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

2:30 a.m: Ten-minute break

2:20 a.m: Celina ko'd
Seijiro Machi opened to 3,600 only to have the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro in Celina Lin move all in for roughly 13,500 from the small blind. Machi instantly made the call to put Lin at risk.

Lin: 7♠7♦
Machi: K♣K♥

The final board of 4♠A♠J♥9♥8♣ would unfortunately see Lin unable to spike, and once she packed up her belongings, she was soon vacating the tournament floor.

Celina Lin

Celina Lin's run in the Macau Poker Cup has come to an end

2:10 a.m: Sombrero slips
We are unsure of the exact action, but with the board reading 6♣5♦K♥[10s]2♣ we found Wally Sombrero's A♥K♦ tabled.

Unfortunately for the Filipino, his opponent held [10d][10c] for a turned set to send Sombrero slipping down to 13,000 in chips.

2:00 a.m: Jin jack'd to rail
With a shove under the gun, Nicky Tao Jin made the call for just slightly less to be at risk of elimination.

Jin: [J][J]
Opponent: A♠Q♠

The board rolled out 4♣Q♣4♦9♠9♦ to see Jin's jacks outdrawn and consequently send him to the rail.

1:50 a.m: Level up, blinds 500-1,000, ante 100

1:45 a.m: Machi on top
Japanese player and PokerStars Macau Qualifier Seijiro Machi opened his button to 2,400 only to have the small blind shovel his 9,175 chip-stack into the pot.

Machi folded, but what made this hand relatively important is that -- although he lost the hand -- it kept him as the only player in the six-figure club with an impressive 104,000 in chips.

1:40 a.m: Nicky Tao Jin loses race
With a limp for 800 and a raise to 3,800, Nicky Tao Jin three-bet to 7,000 next to act. Once the blinds and limper folded, the original raiser moved all in for 14,000 and Jin made the call.

Jin: [10c][10h]
Opponent: A♦Q♥

With both the limper and a second player stating they had also folded ace-queen, the final board of A♠2♠4♦7♣9♥ would see Jin's opponent spike a two-outer to send Jin down to 15,000 in chips.

1:25 a.m: Bye bye Bryan
With a raise to 1,900 ahead of him, Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang moved all in for 11,050. The player on his immediate left made the call before the big blind moved all in for 16,750 to force the original raiser out. The Huang-all in cold-caller also made the caller to put two players at risk.

Huang: 7♥7♠
Opponent: Q♣Q♦
Big Blind: A♠A♥

The board was spread [10c][10s]5♣[10h]2♠ to see Huang sent packing and leave just one Team PokerStars Pro remaining in today's flight with Celina Lin holding around a 20,000-chip stack.

Bryan Huang

Bryan Huang in happier times

1:15 a.m: Xue slips
Haifeng Xue entered the pot for 2,000 only to have the player in the cutoff three-bet all in for 7,700. Xue kissed his lucky card protector and made the call tabling his K♠Q♠ to be in dominated shape against the A♦K♦ of his opponent.

The board was spread 3♣3♦2♦9♣5♠ to see Xue slip to roughly 37,500 in chips.

1:10 a.m: Level up, blinds 400-800, ante 75

1:05 a.m: Steicke exits
Facing an under the gun 1,525-chip raise from Julian Hasse, David Steicke moved all in from the big blind for roughly his last 8,000 as Hasse made the call.

Steicke: A♥Q♠
Hasse: Q♣Q♥

The A♠K♠Q♦ flop brought a little bit for both players, but when the 9♦ and 7♥ completed the board on the turn and river, Steicke was sent to the rail.

1:05 a.m: Hung hanged
It seems as though Asia Player of the Year leader Hung-Sheng Lin has just been eliminated from the tournament. Unable to add to his lead, he will feel a little safer knowing that the lead he holds -- of over 1,400 points at last update -- will be a tough one to chase down.

Joining Lin on the rail includes Phil Lau, while Aaron Rong is currently the man to catch with an impressive 81,000 in chips.

12:55 a.m: Arce eliminates one
Neil Arce entered the pot from the button with a raise to 1,800 only to have the big blind move all in for 6,275 more. Arce contemplated his decision for nearly two minutes before reluctantly making the call.

Arce: Q♣J♦
Opponent: A♦6♥

The board was spread 9♣4♣8♣2♠K♣ to see Arce make a rivered flush to eliminate his opponent and move to 36,000 in chips.

12:45 a.m: Lin finds some legs
Unlike her Team PokerStars Pro counterpart Raymond Wu yesterday, Celina Lin's day has been fairly quiet. Fortunately we managed to catch her pushing with some aggression that resulted in her scooping a pot to move to nearly 26,000 in chips.

Following a raise to 1,575 from early position and a call, Lin made the call from the cutoff as the dealer dropped a 3♥6♥8♠ flop. The preflop raiser checked, but the player in the middle tossed in 4,000 only to have Lin move all in for roughly 17,050.

The original raiser quickly whipped his cards to the muck, and after a minute or two in the tank, the flop aggressor followed suit to see Lin claim the pot.

12:30 a.m: Play resumes
The cards are back in the air with 190 players remaining of the 290 starters here on Day 1b of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event.

Unfortunately we notice that Danny Wong was one of the late level casualties as players now begin jostling for position on the chip leaderboard as they mount a charge for good position for Day 2.

Tim Duckworth
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau