MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1a: Levels 7 - 9 (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

8:30pm: Ten-minute break

8:20pm: Good news, bad news

The good news is that Raymond Wu has doubled up again. The bad news was that since his earlier double up, Wu obviously had some troubles as he was down to just 6,200 when we saw him move all in with 8♦8♣. He was in a commanding position against his opponent's 7♣7♠ and his overpair held on the board of J♣Q♥5♣6♥2♣.

Wu is now back up to 15,000.

8:05pm: Paulsen perishes

Kai Paulsen has lost a race for his tournament life after pushing his short stack from the button with 5♦5♥ against William Te Jr's A♦K♦ in the small blind.

The board ran out 8♥K♣T♥3♣3♥ to pair up Te Jr and eliminate Paulsen. Te Jr is up to 20,000.

7:50pm: Wu doubles up

Our three Team PokerStars Pros are having a great day so far with Celina Lin and Bryan Huang travelling comfortably, while Raymond Wu just netted himself a double up.

Wu moved his chips in on a flop of K♣4♦6♦ holding 6♣5♣ and was called by A♦T♠, with Wu's pair improving to a flush on the J♣ turn and 2♣ river. Wu is now back up to 30,000.

7:40pm: The Chan and Yang war

Xie Yang and Justin Chan have been tangling recently, with Yang winning round one, before Chan responded by winning round two.

In the first hand, Yang limped before Chan bumped it up to 2,400. Yang was the only caller to a flop of K♣8♥9♦. Yang decided to lead out for 3,000 which caused Chan to grimace and let his hand go.

Moments later the two were at it again on a 6♦4♦3♠ flop. Yang bet 3,000 on the flop, 5,000 on the K♥ and 6,000 on the Q♥ river. Chan hesitated with the final call, but the price was right as he made a stand against the aggression of the chip leader. It was the right call as Yang opened 4♥5♣ for a small better, narrowly bettered by Chan's 6♣A♥.

Both players are now sitting with around 40,000.


Justin Chan makes a big call to halt the momentum of Xie Yang

7:30pm: Bobo busto

Daoxing "Bobo" Chen has been bundled out of the tournament after moving his last 2,825 in preflop and finding two callers. The two live players checked down a board of 7♠5♦3♦K♥Q♠ and Bobo's T♠5♠ wasn't good enough to better his opponent's T♥T♦.

7:20pm: Tran flushes Rosen

Catching the action on the turn on a board of 3♠5♣J♣J♠, Linh Tran was leading the betting from the small blind as he slid 2,900 into the middle. Justin Chan folded but Mikael Rosen made the call as the 8♣ completed the board.

Tran fired again for 7,700 to give Rosen something to think about. He eventually made the call, which represented the majority of his chips, but was forced to muck when Tran tabled K♣9♣ for a flush.

Tran climbs to 50,000 with Rosen in deep trouble with just 2,500 chips.

7:00pm: Movers and shakers

After a recent table break, we've seen an interesting table form with some of the bigger stacks in the room. Xie Yang would be close to the chip lead with 65,000, while Victor Chen with 40,000, and Justin Chan with 45,000 have recently moved up the chip count leaderboard.

All three are now seated together on a table that also features Azusa Maeda and his stack of 50,000, so we might see some big-stacked fireworks soon!


Xie Yang is our likely chip leader

6:55pm: Tan doubles, but still short

Ivan Tan has doubled up but it's not as exciting as it sounds as Tan was down to just 2,750 in chips when he moved all in. Roger Spets made the call with K♥Q♠ but found himself dominated by Tan's A♠Q♦.

The board bricked out 2♦5♥6♦3♦T♥ to give Tan some life once again with a stack of around 6,000 in chips.

6:45pm: Woe for Wu

Raymond Wu opened with a raise to 1,400 from middle position and found callers in Will Cheong on the button and the player in the big blind. All three checked a flop of A♥8♠9♣ to see the free T♥ fall on the turn.

The big blind tapped the table again as Wu decided to bet 2,800. Cheong quickly replied with a raise to 7,000 to force a fold from the big blind and send Wu into the tank.

He thought for several minutes before flashing the A♠ and tossing his cards into the muck. Clearly a big fold by Wu as he saves his last 12,000 for a better spot. Cheong is up to 25,000.

6:30pm: Play resumes

Approximately 120 players have returned to the tables of the PokerStars Macau Poker Room as Day 1a of the MPC Red Dragon Main Event continues. We'll be playing seven hours in total today which should take us to half way through Level 11. How many will survive until then?