Macau Millions Day 1d: Levels 11 - 16 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

Hoi Ting Lee is chip leader as Day 1d is done

That brings an end to our coverage of Day 1d of the Macau Millions Main Event as our field of 210 has been reduced to the final fifteen. In the frantic final minutes of play, Hoi Ting Lee has surged to the end of day chip lead after the elimination of Justin Lowe on the bubble. It was yet another dramatic end to an action-packed day of poker.

Along the way we lost Team PokerStars Pros Celina Lin, Marcel Luske and Martin Hrubý, while Bryan Huang will be disappointed with his deep run to come so close to the money. However Team PokerStars will have at least one representative on Day 2 as Raymond Wu was able to successfully navigate his way through the minefields today to reach the money in his first attempt at the Main Event.


Raymond Wu is safely through to Day 2 at the Macau Millions

Here's how the final fifteen stacked up:

Hoi Ting Lee (Hong Kong) - 316,100
Huy Khiem Nguyen (Germany) - 219,500
Qinghong Zhang (China) - 178,000
Yuji Masaki (Japan) (PokerStars Player) - 145,000
Sixiao Li (China) - 138,500
Jung Chou Lee (Taipei) - 137,000
Yow Hui "Jack" Ng (Singapore) - 111,500
Ricardo Siregar (Indonesia) - 105,000
Thommy Lam (Netherlands) - 101,000
Yuki Tagawa (Japan) - 97,000
Raymond Wu (Taipei) (Team PokerStars PRO: Asia) - 96,500
Yosuke Sekiya (Japan) (PokerStars Player) - 82,500
Gianpaulo "JP" Bini (Canada) - 52,000
Kenji Kurashina (Japan) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 49,500
Hirotoshi Nakabo (Japan) - 45,500

Each player is guaranteed HK$8,000 in prize money and will return on Saturday for Day 2 to play for more!

There's no time for sightseeing tomorrow as we're in for a full day at the Grand Lisboa Casino as we'll have not one, but two flights tomorrow. Day 1e will kick off at 2:10pm and those eliminated will be able to hang around until 7:10pm for the start of Day 1f.

Until then, thanks for following along this evening, and we look forward to your company again tomorrow as the 2011 Macau Millions continues in record-breaking numbers.

2:55am: We love a fast bubble

Well it just got a little crazy here in the PokerStars Macau Poker Room with simultaneous eliminations on each table bursting the bubble before we knew it!

We don't have a lot of details as there were swarms of players, media and fans surrounding the tables, but the bubble boy was officially Justin Lowe who ran into the Broadway straight on the river held by Hoi Ting Lee.

It was so frantic that a head count of players had to be taken to make sure we were in the money. With it confirmed, the tables broke out in celebration and handshakes were exchanged as Day 1d has come to a sudden close with our final fifteen safely through to Day 2.

2:45am: Wu whacks Wang

We've lost Hanbing "Marlboro" Wang from the tournament as again the Macau regular has gone deep and fallen just short of a cash result.

Wang moved all in from middle position for his last 27,800 chips before Raymond Wu moved all in over the top for 49,700. The next player to act took a long time as he wanted to call, but he let it go as the table folded around.

By this stage Wang was already standing amongst the rail with beer in hand, but he returned to open his 5♦6♦ and find he was in bad shape against Wu's 6♥6♠.

The flop was a dry K♦9♥4♣, but the railbirds fluttered with excitement when the 3♠ hit the turn to give Wang eight outs to a straight. It wasn't to be as the 3♥ was close, but no cigar. Wang it out as Wu climbs to about 95,000.

2:25am: Huang jacked

We've just lost Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang in a dramatic hand that extended for a significant period of time after Huang spent an eternity in the tank.

It all started with Huang raising to 13,500 from the cutoff with Sixiao Li defending her big blind with a call to see a flop of A♦K♠7♠. Li decided to lead out with a bet of 15,000. Huang thought for a few moments and cut down his remaining stack before committing to a call.

The turn brought the Q♦ and Li formed a triangle with her hands, which is quickly becoming the recognized symbol in Macau for all in, as the dealer tossed her the triangular all-in button to signify her bet.

This sent Huang deep into the tank with a huge decision for his last 50,000 chips. He tried to get a reaction from the stone-faced Li, with a few smiles and even a wave, but Li wasn't giving anything away.

After several minutes of thought and several glances at the tournament clock, he called time on himself to force a decision. As the one minute timer ticked down to the final seconds, Huang, perhaps still reeling from his earlier bad beat, made the call and opened J♠J♣ after putting his opponent on a flush draw.

He was right, but Li also had a pair to go with it as her K♦T♦ was in the lead. Huang stood as the 4♣ completed the board to send him to a disappointing exit.

Meanwhile Li is now one of our chip leaders with a stack of 180,000 and in the words of Danny McDonagh, "has her serious face on".


With game face on, Sixiao Li is now a serious threat on Day 1d after the elimination of Bryan Huang

2:15am: Nakabo soaring

Hirotoshi Nakabo has been on a tear lately and has just eliminated another opponent, but he had to do it the hard way with his A♥8♣ up against 6♠6♣. Nakabo had to wait to the river on a board of 9♠2♠Q♣J♥T♦ to make a straight to take it down.

Nakabo is up to 150,000 with 25 players remaining.

2:10am: Despair for Huang

Bryan Huang is one who rarely shows too much emotion but even Huang couldn't contain his disappointment as he let out a yelp of despair at the double up of tablemate Thommy Lam.

The chips were in preflop with Lam's A♥7♥ in trouble against Huang's dominant A♦8♦. The flop wasn't great for Lam as it fell 5♦4♦2♥ to give Huang a flush draw, although he did pick up outs to a straight to chop. However he wasn't content with just a chop.

Huang was concerned when the 5♥ hit the turn as Lam found a flush draw of his own, and Huang's cry of "Oh my God!" was heard throughout the room when the T♥ hit the river to give Lam a backdoor flush for a remarkable double up.

Huang still has a workable stack as both players are now at about 80,000 chips.

2:00am: Wearing your heart on your sleeve

One thing we've noticed about tournaments in Macau is the noise level whenever there is a big hand, bad beat or an all in. Usually a loud roar is our cue to jump from the blogging desk and run to grab all the details of the car crash which has unfolded at the table, however we're quickly learning in Macau, that car crashes here aren't always as big as you might imagine.

Around the world there are so many pros who have learnt to play an emotionless game. It doesn't matter if they win or lose a big pot, they don't give away a thing. But in Macau, the players wear their heart on their sleeve and ride every emotional rollercoaster like their lives depended on it. It's an innocent, raw and fun approach to the game, which creates a great atmosphere in the room and adds to the excitement of the event, even if we are still a long way from the big bucks. Look out once we reach the final table!


The railbirds are enjoying the atmosphere at the Macau Millions

1:40am: Lakin misses everything

Melanie Lakin put in a deep run in yesterday's flight only to fall painfully close to the money stage. Well the American is still alive and going deep again on Day 1d, although her tournament did just suffer a set back after doubling up a short-stacked player.

A player moved all in from under the gun with K♠6♠ and Lakin called in position with A♣Q♣. The flop of 6♣8♥T♣ was an interesting one as the UTG -player took the lead but Lakin picked up a flush draw. The turn was the T♠ to give Lakin even more outs but she missed them all when the 4♥ fell on the river. Lakin slips to 20,000.

1:25am: Sparrow flies home

Sparrow Cheung moved his short stack in preflop from late position but Hirotoshi Nakabo made the call in the big blind with pocket nines to leave Cheung's T♦8♦ needing to improve to stay alive.

The board arrived 7♦J♠K♣8♣2♦ to miss Cheung and eliminate him from the tournament.

1:15am: Wu gambles

Arriving at the table we found Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu in the tank with his opponent all in for his last 13,100. There was plenty in the pot, so we suspect that Wu's bet on a 6♠9♣5♣ flop was raised by his opponent. After several minutes of thought, and multiple glances at the tournament clock, Wu decided there was enough in the pot to make a gambling call with J♦7♣ for just a gutshot straight draw, but his opponent had that beat with 9♥7♥ for the same draw with top pair.

The turn was the A♥ and river the 5♠ to see Wu slip back to 50,000.

1:05am: It's a breeze for Fan Fan

Fan Fan may have a name that is a blogger's dream, but he also has a stack that is making some other players envious after the recent elimination of Hung-sheng Lin.

Lin moved all in from early position for around 30,000 but Fan made the call with A♣K♣ to have Lin dominated with his A♥5♥. Lin caught a five on the flop, but a king on the turn gave Fan the pot to send Lin to the rail. Fan is now up to 65,000.

12:50am: Nakabo doubles a shorty

Hirotoshi Nakabo has just doubled up a short stack but it was only a small hit. In fact, it was so small that Nakabo still made the call prefer after his opponent accidentally flashed an ace. He opened A♦4♠ and Nakabo wasn't in horrible shape with his K♠7♦.

However the great Japanese hope was unable to connect with the board of 2♣T♦6♦2♦A♣ as he slips back to 30,000.

12:35am: Play resumes

The players are back with 49 players still remaining in contention from our Day 1d field. We're still a long way away from our final 15 players, so it looks like we're in for a long night ahead.

We still have two Team PokerStars Pros in contention with Bryan Huang progressing well to sit with 77,000 and Raymond Wu is not far behind with 65,000.

Hoi Tong Lee, Justin Lowe and Hanbing "Marlboro" Wang are the current chip leaders.