MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 23-24 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)

8:20 p.m: Dinner break
The remaining four players are heading on a 45-minute dinner break. See you back here at 9:05 p.m. (GMT+8) for the recommencement of play with the following approximate chip counts.

Xiaobo Zhou (China) (PokerStars Macau Qualifier) -- 4,040,000 in chips
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) -- 1,325,000
Jun Wah Yap (Malaysia) -- 1,130,000
Patrick Kar Keng Lee (Singapore) (PokerStars Macau Qualifier) -- 470,000

Xiaobo Zhou's chip stack

Xiaobo Zhou's chip stack

8:15 p.m: Another for Zhou
The action folded to Xiaobo Zhou in the small blind and he bumped it up to 100,000 with Patrick Kar Keng Lee making the call from the big.

The 2♣5♦3♠ flop was checked through to see the A♥ land on the turn, and with it came a delayed continuation-bet of 115,000 to force Lee's cards into the muck.

8:10 p.m: Lee folds to Zhou
Patrick Kar Keng Lee opened to 85,000 from under the gun and Xiaobo Zhou defended his big blind to see a 4♠[10h]A♥ flop fall.

Both players tapped the table to see the 6♥ land on the turn with Zhou taking the initiative by pushing out 110,000. Lee took his time before eventually tossing his cards into the muck.

8:05 p.m: Small one for Tsuchikawa
Jun Wah Yap opened the small blind to 120,000 and Tetsuya Tsuchikawa defended his big blind to see a 6♣6♦[10d] flop land. Once both players checked and the 3♦ was produced on the turn, Yap check-folded to a 100,000-chip bet from Tsuchikawa.

8:00 p.m: Chen Lu eliminated in 5th place (HK$251,000)
From under the gun, Chen Lu open-shoved his final 510,000 into the middle. Following folds from a few players, Xiaobo Zhou made the call from the big blind.

Lu: J♦[10d]
Zhou: A♣K♥

With Lu only at a slight disadvantage, the Q♦[10c]8♥ flop saw him take the lead but give Zhou nine outs to snatch it back. The 2♠ on the turn changed little, but it would be the dagger of the J♠ on the river that would send Lu crashing to the rail in 5th place for a HK$251,000 payday as Zhou moves to 3,350,000 in chips.

Chen Lu

Chen Lu -- 5th place

7:40 p.m: Daniel Tarnopol eliminated in 6th place (HK$203,200)
Down to just ten big blinds, Daniel Tarnopol pushed all in and found a caller in Xiaobo Zhou.

Tarnopol: [K][4]
Zhou: [Q][10]

The board ran out [9][8][9][Q][5] to see Tarnopol eliminated in 6th place for HK$203,200 as Zhou moves to 3,170,000 in chips.

Daniel Tarnopol

Daniel Tarnopol -- 6th place

7:35 p.m: Up and down with Tarnopol
Daniel Tarnopol shoved all in from the cutoff and Chen Lu made the call for his 366,000-chip stack.

Tarnopol: K♦9♥
Lu: A♦Q♣

The board ran out 6♠A♠[10d]4♦A♣ to ensure Lu the double as Tarnopol was left with just 145,000.

The next hand he would ship and Jun Wah Yap would make the call blind from the big blind.

Tarnopol: A♥4♥
Yap: J♦8♠

The board was spread 4♠6♦2♠3♣4♦ to see Tarnopol push his stack over the 300,000-chip mark.

7:25 p.m: Jun Chen eliminated in 7th place (HK$160,100)
With the action folding to Tetsuya Tsuchikawa in the small blind, he made it 80,000 to go only to have Jun Chen three-bet shove for 230,000 from the big blind. Tsuchikawa made the call to put Chen at risk.

Tsuchikawa: K♠Q♣
Chen: Q♥2♥

The board ran out 3♣9♥9♠A♥A♦ to end Chen's run in 7th place for a HK$160,100 payday as Tsuchikawa moves to 1,320,000 in chips.

Jun Chen

Jun Chen -- 7th place

7:20 p.m: Level up, blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4000

7:15 p.m: Broadway for Lee
From the button, Xiaobo Zhou moved all in and Patrick Kar Keng Lee made the call for his 441,000-chip stack.

Zhou: Q♥5♦
Lee: A♥J♣

The board was spread 8♣K♣6♥[10d]Q♦ to see Lee spike Broadway and move to 925,000 as Zhou slipped to 1,850,000 in chips.

7:05 p.m: Pawel Chmiel eliminated in 8th place (HK$119,500)
Pawel Chmiel shipped his final 355,000 in from the cutoff and Jun Wah Yap made the call from the button.

Chmiel: 9♠9♣
Yap: A♠Q♥

With Chmiel in a race for his survival, the 3♦6♥3♣A♠Q♥ board would the last one the Polish player would see in Macau as he was forced to exit to the rail in 8th place for a HK$119,500 payday as Yap returns to 1,550,000 in chips.

6:55 p.m: Zhou crushes Yap to take clear lead
Jun Wah Yap opened to 70,000 from middle position and Xiaobo Zhou made the call from the small blind before checking the Q♥J♠5♣ flop. Yap fired out 85,000 only to have Zhou check-raise to 220,000.

Yap mulled over a decision for a few moments before making the call as the 7♥ landed on the turn and both players checked. The river of the 6♣ saw Zhou check a third time, and after Yap bet out 250,000, he quickly announced a call.

Yap tabled his A♣5♥, but it would be the A♠Q♣ of Zhou that would earn him the pot to send him to over 2,350,000 in chips.

Jun Wah Yap

Jun Wah Yap slips to 1,200,000 in chips

6:50 p.m: Third pair enough for Zhou
Patrick Kar Keng Lee opened the action to 70,000 and Xiaobo Zhou defended his big blind to see a J♣2♣6♦ flop fall. Both players checked before Zhou pushed out 100,000 when the turn landed the 5♠.

Lee made the call, and after both players checked the 9♦ on the river, he folded at the sight of Zhou's A♥6♥ as the Chinese player moved to 1,750,000 and Lee slipped to 380,000 in chips.

6:40 p.m: Chop it up
After being three-bet a hand previously, that still didn't stop Daniel Tarnopol opened to 70,000 from middle position. On this occasion Tarnopol would be met with another three-bet -- this one from Pawel Chmiel -- for 296,000 from out of the small blind.

Tarnopol instantly made the call to put the Polish player at risk, but when they tabled A♣Q♣ and A♦Q♦ respectively and the board was spread 2♠5♠7♠5♦J♥, the big blind and antes were chopped up.

6:30 p.m: Chen Lu doubles
From under the gun, Chen Lu moved all in for 256,000 and Jun Wah Yap made the call from a few seats over.

Lu: A♠6♠
Yap: K♦Q♦

The flop of 2♣8♣K♠ gave Yap the lead, but the A♦ on the turn would see Lu surge back out front. The 8♥ on the river wouldn't alter the outcome of the hand as Lu doubled to around 560,000 while Yap slipped to 1,810,000 in chips.

6:20 p.m: Play resumes

The final eight players are back at the final table of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event!

Malaysia's Jun Wah Yap is still the chip leader with roughly 2,000,000 and has his next opponent covered by close to 700,000. With the action slowing down once we lost Wenlong Jin in ninth, things should pick up over the next two levels as the average stack currently sits at just 29-big blinds.

Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog for all the live updates as we continue the race down to just one!

Tim Duckworth
@PokerStars in PokerStars Macau