MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 21-22 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)
6:10 p.m: Ten-minute break
6:00 p.m: Chen doubles
From the cutoff, Jun Chen pushed all in for 196,000 and Xiaobo Zhou made the call from the small blind.
The board ran out A♣5♦Q♣2♣9♣ to ensure Chen the double to 435,000 as Zhou slipped to 1,240,000 in chips.
5:50 p.m: Tsuchikawa over 1 million
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa opened with a raise from the small blind which was called by the big blind in Jun Chen.
Tsuchikawa continued for 80,000 on the 6♣A♠5♣ flop before Chen made it 170,000. Tsuchikawa moved all in for 498,000 and Chen instantly made the call.
With Tsuchikawa trailing and all in for his tournament life, the 6♦ on the turn would see him counter-feit Chen's two-pair. The river of the 7♠ changed little as Tsuchikawa was pushed the double to move to roughly 1,100,000 in chips as Chen was left with just 280,000.
5:45 p.m: Action slows, Yap pushes two milli
Over the last twenty minutes since the elimination of Wenlong Jin, the action has slowed right down.
However Jun Wah Yap has been the major recipient as he has managed to win pot-after-pot to push his stack upwards of 2,000,000.
Although he just relinquished a pot to Tetsuya Tsuchikawa, Yap still sits with 1,890,000 in chips.
5:25 p.m: Wenlong Jin eliminated in 9th place (HK$95,800)
Wenlong Jin opened with a raise from the hi-jack and Jun Wah Yap defended his big blind to see a 8♦5♣9♥ flop fall. Yap checked and Jin pushed out 90,000 before Yap check-jammed for his entire stack. Jin made the call to be at risk as the cards were placed on their backs.
With Yap trailing but needing any seven, six or five to take the lead, the K♦ on the turn would reduce his outs to just four -- and like the poker Gods were writing this script themselves -- the 6♣ spiked on the river to send Jin crashing to the rail in 9th place as Yap soars to just under 1.6 million in chips.
5:15 p.m: Chmiel snags river double
Xiaobo Zhou opened to 55,000 only to have Pawel Chmiel move all in for roughly 245,000. Zhou made the call.
The board was spread [10h]J♥6♥3♦Q♦ to see Chmiel spike a pair on the river to double through to 500,000 as Zhou slips to around 1,200,000 in chips.
5:10 p.m: Level up, blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000
5:05 p.m: Kings for Tsuchikawa
Wenlong Jin opened the action with a raise to 50,000 only to have Tetsuya Tsuchikawa move all in from the button for 242,000. Jun Chen made the call in the small blind as Jin folded.
The 8♣7♣7♦ flop gave Chen an additional nine outs to go along with his ace, but when the 6♥ and 5♠ filled out the board on the turn and river, Tsuchikawa would double to 550,000 as Chen slips to 1,045,000 in chips.
4:55 p.m: Yap four-bet victory
Jun Wah Yap opened first to act to 50,000 only to have chip leader Xiaobo Zhou three-bet the hi-jack to 140,000.
Once the blinds passed, Yap pushed it up to 410,000 to force Zhou to release his hand while slipping to 1,435,000. For Yap, that pot sends him to the fringe of seven figures as he sits with 950,000 in chips.
4:45 p.m: Chmiel doubles
From middle position, Pawel Chmiel moved his final 143,000 into the pot and Wenlong Jin made the call from the small blind.
The board was spread 3♠7♥K♠6♦K♦ to see Chmiel spike the double to roughly 310,000 as Jin slipped to 700,000 in chips.
4:40 p.m: Xiaobo increases lead
Xiaobo Zhou opened to 46,000 from under the gun only to have Malaysian Jun Wah Yap three-bet the cutoff to 120,000. Zhou made the call before both players checked down the J♥3♣9♣5♠J♣ board.
Zhou tabled his 8♥8♠ to prompt a muck from Yap as the Chinese player moved to a powering 1,455,000 in chips while Yap slipped to 790,000.
4:30 p.m: Three-bet for Lee
With the action being extremely dull for the previous ten minutes or so, it was great to see a potential juicy pot developing between Patrick Kar Keng Lee and Wenlong Jin.
Jin kicked things off with a raise to 50,000 which was quickly met with a 140,000-chip three-bet from Lee on the button. The blinds passed, but Jin considered his options for close to a minute before folding.
The chance to see a big pot develop will have to be shelved for the time being. But we're waiting. Patiently.
4:15 p.m: Slow going
Currently the blinds and antes are being pushed to whoever opens the action first. Barely a flop has been seen, and just a single preflop raise is the winning formula at the moment.
4:20 p.m: Wenglong gets some back
Wenlong Jin opened under the gun to 50,000 and found only one caller in Xiaobo Zhou from the big blind.
The A♥8♣Q♥ flop would see Jin fire a continuation-bet of 70,000 to force a near insta-muck from Zhou.
4:15 p.m: Early win for Jun
Xiaobo Zhou entered the pot with a raise to 56,000 and both Wenlong Jin and Jun Chen made the call from next to act and the big blind respectively.
The action was checked to Jin on the Q♥6♥7♥ flop, and he opted to slide out a bet of 110,000 which was called by only Chen as Zhou tossed his cards to the muck. The 9♦ on the turn was checked through, but when the river landed the 6♦, Chen pushed out 150,000.
Jin didn't wast too long in coming to a decision as he kicked his cards to the muck while slipping to roughly 870,000 while Chen moved to 1,200,000 and change.
4:10 p.m: Play resumes
The clock has been wound back to the start of this level -- just twelve minutes -- with the final table being set as follows:
Seat 1: Jun Chen (China) -- 925,000 in chips
Seat 2: Daniel Tarnopol (Thailand) (PokerStars Qualifier) -- 975,000
Seat 3: Xiaobo Zhou (China) (PokerStars Macau Qualifier) -- 1,393,000
Seat 4: Wenlong Jin (China) -- 1,034,000
Seat 5: Chen Lu (China) -- 656,000
Seat 6: Patrick Kar Keng Lee (Singapore) (PokerStars Macau Qualifier) -- 616,000
Seat 7: Pawel Chmiel (Poland) -- 154,000
Seat 8: Jun Wah Yap (Malaysia) -- 906,000
Seat 9: Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) -- 304,000
3:50 p.m: Short break
The final nine players are taking a short break to re-draw for the final table before exact chip counts are taken -- we will provide these to you as soon as they come to hand.
3:45 p.m: Chung exits, final table set
Andrew Kai Wing Chung moved all in for his last 79,000 from middle position and both David Tarnopol and Pawel Chmiel made the call from the blinds.
Tarnopol checked the 6♠[10s]9♠ flop before Chmiel moved all in. Chung instantly made the call for roughly his last 360,000 to be at risk of elimination.
The turn of the 6♦ saw Chung drawing dead, and when the Q♦ landed on the river, Tarnopol soared to roughly 1 million in chips as Chmiel was left stranded with just 150,000.
3:35 p.m: Play resumes
After a well-deserved break, the final ten players have returned with the cards once again hitting the air.
Only needing to lose one more until the final table is set, the plan is to play until that one elimination occurs before an extended break is taken so that the players can refresh themselves before battling it out for the HK$1,039,700 first prize.