) -- $36,400
3. Sammy Xiuming Huang (Australia) -- $25,600
4. Chuanyu Fu (China) -- $22,000
5. Daniel Chua (Singapore) -- $17,400
6. Hung-sheng Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- $15,600
7. Michael Ye (Hong Kong) -- $13,800
8. John Zendrick Tech (Philippines) -- $12,000
9. Hung-chang Lin (Chinese Taipei) -- $10,200
10. Subaru Takeshita (Japan) -- $8,426

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