MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 2: Level 17 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 1,000)

Day 2 done and dusted
After another long day on the felt, Day 2 of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event has come to a close with twenty-six players remaining.

Currently it seems as though Xiaobo Zhou is the chip leader, but several notable players still remain with Chen Lu, Jishui Hao and Jun Wah Yap still alive and kicking.

We'll be back shortly with a wrap of today's action, along with confirmation of all the chip counts, prize winners and Day 3 seating draw.

Meanwhile, for those in the Macau region, come down to the Grand Lisboa where the HK$30,000 High Rollers has kicked off with five tables and over forty players taking a seat. Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im leads a field that includes Haifeng Xue, Kim Gap Young, Wally Sombrero, Kenny Shih, Nobbi Tanaka, Andrew Scott, David Steicke, Neil Arce, Kyle Cheong and Michael Marvanek. They plan on playing for a good portion of the night, before returning to crown a winner tomorrow.

9:40 p.m: Xiaobo soars to lead
With one of the last hands being dealt on table fifteen, we found Xiaobo Zhou dragging in chips to take him to roughly the 800,000-chip mark. But on the very next hand Zhou was contesting another pot after calling an opponent's preflop all in.

Zhou: A♦Q♣
Opponent: A♠[10d]

The board ran out 7♦J♥A♣Q♠4♥ to see Zhou eliminate another opponent and move to around 855,000 in chips.

9:35 p.m: Three more hands
The Tournament Director on duty has just announced that there will be three more hands for the evening.

9:30 p.m: Slow goings equal new chip leader
With the tournament having a real feel for the magnitude for every extra minute you can survive, it is no wonder that play has tightened up.

Unfortunately for Chen Lu, his quiet play has resulted in him losing the chip lead to Yang Zhang who has picked up a few pots here and there to climb to 550,000.

Although there is 15-minutes remaining on the clock, you would expect the chip leader to come from one of these two players.

Yang Zhang

Chip leader Yang Zhang from China

9:15 p.m: Mariakis and Gurung gone
As we returned to the floor, it was apparent that Australians Michael Mariakis and Milan Gurung were no longer with us in the tournament.

With their eliminations, it sees the tournament reduced to just thirty players, but it will be the top twenty-five that receive the third pay jump with HK$28,700 being on offer.

9:05 p.m: Lu over 600k
Chen Lu opened the action with a raise to 18,000 only to have his old nemesis Wenlong Jin three-bet from the small blind to 54,000. Once the action returned to Lu, he slid out a four-bet of 107,000 to put the pressure back on Jin.

After nearly two minutes of deliberating, Jin tapped the table and pushed his cards towards the muck while slipping to 280,000 as Lu claimed the pot and moved to 615,000 in chips.

8:55 p.m: Ee exits
Facing an under the gun raise to 18,000, Lawrence Ee made the call from middle position as the flop landed 9♣4♥Q♥. Now faced with a 21,000-chip continuation-bet, Ee moved all in and was immediately snapped off.

Ee: Q♣3♣
Opponent: A♠Q♠

The turn and river landed the 5♥ and 8♣ to see Ee forced to exit to the rail.

8:50 p.m: Play resumes
There are just thirty-eight players remaining in the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event and it is still truly anyones tournament.

Although Chen Lu has a chip lead of close to 200,000 over his nearest rival, with the way the tournament has been running -- and the way the chip leaders have been loose with their chips -- he is no certainty to finish the day as chip leader.

Only one more level of play is expected for the evening before the players head home for the night ready to contemplate how they will tackle the final day of play tomorrow when HK$1,039,700 is in reachable sight.

Tim Duckworth
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau