MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 2: Levels 11 - 13 (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 300)
2:30pm: Ten-minute break
2:20pm: A couple more eliminations
We've had a couple more eliminations just prior to the break as the players steamroll their way towards the money stage of this tournament.
Asuza Maeda moved all in for his last 10,000 holding K♣6♥ but was called by the player in the big blind holding A♥7♥. The board ran out A♣8♠T♣2♦4♣ to pair up the ace and eliminate the Japanese player from the tournament.
He was soon followed by overnight chip leader Victor Chong. It just hasn't been a good day for Chong as he's slipped slowly down the chip counts, before his short stack was in the middle with a less than impressive 3♦4♦. He had live cards against Justin Chan's 8♦5♦ and was jumping up and down in his chair when he caught a pair on the turn on the Q♦T♣T♠3♣ board. He was so excited that he didn't even notice the Q♠ river which counterfeited his pair and left Chan's lowly eight-kicker to be enough to take the pot. Chong is out as Chan is now up to 170,000.
2:00pm: Creative straight shoots Korea into the lead
We have a new chip leader in town and it's Korean Baek Seung Heon.
It was a strange hand that we caught from the turn, but it was recalled to us that, preflop, there was a raise and then a re-raise from Seung Heon, but a short-stack in the small blind moved all in. Both players called to see a flop of 4♣7♠4♦.
Both live players checked before the 5♥ hit the turn. It was checked to Seung Heon and he bet 17,300 which was matched as the 3♠ landed on the river. Again it was checked to Seung Heon and he tossed out 21,500 in a sidewards direction due to the sheer size of the main and side pots that were consuming most of the table.
His opponent smiled before defiantly making the call. Seung Heon showed A♠6♠ for a creative straight, much to the disgust of his two opponents as they both mucked.
Seung Heon took several minutes to stack his new empire as he now sits with 275,000 chips.
1:40pm: Seet can't sell the story
Nathanael Seet has taken a hit to now be left with under half of his overnight chip stack. Seet has raised preflop and found one caller on the button to see a flop of 3♥9♥7♠.
Seet followed up with a continuation bet of 7,200 which was quickly called by his opponent as the 8♣ hit the turn. Seet took his time before checking it over to his opponent who also tapped the table as the 9♦ paired the board on the river.
Seet deliberated for a long time before deciding 11,000 was the right amount, but it was quickly matched by his opponent. Seet showed 4♠3♠ for a pair of threes but his opponent had made a great call with 6♦6♣ for fourth pair to the board.
Seet drops to 40,000.
1:25pm: Chua slips
Charles Chua has slipped back into the pack after losing a small pot. We arrived to see a flop of A♣7♥K♣. Chua leading out for 11,500 which was called before Chua checked the Q♦ turn. His opponent shrugged and bet 21,000 which brought and insta-fold from Chua as his opponent flashed A♥K♥.
Chua is back down to where he started the day with around 120,000 chips.
1:15pm: Young-shin Im joins the rail
It hasn't been a good day for our high profile players as Young-shin Im is the latest casualty from this afternoon's action.
As recalled to us by the man responsible, Chin Ting Huay, Im had opened to 6,000 from middle position and Huay made the call in the small blind to see a flop of [t][q][a]. Huay led out for 6,000 before Im moved all in. Huay made the call with [a][k] to have Im's [a] in trouble.
The turn and river bricked out to eliminate the APPT Cebu champion from the event and throw the Asia Player of the Year race wide open!
12:55pm: McLean crashes
Edmund Lee has shot to the top of the chip count leaderboard after eliminating 2010 APPT Sydney runner-up Ben McLean.
We arrived following the carnage but Lee explained to us that he'd bet 20,000 on the turn before McLean shoved all in. The board read 8♣A♠Q♠8♠ and Lee was happy to call with Q♠Q♥ for a full house as McLean had got a little aggressive with his A♣J♣.
The river was the K♣ and after a count down of the two big stacks, Lee just had McLean covered to send him to the rail. Meanwhile Lee is now up to 175,000 chips.
12:40pm: Huang hung
The stars are falling as another Team PokerStars Pro has been derailed. This time it was Bryan Huang who couldn't find a double up of his short stack.
A failed steal attempt from Huang on the button saw his T♣6♠ run into an opponent's A♠K♣. When the board bricked out 2♥5♦J♣Q♦8♦ Huang was without a pair and was sent home.
12:25pm: Wu silenced
While Brian McAllister was making farmyard noises, Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu was making a silent exit from the Red Dragon Main Event.
The table recalled to us that Wu was first crippled after three-bet shoved with king-five but ran into his opponent's pocket kings. That left Wu short and he committed his final chips with ace-nine to be racing against pocket fours. The board ran out 6♦2♥2♠3♥Q♣ to see Wu as our first high-profile elimination of the day.
12:20pm: McAllister makes some noise
"Eight! YESSSSS!" cried Brian McAllister before giving off a high pitched screech that resembled a piglet being picked up for the first time. It grabbed everyone's attention and we rushed over to find McAllister had got unlucky with his J♣J♠ before catching a tournament-saving river.
His opponent held T♠T♦ and had flopped a set on the T♣7♥9♠ flop, but the Q♠ turn and 8♠ river gave McAllister a straight for a handy double up. He's up to 60,000.
12:15pm: A little breathing room
Play has kicked off with the remaining twenty minutes of level 11, and then we'll be switching to one hour levels which should give our players a little more game time.
12:10pm: It's go time for Day 2
Welcome back to the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau for our continued coverage of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event. Over two opening flights our field of 447 has been whittled down to just 143 who will return to the PokerStars Macau Poker Room to sort out the contenders from the pretenders.
At this stage we're not sure how long we're expecting to play today (we get paid just to show up) but best guess is that we'll play down to close to the final table which may take somewhere around 9-10 hours of play.
Leading the way is Day 1b chip leader Victor Chong, with Kiwi Jeremy McDonald and "Mr. Macau" Charles Chua sitting close behind. However there are plenty of sharks lurking in these waters with Nathanael Seet, Andrew Scott, Ben McLean, Justin Chan, Ian Sang Song, Brice Renaud, Victor Chen, APPT Cebu champ Young-shin Im, PokerStars Team Online Pro Yu-Reng Peng and PokerStars Team Asia Pros Bryan Huang, Celina Lin and Raymond Wu all still in contention for the Red Dragon title.
The players have found their way to their seats as Danny McDonagh handed the microphone to "Mr. Macau" Charles Chua to give the instructions to shuffle up and deal as Day 2 is underway!