MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 20 & 21 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2,000)
3:50pm: Ten-minute break
3:40pm: Farewell Fung
With Danny McDonagh giving some of the Japanese media a turn on the announcer's microphone we didn't quite catch the details of the action that lead to the elimination of Baton Ting Hang Fung. However when we heard some high-pitched commotion from our announcing friend, you didn't have to speak Japanese to realise we had an all-in clash!
We arrived to see a flop of 8♣J♦T♥ with all the chips in the middle. Fung held K♥K♦ but he was already up on his feet at the sight of Conrad Coetzer's 9♠7♦ who had flopped a straight!
The 4♦ turn and J♥ river didn't change anything to leave Fung heading to the rail in 11th place. We're now down to ten players and on the final table bubble.
3:30pm: Chan misses Royal as Mah doubles
A huge double up has gone the way of Kwan Mah after a big preflop clash with Matthew Chan. Mah opened from late position to 50,000 and action folded to Chan in the big blind. He asked for a rough count of his opponent's stack before moving all in with Mah making the call. Chan tabled A♠Q♠ but Mah had a monster with K♣K♦.
There was 900,000 in the middle as the dealer spread a very sweaty K♠T♠5♦. Something for everyone as Mah improved to a set but Chan picked up a Royal Flush draw. Needing a spade or jack, Chan watching the turn 4♣ and river 4♥ brick the board to give Mah the massive double up. Chan is left with 350,000.
3:20pm: Chan starts to warm up
We haven't heard much from overnight chip leader Justin Chan today, as he's been able to keep his head low and maintain his stack while the players fall around him. However now that play has reached short-handed, we've noticed Chan start to open up his game and play a few more pots.
He just collected a nice pot after raising preflop to 40,000 and finding calls in the blinds from Jessica Ngu and Kwan Mah. The flop landed 6♦2♥K♠ and action checked to Chan who bet 77,000. Ngu folded but Mah took an eternity before making the call as the 5♣ hit the turn.
With Danny McDonagh giving another warning to players about slow play, Mah quickly checked over to Chan who asked what the next payouts were before he bet 155,000. It was enough to take it down as Mah let it go. Chan currently sits with 760,000.
3:00pm: Lee jacked
Matthew Chan opened with a raise to 55,000 from the button before Saejin Lee declared himself all in from the big blind.
Chan quickly called, stood from his chair and slammed J♥J♣ down on the table confidently. He was ahead of Lee's 9♥9♠ and extended that advantage on the Q♦4♦J♠ flop. The turn was the 9♦ and suddenly there were rumbles about potentially another runner-runner quads moment. It wasn't to be as the 2♦ bricked on the river to eliminate Lee in 12th place. Chan is now up to a very comfortable 750,000 chips.
2:50pm: Seet open
Nathanael Seet has been sent to the rail after moving his short stack in preflop with K♠Q♦ and finding a call from Haifeng Xue on the button who held T♠T♥.
The board ran out A♥8♣A♦7♣3♠ to leave Xue's pair in front and eliminate Seet from the tournament in 13th place. He makes the next pay jump to HK$62,500.
2:45pm: Level up, blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2,000
2:40pm: Choi chopped
We're down to a baker's dozen as Korean Byung Choi has been eliminated in 14th place. Choi was down to his last 57,000 after losing the earlier clash with Haifeng Xue and he moved them all in preflop with ace-four. Two players called with Jessica Ngu's ace-seven taking it down when a seven fell on the flop.
2:35pm: Chung flushed
Andrew Chung shoved his short stack from under the gun with K♥Q♥ and found a call from Baton Fung. All looked set for a chop when Fung rolled over K♣Q♣ for the same hand but the board surprised all as it arrived 6♦6♣4♣3♣A♥.
Fung makes a flush to move up to 500,000 and eliminate Chung in 15th place.
2:30pm: Shorties survive
The short stacks keep surviving with several recent double ups.
Mamoru Takahashi found a double with ace-king against Nathanael Seet's ace-queen, while Saejin Lee doubled with pocket threes against the king-queen of Haifeng Xue.
Xue was able to recover moments later with a double up of his own with his ace-king holding against the ace-deuce of Byung Choi. Fifteen players still remain.
2:10pm: Fascinating five-bet
An intriguing preflop war has erupted between Yong Kin and South African Conrad Coetzer, with the Malaysian getting the upper hand. Kin started off with a raise to 46,000 from the small blind. Coetzer popped it up another 45,000 from the big blind before Kin four-bet an additional 55,000. Keeping with the pattern Coetzer responded with yet another raise, as he made it another 65,000 on top.
Kin flat-called and then immediately gave the triangle symbol to get the "ALL IN" disk from the dealer to announce his intention on the 6♦3♠5♠ flop. Coetzer gave it up and Kin breathed a sigh of relief. He's up to 600,000 with Coetzer slipping to 250,000.
1:55pm: All the Luk
Edward Yam opened with a raise to 42,000 with Tim Luk flat calling in position to see a flop of 4♦5♥2♠. Yam checked and Yum moved all in to put Yam to a decision for around 140,000 chips. After several minutes of thought (he doesn't like to do anything too quickly!) Yam made the call with 3♥3♣ but he found himself trailing a deceptively strong A♣A♠.
The turn was the 9♦ and river the 8♥ to eliminate Yam in 16th place for HK$51,400 in prize money. Luk is having some luck today as he moves up to 700,000.
1:50pm: Gabor gone
Gabor Peteri couldn't recover from the previous blow at the end of the last level as he becomes out 17th place finisher.
Peteri moved all in with A♦T♠ with Conrad Coetzer doing the damage with 5♦5♠. The board was spread 9♣8♠9♠7♦K♥ to leave Yam's pair to hold. Peteri heads to the cashier as Yam is now up over 300,000.
1:45pm: Play resumes
The remaining 17 players are back and the cards are once again in the air as the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event continues!