Kunal Chandra wins Event 3 at Macau Poker Cup
Kunal Chandra won HKD $69,600 and becomes the first player from India to win a Macau Poker Cup numbered event as he beat the 217-player field in Event 3: Deepstack.
The Deepstack event was the 3rd of 8 Official Asia Player of the Year events at the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) which runs from May 28 through to June 5 and is hosted by PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa
A day after the PokerStars Macau announced the APPT Macau dates for Season 5 another strong field of 164 players came out for Event 4: $5,000 KO Bounty. 19 players will make the money and advance to Wednesday's Day 2.
At midnight the players are on Level 8 and there are 60 runners remaining including Asia Player of the Year (APOY) no. 5 ranked Brice Renaud, no. 19 Sparrow Cheung, no. 21 Amirali Etemadsaeid -- who won Event 1, no. 22 Alexandre Chieng, and 2009 Macau Poker Cup Championship winner Devan Tang.
Besides the HKD $138,000 first prize the KO Bounty winner will receive 1,200 APOY points and that could be huge for some of the remaining names in the field.
25 players began Day 2 of Event 3 and Chandra seemed determined to grow his chip stack at every opportunity. By the time he was heads up against Hong Kong's Hiu Man Ng, Chandra had a massive 9-to-1 chip lead.
On the final hand, Chandra moved all-in preflop with T5 and Ng made the call with A2. The board ran K-K-K-5-7 to give Chandra a full house for the win.
Shashank Rathi is the first India player to win an APOY event but Chandra is the first to do so at the Macau Poker Cup. The win gives Chandra 769 APOY points and moves him into 28th on the leaderboard.
The Red Dragon $3,000,000 Guarantee main event apears to be headed towards another big week with already 55 PokerStars online qualifiers -- an MPC record. The Red Dragon takes place from June 2 to June 5. Players can still qualify for the Red Dragon live at PokerStars Macau.
The next MPC tournament is the $4,000 Teams Event which takes place on Wednesday at 2:10 PM (HKT).