MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 2: Levels 13-14 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 400)
6:20 p.m: Ten-minute break
6:18 p.m: Big stack table no more
Unfortunately for the action junkie following along that wanted to see a 600,000-chip pot develop on table seven, they will have to wait a little longer.
Table seven has just been broken prior to the remaining players heading on break.
6:15 p.m: Chao chips up
Chao Li opened to 7,500 only to have his opponent in the small blind three-bet to 21,300. Once the action returned to Li, he moved all in for 78,500 and his opponent made the call.
The board was spread K♠5♠4♠6♦7♣ to see Li double through to 165,000 in chips.
6:10 p.m: Big stacks on table seven
With another table breaking to leave the tournament down to a final twenty-seven, it seems as that table seven just got dealt a cold-deck.
With Lawrence Ee and Jun Wah Yah seated with 170,000 and 160,000 respectively, the two chip leaders just took a seat on their table.
Cheong Chong is bringing over his 250,000-chip stack while Aaron Rong needed some assistance moving his 275,000-chip stack onto the table. With the remaining five players all sharing roughly 600,000 between them -- we could get some action!
6:00 p.m: Name change no good for Lawrence
Overnight chip leader Lawrence Ee -- formally known as Lawrence Peng -- has had a fairly swingy day.
After seeing his stack dwindle early, Ee found a gifted double and hasn't looked back since sending his stack to 170,000. Most recently however, Ee limped in only to call a 8,500-chip raise from an opponent in the hi-jack.
On the 2♦9♦J♥ flop, Ee check-folded to a 15,000-chip bet as his opponent flashed his J♠. Ee however didn't seem to fazed as he happily played the next pot with little hesitation.
5:55 p.m: Kings for Chong equate to chip lead
Chao Li opened to 7,600 from early position and was called by Cheong Chong from the cutoff.
Li continued for 9,500 on the 5♦3♠A♦ flop with Chong making the call as the 3♦ landed on the turn and both players checked. The river of the K♦ brought about another check from Li before Chong splashed the pot with a bet of 20,000.
Thinking long and hard, Li would eventually make the call only to muck at the sight of Chong's K♠K♥. As Li slipped to 60,000, Chong climbed to 250,000 in chips while simultaneously grabbing the chip lead.
5:40 p.m: Problems exist with Gurung double
With the board reading Q♠5♣8♦ we found Milan Gurung all in holding Q♦J♦ from the small blind up against the big blind's Q♥[10c]. The turn and river landed the 6♠ and 4♥ to see Gurung awarded the double.
This is where the problem started.
The dealer decided to match up each stack of each player so that Gurung received the right amount of chips. Unfortunately the dealer made a mistake and didn't match up all of Gurung's stacks. Instead he just went to push all the chips over to the Australian although his opponent clearly had him covered.
As the dealer, the players and a few Tournament Directors tried to piece together the hand to award Gurung the right amount of chips, Danny McDonagh was called in to rectify and reconstruct the hand.
With Gurung believing he had between 30 and 35,000 in chips, the chips that were believed to be his amounted to roughly 38,000. His opponent disputed that Gurung couldn't possibly have more than 35,000 as McDonagh began reconstructing every part of the hand from the shuffle.
Eventually the two players made a compromise that Gurung was all in for just 33,000 -- although he was clearly in for the original amount counted -- but with both players happy and over twenty-minutes spent sorting the problem out, Gurung collected the pot to move to 95,000 in chips.
5:20 p.m: Level up, blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 400
5:10 p.m: Who's leading?
As we approach the fourth level of the day, lets take a look who currently leading the final eighty-players of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event.
China's Yang Zhang is the top dog at the moment with 225,000, but Aaron Rong -- who also shares a table with Zhang -- sits only 5,000 behind him. Kozo Isono of Japan has been extremely snug in his play today, but for the PokerStars Sponsored Player, he sits with a handy 185,000.
Jun Chen and Ping Chang Yung (both from China) have been seated on opposing sides of the room, but their stacks have climbed to 175,000 each while Jun Wah Yap of Malaysia sits with 165,000.
4:55 p.m: Rong time to bluff for Wu
Aaron Rong opened the pot to 5,100 and Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu made the call from the button along with the big blind to see a 4♠Q♦7♠ flop fall.
Rong fired out a continuation-bet of 8,500 only to have Wu bump it up to 18,200 to force the big blind out. Rong made the call before both players checked the Q♠ on the turn as the 6♥ completed the board on the river.
Rong pushed out 18,700 but Wu jammed his final 66,000 into the pot as Rong went deep into the tank for several minutes before eventually finding a call.
Wu just pushed his cards to the muck indicating that his bluff had been picked off, but being forced to table his hand, Wu's 2♥2♦ were no match for Rong's [10s]6♠. As Wu hit the rail, Rong moved to roughly 180,000 in chips.
4:40 p.m: Ohyama out
From the small blind, Akira Ohyama moved all in for his last 26,800 and Yang Zhang made the call from the big blind.
The board ran out A♥5♣K♦J♥7♦ to see Ohyama eliminated as Zhang moves to 235,000 in chips.
4:30 p.m: Zhang snatches chip lead
Yang Zhang opened his cutoff to 5,100 only to have Yu Kurita three-bet shove for 33,300 from the big blind.
Zhang eventually laid his hand down to slip to 205,000 -- which after noticing that Carlos Chang had recently relinquished a pot -- makes him the new chip leader.
4:20 p.m: Play resumes
The players are back with ninety-nine players remaining as we start making a run at the money-paying top fifty-eight.
With a minimum HK$19,100 up for grabs, the players are starting to realise that they approaching the crunch part of the tournament and that every decision now is more crucial than the last.
Carlos Chang is still sitting on top as the only player with over 200,000, but with stacks all around him starting to develop, anything could happen over the duration of the next two levels.