Macau Millions Day 2: Levels 1 - 4 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)
10:25pm: Ten-minute break
10:15pm: Nakabo busts Chen
With a raise to 20,000 in front, Hirotoshi Nakabo and Victor Chen made the call to see a flop of 5♠3♠J♠. All three players check before Chen moves all in for 97,000 on the 6♦ turn. The preflop raiser let it go but Nakabo called with K♣J♠. Chen held A♠2♣ for flush and straight draws but whiffed entirely on the T♣ river.
Chen is out while Nakabo and Japanese army are up to 300,000.
10:00pm: Things just got a little (lot) crazy
Ok well, the play might be slowing down but boy has the temperature soared in the Macau Poker Room after a massive uproar on Table 16 has caused the clock to be paused for a good twenty minutes as it was resolved.
It all started innocently enough. Albert Kwan had raised the cutoff and Sixiao "Juicy" Li made the call in the small blind to see a flop of 2♠Q♣2♦.
Both players checked and the turn was the 3♥. Li led out with a bet of 30,000 and Kwan slid out a stack and half of blue 1,000-denomination chips to announce a call.
This is where all hell broke loose.
Li doesn't appear to speak a lot of English, and wearing headphones probably didn't help the situation either. She misinterpreted Kwan's verbal call and sliding out of his chips as an all-in bet, instead of just a call. Li jumped from her chair and shouted "Call! Call all in!" and then exposed her cards - K♣Q♦. Uh oh, what to do now?
Kwan's cards at this time were still unknown as Li turned her cards back over and the river was dealt the 2♠. It appeared that Li was now happy enough to check it down, perhaps as a friendly gesture to not put any more money into the pot because of the confusion. However Kwan wasn't about to do that as he declared himself all in. Li was at this point quite worked up and confused about what was going on and the floor was called to try and sort out the mess.
In reconstructing the action, the floor staff told Li not to turn over her cards, but Kwan, amongst the yelling and confusion, misheard that as an instruction to turn over his own cards. He showed A♦2♥ for quads. Oh no! Things were about to get very messy!
There was yelling all over the place, as both players were trying to explain what had happened, while railbirds were giving their two cents which also wasn't helping the situation. The dealer tried his best to reconstruct the pot, and Danny McDonagh was called to give an official ruling. By this stage ten minutes had past and McDonagh was trying to get a recount of what happened from the dealers and players, but with a language barrier it was a tricky proposition.
Play continued on the other tables while the clock was paused, and the mess resolved. Kwan's only mistake in the hand was that he opened his cards. At that point there was not much that could be done, despite the fact that Li was happy enough to call an all-in bet on the turn. Kwan had clearly just called the turn, and not gone all in, and he acknowledged that fact. Once his cards were exposed on the river, any hope of being paid off in full was lost. It was ruled that Li had folded on the river, and Kwan was awarded the pot. Li saved a good 150,000 chips amongst the confusion by not having to double up Kwan's stack at any point during the hand. Neither player was given a penalty.
A crazy scenario that hopefully everyone will learn from in future.
9:30pm: Play slows
Action has been very slow recently, with players seemingly taking forever to act over their decisions. At the moment we're down to 62 players, and a long way from our final table of nine, if that is our goal this evening.
9:20pm: Big call by Brice
Brice Renaud has collected a huge pot with a big turn call against Azusa Maeda before both checked the river on an ace-high board. Maeda was making a move holding 9♣8♣ for just a pair of eights as Renaud's courageous call paid off holding A♣Q♠ for the best hand. Renaud is up to 330,000.
9:10pm: Kaneko cut
With a raise and call in front of her, Jay Tan popped it up to 40,000 in position, before Japanese starlet Mayumo Kaneko decided this is the spot for her last 50,000. Tan is the lone caller with pocket queens as Kaneko is in trouble with her pocket jacks.
The board bricked out 2♦6♦T♣K♦2♣ to jump Tan up to 250,000 and sadly eliminate Kaneko from the tournament.
8:50pm: Juicy min-raise does the job
Sixiao Li or "Juicy" as she is becoming known, opened with a raise from the cutoff to 12,000 before Kenny Shih popped it to 28,000 in the small blind. Li made a quick call to see a flop of 5♠J♠9♣. Shih led out for 35,000 but Li came back with a min-raise to 70,000, leaving herself about the same amount behind.
It was a tough spot for Shih, as Li has a habit of doing that to her opponents. Shih eventually folded to slip to 300,000 as Li gets herself up to 222,000.
8:45pm: Mariakis and Wu out
Michael Mariakis has been eliminated when his last chips were committed with K♥9♥ against the ace-jack of Kenny Shih. Both just qualified through Day 1g but Shih was the one to continue this evening as the board ran out Q♦4♥T♥2♠Q♠.
He was soon followed by the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro in Raymond Wu.
It was back-to-back blows for Wu that saw his demise. First, he lost a preflop race holding pocket eights against Clement Lau's ace-king when Lau improved to a full house. Wu was crippled and all in soon after with 8♣T♠ against Ramin Lessani's A♣J♠. The board ran out 2♠3♥Q♦8♠A♦ to see the final Team PokerStars Pro sent to the exit.
8:30pm: Cheong an early Day 2 casualty
Considering the improvements to the structure, we thought the players might enjoy a little game time, but there's been a flurry of eliminations in the first minutes of play, including Will Cheong on a kamikaze Table 17 that now has three empty seats.
Catching the action on a flop of 3♠Q♥8♠, there was a bet of 20,000 from the small blind before Cheong moved all in over the top. However Roy Wan on the button also declared himself all in, covering both players. The small blind folded and Cheong knew his A♠A♦ were beat.
"You got a set?" he asked.
The answer was affirmative as Wan opened 3♥3♦. The 4♥ turn and J♥ river sent Cheong to an early exit. The good news is that all eliminated players are already safely in the money.
8:20pm: Improvements for Day 2
The structure has been improved for Day 2 in a number of aspects which will take some pressure of the short stacks. Firstly the clock will be wound all the way back to the 2,000/4,000/500 level - remember we finished day one at the 6,000/12,000/1,000 level.
There are also a number of extra levels included that were omitted during the day ones. Finally players will be able to enjoy 30 minute levels, rather than the 25-minute levels that we enjoyed on day one.
8:15pm: It's gogogo time!
So seven days of blood, sweat, and plenty of tears, have brought us to this moment. Day 2 has finally arrived! The fun and games are out of the way, and now the real stuff begins!
The good news for the remaining 88 players is that they are all guaranteed at least HK$8,000. That will be a relief for many, while for some, that's still not enough to get them unstuck in this event!
Over the seven flights a total of 93 entrants reached the money. 86 of those players are unique with six cashing twice - Thommy Lam, Sixiao "Juicy" Li, Jung Chou Lee, Tsun Ming Chan, Hirotoshi Nakabo and Qinghong Zhang. They'll each pocket HK$8,000 straight away and will play the biggest of their two stacks on Day 2. The final player is Singapore's Min Soon Lim who will finish in 93rd place after being eliminated on the final hand of the day back on Day 1c.
Raiden Kan has claimed the chip lead with a count of 407,000 after the Day 1g flight.
The action is about to commence so stay locked into the PokerStars Blog for all of your live updates.